This is called the "stack and sew" method. I learned about it at a retreat last year. This method has added years on to my life! Basically after you've placed your squares on your design wall (or floor), it's a way of picking up the squares in a certain order into 1 big stack, then sitting down at your machine and chain-piecing the stack together.
Read through all directions before starting, and you will see just how easy it is.
I'm using JenKingwell's new line called Gardenvale.
On the design wall, I have 4 inch squares, placed in a drunkard's path design, 10 squares across, 8 squares down.
Place a pin through those first 2 squares on the top right side, indicating your sewing direction.
Double check to make sure you have your first square (marked with your diagonal pin) on the bottom side of those first 2 squares.
Now work down the second column, and place each square on to the square to it's left in the first column, all the way down.
Continue collecting the columns as previously explained, laying the column on the floor until you have collected all the columns. Your design wall should be cleared off (that's my favorite color toe-nail polish)
Now you're going to pick up the first stack you laid down on the far left. It should have that pin on the right hand side.
Finished product. That took me a couple hours because I'm slow, but it used to take me a day, as i carefully picked up 1 row at a time and carried it to my machine. Keep these instructions handy, you may need a quick refresher each time you need to use this method.
Just in case you're wondering, this drunkard's path has intentional un-matched corners, or it wouldn't be a true drunkard's path, right? :)
but next time I WILL purchase a ruler, and will not use the lid to my crock pot. Then my circles won't look like rounded diamonds.
Thanks to my crazy retreat friends who taught me this method. I asked them to leave me a comment, but most of them are technically challenged :)