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    system of numbering quilt blocks

    Awhile back someone posted a link to a webpage where there was a page you could print out so you could number your quilt blocks for assembly.

    I think it was A1, A2,.. or 1A, 1B...
    Then it went to second row...

    Hopefully someone bookmarked it... I have tried search area but can't locate it and need to get the blocks off the guest bed.

    Thanks.

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    Was that for a Dear Jane quilt? There was a grid shown that you could insert your pictures into in the correct layout. each picture would enlarge when you clicked on it. It was offered as a "download" but many of us found that the site did not work. I have made one with Microsoft Excel that works, but I don't know how to make the pictures enlarge!
    Great for figuring out what fabric to use for the next block, too!
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    A piece of paper, a ruler and a pencil work just fine to make your own.

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    Or type them into an excel spreadsheet & print.
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    Ok here is my take on this problem.
    1. I use index cards as row markers with pressing direction arrows on them. I cut them from the index cards and pick up each row starting from the marked block. I do this for each row. I use a black sharpie marker. I am looking into printing mine on the computer.
    2. You can take a photo of the whole quilt or the 4 parts (ie each corner to the middle). Use the photos for placement.
    3. Use the index cards on every block 1a is top left block first row. 1b is first row second block etc...
    I am sure there are many more ways to keep the rows organized. These are mine! Good Luck! Luann in Rainy CT
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    I use 12x12 pieces of scrapbook cardstock paper as dividers. Starting at the end of each row I stack each row on a piece of paper in order. I put a pin in the upper right hand corner of the top piece so i know which side to sew together in case the pages get turned around. I just put a piece of cardstock between each row and just stack them up as I go. Works like a charm!

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    Thanks for all the responses. Like all of you, I don't like reinventing the wheel. But I did make labels for columns instead of rows and will stick them on half size index cards so I can reuse. I will add the directional arrows for pressing- thanks, Luann for that tip. At least I can get those blocks off the guest bed in order. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Or type them into an excel spreadsheet & print.
    I use Excel or Word for the same purpose. I pin the label into the upper left corner of each block to be sure I get the correct orientation when I sew. Of course I still goof up sometimes, but this system really helps.

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    I use small stick on circles from office supply store. 1/1 = Row 1 Block 1. They don't seem to leave behind sticky residue. I use a sharpie to write on them. Easy to use and disposable. I'm going to check out the excel spreadsheet and picture idea if I have a longer term project though.
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    I just take one row at a time off my design wall, press and square up blocks and then look again at my picture of the completed quilt to be sure I'm putting the pairs of blocks together in the right orientation of each block. And once I've stitched a row together I put the completed row back up on the design wall before taking down the next row.

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    I used some small plastic squares and write row 1 block 1 etc and pin them on. Use them over and over since most quilts have rows and blocks. Bought them at a lqs - really have used them a lot.
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    I use tiny bits of blue painters tape no residue!

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    Ive also heard of ppl taking a picture witth digital. Camera.

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    I was the person who posted that. Of course I can't remember where I found them but I saved the file on my 'puter so if you'd like them (they work like a charm!), just PM me & I'll shoot'em your way!
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    The heavy duty roll of masking tape is good for labels and for holding the backing in place when pining for quilting.
    It is heavier than regular masking tape but still tears easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Needle View Post
    I use small stick on circles from office supply store. 1/1 = Row 1 Block 1. They don't seem to leave behind sticky residue. I use a sharpie to write on them. Easy to use and disposable. I'm going to check out the excel spreadsheet and picture idea if I have a longer term project though.


    I've been doing it this way for years. If I have a graph paper sketch of my block layout I number it too just for reference, but usually I just number the first row A1, A2, A3, etc. and the next row starts B1 and so forth. I use garage sale stickers that are a couple of dollars for 500 or so at WalMart. I also have a set of binder clips that are numbered 1-100 from some project years ago that I use occasionally too.....
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    Good suggestions!! Now if I can only remember them all...
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    Quote Originally Posted by KarenK View Post
    Yes these are the ones. Thanks for posting. I used to live in Apple Valley years ago. Loved it.

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    I found this site. It has the rows and blocks printed out and suggests you laminate them or put them on cardstock and punch a hole in the corner. I'm going to try it.

    http://acuppaandacatchup.com/2010/07...little-labels/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksdot417 View Post
    I found this site. It has the rows and blocks printed out and suggests you laminate them or put them on cardstock and punch a hole in the corner. I'm going to try it.

    http://acuppaandacatchup.com/2010/07...little-labels/
    Yes! That's the site I suggested! These little labels are so neat! I bought sheets of laminating at Walmart or Office Depot of some place & laminated them on both sides. They work like a charm!
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    I also use the little round stickers you find at office supply stores, along with a photo on my digital camera. I just started taking some classes from Craftsy and they are great! There is one, Magical Jelly Roll Quilts by Kimberly Einmo, where she demonstrates how to use a chain-piecing technique that encompasses the whole quilt! I always chain piece, but have never seen it done for all rows and columns. The quilt top ends up looking like its all held together by a spider web. Look for it in Lesson 3 of the series where she is teaching the Jacob's Ladder quilt. This avoids all need to label the rows and columns.
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    Here is an idea that may help with those little laminated tags...instead of punching one hole and having to use a safety pin, punch two holes (use a smaller-hole craft punch if you happen to have one) and insert a straight pin down in one hole, up in the next. That way you don't have to fiddle around with opening and closing those safety pins.
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    When I was taking quilting lessons, I used my Excel spreadsheet even to write in colors and blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Painiacs View Post
    Ive also heard of ppl taking a picture witth digital. Camera.
    That's what I do.

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