flip and sew quilt tutorial

please welcome my friend melanie from a sewing journal today who contributed a FANTASTIC quilting tutorial. i am so amazed by this technique i wish i knew this before i started my last quilt which still needs to be finished. with this knowledge here i’m sure it won’t take me long to start a new one. it’s truly so freaking super easy!! check it out.


flip and sew is a quilt-as-you-go technique used when sewing rows of fabric together. as you sew each row together, you sew it to the batting at the same time, eliminating the need to baste the quilt top to the batting after it is finished, as you would do with a traditional quilt.





a few tips:

  • a walking foot for your sewing machine is recommended for this technique. the walking foot will feed the top layer of your fabric through the machine evenly just as the feed dogs do with the bottom layer. there seems to be a great range of prices for walking feet, but for my machine (a brother) they are very inexpensive. ebay is a great place to find them.
  • when sewing long strips together there can be a tendency for the fabric to form an arc. counteract this by sewing from the opposite side every other time and remaining vigilant to the possibility, correcting it as soon as you notice.
  • 1/4-inch seam allowances are traditionally used in quilting, so where i say „sew“ in the tutorial, i’m using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
  • i am demonstrating only this specific technique, you can finish the quilt any way that works for you. you can check my blog, A Sewing Journal, to see exactly how I finished this one.


isn’t this amazing?! doesn’t it open so many new sewing horizons? thank you melanie for this kick ass tutorial. i’ll be checking out the rest on your blog!



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  2. This is a great idea. I wonder why she doesn’t include the backing layer and sew through that at the same time as the other two layers? That would be even easier.
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  3. Jeanny 23. März 2011

    Very beautiful. You know I am not a good sewer. I wish I was. Because this is very very beautiful ♥♡


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