4 smart tips for quilting with strips (+ sale!)

Strips strips strips!No matter what style of quilter you are or how long you’ve been quilting, chances are you’ve cut a strip or two of fabric in your quilting life. (And yes, my tongue is firmly in cheek!) Strips are the very first cut you make from your fabric—unless you buy them already precut, that is!

Whether you’re a “Precut Princess” who buys strips or a “Scrap Queen” who cuts her own (or maybe a little of both?), the popular authors below have some great tips for how to make a strip quilt—along with some fabulous patterns of course!


Kate HendersonSTRIP TIP #1: CHOOSING A COLOR SCHEME
From Strip Savvy by Kate Henderson

We hear it all the time: “I’m just not good at choosing colors.” Kate says: “If you’re not sure where to start with a scrappy quilt or you’re unsure about choosing a color theme, start with a few selections from the same fabric line and then add other pieces with coordinating colors and motifs. Don’t overthink; just grab what catches your eye first.”

Open Sesame quilt
“Open Sesame” from Strip Savvy

See 17 more examples of Kate’s strip-savvy designs >


Kathy BrownSTRIP TIP #2: SUCCESSFUL CUTTING THROUGH MULTIPLE LAYERS
From Strip-Smart Quilts by Kathy Brown

Accurate cutting, especially if you’re cutting through multiple layers, can be challenging. Yet it’s essential to quilting success. Kathy says: “Start each project with a new rotary-cutter blade. You’ll be cutting through the seams of strip sets and will need the sharp, accurate edge a new blade provides.”

Family Vacation quilt
“Family Vacation” from
Strip-Smart Quilts

See 15 more strip-smart quilts here >


Kim BrackettSTRIP TIP #3: BUILDING A STRIP COLLECTION
From Scrap Quilting, Strip by Strip by Kim Brackett

If you’re a new quilter, or if you want more variety than your stash or a Jelly Roll has to offer, collecting lots of strips can be tricky. Here are three of best-selling author Kim Brackett’s suggestions for growing your strip stash:

  • “If you buy two precut bundles, you can pick and choose your favorite strips for your current project and use the leftover strips in another project later.”
  • “Join a strip club! (It’s not what it sounds like). Your local quilt shop may offer a strip-of-the-month club. This is a great way to collect a variety of strips in styles and colors you might not find in your stash.”
  • “Plan a strip swap. Ask each group member to bring a predetermined number of strips to swap with others.”

Bali Sea Star quilt
“Bali Sea Star” from
Scrap Quilting, Strip by Strip (also available as an ePattern)

See 11 more of Kim’s fabulous strip-pieced quilts here >


Susan Purney MarkSTRIP TIP #4: ADD EXITEMENT WITH INSERTION STRIPS
From Accent on Angles by Susan Purney Mark

Have you “been there, done that” with strip piecing and want something a little different? Try adding insertion strips! Susan explains: “Insertion strips are contrasting strips of fabric sewn between strip segments. The insertion strips serve two purposes. They create a visual break between the strip-set fabrics, and they add interest to the quilts by complementing or contrasting with the strip sets.”

Autumn Joys quilt
“Autumn Joys” from
Accent on Angles

See 7 more of Susan’s quilts here >


Are you a “Precut Princess,” a “Scrap Queen,” or “Stripless in Seattle” (or whatever town you live in)? Tell us in the comments!


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