Chain Piecing with the Vintage Lace Quilt

Have you ever heard of chain piecing? What about chain piecing your rows? This is probably my BEST tip for quilting, especially for my Vintage Lace Quilt!  It makes things super organized and efficient, which lets you have quicker finish, which then gives you more time to make more quilts! It's a vicious cycle, haha. Plus, it leaves less room for error, since you are creating the same row over and over again.  I think you'll like this method!

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Before I get into the nitty-gritty, let me explain my thought process on this. 

The first two times that I made this quilt, I constructed each panel one at a time. While this was a very gratifying way to do it (you see the quilt evolve quicker), it isn't necessarily the most efficient.


 Lets jump in.

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How to chain piece rows:

First up, we will be making the first row in your panel. Refer to the "Sewing Instructions" page in your pattern. Instead of creating row 1, then row 2 and so on, we are going to create all 8 of our row 1's at the same time. Here's what you'll do:

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Lay out all pieces for your Row 1s like so. You'll notice that I only have 6 rows here instead of 8. That's because I was impatient and and went ahead and pieced 2 panels together. haha. Theres no right or wrong way to do this!
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Place your first and second pieces of the beginning of each row right sides together. (It'll be a Background square with a Color 4 HST). Bring them to your machine and sew your 1/4" seam on the first set of 2 blocks. Then, without snipping your threads, sew the next 2 blocks together. Continue to sew all 8 sets of these blocks together. Once you're finished, leave them all connected. 
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Your finished product will look like this. 
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Next, you are going to take the third pieces of your rows (the background strips) and chain piece them to the other side of the color 4 HSTs.
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Remember not to snip those threads, we are going to just keep adding blocks to our rows!
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Keep adding :)
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If this is your first time working with HSTs, your points will look like this. Once you sew your rows together, your 1/4" seam allowance will create new points on your HSTs.
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Here's another example of how your HST will look once it's sewn to another block.
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Once all of your rows are chain pieced together, it'll look like this...except there will be 8 instead of 6 ;)
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Snip the threads, then press all of your Row 1 seams to one direction. (I pressed mine to the left.) NOTE: Pressing them all in the same direction will help with nesting your seams later on.
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Here is a view of the back side of the row. 
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Then you'll repeat these steps for Row 2. 
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Once your Row 2s are complete, press those seams in the opposite direction of your Row 1 seams. Since I pressed by Row 1 seams to the left, I'll press all of my Row 2 seams to the right.
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Alternating the direction that you press your seams will allow them to "nest" as seen here. This helps with aligning your blocks as you feed them through your sewing machine. It'll also cut down on bulk when you press your row seam open. 
Note: Feel free to use pins to pin your two rows together. When I have nested seams, I don't typically use pins, but that's just my personal preference.
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Once Row 1 is sewn to Row 2, you'll press that seam open.
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After I press my seam open, I always give the right side a good press. 
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Continue to sew all 8 of your Row 1's to all 8 of your Row 2's. 
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Tip: I LOVE LOVE LOVE my wool pressing mat. It really helps me to achieve super flat seams!
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Next, create the subsequent rows. Remember to alternate the direction that you press your seams between the rows. Once you sew those rows together, press that seam open.
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This is such a quick and fun method that saves a lot of time! I hope you found this helpful!
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Happy chain piecing!
Brittany
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1 comment

  • Would you tell me what kona colors you used for this quilt? I saw a comment for sage green but can’t seem to find the other kona colors. I’d really appreciate it. Thank you. Cecilia @ceciliaannmartin on ig

    Cecilia Martin

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