Quilting: How to Chain Piece for Faster Quilting


Hi I’m Margarita and I’m working on a quilt today and it’s going really fast. I’m chain piecing the squares and you can see, over here, there’s the chain. If you’ve never seen this done before, let me give you a close up look, okay? And if you’re new to chain piecing, you can use a quarter-inch foot if you’d like. Start on the fabric, and bring the feed dogs up, is always helpful, [sound of sewing machine] Now before I’m all the way through the end, here, I’m going to line up my next set. And again, you could have always watch a TV show or listen to some music and did that portion. So, I’m just going to keep feeding them right on through. [sewing machine sounds] Before I get to the end here, I’m going to slow down, grab my next pieces, and match them up.
[sewing machine sounds] Before I get to the end here, I’m going to slow down, grab my next pieces, and match them up. looking for my little “V”, right there, and keep right on going. So there’s a little chain piecing demo for you. And I’ve got a few more squares to do.
So there’s a little chain piecing demo for you. And I’ve got a few more squares to do. So I just finished my last one. I’m going to snip the threads.
And I’ve got a few more squares to do. So I just finished my last one. I’m going to snip the threads. And you can see here’s all the pieces of my quilt. And all I have to do now is snip the little bits of thread between them, just like that, and then I’m going to go press them. When I’m making a quilt I press at every stage. So when I sew a seam, I go to the iron, and my pressing pad, and I press it. Now, there’s a world of difference
between ironing and pressing. I’d like to show you. So here’s a pile of the squares that I sewed together with my little chain piecing demo. For pressing, in quilting, there’s two different ways. Most of the time quilters, in their patterns, will have you press your seams to one side. And that’s fine. A lot of the quilting that I do requires that you press your seams open. So, it can be a matter of preference, or or it can be specific to the design of the quilt that you’re working on. So what I’m going to do. Open the seam up very gently, with a little bit of a finger press, just so that I can get the iron in there. I’m not pushing on anything. Not pulling. No stretching. Alright, and the only thing is making sure that there’s no fold in here. So a little bit of, a little bit of pulling. Just the gentlest tug. To make sure that I’m open all the way. I’m going to guide that with my finger. Now, I’m not pushing down. This is right in the air above my seam. Right there. Okay. I haven’t pushed down on the iron yet. But that’s what pressing is. I might hold this. This is a quilter’s press. That’s it. None of this back and forth, side by side. If you do that, you’re going to distort your quilt block. And I cannot tell you how many times I have seen quilters heartbroken. They’re so careful with their cutting. They’re so careful with their piecing. They’ve got the most perfect quarter inch seams you’ve ever seen. And yet their block so distorted. And they don’t understand why. And it’s because they’re ironing their fabric. Okay, you don’t want to do that. You want to press, up and down, that’s it. You’re done. Go on to the next one. Open up the seam or press it to the side, whichever it’s going to be, only making sure that you’re not creating a fold-down at the seam level. The iron is a quarter, or an eighth of an inch, off the fabric. Alright. And then press. That’s it. Don’t move the iron while it’s pressing. Lift it up. You’re done. If you’re not sure that it was right, open it up and check that you don’t have fold. You can press from that side too, if you want to. But don’t move the iron. Lift up and down. That’s it. That’s quilter’s press. I’m Marguerita McManus. This is the quilt book my daughter and I wrote together. The next page is going to have my
website or blog on it. I’d be so thrilled if you’d come by my blog, website, and say hi. If you’ve got any questions at all about quilting I’ll help you the best that I can. And thank you very, very, much for watching my videos.