Strip Piecing Tutorial

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Last Updated April 05, 2018

Strip piecing is a technique using strips of fabric sewn together in parallel rows. The parallel rows are called strip sets. Cut the strip set into segments called units. Sew the units into the quilt top. This strip piecing tutorial shows you how.

Strips are cut in various widths from selvage to selvage.  Using this method cuts down on the time it takes to cut and sew units together.

Cutting Strips

This video shows how the fabric is pressed and cut into strips.

Sewing and Sub-Cutting Strips

The next video shows how the strips become 4-patch units.

The video below shows how a single strip set can be sub-cut into segments. Disregard any references about other videos in the lesson because this video is part of an online class.

Stack the strip sets. Sub-cut them into segments or units. This makes cutting twice as fast. This next video demonstrates stacking and cutting for a 4-patch unit.

Strip Piecing Tips

Use Faultless Spray Starch when pressing strips for strip piecing. Starch gives the strips a little stiffness, making piecing easier and more accurate. When sewing strips together, alternate the direction you stitch the seam. For example, stitch from left to right on one seam. Stitch from right to left for the next seam. This helps keep the strips straight. When seams are sewn in the same direction, the strip set bows.

Basic Tools

Generally, no special tools are needed for strip piecing. There are hundreds of specialized tools or rulers you can use but the tools below are all you need.

Rail Fence & 4-Patch Quilt Pattern Plus

Includes instructions for two quilts that are perfect for beginners. Plus there are more than 4 videos showing the strip piecing technique.

Skill Level: Beginner

Finished Block Size: 6″ for both

Finished Quilt Sizes: Rail Fence approx 55″ x 67″ , 4-Patch approx 60″ x 78″

This PDF file is a Quilt Pattern Plus which means it contains links to detailed instructions in the Learning Center at QuiltNotes.com. Techniques used to construct a quilt using this pattern are described in the Learning Center and are not printed in this file. To access the material in the Learning Center, you must be able to click o the links in this file and view the material on the internet.

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