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.
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.
Chain stitch the strips together in pairs.
Snip the threads and press each pair open.
Randomly pair up the units and then chain stitch them together. Snip the threads and press open.
Repeat until you have a complete row. Measure the unit and add strips until it measures at least 12 1/2 in (32cm).
Make two or three more rows in the same way, varying the width of the rows. Turn a section horizontally to add contrast.
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.
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!