show your stripes june little bit different BOM
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Show your stripes

Show your stripes with the June edition of the Little Bit Different Block of the month! We are doing some improv piecing and it’s a great way to use those leftover bindings – I know you have them saved somewhere. A friend gave me a whole bag and I had so much fun making scrappy stripes.

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show your stripes june little bit different BOM

I start with a muslin foundation that is the size of my finished block. The Little Bit Different BOM is not square! But I now have a custom ruler that means I don’t have to search for the measurement markings anymore. Having the right tool for the job makes everything easier.

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Little Bit Different ruler from True Blue Quilts

Keeping a dark fabric across the center of my block means that I can create strong graphic designs in my quilt. My first thought was chevrons.

chevrons that show your stripes

Combining rows of chevrons with negative space creates a quilt that I call Bumpy Road. Here is the full quilt featuring the June Stripes block.

bumpy road quilt

The green background feels summery to me, but I can imagine this quilt in all sorts of colors. What would you choose – Patriotic? Holiday? Pastels? Let me know in the comments.

Bumpy Road pattern, featuring the June Stripes block and three finishing sizes (lap, twin and queen) is 50% off in the month of June 2023. Purchase a copy now.

Having one dark (or light) strip in the middle of your block means you can make almost any log cabin or half-square triangle design. For instance, here is a variation that reminds me of a Trip Around the World quilt:

trippy quilt from the little bit different collection

The stripes get a bit psychedelic! When you turn the blocks to create diamonds, the design calms down.

diamonds from stripes

And giving your blocks a color-blocking feel, instead of a totally random selection of colors also tames the chaos. Here is a patriotic version of the Bumpy Road quilt pattern:

patriotic bumpy road

Have fun as you show your stripes in June! I can’t wait to see your colorful quilt blocks.

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