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Thread: Learned a lesson...maybe

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    Junior Member Sewhappytoquilt's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzan88 View Post
    A camera is an excellent aid to memory. I take a photo of each arrangement choice as I tend to forgot what goes where and it also helps to show up design flaws. It's amazing what I fail to see until I look at the image.
    Hahaha - I thought I was the only one who had to take a photo first. Somehow I can "see" better when the camera looks for me...
    Loretta Sewhappytoquilt

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    I agree with one that answered.. I too use my camera.. nice way to get "third" eye with color play and matching directions ! sometimes I will flip a direction if sewing or piecing blocks together before playing with them.
    Sometimes you just have to sit in a chair and jog in order to get anywhere.
    Ell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewhappytoquilt View Post
    Hahaha - I thought I was the only one who had to take a photo first. Somehow I can "see" better when the camera looks for me...
    plus, a great record as to what bock goes where !!
    Sometimes you just have to sit in a chair and jog in order to get anywhere.
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    I agree with many here I don't sew all my blocks together, but i do love seeing how my quilt it coming along as I sew too. So what I will do it lay out the blocks on my king size bed as I am sewing and I can see it coming together without having to worry about undoing anything. It's the best of both worlds!! I have one quilt that I am DYING to sew together. it is a long term quilt that I have been working on for 2 years now, but I know it's not a good idea to sew the rows until all the blocks are done, so every so often I will pull out the finished blocks and put them next to each other on the bed and pat myself on the back. hehehe

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    Having up to now only worked on one large quilt, I knew what my design was going to be so I completed all of the blocks and then sewed the blocks into rows in order to complete the top. However, once I had a few blocks done I laid them out on a flat surface to see if indeed the blocks and the arrangement was having the desired effect.

    I do like the response to purchase extra material prior to getting started. This board is so helpful. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    Never. I always complete all my blocks and then play. Rearranging them countless times before committing. My guest bed is my design board.
    Same for me I always change my mind and I dont want to run out of fabric, so I cut everything FIRST to make sure there will be enough, or I do alot oif MATH UGGGH!
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    Well I learned something from this post - I love orangeroom's method of assembling the quilt by sections rather than by rows or columns. Why didn't I know that before now??

    Also a good lesson here on buying extra fabric. I always buy at least a quarter of a yard more than the pattern calls for to cover myself in case of cutting errors or whatever. And whatever is left over goes in my stash.. Too often I have run out of fabric before finishing and haven't been able to find any more.
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    I too am in a hurry to see what my quilt top will look like. I put mine together as I sew them but of course I am going by a set pattern. I don't make up my patterns, just do the ones I see that I think I might like.

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    I put my finished blocks on my design wall before I sew them..I look at them daily sometimes for a week or two .....let's me see how they look before completing the top..

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    I, too use a design wall to audition the arrangement before I sew the entire top together. I then number the rows before I start to sew.

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    I, too, make all my blocks and then put them on the floor and play with them. I forgot all about my design board until I read this thread. Ughhh! I am so forgetful. It's one of those pull down ones, so it's easy to forget I have it. I need to use that!
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    Here is an inexpensive way to make a design wall: get a flannel-backed plastic table cloth at the dollar store (it is also sold by the yard at JoAnn's) and use old sewing machine needles to tack to the wall. When quilt design is as desired, I take my "design wall" down and place it on the floor next to my sewing machine for piecing. I have also used the "design wall" as a quick, secure way to transport pieces I am working on.
    Create with joy in your heart!

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    I make my squares first, then arrange them on the guest bed. For me it is better than a design board because I can see how it fits the actual bed.

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    Hehe! Rarely have I been advised that I do not buy enough fabric...

    With this particular group, I purchased these fabrics years ago as I thought they were pretty - had no plan or pattern or quilt in mind so was just guessing. Pulled them out of a box a couple of months ago & decided to use them.

    That's sort of how it goes in my basement... Like a archeological dig; it's fun place to browse around (but terribly disorganized). As I find fabrics, they are either 'time to sell', 'return to the box for later inspiration' or 'let's make something with this'!

    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    Right idea, wrong lesson. Lesson you should have learned is always buy a ton of fabric . You never know when you will need more.
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    I always finish all the blocks first. The main reason is that this is the part of quilting that I enjoy the most. I have the bad habit of finishing the blocks for one quilt and starting blocks for another quilt before I put the first one together. I hate to admit how many completed sets of blocks I have waiting to be put together and quilted. lol

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    I always complete all my blocks, put them on my design wall, and play. My camera is a good tool, and I take lots of pictures. Then I sew...

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    I am like nstitches! I am sooo bad about having several sets of blocks going at the same time. I currently have 4 different sets on my design wall. There is 1 complete set, and 1 almost finished set and 2 beginning sets. I love the process of thinking about it as I go and enjoy seeing more than one quilt in progress. After arranging and rearranging the completed set (many times) I am ready to sew them together. I just had to look at it for a couple of weeks to get the colored blocks in the right place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kountrykreation View Post
    I always put my blocks together as I go, but I usually have already decided what I want to construct before I ever start. Maybe I'll try the other way some day?
    Me, too. I'm too much of a control freak to have blocks running around free... LOL! But I also have the quilt all worked out in my head before I start. Maybe someday I'll let loose & wing it...
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    I never do since I'm a free-style quilter. I cut fabric, than I create blocks, and sometimes I cut those blocks, sometimes I don't, than I start placing it on my wall. More often then not I move them many times to see several different looks. I take pictures of each look then decide which I like best and end up putting it together with what I chose.
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    I always put my blocks together as I complete each one, mainly because I have a mental picture of what it is to look like when I begin. The only time I ever played with the blocks first was when I made a Strips and Curves quilt.

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    I wait until I have all my blocks made, then lay them out. If I can walk by them 3 times and not change anything, I'm ready to sew them together!
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    I find I can't really "see" the block until it's on a design wall staring back at me. That's why I wait until I have all the blocks done, to put it together. You can make a really cool design wall out of a sheet of insulation foam and pin white washed flannel in place tightly around the board.
    I also like the fact that the board is movable, so I'll put the pieces of blocks I'm working on onto my DB and move it close to my machine. That way I can reach up and take down pieces as I need them. The inherently important part of a lesson is that we learn something...don't you think?

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    LOL I guess i am the crazy one here...not only do i sew as I go...I cut as i go too!! i love to just start with a group of fabrics and cut strips, squares, and triangles..then i make strips ...then sew the strips together...sometimes adding plain strips in between...my grand kids( i have 6 of them ) all have several of my crazy quilts!

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    crazy quilts

    LOL I guess i am the crazy one here...not only do i sew as I go...I cut as i go too!! i love to just start with a group of fabrics and cut strips, squares, and triangles..then i make strips ...then sew the strips together...sometimes adding plain strips in between...my grand kids( i have 6 of them ) all have several of my crazy quilts!

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    pics of jackson's racecar quilt are posted on the quilters board facebook page ( I cannot figure out how to post a pic here) sosorry.

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