Speed Piecing Squares and RectanglesThe easiest speed piecing involves involves piecing blocks or block sections composed of squares or rectangles. The general procedure is to calculate the
Four Square Speed Piecing Example
This example demonstrates the piecing of a 4", finished size,
- Calculate the width of the strips to cut. 2" finished square size + 1/2" seam allowance = 2 1/2" cut strip. Cut one strip of this width from each of the fabrics.
- Sew these two strips together using a 1/4" seam allowance and press the seam allowance to one side. The strips should be 4 1/2" wide.
- Square the end of the sewn strip being sure to remove the selvedge from the fabrics. Now, cut the strip into pieces 2 1/2" by 4 1/2".
- Take two of the cut pieces and turn one of the pieces over so the different fabrics are opposite each other. Sew the pieces together using a 1/4" seam allowance and press the seam to one side. The finished block should measure 4 1/2".