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Thread: I LOVE CHAIN PIECING!!

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    Super Member Boston1954's Avatar
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    I felt like a turtle doing all those half square triangles. Well, I went slowly on purpose so that I could be sure they had proper seams. AND there are 480 of them. Press to set seams. Press open. Cut off "bunny ears". But now that I have gotten to the point of joining them to some rectangles, it feels like I am now in second gear. On the first 120 group, I did 45 yesterday and finished the other 75 in less than an hour today.

    Sure makes a difference when they go in one after the other. I can't believe that when I started quilting in 1992, I used to stop and cut them off one at a time.

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    Way to go! :) When I started I didn't do chain piecing either AND I did back stitching at the beginning and end of each seam!!! No wonder it took years to do a quilt.

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    I was lucky. I learned this timesaver trick on my first project, in 2000.


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    Super Member Boston1954's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    Way to go! :) When I started I didn't do chain piecing either AND I did back stitching at the beginning and end of each seam!!! No wonder it took years to do a quilt.
    Yes, but I bet they will last forever.

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    Aren't all of the tips we pick up and share wonderful :wink: 8)

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    I know what you mean. When I first tried my hand at quilting, I cut all the pieces from cardboard templates.

    BTW, when you do HSTs from only 2 fabrics, there is a grid method that allows sewing a whole bunch of them and then cutting them apart. You still have to press. I haven't seen that method described on the QB (but I haven't looked for it either.)

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    I have always loved chain piecing. I quilt every quilt that way regardless of the instructions in the pattern..lol

    Lynette

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    I like to chain piece also, but lots of times the pattern I am using does not allow me to do that. One I did recently, I had to do one part and then another before I could proceed with chaining. I like to use the width of fabric strips and can't do that with the scraps I'm trying to use.

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    My first quilt class teacher showed us how to chain piece, and I have been forever grateful! :lol: It sure was an eye opener for me! :?

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    I just learned about chain piecing when I went to the quilt retreat in June. Love it! Also learned that I didn't have to back stitch at the start and end of each seam. I love tips!

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