– make 2 cuts resulting in 3 strips
– cut the strips at least 2"wide
– the total of the width of the 3 strips equals 10"
I do not what your "sewing time" is like but I have had to learn to sew with interruptions. Sitting down to sew a few seams while the rolls are cooking. This gives me 10 more minutes of stitching before dinner goes on the table. I do have a reputation for a wonderful dinner and sometimes burnt rolls. Sometimes sewing for just 10 minutes is tough and I can't STOP! The following tips help me keep my projects in order for when I do return to them.
I start chain sewing working in the following order:
Join row 1, piece 1 to row 1, piece 2.
Then row 2, piece 1 to row 2, piece2.
Then row 3, piece 1 to row 3, piece 2.
This basically gives you the first 2 vertical rows chain sewn together. Do not cut the threads between the rows. The threads are what help keep the rows in order.
The above picture is what the stack looks like as I worked my way done the rows. It is easy to come back and pick up right where I left off.............. if I have to turn off the smoke alarm
from the burning rolls!
Repeat this process until all of the first 2 sections of the nine patches are done. You will be left with a nice tidy stack in the correct order to add to the other sections.
See how the thread or "chain" keeps the pieces in order if you have to tend to other things.
Chain pieced sections are tough to press and keep the blocks joined by the threads. When sewing the sections together I "force" the seams allowances in the direction I want them to go. When keeping the sections chain sewn together like this, I rarely ever have to pin the pieces together. I wait to press
until the block is completed.
The chain can be cut after every 3rd section. This keeps each block together and ready to sew together.