why sew extra seams?
From time to time I see a pattern that I think I could simplify and I'm wondering if you generally sew patterns exactly as they are published, or do you adjust them if you have an easier way of putting the block together?
For example, I was looking at the Double Irish Chain directions on Quilter's Cache and I noticed that the instructions on the top of page 2 say to sew color 3 strips to color 3 to make a larger piece of color 3. Why wouldn't you just cut a larger piece of color 3 in the first place? The only reason that I can think of is that by doing it the way it is described you can then nest your seams when putting it all together - but all things equal, wouldn't you rather have fewer seams?
Here is a link that might be useful: Double Irish Chain directions