I’ve talked a lot recently about some of my favorite tips and tricks for quicker and more efficient piecing. One of my favorite techniques – and one that I used a lot of in the patterns in my book Fabulously Fast Quilts- is strip-piecing.
Strip-piecing usually consists of sewing long strips of fabric together, usually width-of-fabric strips, and then rotary cutting across the strips to create smaller, uniform units that are already pieced.
Strip-piecing can also be used to create smaller units that can then be sewn back together to create new blocks such as traditional 9-patch blocks. The options are endless, but knowing a few basic tips like how to square-up your fabric before you cut strips, etc. will make a huge difference in the accuracy and efficiency of your piecing.
Click on this link for the full strip-piecing and Rail Fence block tutorial. I’ve also been collecting more Rail Fence quilt inspiration on this pin board where you can get more inspiration.
Another favorite strip-pieced block is in this easy, but eye-catching Pinwheel tutorial.