Thursday, 25 August 2011

Nifty strip-piecing trick

It happened this week that I needed a large panel (20 by 7) of randomised 1.5" patchwork squares - as you do?! I read about this great technique in Australian Quilter's Companion #47. 
Kathy Doughty, of Material Obsession fame, used it to quickly piece her 'The General's Wife' quilt.
From fabric scraps (or a jelly roll of 'Etchings' by 3 Sisters in my case), cut twenty-eight 11" x 2" strips. Divide the strips into four sets of seven strips each. 
For each set, join the seven strips along their long edges. Press the seam allowances in one direction.
Lay the pieced strips right sides together so that the seventh strip joins the first strip. Join to make a tube.
 

Place the tube of strips on the cutting mat and cut five circular 2" segments.
Unpick one seam of each of the five tubes, choosing a different seam for each. This will yield five strips with differing fabric placement.
Repeat this process for each of the four sets of fabrics to yield twenty strips.
These strips are then stitched together in rows. There is plenty of fabric variation using this technique. You may need to re-press the seams in the opposite direction for some strips as you join them together. And quick as a flash, you have a 20 x 7 panel of randomly distributed 1.5" squares!
This panel is part of one of those annoying 'secret' projects that I can't disclose just yet, but I wanted to at least share what I thought was a great time-saving technique.

29 comments:

  1. Absolutely brilliant! I just might give that a go...any shortcuts are greatly appreciated :-)

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  2. Thanks for the tip! Love how this works-definitely will be using it!

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  3. Thanks Bloom for the great tip;) I'm going to try it!

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  4. Okay, great information and a big tease on your project. Now I know that I am going to NEED some Etchings.

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  5. gracias por tu tutorial es magnifico


    saludos y gracias

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  6. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [27 Aug 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  7. Wonderful tip. Thanks!! I love your fabrics in this project. Awesome!

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  8. That is the tip I needed this time last year when I made a quilt for granddaughter to take to Uni, if you are interested go back to Jan this year.

    Thanks I will give this a go for another project I have in mind.

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  9. great tip...thank you for sharing.

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  10. Looks lovely. Those fabrics are just beautiful. Great technique.

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  11. What a lovely wall hanging. This is a great technique. I used it to make a tiny checkerboard pattern.

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  12. This is how Eleanor Burns does the Trip Around the world quilt. That's where I first saw it. Its a great method.

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    1. Was just thinking the same thing!

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  13. That's also the technique used for Bargello designs.

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  14. Thanks for sharing this technique. I have been looking for something to use for a quick table runner for in between the holidays. Thanks again!

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  15. wow that is cool, never have seen it done like that

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  16. Soooo I just came across this tip and it was in 2011. I am retired, learning new things and loved how this was put together!. Since I am a new learner it took me awhile to figure it out in my head. I am a visual learner so I am so glad for your pics. Can you tell me if you ever shared your secret project with this web site?

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  17. Well yes, I published my 'secret' project is in this post: http://bloomandblossom.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/coquetterie.html. And here: http://bloomandblossom.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/coquetterie-cosmetic-wallet-pdf-pattern.html. It remains one of my all-time favourite projects!

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  18. I wish I would have seen this tip before Friday. :( I have been sewing strips of 21/2 in squares together and it seems to be upsetting my brand new machine. It has auto tension and going over all those seems is making it mess up.

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  19. could you inlarge your stripes to a 2 1/2 or even 3 in

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  20. Great tip will surely put it to good use thanks!

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  21. thanks for sharing your tip. love those short cuts!
    LSOTC

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  22. Thank you for the tip. I am a novice in quilting and this makes perfectly good sense!

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  23. Loved it, tried it with strips I'd sewn a year ago. Made the fabrics come alive, so I owe you, big time! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. This is how Bonnie Hunter makes her scrappy trips http://quiltville.com/scrappytripspf.html

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  25. using this method for Project Linus quilts for kids in FL Use seasonal fabrics at holidays

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