Week 3 of the 2020 American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt-Along starts on 3/2. The assignment is: Cut strip sets and piece Nine-Patch units. Below you'll find some helpful tips for cutting strips sets, and some answers to questions we've been getting. See more about the Quilt-Along here.

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Any tricks for getting accurate cuts for all these segments?

1. Change your rotary blade before starting. If you've recently changed your blade, wipe your blade clean from lint and dust to ensure it's working the best it can.

2. Square up one short edge of your strip set before cutting your units.

3. Align a horizontal line on your ruler with the center seam of your strip set (instead of aligning your ruler to the top or bottom of the strip set, which can sometimes be distorted) for the most accurate units.

How do I keep track of all these units?

When you're cutting, place them in piles of a certain number (10 units, 25 units, etc). Then you can see at a glance how many you have. If you're losing count, use a small post-in note or piece of paper to write down the number of units, then pin it to the top of the pile.

How do I get all my squares to align in my Nine-Patch units?

Your seams should nest together when sewing segments together (meaning the seams abut against each other instead of overlapping). Once you nest the seams together, pin as necessary to hold everything in place while sewing.

Should I press the Nine-Patch units after sewing two segments together or after sewing all three together?

It's up to you! We think it's easier to press after sewing two segments together, and then again after the third one is added. But do what works best for you!