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.