My Best Tips for Strip Piecing

My Best Tips for Strip Piecing

Strip piecing is a super efficient construction method and the basis for my Myrtle + Erva quilt pattern that is releasing soon! If you're unfamiliar with it, it's exactly what it sound like--sewing strips of fabric together to later subcut into what you need for your quilt instead of cutting all of the individual small pieces first. Cutting in bigger units will save you so much time!


Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re strip piecing:

Accuracy is Essential

Cut carefully and accurately! My stripology ruler is my saving grace for width of fabric strips! As a bonus, it helps you to cut super quickly, too!

Be Consistent

Use a consistent quarter inch seam allowance. I like to use a scant quarter inch seam allowance to accommodate the thread and fold of the fabric so my units end up being exactly the right size.

Alternate Directions

Alternate which end you start from when sewing your strips to avoid warping. For instance sew A to B from the top, then C to B from the bottom.

Line Up and Square Up

And finally, remember that when sub-cutting strip sets, line up your ruler with a seam line, not the top or bottom of the strip set and square up your edge every few cuts so things don’t get wonky.

I hope these tips help as you're working on your next strip piecing project!

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