Stitch and Flip Piecing

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Last Updated May 25, 2018

Stitch and flip is a piecing technique that uses squares or rectangles to make triangles. In this tutorial you learn to use the stitch and flip method to make the Snowball block and the Flying Geese unit.

Here is the 60 second video.

Stitch and Flip Tutorial

stitch and flip piecing

Start with one 6-1/2″ square for the snowball and four 2-1/2″ squares for the background.

stitch and flip piecing

Mark diagonal lines on the wrong side of each of the small squares.

TIP: Don't like to mark all those angles? Try one of these guides that stick to your sewing machine. Just line up the fabric and follow the lines. Click on the image for more information.



stitch and flip piecing

Place one small square on top of the large square, covering the corner as shown.

stitch and flip piecing

Stitch just inside the marked line.

stitch and flip piecing

This step is optional. If you want to use the corner to make a half square triangle, mark and stitch another line parallel to and 1/2″ away from the diagonal line.

stitch and flip piecing

Next, cut 1/4″ away from the diagonal line.

stitch and flip piecing

Open the smaller piece and press to reveal a small half square triangle.

stitch and flip piecing

Press towards the small triangle. The edges shown here by the pointers, should be straight.

 

stitch and flip piecing

Repeat for the remaining corners to complete the snowball block. To see a variety of settings for this block see The Snowball Quilt Block.

Overlapping Stitch and Flip

In this section, we use the stitch and flip method to make a Flying Geese unit. This will also show how the small squares overlap each others as they are stitched. Start with one 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece for the geese and two 2-1/2″ squares for the sky.

stitch and flip flying geest

Mark the diagonals of each of the small squares.

stitch and flip flying geese

Place one small square in the corner, stitch just inside the marked line and trim.

stitch and flip flying geese

Press toward the small square.

stitch and flip flying geese

Place the remaining small square in the opposite corner.

stitch and flip flying geese

Stitch just inside the marked line and trim.

stitch and flip flying geese

Press toward the corner.


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