Coping Strips

Posted by on February 23, 2017

“Sadly these strips are called coping strips because we have to ‘cope’ with the fact that all blocks are not equal…”

What to use coping strips for:

  • Make all blocks equal
  • Make your quilt larger quickly
  • Easiest way to keep your points

Fabric Yardage*:

½” Finished Coping Strips (13” finished block) – 7/8 yard – 1 ½” strips

1” Finished Coping Strips (14” finished block) – 1 1/8 yard – 2” strips

1 ½” Finished Coping Strips (15” finished block) – 1 ½ yard – 2 ½” strips

2” Finished Coping Strips (16” finished block) – 1 ¾ yard – 3” strips

2 ½” Finished Coping Strips (17” finished block) – 2 yard – 3 ½” strips

3” Finished Coping Strips (18” finished block) – 2 ¼ yard – 4” strips

*This assumes that your blocks currently measure at least 11 ½” and does not give you extra yardage if you are pretreating the fabric and it shrinks.

Coping Strip Sewing Instructions:

Sew your strips all the way around your block then square up to the desired size. Remember that finished size does not include your seam allowance. Add ½” to the finished block size to get the size you need to square your blocks up to. (Finished size is 100% done; sewn into your quilt; all four sides sewn to other pieces.)

 To square up: Place large square-up ruler on top of block. Center the ruler over the block and trim all four sides.

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  1. Margie Campbell says:

    Interesting. Might work on grandma’s old blocks that are hand sewn, and not quite even in size.

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