Sometimes, however, I lay out a scrap block in a particular order only to sew the wrong sections together. It's so annoying. Here's a way to avoid this problem.
1. Lay out the block as you'd like it.
2: Chain piece pairs of squares from the columns starting at the top left. Place the top left and middle left pieces right sides together and sew. Repeat with top middle and middle pieces, chain piecing them to the previous pair. Repeat again with the top right and middle right. Do NOT cut between these three chained pieces but cut after the third (right-most) one is sewn. (This is where I'd sew an ender to keep the thread from tangling.)
3. Finger press seams to opposite sides and open.
4. Now chain piece the next square in each column to the previous sewing. Place bottom right piece to the right section, right sides together and sew. Repeat with bottom middle piece and middle section, chain piecing them to the previous set. Repeat again with lower left piece and left section. Again, do NOT cut between the chained pieces but do cut after the third one is sewn. (Sew another ender.)
5. Finger press seams to opposite sides and lay open. The block is linked by the sewing thread you didn't cut. Everything should be in order.
|Two sets of chain piecing completed. |
(Sorry, the columns look like rows
so you can see the chaining.)
6. Place left and middle columns right sides together butting seams and sew. Sew an ender. Cut.
7. Repeat with last column. Sew a fourth ender. Press and admire.
The block is now sewn in order. Yea!
Wishing everyone peace and joy throughout the New Year.
Enjoy the day. Ann