Fun strip quilts, 4 ways + a cutting tip (and a sale!)

Fabric strips for quiltingWe asked about your strip-piecing skills in a recent post about the new book Remarkable Rectangles. Turns out, some quilters struggle with strip-pieced quilts. Why? Because sewing long, skinny strips in a straight line—at high sewing-machine speeds—can be a bit tricky!

If you maintain an accurate ¼" seam, the problem probably isn’t with sewing straight strips: it’s with cutting straight strips. One wonky cut can send all of your straight strips into warp drive, causing a permanent bend in the sewing-time continuum. To chart a straight and narrow course, follow this foolproof strip-cutting tip from the book Strip Savvy by Kate Henderson:

Quick tip: cutting straight fabric strips
Now that you’ve got a straightforward plan for cutting strips, take a look at what you can create with them. The eBooks featured below all use strips in imaginative ways!

Strip piece your scraps

Strips and Strings by Evelyn Sloppy

Quilts from Strips and Strings

Strips and Strings exclusive: learn to sew half-square triangles and 60-degree triangles with scrappy strips

> See all 16 quilts from Strips and Strings

Transform strips into stars

Ribbon-Star Quilts by Nancy Mahoney

Quilts from Ribbon-Star Quilts

Ribbon-Star Quilts exclusive: cut rectangle units from bias strip sets to make a single spectacular block design; then spotlight the beautiful block in five showstopping quilts

> See more from Ribbon-Star Quilts

Double your strip sets, double your fun

Quilts on the Double by Judy Hooworth and Margaret Rolfe

Quilts from Quilts on the Double

Quilts on the Double exclusive: make two strip quilts from one set of fabrics

> See more than 20 projects from Quilts on the Double

Sew, cut, stagger: strippy simplicity
Instant Bargello by Susan Kisro

Quilts from Instant Bargello

Instant Bargello exclusive: use your favorite novelty fabrics in easy quilts that show them off—Susan’s technique skips traditional Bargello tubes

> See all six projects in Instant Bargello

Strip SavvyIf your 2½" strips are calling your name…

Mix traditional blocks and modern fabrics in fun quilts designed especially for 2½" strips—either prepackaged or prepared from your stash. In Strip Savvy by Kate Henderson, she even shows you how to create scrappy pieced borders and bindings with your leftovers. See all the quilts from Strip Savvy.

Preparing strips for quilts: unrolling precuts or your slicing up your stash? Share your approach in the comments!


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