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Thread: What would you do?

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    Junior Member Kryssa's Avatar
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    I'm making a quilt that is 4" blocks and 10 blocks X 15 blocks. I have almost all the blocks done.

    Should I sew them into larger blocks? like 5 blocks X 5 blocks?

    Or put them into rows and sew all the rows together.

    I've never made a quilt with so many small blocks before.

    Thanks!

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    I really doesn't matter. It's a personal preference. I like rows because I can lay them out and they usually get in the right place. I'd have a problem if I did it in 'chunks'

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    Just me, but I don't think I really matters. Whatever works best for you. I think it might be more manageable combining the small squares into larger blocks then put together in rows. Let us know what you decide. Love to see photos.

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    It works best for me to sew them into rows and then sew the rows together, but it's totally up to you. I don't think there is a right or a wrong way. Good luck!

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    For me it is easier to work with small sqaures that have been combined into a larger square. It is not so much lenght at each row to work with.

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    Whatever way is easiest for you to keep their placements correct :D:D:D

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    I noticed when I put my quilts together in four blocks and then those four into four blocks instead of row by row the quilt stayed squarer and I didn't have to sew long seam after long seam.

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    I perfer to put small blocks into a bigger block, then finish quilt. It is just a matter of preference, I quess.

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    It really depends what mood I am in...

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    Interesting topic. I always do rows. I chain sew vertical rows and then sew the horizontal rows without ever cutting the threads. It never even occurred to me to make smaller blocks into bigger chunks, but I can see how that might be easier. I guess I'll have to test drive that plan.

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    I usually do rows but may try blocks next time. It may be easier to manage especially with a large quilt. Happy quilting.

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    I find putting small blocks together into larger blocks helps me keep everything squared up a lot easier. My long seams always seem to go wonky somewhere along the line.

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    My personal preference is the 5 x 5 chunks -- I get less waviness than with rows.

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    I usually do rows but find that they stay square if I am careful about the direction I sew in.

    I sew rows 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6, etc so that every seam begins on the left side and ends on the right.

    Now I sew these double rows together so that I start on the right side and end on the left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fleurdelisquilts.com
    I usually do rows but find that they stay square if I am careful about the direction I sew in.

    I sew rows 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6, etc so that every seam begins on the left side and ends on the right.

    Now I sew these double rows together so that I start on the right side and end on the left.
    But once you get more than half that quilt together you're dragging that much quilt thru the machine every time. When you sew into sections you can sew just 1 full width seam.

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    I've done both ways. As long as all your blocks are the same size it should
    be ok. I usually take pics of my final design (just in case) and put little
    stickers (I use blue painters tape) on every block. Mark A1 to A10 for 1st
    row, then B1 to B10 for second row, etc. I put all my labels horizontally so I
    will know in which direction they go. It's easy to twist things around when
    you are at the sewing machine. :wink: Then I go to town. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonglow
    I usually do rows but may try blocks next time. It may be easier to manage especially with a large quilt. Happy quilting.
    Me too...interesting...never really thought about it.

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    I like to the quilt in 1/4ths.You nly have one long seam. Works for me.

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    Which ever way works best for you. You could do rows or 4 patches and then keep working into bigger units.
    I would probably use rows as it would be easy to stach each row and then sew them. I would lay the rows back in order then sew row one to row 2 etc. but whatever works for you.

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    For me it's personal preference. First I would try rows layout first and then blocks. If that doesn't please you then I'd try you might try random placement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    Interesting topic. I always do rows. I chain sew vertical rows and then sew the horizontal rows without ever cutting the threads. It never even occurred to me to make smaller blocks into bigger chunks, but I can see how that might be easier. I guess I'll have to test drive that plan.
    I do the same...
    No matter what way you do it, in the end you will eventually have at least one row to put together.

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    i would do it in rows it seems easier to me but that is my personal preferance

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    Quote Originally Posted by plainpat
    I like to the quilt in 1/4ths.You nly have one long seam. Works for me.
    I ditto this - into 1/4s and the last seam is the horizontal one which on a bed quilt would be shorter. I also put the top and bottom borders on when the top is in 2 halves. Don't ask me why I just do!!

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