A Strip of the Month Project Please read all the information below BEFORE starting your Seminole Sampler. Seminole patchwork is the only patchwork created for the sewing machine. In the 1880's the hand-cranked sewing machine was introduced to the Seminole Indians of Florida and a new style of quilting was born.
Sew the Light and Medium Seminole strips together and press to the darker fabric. You will have 2 sets of these. Cut the strips into 1" segments. Turn every other segment 180°. Sew the segments into pairs, the pairs into fours and so on until you are finished.
Sew the three fabrics together with the narrower strip in the center. Press the seams in one direction toward the dark fabric. Cut the strip into 1-1/4" segments. Turn half the segments 180° and offset by stepping down one fabric. Next you will learn to straighten the side edges. You will notice that this strip has uneven top and bottom and side edges.
Sew in the order shown below. Press the narrow light strips open instead of in one direction. Cut the strip into 1-1/2” segments.
Congratulations – you have finished your 11 strips and now you are ready to put your Wall Hanging together. All seams are 1/4". As you can see, the strips are not put together in the order in which they were sewn. You can use the order in the sample or design your own. Whichever you choose, sew the strips together carefully so that the side edges are straight.
Sew in the order shown below. Press the seams in one direction and cut the strip into 1-1/4" segments. Step down as shown below.
Sew your strips together into sets with the narrow light strip in the center as shown below. You will have 3 sets of 3 strips each. You will have more than you need to complete the strip but the remaining length of the finished strip can be used for small projects. Press in one direction to the dark fabric. Fold each set in half, right sides together. Find a 45° angle from lower left to upper right and cut into 1" segments.
Sew the Seminole Strip sets as shown below. Press in one direction. You will have two sets.
Sew into two sets as shown below. Press the seams of Set 1 in one direction and cut each into 1" segments. Press the seams of Set 2 toward the 2-1/2" section. Sew into pairs.
Sew your strips together as shown below. Note that the wider light strip is on the bottom. Press in one direction. Cut into 1" segments.
Sew your strips together in the order shown below. You will need both sets. Press seams in one direction. Here is a variation on the little trick that I taught you in lesson three to match the seams more easily. This time you will have two sets and so you can press one set in one direction and the second set in the opposite direction.
Sew in the order shown below. Press the seams away from the narrow dark strips. Cut the strip vertically into 1-1/4" segments. Piece into pairs of pieced and solid strips as shown below. Step the solid strip down 1/2". Next piece the pairs together so that the lower dark strip of one pair lines up with the upper dark strip of the next pair.
Sew into two sets as shown below. Press each strip up. and cut into 1" sections. Turn every other section 180° so that the seams are in opposite directions. This way they will nest together as you sew the sections together. Piece together as shown below, first into pairs and then into fours, into eights and so on.