Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 17 of 17

Thread: strip sets v. separate piecing

  1. #1
    Super Member JanTx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Posts
    1,469

    strip sets v. separate piecing

    I'm working on a simple pattern that has 8.5" square blocks which have a 4.5" X 8.5" center framed by two 2.5"X 8.5" strips. The directions call for cutting 8.5" strips of the center fabric, cutting that into the rectangles, then cutting the framing fbric into 8.5" strips and then cutting that into 2.5" pieces. So for 35 blocks you cut 35 pieces that are 4.5X8.5 and 70 piecs that are 2.5X8.5. Why would you do that instead of cutting 4.5" strips for the center and sewing those with the 2.5" strips on each side - then cutting the whole thing into 8.5" squares? Is there a reason?

    I'm using two different fabrics for the centers - 1 yard each - and cut the first yard as directed. I cut the second yard and sewed it into strip sets before cutting it into the square blocks. I got the same number of blocks out of each yard. They are equally square. I just don't get why you would cut 70 strips 2.5X8.5 when you could cut and sew long strips instead.

    Any insights?
    So many quilts, so little time.

  2. #2
    Senior Member nance-ell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    830
    Where did you find the pattern? It may just be the way the original person put it together so they wrote the instructions that way? Maybe someone who has never done strip piecing. You just knew enough to make your life easier
    Nancy

  3. #3
    Super Member JanTx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Posts
    1,469
    It's an online pattern I've used before - but last time I used a layer cake and jelly roll so did not cut it as written in the pattern. Cut each 10" square in half so had 5 inch centers instead of 4.5". Then sewed the 2.5" strips on each side and squared to 9" I think.

    Pattern:
    http://kickassquiltsupplies.com/Share/taketwo.htm
    So many quilts, so little time.

  4. #4
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    29,671
    MSQC has a quilt similar that uses layer cakes and a jelly roll. It was probably a pattern that was developed for pre-cuts and not yardage. I would do strips sets and then cut them too, much easier.

  5. #5
    Super Member 117becca's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    dayton OH
    Posts
    1,875
    If I can make strip sets, I do.....I think it helps make more accurate blocks (and it sure is a heck of a lot faster to put together!!)
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

  6. #6
    Super Member ArtsyOne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Canadian in Minnesota
    Posts
    2,111
    You're right to make it from strip sets - cutting all those individual rectangles would be a complete waste of time. When I look at quilts I always look first to see how they could be made from a strip set because I'm easily bored and like to see results immediately.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

  7. #7
    Super Member virtualbernie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    3,588
    Blog Entries
    3
    May be an old pattern before we saw the benefit if strip piecing.
    Bernie

  8. #8
    Super Member pumpkinpatchquilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    NE Ohio
    Posts
    1,374
    Eh who knows. Sometimes if it's a scrap quilt designers give the number of pieces to cut rather than strip piecing instructions. If it was written for precuts they may just be assuming that you are also using precuts. I think it's helpful to have both instructions really. I can see a purpose for both.
    Valerie Smith - pumpkinpatchquilter
    Obsessed Quilter and APQS Long Arm Machine Quilter
    www.pumpkinpatchquilter.com

  9. #9
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Northern Indiana
    Posts
    1,754
    Blog Entries
    14
    As soon as I saw the pattern, I know why you asked. I have that pattern too and the first time I was going to make it, read the instructions a couple of times and said "strip sets", and have done it that way ever since.

  10. #10
    Super Member coopah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Horse Country, FL
    Posts
    6,129
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by 117becca View Post
    If I can make strip sets, I do.....I think it helps make more accurate blocks (and it sure is a heck of a lot faster to put together!!)
    Totally agree! Plus, the more cuts, the more sewing of small pieces, the more chance for mistakes...at least for me.
    "A woman is like a tea bag-you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt

  11. #11
    Super Member AZ Jane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Phoenix, AZ
    Posts
    2,665
    When I look at it, I see fence rail, just turned differently?????
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

  12. #12
    Super Member karenpatrick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Rosedale, Indiana
    Posts
    1,999
    A lot of patterns have been around a long time - before we got smart and figured out how to do strip sets.

  13. #13
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    70
    It's possible they wanted the 2.5" strips cut on the lengthwise grain to help keep them from stretching, making the blocks more stable, since they are fairly large pieces. Otherwise, I don't know either.

  14. #14
    Super Member Yarn or Fabric's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    3,393
    I use strip sets whenever I can. I have also learned to read the instructions ahead of time especially with online "designers" sometimes the way they do things is not the most efficient or intelligent way. I made one quilt that taught me that. There was a lot of matching of points that was totally unnecessary had it been constructed a different, easier way. I really should rewrite that pattern and save others from the same fate I had...

  15. #15
    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Clay Springs AZ
    Posts
    3,223
    Alot of profressionals do things the hard way, such as Fons and Porter.
    Eleanor Burns is into simple and easy ways so have alot of her patterns.

  16. #16
    Senior Member stchenfool's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    520
    Quote Originally Posted by JanTx View Post
    It's an online pattern I've used before - but last time I used a layer cake and jelly roll so did not cut it as written in the pattern. Cut each 10" square in half so had 5 inch centers instead of 4.5". Then sewed the 2.5" strips on each side and squared to 9" I think.

    Pattern:
    http://kickassquiltsupplies.com/Share/taketwo.htm
    That is a really good idea! Thanks for sharing
    Love 4 stchen

  17. #17
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    2,041
    Yes this pattern could be strip sewn. There are MANY was to peice a quilt and this is just one of them. Actually it may be easier for beginners since it can be tricky to sew a 44" strip and get it all even with not bowing! The cut pieces can be chain sewn which would seed up the process!!!!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.