412 squares…NOT!

Strip sets

To make the pieced sashing for my Flower Pots quilt I am making strip sets.  I sew 2 1/2 inch fabric strips together then sub-cut them into units.  Then I will sew the units together.  I do this because after hand appliqueing these six blocks I DON’T WON’T want to cut out four hundred and twelve (yep, 412!!!) 2 1/2 inch squares.  Seriously.  So…sew, this is how I do it!  ; )  While I have yardage out on my cutting table for applique shapes I cut a strip or two…I may also make a circle or two, but that’s for another post…?!  ; )  It’s easy…

1. Cut a 2 1/2 inch strip of fabric from selvage to selvage

2. Place two strips right sides together.

3. Take strips to the sewing machine and stitch the long sides together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  I chain piece these!


4. Take strips to the ironing board and with darker fabric strip on top, press along the seam to “set” line of stitching.


5. Fold darker strip back to open strip set, and press.  This process will press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric strip.



6. Cut sewn strips into 2 1/2 inch units.



7. Sew units together to make pieced sashing.




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4 responses to “412 squares…NOT!

  1. I found this quilt picture on flickr and I absolutely love it.

  2. Thanks for sharing your method, great to see how you are doing it. I love your quilt, it is coming together beautifully. I think you are ahead of me, I haven’t started on my next borders yet!! xo

  3. alobsiger

    Hello Pam! I’m so excited to have found your blog — your Flower Pots quilt is coming along WONDERFULLY! I really MUST, MUST make this quilt SOON. Thanks for the exciting inspiration!

  4. sewpam63

    * I always use this technique when I have many small squares to sew together.

    ** I use an expanded version of this technique when piecing my on-pointe Trip Around the World quilts. ; )

    I must apologize for the difficulties I’ve been having in my Tutorial section. I can not seem to keep the written directions and photos from jumbling together. I’ll try doing a post to see if it makes a difference. Thank you for your patience as I experiment here…

    Happy Monday! ; )

    Piecefully, Pam

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