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Seminole Sampler Month 3 posted: 4/2/2003
by Barbara Siedlecki Printable Page
Category: Pieced Level: Easy Series: Seminole Sampler
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General Directions for the Seminole Sampler
Don't miss this month's Additional Project at the bottom of the page!
Strip #3

Finished strip is approximately 36" long by 1-1/4" wide.

In this lesson you will be making a strip that has multiple strips of different sizes. It is no different than the previous strips, you just have to keep the strips in the correct order.

It is easiest if you set your bridging strips aside until you have sewn the Seminole Strips. This way you will not get them confused.

Seminole Strips # of Strips Width to Cut Strips
Light 1 1-3/4"
Light 1 1"
Medium 1 1-3/4"
Dark 1 1"
Bridging Strips # of Strips Width to Cut Strips
Light 1 1" long
Medium 1 1" long

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.

These strips are easier to sew if you place the already sewn strip on the top and the unsewn strip on the bottom. This way the bulky seams on the narrow strips are on top and easier to control. You will want to push them out of the way as you sew.

Piece the segments together into pairs, then into fours, then eight's and so on. Note that you will not be turning any of the segments. The segments are pieced by stepping each one down two fabrics. You may have to be a little careful since the seams will all be going in one direction and may be a little harder to match than previously.

Here is a little trick that may help you to match the seams more easily. Find the center of the strip and press the seams to the right in one direction and the seams to the left in the opposite direction. Make sure that when you sew the segments together, you have one from the right side and one from the left. Since the seams will be pressed in opposite directions, they can be easily nested and matched.

Straighten the edges as described in lesson two.

Bridging Strips:

Mark a line 1/2" from the top of the light strips. Match the raw edges to the marked line and using a 1/4" seam piece the light strip to the bottom of the Seminole Strip. Sew the medium strip to the top of the Seminole Strip.

1998-2003 Barbara M. Siedlecki
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Seminole Sampler Strip of the Month
Month #3 Project

Hand Towels

You will need:

  • Hand towel prewashed in hot water so that any bleeding or shrinking will occur before sewing.
  • Strips of Seminole patchwork slightly longer than the width of the handtowel.
  • Several one inch bridiging strips

Method #1

Cut your Seminole patchwork strip the width of the towel plus 1/2". Cut two bridging strips the same width and sew them onto the long sides of the Seminole patchwork strip using a 1/4" seam.

Fold the bridging strips tightly to the back wrapping the edge of the Seminole patchwork strip and press.

Sew a bridging strip to each short end of the Seminole patchwork strip keeping the sewn bridging strips folded in. Fold these short strips to the back of the Seminole patchwork strip. Press well.

Pin this strip to the towel and sew in place. You can topstitch with a straight stitch or you may prefer to use a decorative stitch.

Method #2

Cut your Seminole patchwork strip the width of the item to be decorated plus 1/2". Cut a strip of backing the same width.

Place right sides together and sew around all edges leaving an opening for turning. Turn and press.

This method gives you a completely finished strip, easy to applique. However it is more bulky than the previous method.

These techniques can also be used on larger towels, washclothes, pillowcases, sheets or as accents for an apron, shirt or sweatshirt.

1998-2003 Barbara M. Siedlecki All Rights Reserved

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