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Most blocks can be pieced by hand or by machine. To hand piece it is easier to draw a stitching line around a template of the finished size on the reverse of the fabric and then add a seam allowance before cutting. Following the pattern, place two pieces with right sides together and pin at right angles to the seam. Stitch with a running stitch along the marked line, starting at the seam line not the edge of the piece and finish off with a few backstitches.

Where you have cut out the pieces using a rotary cutter, you will need to mark up the stitching line before hand sewing as these already incorporate a seam allowance/ it is much easier using a sewing machine with a special patchwork 1/4" foot or adjusting your normal sewing foot accordingly. As with hand piecing align the two pieces, pin together at right angles and stitch from edge to edge. Press open.


One way to stitch several pairs of pieces is to chain stitch, stitching one set after another without lifting the presser foot or cutting the threads- cut these apart when finished the chain.

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