Strip quilts at lightning speed: Kathy Brown’s secret (video)

Family Vacation quilt from Strip-Smart QuiltsEasy strip-quilt patterns are a favorite—and why wouldn’t they be? In the time it takes to do dinner and a movie, you can sew a simple strip-pieced quilt top from start to finish. When many quilts take weeks or months to compete, strip quilts are akin to sewing at the speed of lightning!

If you’ve made strip quilts that showcase square and rectangle shapes, bestselling author Kathy Brown says you’re ready to move on to the next level of strip-quilt mastery: triangles. Kathy’s found a way to quickly turn strip-pieced fabrics into triangles, which you can then combine in endless ways—all without sacrificing sewing speed.

Curious about her technique? Kathy showed us her “secret weapon” at Quilt Market—and we caught her demonstration on video:

Reading this in email? See the “How to strip quilt: the strip-smart technique” video at the Stitch This! blog or watch it on YouTube.

Note: Kathy’s quilts can be made with or without the Creative Grids 90° Degree Double Strip Ruler. You can also use any right-angle triangle ruler that has marked lines, parallel to the base of the triangle, that measure 2½" and 4½" from the tip of the triangle.

Now that you know Kathy’s strip-pieced triangles are a breeze to create, take a look at just a few of the quilts you can make using her technique. Try projects like these from the bestseller Strip-Smart Quilts:

Projects from Strip-Smart Quilts

See a dozen more designs from Strip-Smart Quilts

Choose from even more patterns in Strip-Smart Quilts II:

Projects from Strip-Smart Quilts II

See all 16 quilts in Strip-Smart Quilts II

Ready to give Kathy’s technique a try? Purchase Strip-Smart Quilts or Strip-Smart Quilts II and instantly download the eBook version for free.

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Check your local quilt shop for the Creative Grids 90° Degree Double Strip Ruler, or find it online.


Fabric strips: precut from the quilt shop, precut from your stash, or cut as you go? Tell us how you stockpile strips in the comments!


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