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with Marti Michell
Online Class

Sew Before You Cut: Strip Piecing Shortcuts

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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.


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 1h34m

Included in this Class

1. Fence Rail Blocks

1. Fence Rail Blocks

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.

2. Cylinder Pieced Quilts

2. Cylinder Pieced Quilts

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.

3. Patchwork  Blocks

3. Patchwork Blocks

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!

Recommended with this class

  • Fabric of your choice for projects