Class 130 Lesson 6: Cutting Segments, Chain Piecing, and Butting Seams

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Sometimes I lack the motivation to begin. Or begin again. Or pick up where I left off. I sometimes have to trick myself into starting. But once I do, I’m always so glad that I did.

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I was so busy doing this lesson, I forgot to take detailed pictures along the way.

Instead, I’ll write out the best parts of the method Harriet teaches:

  • Checking and trimming at every opportunity keeps me present in the piecing.
  • Trimming after pressing really makes strips and blocks beautiful during the process.
  • Methodically stacking and laying out the blocks next to the machine keeps the flow of work at the machine steady and consistent.
  • Chain piecing keeps everything together and going along with less starting and stopping.
  • Butting seams (and using a stiletto to send the fabric under the needle) makes for straighter seams and connections.

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What about you? How do you get started when things are beginning? Do you have a piecing method that works for you?

This post is part of a series where I work through Quilter’s Academy, a book by Harriet Hargrave & Carrie Hargrave. See archives for the rest of the series.

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2 thoughts on “Class 130 Lesson 6: Cutting Segments, Chain Piecing, and Butting Seams

  1. I intend on going through your blog archives. So very interesting. Also, I have a quote for you, if you haven’t used it already: Most things are difficult before they are easy.

    My husband does fused glass and I bought this for him years ago. I forgot about it until I was in his shop last night and saw it sitting on a shelf. Good reminder…

    1. Cindy! Thanks for visiting, I’m happy to have you! I’m totally going to have to use that quote, because it’s just so true. Every time. Sometimes I forget that things I find easy now were once really hard!

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