Top 10 Tips for New Quilters – Quick Piecing Techniques
Welcome to this week’s installment of the Top 10 Tips for new quilters. Today’s topic is Quick Piecing Techniques. For the complete line up of weekly tips, please see this page.
Chain Piecing Technique
Chain Piecing is one of the most basic time saving methods. This method involves lining up your sets and sewing without cutting the threads between units.
Line up your pairs of pieces beside your machine. In this case, my pieces are equilateral triangles.
Feed your pieces under the presser foot, keeping the units close together.
Keep feeding the pieces into your machine until you have a chain of pieces behind your machine. Cut the thread between the last two units, leaving one sewn piece under the back of the presser foot.
The chain piecing method makes it easy to transport your sewn units to the ironing board without messing up the order of your sets.
Not only does chain piecing save time – it also saves thread. Clip the thread between units prior to pressing.
Strip Piecing Technique
Strip Piecing is another great way to save time and achieve accuracy.
Using width of fabric (WOF) strips, cut along the crosswise grain, sew them together along the entire length. For this sample, my strips were 2″ wide.
Press the seams. For more on pressing seams, please see this page.
Remove the selvage end and cut the strip into 2″ wide units.
This method can be used for blocks such as this simple 4 patch block.
Using pairs of the units cut from your strip piecing, chain piece the pairs together.
Remove the chain of sewn units and transport them to your ironing board.
Cut the units apart and press the seams.
And here is your humble 4 patch block.
Which can lead to the making of this precious “County Lanes” quilt. This quilt is made using your 4 patches and some strip pieced cross units.
Strip piecing can also be used for 9 patch blocks. This time use three WOF strips in blue/white/blue and three WOF strips in white/blue/white. Cut the strip pieced lengths into 2″ widths and arrange as shown.
For this sample, I pressed the seams to the dark side.
Pressing seams to the dark side will help your seams to “nest” when you sew your units together.
The completed 9 patch block.
Once you have tried the strip piecing method, this opens the door to so many other wondrous options such as: St. Louis 16 Patch, Irish Chain, Checkerboard, Scrappy Trip Around the World, Easy-Peasy Log Cabin, Rail Fence, Granny Square, Lone Star
Did I miss any? I am sure you can think of others!!! Let me know in the comments!
SUPER TIP: Looking for another way to save time? Try this No Waste Flying Geese tutorial today!
Hope you enjoyed this week’s tips on quick piecing techniques.
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