The popularity of pre-cut fabric packs like jelly rolls has made it easier than ever to put together modern patchwork projects. Pre-cuts are a real time-saver, especially if you're making a full-size patchwork quilt.
|'Tuesday' pillow by Malka Dubrawsky.
Photo by Malka Dubrawsky
Another time saver is chain piecing: stitching together a multiples of the same shape without cutting your thread.
"I liken chain piecing to having an electric garage door opener--it's not essential, but it's so amazingly handy," says quilt artist and author of Fresh Quilting Malka Dubrawsky. Her 'Tuesday' pillow is featured on the cover of Craft Tree Patchwork Pillows.
How to Chain Piece
1. Place 2 squares right sides together.
2. Beginning with the first pair, machine stitch the squares together, maintaining a ¼" seam allowance.
3. Once the first pair of squares has passed underneath the presser foot, sew a couple of extra stitches while gently holding the seamed squares. This creates a small chain of stitches separating the first pair of squares from the next. Do not cut the thread.
4. Position a second pair of squares under the presser foot and stitch. As in the first pair, continue stitching past the edge of the fabric. Repeat this process until all the squares are stitched into pairs.
|Snipping apart chain pieced fabric squares.
5. Use thread snippets or scissors to snip the pairs apart, as shown.
Now that you know this trick, how about putting together a patchwork pillow this weekend? There are 20 patchwork patterns to choose from in Craft Tree Patchwork Pillows
from contemporary to cute. Check it out now.
P.S. What time-saving tricks do you know for piecing patchwork? Share in the comments section below.