While I am unsure where I gathered the idea in my internet quilt travels, I thought of a way to make 4 patches using the 2" squares that I cut out and save. While 2" is still small, it is not insane.
However, I still need to figure out how to do these for 9 patches, because I will lose it sewing 1" squares. So if you know, please comment!
I started with a white 2" square and a batik 2" square and sewed seams on opposite two sides, using chain piecing.
Next, after setting the seams, I cut them in half.
Then, I pressed them open.
I layered them, nesting the seams, with opposite colors (white next to color). The photo does not show them perfectly matched, because I am trying to show the nesting placement. The edges were matched up.
Then the opposite 2 edges were sewn, chain pieced.
Now, if I can figure out a way to do 9 patches....