Marti Michell

Sew Before You Cut: Strip-Piecing Shortcuts

Marti Michell
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Marti starts with her time-saving method of sewing strips together before cutting them. Then she shares the secrets to sewing accurate blocks. Also, learn a simple yet classic fence rail block; you'll see how to dramatically change the look of your quilt depending on the strip color and order you choose.
See how sewing several strips into a cylinder leads the way to beautiful blocks with color gradations that aren't hard to follow! After that, discover a remarkably simple technique to create popular sunshine, shadow and Bargello-style quilts.
Who doesn't love a good four-patch? In this lesson, Marti shows you how strip piecing makes it easy to sew your squares in pairs and achieve flat, nested seams without a lot of pressing. Then, move on to nine- and 16-patch blocks. You'll save time on many classic quilt patterns or one you design yourself!
What happens when a quilt has more than one block style? Find out as you combine classic blocks such as fence rail and four-patch to make entirely new designs. After that, learn to cut setting triangles to make on-point quilts. And, see how strip-pieced sashing and simple cornerstones polish up an already beautiful design.
Marti shares how to apply strip-piecing tricks to chain blocks, how to sew the patch and chain units, and which type of fabrics to use to make this quilt shine. She also discusses single and double Irish chains.
Wrap things up as Marti shares tips for piecing irregular blocks. Then she shows you how to break down and sew the off-center nine-patch and tic-tac-toe blocks. Plus, look at some inspiring quilts to see just how far your strip-piecing can go.
6 Lessons
1  hrs 34  mins

Discover the secret to faster, more accurate piecing.

Piece quilt blocks faster and more accurately by sewing fabric strips before you cut them! Expert Marti Michell shares clever strip-piecing techniques to help you create a variety of intricate-looking designs. Once you know how to strip piece, you can enhance many of the styles you already love, from traditional to abstract to your own unique creations.

Marti Michell

Marti Michell is a quilter and best-selling author who has published more than 30 books, including the popular "Quilting for People Who Don't Have Time to Quilt." She also leads quilting workshops throughout the U.S., focusing primarily on quiltmaking techniques. Marti has won two lifetime-achievement industry awards for her work.

Marti Michell

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