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Recently I was at the Golden Triangle Quilt guild. Several of the students were using an very interesting tool: The Strip Stick.

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This pressing tool, called The Strip Stick, is perfect for strip piecing and makes ironing seams a snap without distorting previously pressed seams. 

How does it work?  The fabric is placed over the Strip Stick, as shown here. This helps prevents the distortion of previously pressed seams.

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Other uses include pressing blocks with intersecting seams and keeping seams straight. I’ve tried the Strip Stick and it is wonderful tool. I now keep one next to my iron!

To see an interview with Anne Babb, the creator of The Strip Stick, visit the Chisled in Cloth Blog.

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