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Gudrun Erla of GE Designs Strippin' on the Side Scrap Quilt Challenge 2020

Strippin' on the Side

Who's up for Strippin' on the Side Scrap Challenge 2020?

I'm just about to start a new quilt along, but this time we're going to take it a little slower as it's a Leaders & Enders project. This isn't supposed to be your main project, it's your side hustle! 

Not familiar with leaders & enders? A LEADER IS the first two pieces you sew together before you begin chain piecing your main quilt project. When you've sewn the last of those chain pieces together, put two pieces from your side project under the needle and create an ENDER. This is a great way to save thread at the beginning and end of chain piecing AND create a secondary useful project at the same time.

What exactly is this project? During upcoming Tipsy Tuesdays I'll be leading a new quilt along. We're all going to start with 1-1/2" strips and end up making one of 6 different quilt tops. There's a link below to the introduction during last week's Tipsy Tuesday. Just remember this is a long range project, there's no need to rush!

What do you need to do to join in? 

1️. Pull those 1-1/2" strips from your fabric collections. Make sure they're at least 10" in length. Don't have very many? Want to add more? Grab yourself a Honey Bun by Moda in my Shop. No need to trim up those pre-cuts, we'll square up later. We have many, many more honey buns on order that should be arriving next week. 

2️. Take advantage of the SPECIAL PRICING on Ebooks: 20% off now thru Monday, October 19th. All my self published books are now available in EBook format. The 6 quilt options will come from the following books: Stripology, Stripology 2, Stripology Mixology, and MY NEW BOOK!!!!! 

3. Watch Tipsy Tuesday, October 20th for more info and see MY NEW BOOK!!!! 


  • TIPSY TUESDAY #73 can be watched on YouTube HERE
  • HONEY BUNS can be found HERE. (make sure to check back for new inventory)
  • EBOOK SALE can be found HERE
  • HARD COPY books can be found HERE.

PART 1 10/20/20

  • TIPSY TUESDAY #74 can be watched on YouTube HERE.

As I said during Tipsy Tuesday, we're going to start by sewing 2 strips together. Before you start sewing however, let's review some of the quilt options you can created from this challenge. Your choice may decide on how you want to group colors. 

Rainbow Ruth from Stripology Mixology, Scrap Challenge 2018, and as a Free pattern on the website. If this is your pattern of choice you may want to group strips together according to color. *LEAVE 2 SINGLE STRIPS FOR EVERY 3 STRIP SETS


Strip Off from Stripology, photo above, right image. Another great pattern for grouping strips according to color. *LEAVE 1 SINGLE STRIP EXTRA FOR EVERY 2 STRIP SETS

Strip Search from Stripology, below left. *LEAVE A SINGLE STRIP EXTRA FOR EVERY 5 STRIP SETS


Strip Lash from Stripology 2, above right.

Strip O'Hoy from Stripology 2. 


Spinning Daisies from Stripology Mixology 2. This is an instant download when you purchase the Pre-Sale Book. 

PART 2 10/27/20

  • TIPSY TUESDAY #75 can be watched on YouTube HERE. To jump to individual quilt instructions, see notes below. 
  • CUTTING HALF HEXAGON CHART with the Stripology XL Ruler can be found HERE

Trimming pre-cuts or inaccurate strips- (instructions begin at 34:34) no need to trim before using these fabrics, eliminate the pinked edges when squaring up.

Rainbow Ruth(instructions begin at 25:52) You will be making 2 different strip sets. First, join a single strip to the strip sets of two, creating a 3 strip set. Second, sew a 2 strip set and a 3 strip set together to create a 5 strip set. You will need more 3 piece strip sets than five piece strip sets. Quantity depends on the size of quilt you're working toward.  

Strip Off (instructions begin at 30:41) Earlier, I had you leave a single strip extra for every 2 strip sets. Now, join a single strip and a strip set of two together making a strip set of 3. Then, sew together this strip set of three and another strip set of 2, making a strip set of 5. 

Strip Search(instructions begin at 28:03) Earlier, I had you leave a single strip extra for every 5 strip sets. Now, join that single strip to a set and join to make a strip set of 5. Then, make a strip set of 6. Each group of strip sets (21" long) should make 3 blocks. 

Strip Lash(instructions begin at 36:45) see also the Cutting Half Hexagon Chart linked above. Please watch the video, the instructions will be clear from that. :)

Strip O'Hoy(instructions begin at 31:08) I forgot to mention earlier to leave some strips. If you've used all your strips you can pull any fabric that works with your quilt or "unsew" a few strip sets. We will need these strips to cut 1-1/2" squares for Block A. With your strip sets of two, subcut some of the sets for the 4 patches. The quantities you need are listed in the pattern. Then join the rest of the sets to make 4 piece strip sets.

Spinning Daisies(instructions begin at 33:34) Join your strip sets of 2  together to make strip sets of 4.