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Sew Before You Cut: Strip Piecing Shortcuts

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Discover the secret to faster, more accurate piecing.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable supply list, quilting templates and five quilt patterns
  • Detailed instruction, explanation and demonstration
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Marti Michell

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Patchwork Blocks
4. Enhancing Existing Designs
5. Chain Blocks
6. Irregular Blocks

Taught by

Marti  Michell
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.

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