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Glimmer Glow: precut strips shine in a sleek, stylish design: quick precut strips.

Quilt Designed & Made by

Gigi Khalsa

Finished Quilt Size

56" x 74 1/2"


Ombre, metallics and dots, oh my! Simple piecing sparkles and shines thanks to gorgeous fabrics and specific color placement. This design takes full advantage of precut 2 1/2" strips with selvage-to-selvage ombre prints, set off by strips of tone-on-tone dots. The construction of this quilt is super simple; the trickiest part is keeping track of color placement. A vertical design wall is extremely helpful for keeping strips and units organized as you sew.

Gigi used 2 bundles of precut 2 1/2" strips. From the metallic dot bundle, she used 38 strips and had 2 strips left over. There were 20 colors in this bundle; 2 matching strips of each color, making the mirror image design possible. The unit 3's require just 1 strip each of 2 colors. She used the black metallic precut strips from the bundle for the piecing and purchased yardage of the same fabric to use for the binding.

From the tone-on-tone dot bundle, she used 23 strips and had 17 strips leftover, which she used on the back of the quilt. This bundle was more varied, with many colors in 2 matching strips, but a few colors had only one strip. A single strip of tone-on-tone dot is used to make the matching sets of unit 1's and unit 3's; 2 strips of each color are needed for the matching sets of unit 2's.

Study the quilt photo and Assembly Diagram closely to get a good sense of color placement. When doing the stitch & flip method with strips, pay attention to the orientation of the angle, and make sure the angle is correct before trimming the seam allowance. In this mirror image design, one of each of the matching units is turned upside down to use on the opposite side of the quilt.


* 7 tone-on-tone dot 1 strip 2 1/2" x 40" each for piecing

* 18 metallic dot* 2 strips 2 1/2" x 42 1/2" each for piecing

* 8 tone-on-tone dot 2 strips 2 1/2" x 40" each for piecing

* 2 metallic dot* 1 strip 2 1/2" x 42 1/2" each for piecing

* Black metallic dot 3/4 yd. for binding

* Backing 5 yds.

* Batting 64" x 83"

*Based on fabric with at least 42 1/2" of usable width.

NOTE: Fabrics in the quilt shown are jelly roll bundles from the Grunge Hits the Spot New collection by BasicGrey and the Ombre Confetti Metallic collection by V and Co., both from Moda Fabrics.


Patches are lettered in order of use. Cut largest patches first. Measurements include 'A" seam allowances.

* 7 tone-on-tone dot--cut 5 matching sets of:

2 rectangles (A) 2 1/2"x 12 1/2" and cut 2 matching sets of: 2 rectangles (E) 2 1/2"x 19"

* 18 metallic dot--cut 5 matching sets of:

4 rectangles (B) 2 1/2"x 15" and cut 5 matching sets of:

4 rectangles (C) 2 1/2" x 21 1/4" and cut 8 matching sets of:

2 rectangles (D) 2 1/2"x 42"

* 8 tone-on-tone dot--cut 8 matching sets of:

4 rectangles (E) 2 1/2"x 19"

* 2 metallic dot--cut from each:

1 rectangle (D) 2 1/2"x 42"

* Black metallic dot

8 strips 2 1/2" x width of fabric (binding)


1 Referring to Stitch & Flip with Strips lesson on next page and to Diagram l-A, place marked B perpendicularly on tone-on-tone dot A as shown, right sides together. Stitch on marked line and trim to '1/4" seam allowance. Repeat on bottom of A, reversing angle orientation marking on matching B. Join matching metallic dot C's to top and bottom of joined patches with same technique to complete unit 1. Make 5 sets of 2 matching unit 1's, referring to quilt photo and Assembly Diagram for color combinations and placement.

In same manner, referring to Diagram l-B, join metallic dot D and 2 matching tone-on-tone dot E's as shown to make unit 2. Make 8 sets of 2 matching unit 2's, referring to quilt photo and Assembly Diagram for color combinations and placement. Similarly, make 2 matching unit 3's as shown, noting color placement.

2 Note: Refer to Assembly Diagram for this step, watching unit placement and orientation.

Matching centers and ends, sew units together in order shown. For best results, alternate direction of sewing for each consecutive seam to ensure top and bottom raw edges remain straight.

3 Layer, baste and quilt. Gigi machine quilted chevrons in the metallic dot portions of unit 2's, and vertical lines in the remaining areas. Bind with black metallic dot.

Back to School:

Stitch & Flip with Strips

Stitch & Flip is a valuable and versatile technique to have in your sewing repertoire. Using the technique with strips rather than squares increases your skills and design possibilities exponentially. There are just a few differences to keep in mind while incorporating strips in this technique For best results, mark a 45-degree line on a strip to be sewn with stitch-and-flip. If you attempt to estimate the angle without marking, you can end up with wavy sew lines and uneven raw edges on the joined strips, which will affect construction of the overall pattern.

To mark the sew line on a strip, refer to the Marking Diagram. Place a strip on a flat surface with the wrong side facing up. Align the 45-degree mark on ruler with the long raw edge of the strip, with the straight edge of the ruler intersecting the strip corner as shown. Mark a line along straight edge of ruler; this will be your sew line. Use this same technique to mark all strips as needed throughout the pattern, adjusting orientation of angle as necessary.

To join strips, layer marked strip on unmarked strip perpendicularly, with right sides together, with 2 raw edges and 1 corner aligned, as shown in pattern Diagram l-A. Stitch on the marked line and confirm the angle orientation is correct before trimming the seam allowance.
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Date:Aug 1, 2018
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