Instead of sewing together long rows of blocks or units, designer Kristin Esser uses a technique she calls “chunking.”

May 11, 2021
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Working in increments of four rows, she sews together units or blocks in pairs across the first four rows. Then she makes Four-Patch units from the pairs. Sewing four of the Four-Patch units together, she creates a 16-Patch block. Kristin repeats this process, making as many 16-Patch blocks as the design allows.

Depending on the size of the quilt, this approach may not always work out evenly for creating Four-Patch units. In that case, simply add remaining units or blocks in each row to the last Four-Patch unit.

Kristin presses her seams open during the construction process to make it easier to assemble the quilt top.