Stitch and Flip Quilt Tutorial

Duration: 14:33

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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13 Responses to “Stitch and Flip Quilt Tutorial”
  1. Lois

    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.

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      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!

  2. MaryJo

    Excellent video!! Every part of it! I especially liked the tape idea at the end.
    Thannk you so much.

  3. Catherine Fisher
    Catherine Fisher

    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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      Customer Service

      Hello Catherine,

      The experts need more information from you. Can you please let us know what it is that you are trying to figure out?

      We greatly appreciate your business!


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  4. Mara Lovejoy
    Mara Lovejoy

    Excellent video. Excellent teacher! Very clear, easy to watch and understand. Thank you!

  5. Rita Nyland
    Rita Nyland

    Love the video . I hope i will remember all this when it comes to doing it. Thanks

  6. Briege Lennon
    Briege Lennon

    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.

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      Customer Service

      Hello Briege,
      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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