This is probably going to make some of you go, "well, duh!" But it's a new trick I learned recently that has saved me so much time, I just had to share. I know there are probably a million quilting tricks to save time and this is the first real trick I learned. I'm not really sure what it's called, we just call it chain stitching.
So here it goes. When you are sewing blocks together and you have a whole bunch to sew together, you can stack them up and then sew them one after the other without having to clip the threads in between each one like it shows here in the picture:So you just keep sewing straight through without lifting the presser foot or needle or anything. It will make a chain of thread between each square that you simply clip and tada! you have a whole bunch sewed together.
I am not sure if I explained that very clearly. It's pretty easy to catch on when you see it done. The first time my friend showed me this I was amazed at the brilliance of the idea. Why didn't I ever think of anything like that? I should be embarrassed to tell you how slowly I was moving along before I learned this trick.