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Cylinder method of strip piecing with Valerie Nesbitt

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Cylinder Method workshop notes:

Cut a strip of each of your fabrics – they need to be the same width as each other – say 3” *

Lay them out in a pleasing colour arrangement – remembering that the last one will, at some point, also need to be pleasing with the first one.

No need yet to decide on which is the f and last.

Sew together with a seam allowance (1/4” is best but whatever your machine gives you is fine). You will use this seam allowance throughout.

If you have long pieces – i.e. longer than 22” – it is best to try and sew down when joining the first pair and then when adding the third strip to sew back up in the opposite direction. – it will keep your strip flat, even up the fabric drag and stop any rainbow effect happening

Press seams in one direction – gently just to keep the strip flat.

When all the pieces are sewn together you need to make it into a cylinder – again make sure the fabrics are flat – either use gravity by hanging them or place them flat on your table top – right sides together.

When the cylinder is made you have to cut across to make segments; the segment size is the same as the strip size - * in this case 3”.

Make your ruler do the work by placing any of the cross lines of the ruler on one of the middle seams/raw edges; give yourself a straight edge and then cut your segments

You may need to straighten up the outside edge from time to time – this is normal. – and will keep your segments square.

Once cut; turn right side out and then decide where to unpick;

The first unpicked section becomes your pattern piece from which you can then work.

This technique works for things like Trip Around the World and Bargello and anything else where the colours remain in the same sequence.

If you need to sew more than one set of pieces remember that the pattern piece is your guide – the sequence always remains the same.

Happy Sewing

 

 

 

 

 

Cylinder Method of Strip-Piecing Patchwork

The cylinder method of construction works so well for patterns where the fabrics remain in the same colour sequence - Trip Around the World, Bargellos, Light and Shadow; it is brilliant for all sewers as it is not dependant on an accurate 1/4" seam allowance - you just need to be consistant.

 

Quick and Easy with fabulous results.

 

See how this applies to the Trip Around the World and Bargello patterns too.

 

 

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