Improv Strip Block - A Tutorial

Improv Strips Block Tutorial This morning I was looking around at the unfinished projects in my sewing room, trying to figure out what to work on next. Then my eyes settled on the Kaffe Fassett stripes I bought at the quilt show in Cincinnati and I thought, why not start something new? :) They are really so beautiful, it's amazing I haven't cut into them until now.

Kaffe Stripes

I thought I would share my process for making the above block. It is improvisational and hopefully you will find it quite simple to make. I am using fat quarters for this project, but really this would work using strips of scraps as well. Just make sure your scrap strips are at least 12.5" long.

Step 1

Step 1. Select your fabric and cut it into strips of random widths. I cut 2" to 3.5" stripes.

Step 2

Step 2. Randomly sew 2 to 3 strips together lengthwise. The resulting rectangles should be at least 5" wide.

Step 3

Step 3. Cut a 3.5" x 3.5" square for the center of your block. Select 4 strips from Step 2. From these strips, cut 2 pieces 3.5" x 5" and 2 pieces 5" x 12.5".

Step 4

Step 4. Sew the 3.5" x 5" rectangles to the top and bottom of the center square.

Step 5. Sew the 5" x 12.5" rectangles to the left and right of the block.

Improv Strips Block