Do you want to know the secret to sewing patchwork blocks really accurately and fast? It’s strip piecing!
Every time I post a new Glitter Quilt pattern, I can count on one thing: one of my readers will comment, ‘nice quilt, but I could never sew all those squares together!’ That’s silly, because when I make these quilts I never cut or sew together a single square (unless you count the blocks as squares) – I use strip piecing!
First I sew the strips together, and then I cut them into columns.
After that, you can easily mix and match columns from the same strip set (as above) or from different strip sets to make lots of different blocks!
Here’s a quick 5 minute video showing you exactly how I strip piece squares together, including some helpful tips. I’m using 4 strips that are 2 1/2” x 21”. They yielded 8 columns (each 2 1/2” wide) which made 2 patchwork blocks (8 1/2” unfinished).
You can use this method with any width of strips, just remember to cut your columns the same width as the strips so you will end up with squares in your block and not rectangles. Unless you want rectangles! 🙂
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