The Seminole Indians in southern Florida developed a colorful patchwork technique by joining strips of fabric, cutting them across, and then rejoining the pieces to form brilliant geometric patterns.
During the expansion of the West, thrifty settlers developed quilts made from strips and strings of fabric too, narrow to make into blocks. Patterns such as Roman Stripe, Log Cabin and the Windmill or Pineapple are all formed from this technique.
In California a designer named Jean Ray Laury has taken this heritage and developed a unique 20th-century version of this type of quilting. The contemporary version is different, since each strip is padded like a tube. The finished quilt appears to be made of giant rows of piping.
One of the most dramatic prize winners in the Great Quilt Contest was a quilt done by Lisa Courtney in this method. Lisa took strips of fabric, all about 6-inches wide but of varying lengths, and joined them into a strip long enough to stretch across the bed. Her color scheme was a glorious combination of dark blue, lavenders, gray-greens, shading through pale gray-blue to apricot to brilliant orange red.
To make your own quilt, choose velvets, corduroy, cotton or linen fabric. It might be well to work out your color scheme with colored pencils on graph paper first, then cut your fabrics and join the different size pieces to form a long strip the width of the bedspread. Then trim it to an even width approximately 6-inches wide. Don't join the strips until you have all them made. You may then lay them on the bed and rearrange them to form a pleasing color composition.
The chances are the colors will have changed slightly since your first crayoned sketch was done. Select a backing material depending on the fabric you used to make the strips. Bold-weave cotton or linen is a good backing for velvets; muslin is a suitable backing for strips made of light-weight cotton.
Beginning on the left side of the quilt, machine-stitch the first strip face down onto the backing. (You may find ruled lines on the backing a help for keeping the strips straight.) Lay a length of batting along the wrong side of the strip. Roll the fabric strip over the batting and pin close to the batting along the same line on which you will attach your next pieced strip of colors. Pin the next strip in place, face down, overlapping the first strip, and machine-stitched through all the layers to make a tube. Repeat the procedure until the entire backing is covered.