In this lesson, Sharon shows you how to "flash feed" or chain piece your blocks through your sewing machine.

#7 Teresa Findlay 2016-07-21 21:50
good tip. I usually start with a square of fabric but never gave much consideration to ending with a scrap of fabric. Will do that from now on.
#6 Sue 2016-07-20 22:40
I chain piece my blocks when possible, but have had the seams break apart. I have shortened the stitch and take one or two more between pieces and that seems to solve the problem. I also use 2 1/2 inch squares as the leader and ender and when I have two sewn together, I sew two more then those 2 and have 4, etc. When I get 64 in a strip, I take the squares and press them, then add sashing and will have another quilt done in no time!
#5 Paula Donn 2016-07-13 16:48
Paula Donn Very nice video. This technique, called chain piecing, was first introduced in the 70"s by Beth and Jeff Gutcheon. They were way ahead of the times, in many ways. I still get inspiration from their books. You young guys should check them out.
#4 offer 2016-07-13 11:34
I like the tip the LuckyDuck added, to just have some 2 inch blocks always nearby waiting to be the "scrap piece."
#3 mary parks 2016-07-13 11:10
If you I have laid out the blocks on the design wall and have them like I want them to be when the quilt top has finished how do I know how the blocks should be set together? They twist and turn so there is no way of knowing what should be where.
#2 Irene Onderweegs 2016-07-13 06:52
I've been piecing "leaders and enders" in stead of having a parking piece in between.... chain piecing AND L&E piecing will make your stash more productive even. Leaders and Enders are units (being HST or whatever) you can use for "free" quilts, or to have 2 quilts in the making at the same time. Thank you Bonnie Hunter!
#1 Patty 2016-07-13 06:50
I like the others have been doing that for years however I loved the video and you present so well. Thank you Sharon.

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