Not my favorite part but this one goes quickly.

Assembling blocks into tops is not my favorite task but I try to make it as painless as possible. Many quilts I assemble into sections rather than rows but for this one – rows will work best.
I work with one row at a time, stacking up the blocks in order with a pin in the top block to help me keep things in order.
Once the row is sewn, I iron odd rows toward the pin and even rows away from the pin. I find it easier to iron seams *up* so rather than laying the row across the ironing board…I either start with pin up (odd rows) or pin down (even rows) and then I can always iron the seams up.

To keep from having a bunch of long seams to sew toward the end of my piecing….I assemble two rows and then sew them together… here after sewing rows 3 & 4 together, I’ll sew 1&2 to rows 3&4 before going on.

There’s not any pinning when making these blocks or sewing them into rows but once I start assembling the rows I do pin…please note that the intersection is where the red/blue strips come together NOT the one above! Even I would take out that and redo it.
And guess what came a day early?? It was scheduled to arrive tomorrow but I won’t open the box until this top is assembled so I better get back to work.


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8 thoughts on “Not my favorite part but this one goes quickly.

  1. Yikes, you have good self control, girl! A fun new toy and you are not opening the package yet? I am not sure that I have that much will power! :~)How exciting that the boys are coming! How long will they get to stay? Will Keith be home too?

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  2. How can you manage such self restraint? I’d have that box open so fast! And if I didn’t, my son would. He loves quilting gadgets. Doesn’t use them, but thinks they are cool. Have fun with your new toy!

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  3. Anonymous

    I would have torn into that box as soon as it arrived. Don’t know how you do it. Guess that’s why I have so many unfinished things around here. I get side tracked so easy.Diane in Alaska

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  4. Mary,Can’t wait to see how you like your new toy. Youare way more disciplined than me. I would have hadthat box opened as soon as I shut the door on thedelivery person.Marilyn

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  5. I was taught a very similar technique at a quilt workshop a couple of years ago. We pinned pieces of paper at the start of each row with the row’s number written on. Works a treat and I always use that method now. Have fun with your new toy 🙂

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