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Seminole Sampler Month 2 posted: 2/27/2003
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 #2

Cut your strips as shown in the chart below:

Seminole Strips # of Strips Width to Cut Strips
Light 1 1-1/4"
Medium 1 1-1/2"
Dark 1 1-1/2"
Bridging Strips # of Strips Width to Cut Strips
Light 2 1-1/4" long

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. Before using the strip, you will need to straighten the side edges so that you will be able to get a few more inches of usable strip from it. Several of the strips will have this uneven side edge, so let's learn this technique now.

Cut across the strip at any point. Take the two uneven edges and sew them together. This will give you a slightly longer strip with straight edges at both sides.

Remember that all your Seminole Strips need to be cut 24-1/2" wide to fit the bridging strips and to fit your sampler. Since the side edges are straight, it is just a matter of cutting the strip to 24-1/2" wide before attaching the bridging strips.

  1. Draw a line 1/4 of an inch outside of where you want the bridging strip to land on the design. Line up the raw edge of the bridging strip with this line, right sides together and sew with a 1/4 seam. After the seam is sewn and you are satisfied with where it is, you can cut off the ragged edges beyond the bridging strip.

  2. You can cut the ragged edges off before you attach the bridging strips. Determine where you want the bridging strip to be and cut the ragged edges off 1/4" to the outside of this mark. Place your bridging strips even with the raw edges and sew with a 1/4" seam.

Both of these methods are acceptable but the first method seems to be more stable.

Bridging Strips:

Mark a line 1/2" from the top and bottom of the center strip. Piece one bridging strip to the top and the other to the bottom of the Seminole Strip.

Set this strip aside for now. Be sure that you save any unused portion of your strip. There are lots of ways to use up these excess strips. More about that later.


Here is an idea to give a different look to this strip. When sewing the segments together do not turn every other one the 180 as instructed previously. Your strip will then have all mediums on the top and all darks on the bottom or vice versa. Same segments - different look.

1998-2003 Barbara M. Siedlecki
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Every effort has been made to insure that the contents of the pattern are accurate. However, we cannot be responsible for human error, printing or typographical mistakes or variations in individual workmanship. This pattern is protected by copyright and may not be reproduced in any form without the written consent of CABIN FEVER CRAFTS

Seminole Sampler Strip of the Month
Month #2 Project


You will need:

  • Small piece of Seminole Patchwork (About 4 x 4 but can be any size you wish. You can also add plain fabric strips to enlarge or border the strip.)
  • Piece of backing fabric the same size
  • Small Amount of Stuffing

Place the Seminole patchwork scrap on the backing fabric, right sides together. Sew around all sides with a 1/4" seam leaving an opening for turning. Turn and stuff firmly. Slipstitch opening closed.

1998-2003 Barbara M. Siedlecki All Rights Reserved

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