Strip Tubing is a quilting technique developed by The Cozy Quilt Shop out of El Cajon, California (my hometown!) which uses a special ruler and a jelly roll. It's quick, it's easy and it's beautiful! Right up my alley! We just placed an order for more rulers AND some patterns that use the Strip Tube Ruler!
I chose to work with the Hello Luscious Jelly Roll by Basic Grey! It's so beautiful!
Here is a quick tutorial:
First, choose a jelly roll (or 40 2.5" strips) and separate them out into 10 groups of four. One strip should be a solid or tone-on-tone as your background. (This is the Daniela Block that I'm making here. The directions come with the ruler along with directions for half square triangles made from a tube!)
For each set of 4 strips do the following:
Sew your background and a print together for the full length of the strip (44") with a 1/4" seam. Sew the other two strips together the same way.
Place these two strip units right sides together with seams "nested" and sew the full length, 1/4" seam, down both sides to form a tube.
Here is your strip set in "tube" formation. One long 44" tube made from 4 2.5" strips.
Take your Strip Tube Ruler and place the 5 1/2" line over your seam (thread) line. Cut out the triangle.
Without moving your tube, flip your ruler to the other side and line up your seam line under the 5 1/2" line on your ruler. Again, cut out this triangle. Continue this for the length of your tube until you have 8 triangles, 4 from each side. You have plenty of room to make a fresh cut on each side of your triangle.
Open them up and, voila! You have your units needed to make up your 10" finished block!
My sample on the left has my tone-on-tone background in the middle and my sample on the right is put together the opposite way. But both blocks came from the same strip set! I love how different they look!
Here's a couple short videos showing you the magic as it happens! We are still playing with the video thing. Haven't quite got everything figured out yet but you can still see how it all works!
This is a quick sample I am whipping up for our show in Brownwood, TX this weekend! If you'll be in town, stop by and I will demo this live and in person for you! I can't wait to show you the finished product! This fabric is so...well....LUSCIOUS!
HERE IT IS!