I've been working with my daughter on sewing this summer. It has gone surprisingly well. I wanted to "branch out" and show her how to strip piece a 9-patch block. Super easy technique if you've never tried it.
So, one day she and her best girlfriend were over sewing. We all cut 4 1/2" strips of fabric. I explained to them how we'd sew the strips, then cut the strips into squares. The girls seemed pretty excited and worked really quickly.
Each girl had a different number of strips and a whole different method of how they should be laid out.
Then the strips were complete. Roughly 30" x 44" (width of fabric). They were so proud. So I tell them "Now we cut this piece into about 9 strips."
... dead silence ...
Turns out, stripe-y quilts were a ga'thousand times better than checker-board quilts. And that was that. It was so funny to see their faces when I suggested they slash into the tops they had just created.
We finished off one quilt by using the "birthing method" or "pillow-case method", where the quilt doesn't have a binding and the three layers are secured after the edges are finished. Here's one of the quilters finishing up the perimeter before tying the layers.
*Fabric by Jackie Clark for Benartex