Speed piecing is a technique in which larger pieces of fabric are first sewn together then cut to the size required for quilt block. By using this technique, and

This example demonstrates the piecing of a 4", finished size, four square block section.

- 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".

- First calculate the finished size of the pieced square. To the measurement, add 7/8" for seam allowances. For example, 4" finished sized + 7/8" = 4 7/8" width of strip to cut.
- Cut one fabric strip this width from each fabrics.
- Square one end of each fabric strip being sure to remove
the fabric selvedge. Now, on the back of the lighter fabric strip, draw a line
the same distance as the width of the strip from the squared strip end. In the
example this would be 4 7/8". This should create a perfect square. Continue
drawing lines the distance apart down the the fabric strip until the required
number of squares has been drawn.
**Note:**Each square will result in TWO pieced squares so if the pattern calls for four right triangles in each color to be pieced together, the quilter must draw two squares on the fabric strip.

- Next, draw a line dividing each square in half on the diagonal. Draw the dividing line so that they are in opposite directions on each square.
Instead of drawing on your fabric, you can also use Easy Piecing Triangle Templates

- Carefully place the lighter colored strip on top of the darker colored strip with the right sides of the fabic together and the edges in alignment. Sew 1/4" away from each of the diagonal lines.

- Cut the strip apart on each of the marked lines. In the example, this will result in four squares composed of two right triangles measuring 4 1/2". Press the seam allowance to one side.

- The initial strips must be cut the finished square size plus 1 1/4" for seam allowances instead of 7/8". For a square composed of quarter triangles to have a finished size of 4", the initial strips must be cut 4" finished size + 1 1/4" seam allowances = 5 1/4" wide.
Instead of drawing on your fabric, you can also use Easy Piecing Triangle Templates

- After cutting the sewn strips apart on the marked lines, each unit must be cut in half again from the corner, to the middle of the longest side.

- Each marked square will result in four pieced quarter triangle units.

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