Todays QM Short comes courtesy of Donna Amos, a member of the 2011 QM Scrap Squad. It’s a great tip and a real time saver! Donna lives in Decatur, Arkansas and blogged about her Scrap Squad experience.
Recently I had a large stack of rectangles (over 100) that called for using stitch-and-flip. I dislike marking all those squares and thought there had to be a faster way than drawing a line on each one. This is what I came up with. (This will work with half-square triangles also.)
Heres the rectangle with a square to be added. Cut a narrow strip of paper, lightweight cardboard (cereal box weight or file folder) or lightweight sandpaper like you see on the right above. I used cardboard.
Place the square on top of the rectangle, right sides together.
Lay the cardboard strip across the square, corner to corner. Cardboard should be a little longer than the distance from corner to corner.
Sew along the straight edge of the cardboard, holding the cardboard in place while sewing. Chain as many as you wish.
You’ll get a perfect diagonal seam.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″.
Set the seam by pressing over the stitching and then flip the smaller patch open and press.
A perfect diagonal line without marking each square!
Many thanks to Donna Amos for sharing her photos and text with Quilty Pleasures. We really appreciate the great job she did.