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Random Block Piecing

This is a great piecing technique for beginner as it doesn't require matching any seams!

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Step 1

Cut several coordinating fabrics in to 3 sizes of blocks.

Each block is 3-½" wide by the following lengths: 3-1/2, 5-1/2 & 7-1/2.

For our "Blue Cats" jacket we used 1/4 yard of 9 different prints and solids.


Step 2

Cut a variety of each fabric in all three sizes.


Step 3

Layout your pieces in a pleasing arrangement, taking care NOT to have any seams that will match.

Be sure to make the vertical rows long enough to fit your longest pattern piece.


Step 4

Begin sewing each vertical row, right sides together in a 1/4" seam. Press seam to one side.

Hint: I like to stack the pieces of my rows top to bottom, so I don't lose track of the arrangement.

Try doing only 2 rows at a time to avoid confusion.


Step 5

Sew the vertical rows together, right sides together in a 1/4" seam. Press seam to one side.


Step 6
Cut pattern pieces out of pieced fabric. This is where you'll determine how much additional to piece.

You may find you'll need to add a row or two


Step 7

Assemble garment as per patterns instructions.