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    Quote Originally Posted by jitkaau
    Often, taking a picture of the quilt when it is just laid out before sewing the blocks together, can show up any imbalances of design or colour that one doesn't see with the 'naked' eye. I do it for this reason, and save myself a lot of grief.
    I tell my students to use their camera as a quilting tool. I think I use it most as described above, it really shows an unbalanced value or border. I must have taken 24 photos of my one block wonder I put together last week. Each photo showed which block stood out and needed to be moved.

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    Great idea to use the camera. always learning great tips.

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    I use my camera for this all the time. I'll snap a pic then rearrange the blocks & snap again, etc. Usually going back to the 1st arrangement but not really remembering what it was :lol:

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    Last year I had a good save because of a camera. Batik drunkards path on design wall, nicely laid out. Took a snap. Wild Wind goes through, (AKA cat) and knocks half of the pieces off. Printed the px, and was soon back in business.

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    I use the phone camera all the time. I am still a newbie and use some tools that I used when I was working (retired and lovin' it) and graph paper and markers work well also. I take pictures of all stages of my quilting. From the stack of fabric, to the blocks as I lay them out, my flannel board, my practice layouts of the blocks, I just grab the phone and take pictures. As a new quilter, I find that uploading them to my iPad or computer helps me to remember exactly what I had in mind when I started. Also, change things after I look at a picture and go "wow, that doesn't work". Find the new technology works well with the old technology of quilting.

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    This is a great idea. I also go between 2 rooms when putting quilt blocks together. Thanks for the tip.

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    This is a great idea.

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    I take it to quilt shows to keep patterns I like in mind, memory often full so it becomes storage.

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    A few years ago I discovered how quilt tops look through the camera lens helps me in my quilting. If I'm undecided about how I want to layout my quilt blocks, I try several layouts and photograph each of them. Looking at the layouts in the photos help me "take a step back" and I find it is much easier to decide on the direction I want the quilt to go. Many a times I had an initial layout in mind only to discover that once I used my camera to "step back" I hated the layout. Before I began using my camera I'd found myself at least halfway done with the top and not happy with it. That meant my seam ripper got commandeered to get me back to square one so I could lay them out in a different manner. Believe me, this has saved me from many hours of ripping blocks apart.

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    Great idea. I have been putting a number on each block to keep from sewing wrong.

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    I never thought to use my camera to take a picture of blocks going together! GREAT IDEA!! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moon Holiday
    A few years ago I discovered how quilt tops look through the camera lens helps me in my quilting. If I'm undecided about how I want to layout my quilt blocks, I try several layouts and photograph each of them. Looking at the layouts in the photos help me "take a step back" and I find it is much easier to decide on the direction I want the quilt to go. Many a times I had an initial layout in mind only to discover that once I used my camera to "step back" I hated the layout. Before I began using my camera I'd found myself at least halfway done with the top and not happy with it. That meant my seam ripper got commandeered to get me back to square one so I could lay them out in a different manner. Believe me, this has saved me from many hours of ripping blocks apart.
    Wow....that's a great idea!! I never would have thought of that! Thanks!

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    I have that same problem ... really quilt-stopping serious! I've made 2 small boards on which to transfer block pieces from my cutting table or design wall to my sewing machine. They are about 1"-thick styrofoam (came to our house as packing); I've covered them with white felt from a bolt I bought many years ago. I pin my block pieces on them to take to the sewing machine. They allow me to get the pieces sewn together as they should be. Without those boards, I would be in real trouble.

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    JUST PIN YOUR BLOCKS TOGETHER AS YOU PICK THEM UP. I DON'T USE A CAMERA FOR PIECING, BUT ALWAYS TAKE A PICTURE OF THE FINISHED QUILT.

    Sorry caps button on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanTx
    I know that we use our cameras to show off our work, but a note in another thread just solved a huge problem for me.

    jaciqltznok wrote a suggestion about putting a HST quilt together, but the thing I'm holding on to is ... take a picture of it laid out, then sew.

    THE PROBLEM is I'm working on a quilt for my husband - I have it laid out on a spare bed and keep it covered with some backing material. I take a few blocks at a time back to the sewing machine (have to go through the living room where he's sitting to get there) and then sew those few together. BUT I sewed 8 of them together WRONG. I can't remember how they go once I get to the sewing machine. Even though I picked them up very carefully - one set was right and the next set I've had to totally rip out. Now I'll take my camera back there with me, snap a shot, pick up those blocks, go and sew!

    So ... what else do you use your camera for? This little hint just saved me on this particular quilt! (AND I should have thought of it myself!)
    I have done this for years. I always use my camera to take a picture of how I lay the blocks out for the final quilt. It's funny how you can see where you have something wrong when you view it through the camera and can't seem to see it otherwise. I have my camera charging right now and am going this morning to my Church to lay the finished blocks out on the floor of the Fellowship Hall to see if I need more or have what I want already. Use that camera ladies, sure helps to rearrange things. Plus with my digital, I don't have to keep the shots permanently, or print out the pictures unless I want to.
    Another thing I do is I make one block the way it needs to be currently a non traditional log cabin block, with all creams for several rows and creams are going vertically when used with the darks which are going horizontally. I keep the one correct block with me at the sewing machine, so I know I am putting the other blocks together correctly

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    I do that too---I will do a whole layout on my bed and take a picture of the overall layout AND each row---really cuts down on the ripping!

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    I've used my camera several times for looking at my projects. I've also used it to document progress. After I'm finished I can delete any picture that I don't want.
    I bought a small camera that I can carry in my purse. Not only can I show my quilts on it, but can take pictures of ones I like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanTx
    I know that we use our cameras to show off our work, but a note in another thread just solved a huge problem for me.

    jaciqltznok wrote a suggestion about putting a HST quilt together, but the thing I'm holding on to is ... take a picture of it laid out, then sew.

    THE PROBLEM is I'm working on a quilt for my husband - I have it laid out on a spare bed and keep it covered with some backing material. I take a few blocks at a time back to the sewing machine (have to go through the living room where he's sitting to get there) and then sew those few together. BUT I sewed 8 of them together WRONG. I can't remember how they go once I get to the sewing machine. Even though I picked them up very carefully - one set was right and the next set I've had to totally rip out. Now I'll take my camera back there with me, snap a shot, pick up those blocks, go and sew!

    So ... what else do you use your camera for? This little hint just saved me on this particular quilt! (AND I should have thought of it myself!)
    When doing this, as you mentioned, I have found, pinning the blocks together, where I want to sew them, then carry to my machine, & sew, seems to help too. My areas in my studio are back to back, & sometimes, even just holding them, turn around to sew, I have sewn the wrong sides of the seams together. So now, I pin them first & that has helped too.

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    I pin EVERYTHING. It takes time, but ripping out is not a favorite pasttime for me. I lay it all out, pin every other block together, sew, go back, lay out again to check for correct, pin 1st set to next set, sew, go back, lay out to check for correct, etc. So essentially, I go from 64 blocks to 32 blocks, to 16 blocks to 8 blocks to 4, 2 and one quilt top as an example. The only way I can get through it without the frustration. My stitching seems to be a lot more consistent too.

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    Who ever thought a camera would be our third hand? I use mine all the time for things I never would have thought of years ago. Also, I bought a mini disk for my cell phone camera so I can take photos of ideas I see and put them in the computer. Many times I have photographed ideas and made notes in a little book I keep in my purse for future projects.
    If you want to make prints keep you eyes on Walgreen's and when they have a sale of 75 prints for $10 upload your photos then you can place the photo right near your cutting table or machine while you work. It's much more cost effective to use their ink and paper than printing your own. And you can have them in an hour!

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    I would be lost without my camera in my quilting. It is definitely a tool I rely on. On days like today, when the fibro fog is thick, I can look and look at something to comprehend it, but as soon as the text or item is not in front of me, it's gone from my mind too. That camera comes in handy in times like these. lol
    I mainly rely on it to check block placement as it really does a great job, as so many have already said, of showing where something is out of place or turned wrong.
    The other thing it does a fantastic job of is with any of the color flow type quilts, 4PP, Kaleidascope, S&W, etc., in a photo, it really does stand out when a block is out of place in the flow of things.
    I think it's so interesting that we can look at our actual quilt, no matter how near or far we stand from it, and not be able to see it like we can see it in a photo.

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    I started doing this recently when i've been laying out and trying to figure out what looks best. It really helps to compare differnt layouts. Once you pick the layout it helps to remind you of that layout. Keeps you from making those time costing mistakes.
    Also helps keep my blood pressure down.

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    I agree about look at a picture as compared to the real thing. I can stand and stare at a layout and it won't look good or right or whatever. I look at it in a picture and it seems to work or shows me why it doesn't.

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    thanks for the ideas-my camera gathers dust and now I can use it to figures out why I sewed a row upside down!

    I learn so much from this board-thanks to all-

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    I take a picture of the quilt laid out on my design wall before I sew it together. Quite often the camera shows something that just does not go together better than I can see with my eye
    I do exactly the same thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmau
    thanks for the ideas-my camera gathers dust and now I can use it to figures out why I sewed a row upside down!

    I learn so much from this board-thanks to all-
    LOL NO, no, we already know why we sew them upside down. Use the camera to KEEP FROM sewing it upside down. Gigglessssssss, Just teasinggggg, hugggggggs and smiles and happy quiltingggggg...

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