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How to Make a Scrap Quilt – Video 3 – How to Join Pieced Strips (and keep the seams lined up)

How to Join Pieced Strips - and keep the seams lined up - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

This is the last video you need to learn how to make a scrap quilt. Mine is a Controlled Chaos scrappy quilt and you’re welcome to sew along. I’m sharing a new block every week.

The whole quilt is a simple collection of two-inch squares.

Watch the video here showing how to cut those squares from scraps. I show two different techniques.

Watch this video to see how to sew them together quickly using the chain piecing technique.

This newest video shows how to join those pieced strips together while keeping the seams lined up for nice, neat intersections.

Here it is!

See? Pins are your friends. 🙂

You’ll use this technique in all kinds of quilts – not just scrap quilts.

I specialize in designing quilts that have no intersecting seams (like this Buttonholes quilt), but most quilts have them and not getting a good intersection is the most obvious “mistake” in any quilt.

So any time you want your seams to line up – grab your pins!

You can see all the posts in the Controlled Chaos series here.

Happy quilting!



  1. Bunny SAYS...

    Wendi, what kind of sewing machine do you have and do you use it to do your own quilting or do you send your quilt tops out to be done? I’m looking at purchasing a new machine with a larger throat so I can quilt my own more easily.

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      I have a Pfaff Lifestyle – a model they don’t make anymore. Mine is a little over 10 years old. I love it – and the built-in walking foot is great. But to be honest, I’m currently coveting a Bernina 750. I test-drove one at Quilt Market last year and the Bernina stitch regulator is amazing. It makes free-motion quilting so easy that even I could do it!

      • Diana SAYS...

        Hope you didn’t buy a Bernina 750 after all … online reviews say it’s a piece of junk and no one at Bernina bothers to service it or replace their defective machines. I still search for the perfect quilter’s machine (and use my 30+ year old Pfaff Tiptronic while I research).

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