We are going to be learning a technique called “stitch and flip”. It is very easy and you are going to LOVE how it looks in the end! But first we need to mark our machines.
- Raise your presser foot and lower your needle.
- Place a ruler or straight edge right up against the needle. The arrow in the picture above shows the needle against the ruler. Make sure the ruler is straight.
- Place a piece of painters tape right against that edge of the ruler to give you the center line of your needle mark all the way to the edge of your machine.
Now we are ready to stitch and flip!
Some people like to draw a line to help them sew a straight line.
But we don’t have to do that because we have marked our machine. All we have to do is line the bottom right corner on the masking tape and sew from corner to corner. Perfect!!
Sew all 240 rectangles and squares together this way.
Yep, that’s what I said. Chain sew all of them together. Just keep adding another rectangle/square pair under your presser foot until they are all sewn together. You will have a very large bundle of fabric behind your machine when you are done. Yea!! You are doing fantastic!!:)
Don’t worry if the flip isn’t EXACTLY up to the corner. As long as it is CLOSE, within 1/8 of an inch or so, it will be covered when we sew them together:)
Now we are ready to sew them to our blue stripped pieces. Take everything to your sewing area and set them up as in the above picture. We are going to sew the right red piece to the middle blue piece first.
- Place the fabric with the larger piece on top
- Lift it up and press it open. This makes the seam allowance go to the blue fabric and away from the bulky part of our stitch and flip piece.
- Make sure that the seam is very open before you press
Take these blocks back to your machine.
Cut them apart and press open.
Remember to put the larger piece on top and then press open.
Congratulations! We have 120 pretty, finished blocks. SWEET!!
They are absolutely gorgeous!
If any of you are just joining us, you can find the previous lessons here:
- Lesson #1 – Planning
- Lesson #2 – Fabric preparation
- Lesson #3 – Chain Sewing
- Lesson #4 – Stitch and Flip
- Lesson #5 – Lay Out
I hope you all are having as much fun as I am! Until Thursday, –Happy sewing:)
Don’t forget to post pictures of your fabric and progress on Instagram #pinsandstripesqal I will be giving away a jelly roll to someone who posts a picture from all seven lessons and a picture of themselves with their new quilt by the end of July 2017!!