Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Update on Design Wall

What a difference a turn will make!  No I know why Bonnie said to start in the center and work your way out. 

If you plan on making a quilt like this one, be very careful how you lay out the blocks.  They can drive you crazy!  I pray that I can get the second half laid out correctly but first I have to make sure I label these blocks and rows so I won't get lost in the process.

Life is a journey, roll down the window and enjoy the breeze! Have a blessed day!


Jackie said...

This is going to be a beautiful quilt! What's your method of stacking/labeling rows?

Anonymous said...

Hi Kat-
Here's what I did to keep the blocks in order for sewing. I attached a small paper with a pin to the first block on the left in each row and labelled it with the row number. Then I stacked the remainder of the blocks in each row in order beneath the numbered ones, being careful to keep them oriented correctly and used a binder clip to secure the stack. I then pinned each block in a row to its neighbors before sewing.
Hope this helps...
Post again on quiltvillechat if you need further explanation.
Sandy Pell

Elaine Adair said...

I don't know if I like your cottage or the quilt better. The cottage looks so danged inviting! And rose bushes yet! Wahhhh, I want one. You told me/us the story of how you got it. 8-)))

My version of keeping a quilt like this in order is similar to Anonymous, but I have to lay it out on my "Design Floor". I put 1 pin in top left of row 1 and point it to the right - I am consistant with all my quilts - same routine. Then 2 pins in row 2 top left and point them to the left, indicating direction of pressing. I might do 4-6 rows at a time, then stop. If I'm ready to sew, I stack them with the top left on the top, and then put that on next, then on next, etc., and take the stack to the machine, being very careful NOT to turn that stack. I'll sew them together, pat myself on the back and lay them back on my Design Floor, (checking carefully) then start over with a PIn 1 on the next row 1 (so I don't end up with 15-20 pins correlating to 15-20 rows! LOL

BTW, it's a beauty!

Vic in NH said...

Kat, it is gorgeous!
I use the same method as Sandy, too. I set it up to "read" like the page of a book. Pin a slip of paper labeled, "Row 1" (across) on the uppermost left hand block and place that block directly on top of the next block, going across. Keep doing that for all 14 blocks of that row.
Repeat this with "Row 2" across etc. until you have 16 separate stacks of blocks.
Then you are ready to sew the blocks into rows being careful to keep the exact orientation of the block. Use leaders and enders as you go so that you can work one Row at a time. LEAVE THE MARKERS ON!
Set each labeled Row aside, then you can join two rows together. I actually lay out the two rows to see the slips of paper so that I am sure of which Row is the upper one and which one is the lower one when I pin the long seam across.
I like to join pairs of rows and then join those doubles into quads. Just keep your labels on and placed such that you are able to sew right by them.
My longarmer likes to have my markers left on so that she can know how the quilt is oriented.