Circa 1934 meets Filmstrip.

Happy Friday the 13th!

This quilt is (hopefully) going to be a quick project. I’m following the tutorial for a Filmstrip Quilt at Crazy Mom Quilts.

This is what it looks like right now:
I’m not happy with the way the print repeats in the upper right hand corner, but I’m not sure how to fix it. Suggestions would be awesome.

I cut out the pieces on Tuesday night and Wednesday night, and ironed the ones that were being stubborn about curling where they’d been folded. (I know I should iron before cutting, but I was just so impatient… it hasn’t caused any problems yet.)

I’m using five fat quarters of the Circa 1934 and 1 yard of a Kona cream-colored cotton (I don’t recall which exactly), which were enough to make 15 block centers and 15 block borders, with a teeny bit of each print left over, which I may add to a scrappy binding, spaced out with black. I may also just bind it in a red-white-stripe. I cut my solid stupidly, and had to piece together my last two 9″x2.5″ strips together from scraps, which was a little annoying. I’ll know better next time.

This is it all cut:

I pinned all of the blocks to their short borders first, which took a while, but meant that I was able to chain piece the 15 red-centered blocks in one fell swoop, which was nice and fast:


I finished all the white-bordered blocks first, before embarking on the red-bordered ones.

Another two bouts of pinning and ironing and trimming later, I have all of my 30 blocks, trimmed to 8.5″.

These pictures show half of them, before I trimmed them:


I made up a schematic the other day and decided that I really want there to be sashing between the blocks: so I’ll be adding 1.5″ strips of black between the various blocks, and arranging the blocks diagonally, rather than horizontally. This is my very awkward mock-up:


I haven’t the faintest idea what I’m going to do with this quilt once it’s done, but I can figure that out later.

Author: Alisa

I sew and bead to fundraise for charity. I have two spinning wheels and three sewing machines, and more knitting needles than I probably really need.

4 thoughts on “Circa 1934 meets Filmstrip.”

  1. Looks nice! I like that you varied the patterned borders with the solid ones, instead of keeping them separated by rows.

    As for the color concentration in the top corner, you also have three of the same (or nearly the same) red-bordered blocks in the bottom left. Maybe swap one of those with the top right corner to balance things out and get rid of the repeat at the top?

    1. Thank you! I’d been looking for a pattern that would let the bigger prints shine for a while, so this one just jumped out at me. :)

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