Popular Piecing Techniques – Survey Results


Whether by machine or by hand, there always seems to be something new to try for piecing patchwork. We gathered a list of techniques and asked which you had tried. With over 2000 quilters responding, the results are in!

Picking from a list of techniques, we asked you to note which ones you have used. Here they are in order of popularity:

  • Chain Piecing – 95% of respondents
  • Strip Piecing – 94% of respondents
  • Foundation Paper Piecing – 81% of respondents
  • Stitch & Flip – 67% of respondents
  • Curved Piecing – 66% of respondents
  • Quilt As You Go – 52% of respondents

The least tried techniques were Seminole and Improv Piecing.


What most influences your decision when selecting a piecing technique for a specific project?

  • 2 out of 5 quilters said precision was most important, with time being the least important.

What new piecing techniques have you tried this year? 

Take a look at all the different techniques tried so far this year, and the year is just getting started!

30 degree angles
45 degree cutting and piecing
4-patch Posie
60 degree diamond quilt
60 degree triangles
8 at a time half square triangles
A new technique from Lori Holt for making a 4-patch square
A combination of String Piecing and Stitch & Flip for a particular project.
A pieced Sunbonnet Sue, with curved piecing for the dress and gathered, curved piecing for the bonnet.
Accordion HST
AnglePlay templates
Art Quilting
attic windows
Bargello quilt made by tube
bias half square triangle
Bias strip applique
Blocks on point.
BlocLoc rulers
Bonnie Hunter’s quick triangles
Broderie perse
Cake Mix Recipes
Cat’s Cradle
Cathedral Window
chain paper piecing
chain piecing
Chain piecing using a leader
Checkerboard Dresden
circle piecing using school glue
compass roses with a special ruler rather than paper pieced
Connecting triangles to squares using the technique of positioning the center of the triangle long side at the point of the inner square first.
crazy quilting
Crumb Quilt piecing where nothing matches. I did not enjoy it — but I’m glad I tried it! I need more control for my projects.
Cupcakes by Moda
Curved flying geese
Curved log cabin with Creative Grids ruler
Curved piecing
Curved piecing using quick cut ruler
curved piecing with curvemaster foot
curves with only one pin
Curves without pins
curvy strip
Deb Tucker’s Shaded Four Patch Technique (using strip piecing and her Tucker Trimmer ruler) to make units for a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt project.
Decorative flange
Die cut quilt as you go circle quilt.
Dimensional fabric folding.
disappearing hour glass
Disappearing nine patch
doing large piping with leather foot!
double dresden
Double side piecing
Doubly Charmed pattern using Corner Beam, V Block, and Square
Dresden Plate
Dresden Plate with points
Easy flying geese
easy half square triangles
Eleanor Burns Nouve Wedding Rings.
English paper piecing
English Paper Piecing by Machine
English paper piecing for passaglia
English paper piecing using Katja Marek’s Millefiore patterns.
entire quilt from string blocks, no sashing, no borders, all string blocks!
fabic dyeing
Feathered star paper piecing
Five minute blocks
flat back joining of EPP
Flip and stitch
Flying Geese using a triangle and right angle ruler.
Flying geese using triangles cut to size. With a little practice it was surprisingly accurate.
Flying Geese with WingClipper I tool
Folded square to add a train le to other squares.
Folded corners
Folded fabric Piecing ( Amish Star)
folded jelly roll projects
Foundation paper piecing
Foundation paper piecing using oversized shape to stitch and flip…very little waste.
Foundation strip piecing
Fractured Log Cabin
Free Form Paper Piecing
Freezer paper “paperless” paper piecing
Freezer paper applique
fused applique’
fused curves
Fussy cutting
Giant hexagons with Heather Givans!
Glue basting
Gridded half square triangles
half hex chevron columns
Half rectangle triangles.
Half square triangles that stitch on the outside of the square and cut it apart.
Hand piecing
Hand piecing on a curve.
Hand stitching to keep points accurate.
hexagon log cabins
Hoop Piecing
Hunters star
Storm at Sea
I don’t know what it is called, but it involved folding a layer cake square over a charm square and sewing seams to construct a finished block.
pinwheel quilt using a jelly roll
panel quilt
Impromptu piecing.
improv curved piecing
Improv New York beauty and special rulers for unique stars
Inset seams
iris folding with fabric
walking foot instead of the 1/4 inch foot
Jelly roll piecing
Jenny Join by Jenny Haskins.
Joining wool blocks
Kimberly Einmo’s flying geese and pinwheels with one pin.
Landscape piecing
Landscapes with fabric “chips”.
Leaders & Enders
Lemoyne stars
Log cabin
Log cabin without cutting each piece. I took a strip and sewed the squares to it.pressed the seam and then cut.
Long arm piecing
Making a braided style quilt block that was trimmed to size after construction. All bias edges – tricky!
making pieced borders and floating borders to make pieced borders fit; also cutting mitered borders to fit before stitching onto the quilt
Mariners compass by Robin Ruth Designs
marking squares on strips, then marking triangle lines & sewing same before cutting apart
micro piecing
Miniature hand
miniature paper piecing
miniature piecing
modified paper piecing
Mosaic quilting
New stars using wing clipper flying geese
New York Beauties circular paper piecing.
new york beauty block foundation pieced
nine patch window pane
One block wonder
one seam flying geese
paper cutting
Paper piecing
Paper Piecing by folding and not stitching through the paper.
paper piecing curves
Paper piecing half square triangles.
Paper piecing using freezer paper
Partial seams
Picture piecing with Cynthia England
Piece and slash
Piecing after precision cutting.
Piecing for tuffets
piecing in the hoop with embroidery machine
Piecing large than I need and trimming down to needed size.
Piecing using machine embroidery stitches on ravelly fabric (linen).
Piecing with scraps.
pineapple block piecing
Pojagi with Margaret Wolfe
Precision piecing
Precut 10in and 5in techniques
Quick piece triangle units
Quilt as you go
Quilt made of wedges
Ribbon border
S Curve
scissor cutting–no ruler allowed!
Scrap piecing
Scrappy string quilting
Serger Piecing
Set in corners
set- in corners with large strip-piece block.
Setting in circles with a sewing machine using freezer paper, painter’s tape, and dots of glue. Fun, easy, and accurate!!
sew and slash and then sew again
Simple Folded Corners tool
slice and dice
slice and insert
spider web paper piecing
Square in a square
Square up
Stack and whack
Stained glass by hand
Stitch & flip
Stitch and flip curves on batting to quilt as you go
straight line piecing of a landscape
String piecing
Strip peicing
Strip Tubing
Stripy stars
Swizzle sticks
inserting triangles into stars so they don’t have to be paper pieced.
triangle in a square with tri recs template
Triangle Rectangles
Tube piecing
Tubetacular Ruler Techniques
Tucker Trimmer
unusual shapes in English paper piecing
Used Totally Stable (by Sulky) stabilizer to draft and join 12 30-degree wedges for a large center medallion quilt
Using a tiny dot of Roxanne’s Glue Baste It (near the edge of the fabric, careful not to get near the stitch line) instead of pinning pieces to match points and corners better than pinning. I was skeptical, but tried it and it works great. Seems much quicker.
Using two 2.5″ sqs. to be the “leaders” under the needle while I am actually piecing bigger blocks for a quilt top. When all of the bigger blocks are sewn, I collected the small shapes, cut of extra threads, and pressed their seam to one side. I put two small shapes together while I finished longer seams on the larger blocks that were forming.
Wavy line by Rosalie Dace
Y Seam


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