Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: best way to cut 1 bias strip

  1. #1
    Senior Member sdeaaz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    908

    best way to cut 1 bias strip

    I am making a basket quilt and each basket is different. I need one bias strip to make the handle. Does anyone have a suggestion how to cut one strip about 10" long, without wasting a lot of fabric. I am a real penny pincher. Thanks. Quilter 1234

  2. #2
    Super Member DebraK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    West Coast
    Posts
    8,489
    use a fat quarter?
    I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health - Voltaire

  3. #3
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,671
    Blog Entries
    2
    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    use a fat quarter?

    My thought too!
    For me, I would use a different square from a layer cake package to cut each handle. I don't know how a penny pincher thinks when it comes to quilting. LOL
    Got fabric?

  4. #4
    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Southwest Kansas
    Posts
    4,759
    Quote Originally Posted by quilter 1234 View Post
    I am making a basket quilt and each basket is different. I need one bias strip to make the handle. Does anyone have a suggestion how to cut one strip about 10" long, without wasting a lot of fabric. I am a real penny pincher. Thanks. Quilter 1234
    You need one square that measures about 10 inches on the diagonal. You'll cut one strip from the center diagonal and you'll have to good size triangles left. Don't think of the leftovers as waste. They're still perfectly good fabrics and you could sew them into half square triangles and make a companion matching piece.

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Rain Country USA
    Posts
    298
    Blog Entries
    5
    Assuming (oh dear, I hope I'm not getting us into deep dodo here!) that each basket is a different fabric, I would gather the squares to cut the baskets from (hopefully cutting on the diagonal gives you your basket) and cut the handle strip as a second cut on the same diagonal. This will leave you smaller basket/triangles to use for another quilt or borders or applique flower pieces. Post a photo when you get one of your baskets cut and layed out so we can see! LOL I need some inspiration here.
    WilliP

  6. #6
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    18,923
    It all depends on if you want all the handles the same or different. If all the same, then I would use a fat quarter also. If different to match each basket, then I would do as suggested and cut the bias strip first out of the same square of fabric that I intended to cut the basket. The only other option would be if you could find packaged matching bias tape at LQS or Walmart.


  7. #7
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    15,043
    Are your baskets all the same, or is each one different?

  8. #8
    Senior Member sdeaaz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    908
    Well, I think I figured it out. All my baskets are different. It is going to be a small quilt for my mil 90th birthday. She has 12 living children and a set of twins that passed away at birth. I am setting the baskets on point... one for each child. then will do a border representing each grandchild... piano keys, flying geese... haven't decided. here is a phot of a few of the blocks and my attempt at the handle, will had applique it down. Thanks for all your help... You are all the best.
    Attached Images Attached Images Click to view large image  Click to view large image 

  9. #9
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    18,923
    Looking good! Very pretty basket blocks. Stitch the inside curve first and then the outside curve. I have always found you get a smoother handle that way.

  10. #10
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,671
    Blog Entries
    2
    Very pretty!
    Got fabric?

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.