Flip and Sew Method

Flip and sew 4The, “flip and sew method”, is a great way to create quilt blocks. The finished blocks  can then be combined to make a quilt using the, “quilt as you go”, technique that is explained in two different tutorials on this website. I do not give fabric requirements for this tutorial since your square size and finished quilt size will vary. I suggest using scraps from your stash to make your first quilt with this method.

First, decide on how big you wish your squares to be. I chose 10.5″ squares that will be squared off to 10″ when done because that is the size of one of my rulers. I began by cutting out as many 10.5″ squares of backing fabric and batting as I will need. I would suggest a 80/20 cotton, poly batting for this purpose. Lay the batting square on top of the wrong side of the backing square all edges even. You can pin or spray baste if the fabric wants to shift. Cut a variety of fabric strips into various widths. I usually cut my strips anywhere from 1-3/4″ to 1″ but there are no rules. It doesn’t matter how long they are as long as they are long enough to cover the block. You will be trimming them off when you square up the block.

Flip and sew 2Starting with the diagonal corners, lay a strip of fabric, (the blue strip in the picture), on top of the batting. Secure with straight pins if needed. On one long edge of that strip lay another strip with right sides together, matching raw edges. Sew the edges with a 1/4″ seam through all of the layers. Lay another fabric strip on the opposite side, right sides together and raw edges even, sew down the long side through all of the layers using a 1/4″ seam. Now flip the strips open so the right sides are showing and press. Continue adding strips using the same technique until your block is completely covered. be sure to press the strips open after each addition. I sew a strip on one side and then on the opposite side before pressing. It cuts the pressing time in half.

Flip and sew 3You do not have to trim as you go. Your block will look a little shaggy but once it is squared up it will look like the picture below.

Flip and sew 4The back will look like this. Whatever color of thread that you decide to use will be hidden on the front and prominent on the back.

flip and sew 5The back view of my, “flip and sew” square.

Once you have all of your blocks squared up to the same size, it is time to put them together. I would suggest using the, “quilt as you go #1 method” for smaller squares and the, “quilt as you go #2 method” for bigger squares. You can find both tutorials on this website under the teaching button.