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Strip Piecing and Geometrics

One of the things that I enjoy the most about quilting is the endless possibilities, how versatile and improvisational it can be.
There are some easy techniques that can lead you to amazing creations. Having this in mind I decided to show how easy it could be to use strip piecing to create different patchy patterns that you can implement for any type of project.

Pillows, pouches, tote bags, garments, quilt blocks, patches, wall arts, coasters, etc.

The more creative you get the more interesting your project will be. The fabric contrast is very important to end up with astonishing design.

Start deciding your color palette and pick five to seven different prints with your choice of colors, I picked six prints from our Marrakesh fabric collection.

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Start cutting WOF strips from each print, you can adjust the size of the strips depending on the size of your project.

You can either cut the strips the same height or different heights to give it dynamism.
I cut some of my strips 1 1/2” x WOF and 1” x WOF to have two different strip sizes.

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Step #2
Now that your strips are cut, start playing around with the placement of the strips until you find one that's appealing to your eye.

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Step #3
When you are done experimenting with your placement, attach the strips together.

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Step #4
To create your template use some thick paper or cardboard to draw some geometric shapes like squares, hexagons, or equilateral triangles that will fit on top of your patched strips.

I personally like to keep my templates so I traced them on construction paper.

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Experiment with the placement layout of your figure before starting to cut, place your chosen template on top and play with it you can try to place it on-point or just turning it to find your desired placement.

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Step #6

When you find the desired placement start cutting the shape on the fabric.

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Step #7
Have fun trying different placements and discovering new patterns.

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Even some of the fabric leftovers could be used.

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I hope this inspired you to play around with strip piecing! Let me know if you have any questions below. 

Until next time,