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    Senior Member denise d's Avatar
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    King sized quilt question

    I am working on a king sized quilt in the Tennessee Waltz pattern. The silly question I have is.... do you do all the squares first and then assemble the rows and columns?

    One way or the other is is going to be unruly to work with. I was wondering if you find it easier continue on large project when you can see progress or do it the "right way" and make all blocks.

    Thanks in advance.

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    I do all the squares first, then assemble them. Learned the hard way that sometimes things change and I need to be able to improvise to finish it.

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    I also like getting all my squares done before putting them together.
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    I would do all the squares first just in case any of them need a little trim before assembly

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    Yes, I generally make rows of the blocks and sew those together. At times I sew blocks together into squares and then those into larger till all are sewn together.
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    I always make my blocks first. That way, I will know if I have enough fabric to make all of them. I would hate to get a quilt partially put together and realize that I needed more of one of the fabrics.
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    I too make squares first. Nothing worse then not having enough!!

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    I do the squares first because I square up my blocks before assembling them. I'm not perfect even tho I try I always square up so all my rows go together perfect....Im not a fan of fighting with fabric at that point!! I do find on a big project that if I strip piece the blocks in stead of doing one full block at a time makes it less boring. If possible sometimes you cant and have to do one block at a time. Good luck king size wow!
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    i make all the blocks first, but i lay them out periodically as i go along so i can get the effect of what i'm making
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    I agree with the others. You really do have to make all the blocks first to see which one fits the best where. I am a major advocate of design walls.
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    I always make my blocks first and then square them up to all the same size. Sometimes I have trouble with the patterna and end up with a different size block. This way they end all the same not matter what happens in the creation stage. Still a newby after all these years.

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    Thanks everyone!!!

    I was figuring that this was the best plan, but looking for someone to validate my short cut. LOL

    I only have about 20 of 108 blocks done.... sigh... off to the sewing room.

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    It depends on the pattern that I'm doing. If it's the same fabric throughout, then I make some and put a row or two together. If it's scrapy, I may make all the blocks first, so that when I do put it together, I can pick and choose where I put certain fabrics or colors.
    If it's a big quilt, I do the make some blocks, then put a row together thing. I guess it's my ADHD talking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumbols View Post
    I always make my blocks first and then square them up to all the same size. Sometimes I have trouble with the patterna and end up with a different size block. This way they end all the same not matter what happens in the creation stage. Still a newby after all these years.
    I have the same problem with my blocks being a smidge different from each other, size wise, so I square up each block until I'm done with all of them, then I start the assembly stage.
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    I do not tend to sew rows together. I hate the bulk this way. Instead, I sew in sets. For example, block to block making a 1x2 set. Then, I'll sew two of those sets together, making it 2x2. Then two of those together. Eventually, I will have only one long seam to sew together. For me, this eliminates some of the stretch that comes from sewing long row to long row. Let's say I have a 16-block quilt to make. I sew eight sets of 1x2, then four of 2x2 then two of 4x2 and only one that is one long seam. I find this keeps my work straighter.

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    That is helpful. I may have to try this.

    I am a little scared because I am going to have 108 9in blocks to assemble.

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