I learned about strip piecing with my first quilt, the Irish Chain. The pattern seemed simple enough. But after learning I'd have to cut out all those squares one by one, I felt discouraged. I wondered how long that would take.
Fortunately, I never had to find out. That's because I learned a faster, more accurate way to make my units. It's called strip piecing.
The good news: This method also works with shapes like rectangles, triangles, and diamonds.
Cut three 1" x 6" strips. Arrange them like this:
Place the dark strip on top of medium strip. Right sides together.
Stitch using a scant ¼" seam allowance.
Place the light strip on top of the medium strip. Right sides together. Stitch.
Press seam toward medium strip.
You now have a 2" x 6" unit. It's time to strip piece our units.
Place sewn strips on cutting mat. Keep fabric edges even with grid lines on mat. Line up the 1" mark on the ruler with the left edge of fabric.
Always cut away from your body!