Thursday, July 19, 2012

Necessary Repetition- Whoop! (times X times)

I have finished sewing the 2 1/2" strips together for the Wash Day Stars quilt.  

When I started this, I had about 19-22 different fabrics.  I wondered how I could corral these into a somewhat logical arrangement for future cutting/sewing.  I realized that it was very possible to have a repeat of the resulting 4 patches.  To try and eliminate this possibilty,  I came up with this idea.

I laid out all the different fabric strips in small piles..Then I chose one and continued to match that one type with various others until it was all used up.  I then chose another, matched that one with others the same way.  This prevented a possibility of duplication of sewn strips.

This is where I am now.  

I now am faced with keeping in order oodles of  2 1/2" wide segments from each strip that I am cutting.  I plan keep all the strips with a common fabric together in a baggie, hoping that later I can continue to keep from duplicating 4 patches by using the same method of choosing as I did before...


 I usually break up this same-thing monotony  by sewing in between, but am afraid I'll get confused, so I'm going by the directions in the magazine this time.

I would love to hear how ya'll keep order while doing something like this.  I am early enough in this process to rethink ideas, or at least keep them for future reference....

I will be adding my photo with others in Sarah's post on Friday.  Take a look at what others are doing. 

8 comments:

Marei said...

This is EXACTLY the same process I use when trying to keep away from duplicated strips/strings. There must be an easier way, but I haven't found it. :) mdmontalvo@yahoo.com

Denise Russell said...

I kind of got dizzy as I was reading... did you as you were sewing??? :-) Haven't done a quilt like this, but will keep checking in on your progress. The fabrics are so cute!

Pattilou said...

Sound like you've got a pretty good method. I think I'd just take the chances of duplicates as if these blocks are so small, it's going to be a busy quilt and who will notice. I do, though, want to see how you progress with this!

I just looked up some images for Wash Day Stars quilt and you are going to have one spectacular quilt!

TLB said...

I love the fabric choices! The will be a beautiful quilt. Cant wait to see your progress. I followed you on my google reader :)

Sara said...

I use wooden containers and keep it all in once place. Kinda like what you have going there. I love organization though too;) Good Luck! Have fun too:)

Snoodles said...

I try to safety pin groups together....I get too rushed to get stuff in and out of bags....isn't that awful to have to admit? :)

Mary said...

Ever use those pre-made fruit or veggie trays? I like those for keeping pieces sorted.

Glad you found something that works for you!

Sarah Craig said...

Good for you - that definitely deserves multiple whoop whoops!!!