QM Shorts: No-Mark Stitch & Flip


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.short2 QM Shorts: No Mark Stitch & Flip

Place the square on top of the rectangle, right sides together.short3 QM Shorts: No Mark Stitch & Flip

Lay the cardboard strip across the square, corner to corner. Cardboard should be a little longer than the distance from corner to corner.short4 QM Shorts: No Mark Stitch & Flip

Sew along the straight edge of the cardboard, holding the cardboard in place while sewing. Chain as many as you wish.short5 QM Shorts: No Mark Stitch & Flip

You’ll get a perfect diagonal seam.short6 QM Shorts: No Mark Stitch & Flip

Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″.short7 QM Shorts: No Mark Stitch & Flip

Set the seam by pressing over the stitching and then flip the smaller patch open and press.short8 QM Shorts: No Mark Stitch & Flip

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.

Comments (2)

  • JoAnn T

    Wow. I have made TONS of HSTs by drawing lines. Wish I had thought of this. I would have felt so smart!

    December 4, 2017 at 11:23 am
  • Andrea C

    Thanks so much. I really dislike all that marking as well. What a great tip! will be trying it today!!!

    December 4, 2017 at 2:14 pm

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