The strips from Connecting Threads are RIDICULOUSLY WONKY !
I am terribly sorry, Janet, (or anyone else who took my prompt on Cyber Monday) if I caused you to order something that will cause you problems in your quilts..
On many of them, you can tell that they folded them selvage to selvage, which is great, but then they folded them again, before cutting strips. I ALWAYS AVOID THIS, unless I have done a cut first to make sure that I have a true right angle lined up with the fold. If not, you almost ALWAYS end up with elbows in your fabric strips......and that AIN'T good ! But that's what I've got here , big time.
So, I studied on it, and played around with the idea of just sewing two strips together the best I can, and then sub-cutting the two pieced 2 1/2 inch strips to get a 4 or 4 1/4 inch square. I'll lose quite a bit of size on my top, since I should have been able to get 4 1/2 inch squares, but this way, I can turn the ruler just a bit, to work in a little wonkiness, and maybe wind up with something a bit unique.
Most likely it'll barely be noticeable, as I'm doing color gradations, so the lines between color changes will be a bit blurred. But it's nice to know that the imprecision caused by their sloppy cutting won't mess up my quilt !