Paper Shredder Quilt

Create this striking lap quilt, inspired by strips of paper falling out of a shredder.

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No one likes to be buried under a pile of paperwork— unless it's for a nap under this striking lap quilt, inspired by strips of paper falling out of a shredder. The semi-improvisational process is perfect for the quilter who doesn't go by the book.
Finished Size: 50" × 60" (127 × 152.5 cm) 

Fabric Requirements:

All fabrics are 45" (114.5 cm) wide cotton.

— 2 12 yd (2.3 m) of solid cotton fabric for block backgrounds (Main; shown: orange)

— About 3 yd (2.7 m) total scraps of assorted print fabrics for strips and block backgrounds (Contrast group; shown: black, white, and cream typography prints; refer to Steps 1 and 2 for necessary sizes)

— 3 yd (2.7 m) of backing fabric (shown: black and gray stripe)

— The sample quilt has an envelope-finished edge. If you prefer a bias-binding finish on the outer edge of your quilt, refer to the notes for yardage requirements.

See project for complete supply list and notions. 

Originally Published: Stitch, Fall 2011 

SKU: EP5328

Author/Speaker/Editor: Kevin Kosbab

Format: eProject

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Customer Reviews

A Work of Art! Review by Zinger's Mom

I wasted a lot of time convincing myself that this quilt would be too hard for me to make. I finally took the plunge and made a test block with three intersecting shreds. Now I'm hooked. The "Paper Shredder" has become my signature quilt gift. People are stunned when they unwrap it. More than once, I've been told that the design is a work of art. The key to success is to place pins parallel to the sewing line, flip it over to make sure that the intersecting shreds line up, and then sew, removing pins as the needle advances. All in all, this is a pretty simple pattern that will deliver mind-blowing results. Go for it.

P.S. The review site should allow reviewers to post photos.

(Posted on 1/30/14)