Helpful Hint


Recently I saw a helpful hint that I wanted to share – how to keep your blocks in the correct order when you take them from the design wall to the sewing machine – no matter how careful I am at this sometimes I get them facing the wrong way or out of order.

I saw the following hint on Tim Latimer -Quilts Ect. –Tim is from Michigan and has a quilt accepted for the upcoming Michigan AQS show – congratulations to you Tim! I hope you get a ribbon.  Tim is  also is a contributor to the Celebrate Hand Quilting blog as I am.

Anyhow to get back to the helpful hint that I saw on Tim’s blog – masking tape!  We use it for so many things, marking quarter inches on our sewing machines, tape for seam lines, tape for quilting lines – why not holding the row together so it doesn’t get out of order?

Here I have my row already on the design wall – now I need to get it to my sewing machine in the correct order – but I have a small sewing room – no room for a design wall – I need to get this row to the next room and not loose track of the order.  If I stack it up I sometimes still make a mistake.  Simple – pull out a long piece of tape and gently stick it to your row.


A bigger photo of the row:


Gently take the row to your sewing machine – I have a small area to sew in so I put up a small fold out table near me and place the row carefully on the table. Starting from one side I remove one piece at a time and sew.  I haven’t messed up yet and I have been using this method since I started.


I have  2-X’s that I want to move before I get to anymore sewing – as I see the X in the 5th row 3rd from the left that I don’t like there – I am going to move the blue one next to it in that spot and the red print where the blue is.  Other than that I think this is the set up.


Hope your weekend is going smoothly.  We are slightly cooler than we had been and have first now at 12:46 reached 91 degrees and it is cloudy!  Rain later maybe? Who knows.  There have been a few days over the past month when it was 91 already at 10 AM.

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15 comments… add one
  • Vera Aug 5, 2012

    Thanks for this tip, don’t know why I hadn’t thought of that!
    It’s a little cooler over here in the eastern part 83 and cloudy which helps alot.
    Have a good Sunday.

  • Angie Aug 5, 2012

    LOVE this idea—thanks so much for sharing it with us. 🙂
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  • Donna Aug 5, 2012

    Great idea on the masking tape–could have used that earlier this year, and definitely will again soon. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Debra Aug 5, 2012

    Great idea using the masking tape. Now my problems will be remembering it for the next time I need it .
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  • Tim Latimer Aug 5, 2012

    the top is looking great!
    glad that the tape is working out for you
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  • Pip Aug 5, 2012

    That is such a great tip, I’m always mixing my blocks up. You are getting that quilt put together PDQ, happy that you are getting a bit of cooler weather and hope you get rain soon.
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  • Sandie Aug 5, 2012

    Love your top! And thanks for the masking tape tip! I’ll have to remember it. 🙂 Have a great week!
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  • Vivian Aug 5, 2012

    Now why didn’t I think of that.
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  • Toqua's Crafts Aug 6, 2012

    One of those “DUH” moments!!
    Why didn’t we all think of this?
    I can even use this trick to help me line up patches to be sewn to uniforms!

    THANK YOU for sharing!
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  • Doreen Aug 6, 2012

    I guess I fall into the above group…..why didn’t I think of that (and my “design wall” is in the same room even!!!). What would we do without such multi-use products!!! This is a MAJOR hint!!! Thanx;-)
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  • Alison Aug 6, 2012

    Great idea. Don’t you just love smart, inventive people? Not about sewing, but just saw an idea about sheet storage that will translate to sewing room. Bought big elastic head bands, and wrapped the top, bottom sheets and pillow cases together. Fit nicely on shelf. Then, I thought, how about fabric that goes together. Reorganized my large pieces by color. Can get 10 yards of fabric in one elastic head band!!

  • Irene Aug 6, 2012

    What a clever tip! Perhaps it will stop me finding the one block in the wrong place after I’ve sewed them all.

    I really like your quilt. Hope it works out well.

  • Donna Simpson Aug 6, 2012

    Followed you here from FB, and really appreciate the tip. I’d never thought of that! Love the quilt that you are working on! It’s really pretty.

  • Cindy Bogardus Aug 8, 2012

    This sounds like a great idea and I will start doing that on the quilt I have on my wall. Thank you so much for sharing.

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