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Thread: Keeping Track of Progress in a Row by Row Design

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    Sorry if this has been asked before. I'm about to embark on a quilt using a design that is built up of 39 rows, each of which must be put together individually. When they're done, you sew all the 39 rows together and the pattern emerges.

    I'm trying to think of a way I can strip piece the rows for speed, without losing track of what goes where.

    I should probably mention that the rows are made up of strips of different lengths so you must build the rows individually. This particular design won't support making up squares and then sewing the squares together. Hope you can help as I'm really scratching my head over how best to approach this one.

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    Wow. I have no clue. Can you maybe post a picture of the pattern to give us an idea of what were dealing with? I am sure that someone will be able to help you out. I would love to see the finished quilt as it sounds so cool. Is it a bargello?

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    Ok let me see if I can explain how I would do it and have it make sense :roll:

    You have all the fabric cut- put in baggies in order of sewing also have a scrap piece of paper - number them from 1-39 after you sew the first two pieces from the first bag pin #1 on that - sew the first two pieces from row 2 Pin #2 on that - that way all the rows are numbers and since the pieces are in order in the bags you should be able to move pretty quick ?

    Does that make sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    Does that make sense
    Ahhhhh....big sigh of relief and gratitude.

    Yes that makes complete sense. Funny how obvious the answer seems *after* someone else tells you how to do it. Thanks very much.

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    Glad to help - I have had to do it that way before just to keep track - Ph and label the bags :wink: Just in case they slide or get shuffled - ask me how I know about that :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick156
    Wow. I have no clue. Can you maybe post a picture of the pattern to give us an idea of what were dealing with? I am sure that someone will be able to help you out. I would love to see the finished quilt as it sounds so cool. Is it a bargello?
    It's the quilt on the cover of American Patchwork & Quilting Feb 2011 - will certainly post a picture if/when I get it done. I'm still in the planning stages just at the moment, so it might be a while.

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    I mark mine with a pen on the edges.

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    Try this for pic of cover

    http://www.wondrouswovenfabrics.com/...k-%26-Quilting,-February-2011.html



    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick156
    Wow. I have no clue. Can you maybe post a picture of the pattern to give us an idea of what were dealing with? I am sure that someone will be able to help you out. I would love to see the finished quilt as it sounds so cool. Is it a bargello?

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    I also take a picture once all the rows are done and laid out so if in doubt I can look. Just too easy for me to turn something the wrong way, even with numbering:-(

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    To keep my rows in order, I use numbered beads I bought at Hobby Lobby. They have single numbers, 0-9, printed on them and a small hole through them. I slip a number onto a quilting or safety pin to the end of each row when my quilt rows are layed out. For #6, I use a single bead and for #9, I use two beads, #09. That way I know for certain which it is. I tried the paper method but mine would sometimes fall off and I would end up getting stuck the the pin.

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