Diane Harris explains why you want to have the stitch and flip in your box of quilting skills. You will find that this method uses squares and rectangles to end up with triangular shapes without having to cut or sew triangles or sew along a bias edge. Look at multiple examples ranging from a flying geese unit to a square in a square unit.
Also, check out this video using the stitch and flip method to create a wonderful landscape quilt.
Flying Geese Units – stitch and flip
Diane explains that typically Flying Geese units will be twice as wide as they are long. She shows how layering two squares and one rectangle, along with marking a diagonal will get make you a stitch and flip professional in no time. Then she details how to mark, stitch, cut and press to get your triangles.
This stitch and flip process is also great for creating square in a square shapes. Watch Diane take you through this process for creative new results.
Parallelogram Units – stitch and flip
Diane also takes you through the time savings you can get using stitch and flip techniques for parallelograms and snowball quilt block units.
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The fabric nowadays like Riley Blake and Kona for instance are sew thick it’s like sewing with burlap. I’ve sewn for 50 years but quilting a year. I’m now disgusted with the fabrics. It’s almost impossible to simply stitch and flip without coming up short. Stitch to the inside and the point frays out the side. I would like to know who sells a good quality smooth cotton not this burlap they’re calling fabric you can see thru and sand your furniture with. I’m ready to go all batiks but grandkids don’t like it. Can you tell me which manufacturer sells the best fabric?
Hi Terri. Unfortunately this comes down to personal preference, so I can’t necessarily give you a list. If you are able to, I would recommend going into a quilt shop and feeling the fabrics. When you find one that has the perfect feel for you- find out who manufactures that fabric and then you can begin looking for and buying fabric lines manufactured by them.
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Hi – this is so helpful – I love learning new “shortcuts”. As another viewer mentioned, proportions would be helpful. For instance – the parallelogram – when you lay the two squares down on the rectangle, it looks as if there is roughly half the width of a square between them. If the squares are 2” square, that would make the rectangle 5” x 2”. Would that be correct? Thank you.
Here’s what the experts had to say about your question:
Yes, you are right in that the squares are half of the rectangle. If you are familiar with this same stitch and flip technique for constructing Flying Geese units, the parallelogram is actually made from the same size pieces, you just stitch the diagonal lines on the squares going in the same direction, parallel to one another, as opposed to coming together at the center like a Flying Geese Does.
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Love the video . I hope i will remember all this when it comes to doing it. Thanks
Excellent video. Excellent teacher! Very clear, easy to watch and understand. Thank you!
Ticket 31850 Hi. I am relatively new to quilting and I’m doing a placemat that has a 3.5″ square and half triangles to make one larger square. I was using 3″ square and cutting on the diagonal to make the half triangles, however, I think your method is much simpler. Are you able to help with the geometry of this? I am so mathematically challenged. Thanks.
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Keep up the good work and you’ll make a quilter out of me yet.
Excellent video!! Every part of it! I especially liked the tape idea at the end.
Thannk you so much.
A lot of waste…
Great idea- using tape to mark machine for stitching corner to corner. Thank you.
It would be helpful to have block dimensions to help with making the different blocks.
I realize you couldn’t provide dimensions of the individual pieces you were using, but knowing the ‘proportion’ of the pieces to each other would be helpful. For instance, in the first “no name” unit, it appears that when laid right sides together, the square unit covers more than 1/2 the length of the rectangle. Am I correct or is it simply an optical illusion. Thank you for sharing your expertise.
Hi, Lois! I have done this type of piecing. However, it is entirely dependent on the pattern you are using. I use rectangles and two squares. So if the rectangle is 1 1/2 x 3 the squares are 1 1/2 x 1 1/2. Hope this helps!