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Slice and Insert Quilt Technique to the Rescue

Slice and Insert Quilt

The Challenge

My quilt guild recently held a challenge that our makers of quilt fun called Divide and Conquer. Each person started with one yard of randomly selected fabric. We each ripped our yard in half and passed one half to the next person. Then we ripped the half yard we just received in half and passed one of the resulting pieces on to the next person. And so on until we each had six different fabrics in progressively smaller sizes. The fun challenge was to make a quilt using all of your six fabrics. As you can see my assortment was not a particularly harmonious collection of prints and colors!

Fabrics for Slice and insert quilt

Slice and Insert Technique

Slice and insert to the rescue! This is a modern improv piecing technique that I first learned from a Jacquie Gering class on Craftsy. Thank you Jacquie! The blue and green fabrics were my biggest pieces, so they became the background panels. I cut the four background rectangles and then cut strips from all six fabrics ranging from 1 inch to 1 ½  inches wide. And yes, I cut the ugliest fabrics the smallest size so they would show up mostly as a dark or light value in the finished quilt top.

Improv Strategy

The slicing and strip placement was improvised, but I did follow a general strategy. First I sliced each panel all the way across once or twice, then I sliced each smaller piece with a mixture of straight and slanted cuts. I decided to use three strip colors on the green panels and three different strip colors on the blue panels.

Background panels

When doing a slice and insert technique, the background panel always ends up with uneven edges and the panel size will vary depending on the number and size of strips inserted. This means I had to square up the four panels to the same size before assembling the quilt top.

Pieced panels

Finally, to use up the rest of the fabric and pull the design together, I added a narrow border of the flowered fabric and a wider border of the blue fabric.

Slice and Insert Detail

Final Result

This mini quilt top turned out way better than I expected from the original collection of fabrics. I knew it would be a fun quick project, but surprisingly I like it enough to finish the quilt and keep it around. A win!

Slice and Insert Quilt

10 thoughts on “Slice and Insert Quilt Technique to the Rescue

  1. What a fun challenge! Great job! Looking forward to your intro post next week witht he 2017 NQB!

  2. Popping over from the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Hive~ Glad to be a Bee in your Hive!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Anita!

  3. What a fun idea for a quilt challenge! I might have to suggest this to our group. I think you came up with a great plan to make those fabrics work together.

    1. I’m sure your group would enjoy this fun challenge Wendy. I have also heard it called “Tear and Share”.

  4. Great challenge idea. You certainly ran with it! It’s a great little quilt.

    1. Thanks Joanne!

  5. What a cool challenge. Great way to use up and pawn off your ugly fabrics. I like the asymmetry of strips at different angles.

    1. Thanks Cory! It was a fun guild activity.

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