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Thread: how do you keep your block layout straight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn View Post
    I snap a picture with my phone and print it out to put under the clear extention table of my machine. I also use pins to keep each row in order.
    This is what I do. I also do this when I'm chosing fabric combinations for a quilt. You know what they say "a picture is worth a thousand words" of course when you are quilting and then have to use the seam ripper because you put it together wrong the picture would save you a thousand words that can't be said in public or at least shouldn't be said in public.
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    Using my cell phone camera and lots of labels works for me, too. It is so frustrating to get them out of order.

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    I have a small sewing area and small house without a wall for even a wall to hang a design wall. I lay out a flannel sheet on a table then lay out the blocks. Since I rarely have time to finish the assembly I have taken pictures which I really like. Then I fold up the sheet over the blocks carefully. I can unfold as I am ready to work on the top.

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    I do both suggestions, pinning to keep in order and marking with sticky notes.

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    I like your flannel sheet idea, Newby. If you fold carefully or roll it up you could unfold a row at a time as you sew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newby0709 View Post
    I have a small sewing area and small house without a wall for even a wall to hang a design wall. I lay out a flannel sheet on a table then lay out the blocks. Since I rarely have time to finish the assembly I have taken pictures which I really like. Then I fold up the sheet over the blocks carefully. I can unfold as I am ready to work on the top.
    This also works with a flannel backed tablecloth. I also take a picture just in case blocks/pieces get mixed up.
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    I use a design wall.

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    I have wooden clothes pins. I mark each one by row and number,apply to the blocks in order,then it's easier to keep them where they should go. I'm famous for sewing stuff upside down and backwards...repeatedly!
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    I use the small yard sale type stickers with the A, b, c, going down and numbers going a cross. A-1, A-2 etc. I also take pictures a a rearrange them and finally after I settle on the final layout.

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    No need for fancy pins - if you have flower head pins you can write on the "flower" part with a sharpie

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