How to Make a Roman Stripe Quilt

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How to Make a Roman Stripe Quilt
Make a Roman stripe quilt with a sewing machine. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

A Roman stripe quilt features patchwork triangles composed of three different "stripes" of fabrics. The patchwork triangles are pieced with a solid coloured triangle to create the distinctive pattern. The patchwork, with its uncomplicated piecing, is simple enough for someone new to the art of quilting. The straightforward topstitching in the ditch method of sewing through patchwork seam lines is recommended, and will highlight the Roman stripe pattern while connecting the quilt top to the batting and backing.

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Things you need

  • 1/2-yard light coloured fabric
  • 1/2-yard medium coloured fabric
  • 1/2-yard dark coloured fabric
  • Rotary cutter
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Plastic ruler
  • 6-inch equilateral triangle quilting ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • 1 yard white fabric
  • 1/2-yard quilt batting
  • 1/2-yard muslin
  • Safety pins
  • Needle, size 10
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Cut the light, medium and dark coloured fabrics into long 2 1/2-inch wide strips, using the rotary cutter and the self-healing cutting mat.

  2. 2

    Sew the strips together along the long edges, right sides of the fabric facing each other, with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Press seams to one side with the iron.

  3. 3

    Place the sewn strips on the cutting mat. Use the triangle ruler as a guide to cut the strips into 16 triangles. Cut the white fabric into 16 triangles using the transparent ruler.

  4. 4

    Connect the white triangles to the striped triangles with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, using the sewing machine, to make squares.

  5. 5

    Sew the squares together to make the quilt top. Cut the batting and muslin to the same size as the quilt top. Layer the muslin, batting and quilt top on a flat surface and insert a safety pin in the centre of each square.

  6. 6

    Hand sew through the patchwork seam lines to connect the quilt top, batting and muslin backing. Cut a long 2-inch wide strip of muslin and sew it to the edge of the quilt top for an edging.

  7. 7

    Fold the edging over 1/2-inch twice and hand sew it to the back of the completed Roman stripe quilt.

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