Chain piecing for faster sewing of quilt blocks

Chain Piecing! How you ask?

To illustrate this method I will use Block A – Log Cabin Block from the #purpledelightno3quiltstudioqal2018.

Step 1 – Calculate the total number of patches for your quilt

To calculate the total number of patches required your quilt you will need to work out as shown in the table below:

  • Number of patches required for each template = X.  
  • x  Total number of blocks required for your quilt = Total number of patches required for each template.
Block A
Template Number of Patches (X) Total number of Blocks  Total number of Patches
A 1 Purple 12 12
B 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
C 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
D 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
E 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
F 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
G 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
H 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
I 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
J 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
K 1 Green 12 12
L 1 White 12 12

Step 2 – Cutting your patches

  • Referring to the table above cut out the total number of patches for each template and layout your patches according to your block plan on your cutting mat.

Step 3 – Chain sewing your patches 

  • Pin patch K onto patch L as shown in image 1.
  • Sew all your patches one by one as shown in image 2 and 3.
  • Once sewn remove the pins and cut the linking threads and iron to flatten the seams as shown in image 4.
  • Repeat the process with patches J, I, H and so forth.
  • This way my log cabin blocks are being sewn much faster by chain sewing (see image 8).

Hope you all find this tip useful.  Please find all previous posts for #purpledelightno3quiltstudioqal2018  here.

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