My last post had a group of quilt tops that featured a zig-zag/somewhat bargello pattern and used 2.5” wide precut rolls of fabric. I didn’t participate in the workshop but have done a similar pattern using a very easy/quick technique that I saw Tula Pink demonstrate a while back. She called it “Stacks” and was in one of her books which blogger Lindsay Wilkes featured in this post. She includes directions that will give you the general idea of how she, and Tula, construct the pattern using varying widths of strips. I simplified the idea a bit and used a green for the background and selected yardage pieces (not a “jelly roll”). The quilt I made (with directions), may be found here. Determine how wide you want the strip-pieced center to be. Cut the “background” pieces whatever width you want (I cut 3.5”, to finish 3”) by WOF (width of fabric)….and, yes, I did insert the additional feature blocks for floral interest. Cut the “feature”/focus “bargello”/zig-zag pieces 7” to 12”, or a length that will be pleasing. Stitch 1 background and 1 feature piece together to form a tubular/circle piece. Do this until you have enough to give you the length you desire. Then the fun begins……..you will cut the background portion at any spot so that you will have a section on each side of the focus fabric. The last 4 photos are Lindsay’s and demonstrate how the width and length of the strips you choose is totally of your choosing! Continue in this manner til all have been cut, moving your ‘cut’ back and forth (in the background portion) so that the “stacked”/zig-zag effect is completed. Add borders as you desire.
Please, be sure to check out all the above links for the details/tutorials.