Monday, July 8, 2013

Almost half finished....

It's been one of those weeks where I've been rather scattered and time just keeps rolling along.

I have managed to get a little sewing done on the commission quilt.   The top three rows have all been sewn together and the blocks in the next two rows almost done.

This is turning out sooooo much prettier than I even imagined and I'm going to hate to give it up.   But she should really be happy with it and that's what this is all about anyway.   I just may have to make one for myself one day.

Since I messed up the first block I made I had to come up with a solution to be able to not make that same mistake again.  So I thought I'd share what I came up with.   Who knows.  Maybe this is common knowledge.   But it wasn't for me so I'm patting myself on the back that I thought of this.  hahaha

First I had to number the different fabrics (as I cut the pieces) since each block is made with different fabrics in different positions and there are eleven fabrics to keep track of.   I printed a copy of the quilt from EQ and used that as my roadmap.

Here are a couple of trays of the cut pieces and the way I numbered them.  Not all fabrics are showing.


When I'm ready to start sewing I lay the patterns (after I trim the excess paper) for one block in front of me face up.
And this is where the problem started on that first block.  I just looked at the roadmap and the pattern this way and started flipping and sewing along merrily.
Not the right way for these blocks!!!
Then I realized I needed to find a way to keep track of the correct fabrics (and their correct places) by looking at the back of the patterns.  Sooooo Now I turn the papers over (keeping them in the right order) and as I check the roadmap fabrics I write the correct fabric number on the corresponding section.  Like this.... 
Problem solved!
Now I'm ready to start sewing the fabric patches on each section.  The first piece can get a bit wobbly and move if not careful, so I use a tiny little spot of Elmers school glue (it's washable) to tack down that one piece.  
Just a tiny dot will do.  I lay the starting piece down (making sure it covers the complete area) and then I'll touch it with an iron to set the glue.  
See.... it's just what's needed.  
And the rest is simply folding, trimming and sewing the next patch.  And all blocks are correct and beautiful!  
Now I'm going to link to Judy's Design Wall.  Come along if you'd like.  
.....Linda

16 comments:

  1. I love the colors, they are going to dance across the quilt! What is the pattern you are doing?

    Dorothy S

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    1. I don't know the pattern. I pinned a picture of a quilt from webshots into my Quilting Inspiration board in Pinterest. The picture was called Light and Shadow.... but I've searched and searched and can find no pattern by that name. Webshots is no longer operational so I hit a brick wall.
      I headed to my EQ and made my own blocks and fabric settings.
      Thanks for your nice comments.

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    1. Thanks Cathy. I must say the farther along I get the prettier it is. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Looks wonderful and through trial and error I have a similar system for keeping my fabrics in order. I will even write on paper. I have color coded the paper and i have snipped little pieces of fabric in the road map. I like the Elmers school glue trick. I need to try it out!! Thanks so much for sharing

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    1. You're welcome. I usually don't have much problem keeping fabrics straight as I usually do line them up in order. But when each and every block is different I knew I'd need a better system for sure.
      Glad you stopped by.

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    1. Thanks Mary. Like I said... I'm going to hate to give it up.

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  5. I love how the colors just wash into each other. Quite beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Ramona. And I like that description. "wash" especially since I plan to quilt it with ripples.
      Glad you stopped by.

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  6. Gorgeous quilt! It really sparkles. It would be hard to give that one up.

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    1. Thanks Kate. Yes it will be!
      Glad you stopped by.

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  7. What a great pattern! that is going to be beautiful when it's done!

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    1. Thanks Sue. I almost have two more rows finished so it's coming along. I'm looking forward to the finish so I can get it to my quilting gals. Thanks for stopping by.

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