Quilt to Give: Step Two—Cut strips


Quilt to Give: Step Two—Cut strips

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It’s time for the second step of the Quilt to Give, a perfect quilt to give to someone in need.

Click here for a Quilt to Give Cutting Worksheet.

Outer Column Strips:

  • Each column requires four, 2-1/2″ crosswise strips.
  • Cut the fabrics selected for the column strips into 2-1/2″ crosswise strips. Use your rotary cutter, ruler, mat, and traditional strip cutting techniques.
  • Double quilt: Cut eight strips from five colors and four strips from the 6th color. (The blue-colored fabric was only used for the center column.)
  • Queen quilt: Cut eight strips from six colors and four strips from the 7th color.
  • King quilt: Cut eight strips from seven colors and four strips from the 8th color.


Patchy strips


  • Cut approximately 50–55 crosswise strips for a double size, 60–65 strips for a queen size, or 70–75 strips for a king size. Vary the width of the strips, ranging in widths from 1-1/2″—3-1/2″.
  • Cut the dark colors the narrower widths for best design element. (Notice that the finished quilt has narrow black and deep red accents. Larger black or red sections would not have been as attractive.)
  • Odd-shaped fabrics can be cut into strips and then pieced together to create a 42″ crosswise strip. Remember it’s patchy!P5250007.JPG
  • The inspirational print will be cut into strips for the patchy center sections. The print will not be that evident in the finished quilt. Yet, it served a very important purpose of helping you coordinate color and fabrics!
  • Consider organizing your strips in baskets. The mounds of strips may become overwhelming without a “home.”


All of your cut strips will eventually turn into the perfect quilt that will brighten someone’s day.


Step three is next. Here are the links to all the steps:

Step 1—Sort out fabrics from several stashes

Step 2—Cut column strips and center patchy strips 

Step 3—Stitch column lengths

Step 4—Stitch the patchy center columns

Step 5—Create the columns

Step 6—Piece the quilt top

Step 7—Audition borders

Step 8—Add borders

Step 9—Layer and quilt your creation

Step 10—Binding and labeling

Quilt for Others with “Quilt to Give” Learn how to set-up and organize a Quilt to Give Event.

The gift is in the giving!

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • M L Miller
    December 22, 2014

    The column strips are cut 2-1/2″ wide. Are the scrappy center fabrics cut 2-1/2″ also? It just says to vary the widths (I think it means vary the lengths.) Thanks, MLM

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