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two "smacking head" moments   General Discussion

Started May-10 by Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3); 226 views.

Guess all the shortcuts and tricks we figure out take time and much working to discover.

Sounds like a very productive time.

I cut 3 kits to take to the retreat. One is a finished quilt. The second is a pile of blocks and is waiting for me to complete another quilt. The last is in pain sight and I will not start it till I finish the 2nd into a top.

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I guess the trick from doing the 3 above kits was one huge fabric pull using the same color theme. This saved a ton of time not having to pull out the fabric 3 times.

The idea of making up kits was from Dee. Just seeing her come to retreats with carefully organized kits and leaving with beautiful tops!

tuckyquilter

From: tuckyquilter

May-10

Way to go Dee.  I learn new stuff all the time too. 

I use my 4" Easy Angle ruler to cut triangles for HST or Snowball corners.  A tiny drop of Elmers on each sewing end, lay it on the rectangle or whatever it's going on and it holds in place perfectly. 

I do label the top block of each column on my design wall.   I hate pins so I stack each column side by side and then sew them together, column by column. Since they are numbered I know exactly which column stack to grab next.   I'm all into faster, easier ways.  

bornblesse2

From: bornblesse2

May-10

There is always more to learn with all the quilts we make!  And the organizing and short cuts are always the hardest parts!  I always try to share those things when teaching classes, as patterns almost never teach those things.

I tend to like doing things in batches.  Pulling fabric for multiple quilts at once definitely saves time.  Refolding all those fabrics is not my favorite part of quilting, so I like to cut multiple quilts at once and only fold once.  

that's a good tip with the glue.  I do have a tenancy to wobble at the beginning and end of a seam.

I made these flannel flags years ago and they stick pretty well, but sometimes they stick to the back of another block.  I use little applique pins so they don't catch on things, but they are fiddly and I can't pin on the design wall, I end up catching the design wall.

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