Whimsy Squared

Are you trying to get more done in less time or with less effort? I know I do. When quilting there are some good ways to speed up your quilting with a few simple techniques for chain piecing, strip piecing, and making multiple blocks at a time. Sometimes, making multiple blocks at a time, also improves the piecing, because you minimize sewing on the bias.

Chain piecing means sewing the same pieces in series without cutting the thread between seams. Chain piecing is a repetitive process, which can speed up the process.

Strip piecing is similar to chain piecing. In strip piecing, large pieces are sewn together in one seam, which is even quicker than chain piecing. This large piece is then subcut into smaller pieces. This process is frequently used for nine patch and four patch assembly.

Sewing multiple blocks together at once is a combination of chain and strip piecing. Typical examples of multiple blocks at a time are Half Square Triangles (HST), which can be made two, four, eight or even more at once. These HST are often the basis of other units like Split Triangles, Quarter Square Triangles, and Hourglass. Flying Geese are often made four at a time, which minimizes issues with warping, while making them faster.

Special rulers are available to make other units or blocks at least two at a time. Some examples are:

Whimsy Squared is an example of q quilt that uses several time-saving methods.

Happy Quilting!