Alex says I am sew smart. "Get it, Mom, SEW smart?" Actually, necessity is the mother today. Here is how it all started. In our continuing saga of Mary's Log Cabin, I mixed up Logs 11 & 12. I used the longer in place of the shorter. 48 blocks. When I got to Log 12 application, and was finally forced to recognize my mistake, it was too late. I had already trimmed the too-long Log 11s, so I couldn't rip them out and trade them to their rightful place. Luckily (to say the least), I had some full 42" strips left over, but not enough to risk a cutting error. Instead, I decided to attach my cabin blocks directly on top of the remaining strips in chain-piecing fashion. Voila! This is SEW easy! I will never cut bars again!! I will never have to cut squares again either!!! Except for the first piece of a block, of course. From now on, I only cut strips, chain piece, and clip to size.