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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  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?

  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!

  3. 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

  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

  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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