Easy Quilting with Chain Pieced Strips

Chain piecing is a method of quickly stitching strips or squares one after the other on a sewing machine without stopping between each one to break the threads. This is a particularly good technique for using up scraps and it doesn’t matter how wide the chain pieced strips are. In fact, the more varied the strip widths, the more effective the finished block. For contrast, throw in a horizontal unit into a mostly vertical block and vice versa.

Easy Quilting with Chain Pieced Strips

How to make a quilt block using chain pieced strips:

From a variety of different fabrics cut sixteen strips each about 3in–4in (7.5cm–10cm) long and 1in–11/2in (2.5cm–4cm) wide.

easy quilting with chain piecing

Chain stitch the strips together in pairs.

easy quilting with chain pieced strips

Snip the threads and press each pair open.

easy quilting with chain pieced strips

Randomly pair up the units and then chain stitch them together. Snip the threads and press open.

easy quilting with chain pieced strips

Repeat until you have a complete row. Measure the unit and add strips until it measures at least 12 1/2 in (32cm).

easy quilting with chain pieced strips

Make two or three more rows in the same way, varying the width of the rows. Turn a section horizontally to add contrast.

easy quilting with chain pieced strips

Now stitch all the rows together. Add a strip to increase the block size if desired. Trim the block down to about 12 1/2in (32cm) square.

easy quilting with chain pieced strips

That’s one block completed! Repeat to make as many blocks using chain pieced strips as desired for an easy quilt that you’ll treasure forever!

QuiltImprov_PBF.inddThis project was excerpted from Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers. Take inspiration from simple objects to create 12 beautiful, contemporary quilt blocks. Create original quilts from each block design and adapt them to your own style. Learn how to interpret print, pattern and shapes into unique quilting ideas and experiment with a range of innovative techniques for impressive, professional results. Covers techniques such as square piecing, basket weave, half-square triangles, chevrons, quarter circles and portholes.

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