Welcome to this month’s edition of Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd where you can learn how to organize your work for a complicated block. I was on a retreat last week and working on one, and I thought I would share some of my tips!
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Last Month’s Link Ups
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If you didn’t visit them last month, this is a good time to check out what they shared.
Tutorial: Organizing Tips for a Complicated Block
Last week at a quilt retreat I made a moose! The moose block is part of a quilt, and is fairly large, but the approach is one I used when making Elizabeth Hartman blocks, too. I don’t know when I will get to finish the quilt….I need to decide where it might go before I do, but here’s a look at Moose! This pattern is from Sew Fresh Quilts and is called Buffalo Plaid Moose.
1. Read over the pattern, it really does help.
2. Make a copy of the cutting chart. I suggest making it a bit bigger if you can.
These will become your labels. I scanned the cutting page and added my colors on the chart below. You can use labeled pins, but I like having the measurements so I can cut from the label as well as check whether the misfit is due to my error or a pattern error or my misreading the placement.
(NOTE: I used to copy onto a chart, but found I made mistakes, this is a bit more foolproof).
3. Begin cutting out your fabric, and labeling as you go. You will be surprised how this helps when you need a Medium A and a Dark G to begin piecing or you are trying to figure out if it is the right size piece. It is so easy to confuse the sizes!
4. When you being piecing, keep the instructions close by. Some of these are so complicated that it really helps to see that you are modeling the pictures!
5. Construct the block as you go!
Because these complicated blocks, whether small or large, can be tedious, I find it makes me feel better to see the progress.
6. Take your time and make sure it matches the pattern and diagrams.
I do find I have to check and re-check as it is so easy to flip a corner on the wrong quadrant.
These tips work for me….whether it is a small block or a large block. Hope this helps you!
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