Monday, June 16, 2014

Strip Piecing Basics

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.
In the post I'll be demo'ing strip-piecing a simple and traditional Rail Fence block for a 21" x 21" mini quilt. This block has so many layout options. I also give cutting and piecing instructions for a baby quit version measuring 40" x 40".
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.


Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

Dang, that was an awesome post! I always got so frustrated by the bowing when strip piecing. Great tips and really, you are a wealth of knowledge!

Elizabeth said...

I needed a new block to try for my next Project Linus Quilt and you've just shown me what I will stitch next - Rail Fence it will be so thank you. Happy stitching and thanks for the tutorial.

Irene spiezio said...

Thank you!