This tip makes strip piecing easier and less confusing, plus it gives you a different perspective on your fabric, which is especially helpful when you have many different prints to use in your quilt. After cutting all of my strips, I placed them on my wooden indoor drying rack. On one side I draped all of the blue strips, and on the other, I draped all of the yellow. It makes it so much easier to choose which prints go together best when I'm piecing each block-not to mention how much less cluttered my sewing room is.

-Karen Goodwin
Plymouth, Massachusetts

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