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    Probably this is nothing new to most of you, but it might help those like me who don't have a whole lot of experience. Once you have finished the individual blocks and arranged them in an order that pleases you, take a picture with a digital camera and print out the pic. Keep it where you can see it as you sew together your blocks. I did this after unpicking the seam putting together the first two blocks with one upside down!

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    I also will use a small piece of painters tape and in the center of each block I place a piece labeled for example "A-1", "A-2", B-1, B-2, etc. it helps me keep the blocks where they are supposed to be!

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    I use paper plates for keeping blocks in order especially if there are different sizes. I did a churn dash quilt that had 4 different sizes in each larger unit. The design also used 9 different fabrics. I put each in it's own paper plate and wrote info on the plate.
    I also use this for Stack-n-Whack. Sure keeps them in order and can then stack easily.

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    Picture is a great idea. I do get them rearranged once in awhile. Seems like such a simple idea to just take a picture.

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    I use eq so even if I don't use it to design the quilt, I'll plug in the blocks and colors and then print it out so I have a printout of what it's supposed to look like. I still had to rip out a seam or two in one quilt but not too bad.

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    I use safety pins and little slips of paper to mark the blocks "R1 B1" "R2 B1" etc. and then make sure that slip is pinned to the top edge of the block and it's right side up. I don't sew my quilts together in rows and that's the only way I can keep them straight.

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    After I've laid them out - I stack each row to get ready to chain stitch them and put them on a tray.

    [img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_4xG-Yd3Mwz...0/IMG_0750.JPG[/img]

    I have the row number pinned by each stack and move the bobbin from one stack to the next as I stitch the blocks together.

    I didn't catch on that I had run out of bobbin thread for four blocks the other night (late night blonde moment) so I was very relieved to have a picture of what I was working from to put them back together in order.

    Cheers, K

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    I keep mine on a Design Board. You need lots of room for this and not everyone has it.

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    That's a good idea. I have been using post-it notes.

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    I'm super forgetful and sooo easily distracted by my lil one so I have to keep them on my (wall) design board and only take one item/block to be sewn, off at a time...

    works well for me- Plus I can see exactly what its suppose to look like when I'm done..

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    Love the camera idea!! Thanks :D

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    I like your idea, I will be using it. Thanks for sharing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    I use paper plates for keeping blocks in order especially if there are different sizes. I did a churn dash quilt that had 4 different sizes in each larger unit. The design also used 9 different fabrics. I put each in it's own paper plate and wrote info on the plate.
    I also use this for Stack-n-Whack. Sure keeps them in order and can then stack easily.

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    I use a piece of flannel on the bed, lay out my blocks the way I want them then, roll from the bottom. When ready to sew, unroll first row, sew, put back sewn row, unroll second and so on. Again starting from the top,sew 1st to 2nd, and so on. Works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    I also will use a small piece of painters tape and in the center of each block I place a piece labeled for example "A-1", "A-2", B-1, B-2, etc. it helps me keep the blocks where they are supposed to be!
    I do both take a picture and put a sticky note on each block saying R1 C1, R1 C2 (row and column) I think I might be a little compulsive :-)

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    Here is what I have been doing. I shared this awhile back. It works wonderfully. http://www.quiltingboard.com/tpr?p=1207440&t=51098

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    I use flat head flower pins and use a sharpie and write numbers on the head and pin to each block. Very easy to pull out all the pins when I'm done. (Yes, there are already numbered pins out there, but I think they are way too expensive)

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    I do mine same and similar to lots of others, when I lay out the blocks, I label each block with piece of masking tape. If it's row 1---- then I put 1-1,1-2,1-3, and so on. As in row 1 block 1, row 1 block 2

    Then row 2 2-1, 2-2,and so on. I put tape in top left corner. But make sure to remove all but your row 1 1st block trape before ironing. The tape can leave a residue that won't come off, if you don't.

    The tape on row one, block one on top left corner tells you where the top corner is all the way thru. Make sense?

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    What a wonderful thread. So many great ideas. I'm going to try your picture idea. Thanks

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    Hate to tell you, but upside down sewing can still happen - no matter how well you organize or document your plan. (I don't need to explain how I know....)

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    Here's what I use. I found this idea on a site that a "frugal quilter" has. I made a few sets for myself and some for all the gals in my sewing group. They are great! If you safety pin them on, then you don't have to worry about scratching yourself! These are the embroidery floss plastic cards marked on with permanent marker. They are all put onto one of those key ring holders that you can unclip! Very inexpensive to make and nice gifts!!! You could also do by row and by block.
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    I use safety pins with the plastic clips on them for basting.. I took a magic marker and wrote numbers and letters on the plastic spine bit. I use them not only for keeping blocks in order but also the fabric as I am cuting.

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    Good Morning virginia!
    i pin my blocks on a sheet. i lay them out the way i want them, then pin them, then hang the sheet up on a wall with push pins.
    i can also roll/fold the sheet up, for working on it another time. this works just fine for me.

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    I use the small stickers that you might use to price items at a garage sale...sometimes I use the colors to mean something specific and sometimes not, just depends on the quilt. DON'T IRON THEM (put them in the middle of a block, away from seams that have to be pressed!) and they come off just fine if left a couple of weeks or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    I also will use a small piece of painters tape and in the center of each block I place a piece labeled for example "A-1", "A-2", B-1, B-2, etc. it helps me keep the blocks where they are supposed to be!
    I like this tip - great idea

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    I take pictures of the layout (even during the planning stage) on my cell phone camera. If I've rearranged and don't like it I can always refer to the previous picture to put it back the way it was. When it comes time to sew - it's one row to the machine at a time.

    I would never be able to label and then sew.

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