3 quilts that will make you actually want bias tape

by Nicole

This weekend’s snow gave me an opportunity to hunker down at my sewing machine and work on my bias tape quilt.


As I worked on the quilt, I started to wonder about what other quilters have made using bias tape. Most of the time bias tape is used in binding a quilt or for the stems of appliqued flowers. But there are modern quilts that feature bias tape as the main design.
Here are three modern bias tape quilts that make my heart flutter!
1. Big-O by Latifah Saafir
Photo courtesy of Latifah Saafir
In this quilt, the bias tape is placed in overlapping circles that form a big “O”. I love everything about this quilt: the minimal design, the randomness of the overlapping circles, the texture of the background stitching, the bright yellow contrasting against the tan background, and of course, the perfect name.
2. Rocket 88 by Latifah Saafir
Photo courtesy of Latifah Saafir
With Rocket 88, I love the different fabrics, the balance of the figure eight shapes in a staggered design, the 8’s that extend off the edge. In this quilt, the bias tape serves as an outline of the figure 8 shapes. Simply brilliant!
3. Bias Tape Hand quilt by Jennifer Johnston
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Johnston
This photo is of a quilt in progress that I first saw on Instagram. The artist, Jennifer Johnston, projected a shadow of her hand onto the fabric and used the bias tape to outline the shadow. In doing so, she creates an image that appears three-dimensional. It’s as if the hand is coming out of the quilt. Again, simply brilliant! I’ll be staying tuned to Jennifer’s IG feed to see the finished quilt.
These quilts inspire me to see what else I can do with bias tape. Clearly, bias tape is not just for garments or quilt binding!
What will you make with bias tape?

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Grandma January 25, 2016 - 1:44 pm

Neat! Love the hand!

DeAnna January 25, 2016 - 1:58 pm

Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I love working with Bias tape. The hand is really cool!

Debbie January 25, 2016 - 3:01 pm

wow. Indeed these tempt me. Thanks for sharing Nicole!

Jayne January 25, 2016 - 3:14 pm

All are just goregeous! I may have to give this a try!

CentralJerseyMQG January 25, 2016 - 3:17 pm

These are amazing. Thanks for a great roundup. I had only seen the second one on IG.

Karen January 25, 2016 - 6:17 pm

How cool are these? I've used a lot of bias tape through the decades for garment sewing–but this–wow!

Rosemary B❤️ January 25, 2016 - 6:41 pm

I have tons… okay not tons, but I do have a vast accumulation of bias tape. This looks interesting. I can't tell if I am excited 😛 but it might be fun to try on a smaller piece and "see how the spirit moves" me as my dad says lolol
We got a lot of snow. 3 feet. But the sun is out, and I am doing the usual, chores, sewing and random internet surfing.

Barb January 26, 2016 - 3:41 am

Looks like fun…great ideas with the bias.

Judy January 27, 2016 - 11:26 am

These are great examples, thanks for sharing!

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