Sew Many Strips: A Quilt Along Finish

A little more than two months after starting the American Patchwork & Quilting 2019 Quilt Along, I’m finished! The quilt is called Sew Many Strips by designer Tara Lynn Baisden, and the pattern appeared in the April 2019 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. (You can also buy the pattern online here.)

I used many fabrics in this quilt! I started with the Looking Forward collection by Jen Kingwell for Moda Fabrics and the Katherine Ann collection by Patrick Lose for RJR Fabrics. Then, I pulled a lot of light prints from my stash — although I wasn’t starting with scraps, mixing and matching fabrics gave this quilt a scrappy look (and it truly is a stash buster!).

I was very nervous about my fabric choices! A lot of the fabrics were medium prints — meaning they could read as either a light or a dark depending on how you paired them. In a quilt that has clear dark and light sections, I was unsure whether these fabrics would work, but I pushed through and am so happy with the painterly effect of this quilt! The fabric has so much movement and interest, so I really think it provides depth and texture to the quilt.

This quilt has an incredible amount of pieces — about 3,000 tiny pieces! There was so much cutting, sewing, and pressing. There were days when my shoulders just ached from pushing a rotary cutter or lifting an iron. I definitely gained some muscles for this quilt. And I used an entire spool of thread in the piecing process. But it was all worth it!

I chose a solid turquoise for the inner border and binding. This quilt is such a mix of busy fabrics, so I knew I needed something standout to break up the pieces. The darker fabric really frames the quilt and pairs nicely with the pinks and purples.

In my usual style, I pieced by backing with some leftover fabrics and a lot of solids that matched the quilt top. I don’t like buying so many yards of new fabric for backings (and this quilt called for 8 yards), so any chance I get, I piece it!

I quilted this quilt on my Baby Lock Rachel home machine using the serpentine stitch, which is a wavy line (3mm width x 6mm length). I LOVE this stitch — because it’s wavy, it hides any inaccuracies in your quilting. And it adds movement to the quilt. I didn’t need anything fancy for this quilt, since you can barely see the quilting on the front (the fabrics are really the star of this quilt), so I choose an easy stitch to hold it all together! I used Aurifil thread in Light Jade (1148).

This quilt is already one of my very favorites and it’s the perfect finish for spring! It’s washed, and has had lots of snuggles on the couch with our cat the last day. (It’s technically a bed quilt, but may live as a larger throw for now.) I enjoyed every step of the process in this quilt and am thrilled to have it finished!


Thanks for joining me for “happy hour”,


Are you interested in making this quilt? Buy the pattern here, then check out the Instagram hashtag #APQquiltalong to see everyone’s versions.

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