Chain piecing is a real time saver when you have many identical units to sew. Here’s how it works.
First, gather all your piecing units into a pile. Next, place the first one under the presser foot and begin sewing your ¼-inch seam. As you come close to the end of the seam, place the next unit in place behind the first unit without lifting the presser foot. Continue sewing the second unit. Then repeat the same action by placing the third unit behind the second unit. Keep sewing until all your units have traveled under the presser foot.
There will be a few stitches between each sewn unit. Lay out your long chain of piecework and clip the individual units apart.
You are now ready to press and square-up your work. Wasn’t that fun?
A little time here and a little time there really adds up over the course of constructing a quilt.