HOW TO CHAIN PIECE AN ENTIRE QUILT TOP
I'm sharing how to chain piece an entire quilt top. It's a useful technic when you make a pixel quilt.
I used this technic when I made COUNTRY LOVE quilt and it made my work so easy and quick!
*** Although the instruction doesn't mention about chain piecing. I thought it's not for everyone and it could make some of the beginner quilters confuse if not familiar with this technique. ***
First, prepare all the squares you need.
You have to make some four patch blocks too.
Layout the top according to the instructions. PLEASE make sure that your layout is perfect! If you make a wrong layout then you have to fix it later. (And it's pain to do! Yes, I'm telling you from my own experience!)
And also snap a photo of the top in case you need to fix later...
I wrote the numbers on the piece of papers and place them on top of the each column.
I don't prepare the numbers for the rows but I marked in the photo so that it's easier for you to see.
Make a set of squares for each column. Let's start with 1st Column. As you see in the photo above, Row 1 should be the top, Row 2 is 2nd from the top (repeat 4,5,6....) and the last row is the bottom of the set.
You have a set of squares for Column 1.
Place a piece of paper with the number on top of a set for Column 1. I used a wonder clip to hold a set. This way you know this set is for Column 1.
Keep going! It's simple process but it takes time.
Now you have all the sets for column!!! Now you just need to piece them together!
Gather Column 1 and 2.
Take Row 1 from each set.
With the right sides together (RST), layer the Column 2/Row 1 square onto the Column 1/Row 1 square as shown in the photo above.
Make sure the bobbin thread is full before sewing!
It happened to me.... I was too concentrate on sewing the squares that I didn't notice the bobbin thread was out and still kept sewing... then I saw a lot of unsewn squares on the table. And it was difficult to figure out the order....
Sew 1/4" away from the right side of the edge. Do not cut the tread and leave the pieced squares where it is.
I recommend to use the back stich for the beginning of the Row 1 and ending of the last row for each column to secure.
When you start sewing Row 1 for each column, keep the thread longer for the beginning. So that you know which side is the start (top). You could get confused when you have many pieces. Or maybe just me...
Take 2nd row from each column. RST, layer the Column 2/Row 2 onto the Column 1/Row 2.
Sew the squares 1/4" away from the right side of the edge. Again do not cut the thread. Repeat the process until the last row is sewn.
This is how chain piecing look like. Pieced squares are connected with the thread.
Here is how it looks after sewing Column 1 and 2.
Next, bring a set of Column 3.
RST, layer the Column 3/Row 1 onto Column2/Row1.
Sew 1/4" away from the right side of the edge. Do not cu the thread until you sew the last row.
Repeat the process for the Column3/Row2 and the rest.
Column 3 is done!
As you see the photo above, more you sew the squares from the sets of column, more rows grow.
Repeat the process for a set of Column 4 and the rest of the sets.
All the rows are pieced and connected with the thread.
This is before sewing the pieced rows. Checking the layout one more time. It looks okay!
I think this is totally personal preference. I prefer to press the seams before sewing the pieced rows. You may press the seam after putting all the rows together. So feel free to chose the way you would like.
To press the seam allowances, alternate the direction of each row. For example, first row to the right, second row to the left, third row to the right... And continue the process with the rows that follow.
After pressing the seams, RST, sew the rows together. Again I recommend to use the back stich for the beginning and ending of each row to secure.
1st Row and 2nd Row are pieced. Continue the process and press the seam toward one direction.
Finished the top!
Chain piecing is a great technic and very useful! I hope you enjoy this tutorials!