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Old 05-01-2018, 05:45 PM
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Do you complete one "unit" completely - or do you "jump around" - and work on different phases of similar "units"?

This question is sort of a follow-up to this thread:

Making 2 identical quilts

I am making tote bags for a a group - I've been wondering if it would be more efficient to complete one bag from start to finish -

or to continue the way I am -

which is that I frequently have several bags in various stages of completion. (Right now nine of them are waiting for the handles/straps - I am waiting for calm weather so I can seal/singe the polyester webbing before I sew them it to the bags.)

I frequently try to get fabric lined up for several of them - because I make a mess getting fabric out -

Then I sew up the center seam - and then it has to go the pressing station

So things get pinned - sewn - pressed - usually I have bags in four or five stages of the process.

When you are piecing - (assuming all the blocks are the same) - do you complete each block before going on to the next? or do you have them in different stages?

Or is this question making no sense at all?
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Old 05-01-2018, 05:57 PM
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If all the blocks are the same, I will piece multiple blocks at a time. For instance, if I need 48, I'll probably do 12 at a time. If I'm doing it like that, then I only cut for 12. I do chain piecing, iron all 12 seams at one time at each step. Makes me feel like I have really accomplished something when I get those done.
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I tend to be a 'jumper'..I get bored... and yes, I am still working on On Ringo Lake...SO many pieces! lol
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I do some of each depending on the project and my mood.

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I jump around so I can chain piece as much as possible and have several things to take to the ironing board at once. I often have a project on at least two different machines. Right now there is a prayer quilt on the MW machine and a wedding quilt on the 301. I'm thinking of setting up the other 301 to start thread painting a horse panel. Is that jumping around enough?
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I would think the way you do it is more efficient since you are making multiples. Very nice that you are making totes for a group!
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Originally Posted by Barb in Louisiana View Post
If all the blocks are the same, I will piece multiple blocks at a time. For instance, if I need 48, I'll probably do 12 at a time. If I'm doing it like that, then I only cut for 12. I do chain piecing, iron all 12 seams at one time at each step. Makes me feel like I have really accomplished something when I get those done.
With the quilt I am currently working on, this is what I am doing as well. It's pp'd so I'm rough-cutting elements then sewing all of 1 and 2 pieces; trimming; pressing; sewing the next piece; repeat. But as I need at least 64 of these 12" blocks I'm only doing a dozen or so quadrants at a time. I don't have enough room to have everything cut; then sewn; etc.
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I tend to be an assembly line quilter and sewer. That's why I have so many UFOs. I have about 50 pack-n-play sheets all cut right now in a box, ready to start sewing. When I start working on them, I do about 10-12 at a time... chain stitching each step at a time. It's not interesting to make the sheets anyway and seems to go faster this way.

And, I have 10 quilts sitting here... all needing their bindings.
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Old 05-02-2018, 03:39 AM
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I often make tote bags for gifts, usually 6-8 identical ones. I make the first one completely, to double check the size and that I like the pattern, then I cut & sew the rest assembly line.
I guess I do something similar with a quilt top. If I'm not familiar with the pattern or not too sure about fabric placement, I'll make one block completely. Then I will create the rest assembly line. I seem to be more accurate this way and for some reason I hate having to go back and cut or make more of a specific patch. Like I made 436 flying geese, but actually needed 440. Drives me nuts.
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I usually do one at a time. But then most of my projects are scrappy so I don't gain anything in cutting multiples from yardage. i waste a lot of time picking out scraps to go with a block, but I like the variety.
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