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!

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

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

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

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7. Sew units together to make pieced sashing.

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* I always use this process instead of cutting MANY small individual squares that will need to be sewn together.

**I use an expanded version of this technique to make my on-pointe (S)Tripping Around the Word quilts!  ; )  Much easier and faster to do!!!

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