Having been given a jelly roll and a quilting book for Christmas 2010, there is no excuse not to get on with quiltmaking.

Here's what happened next...


Monday, 28 March 2011

Er ... no, THIS is the Final Layout!

So I fibbed - looking at the previous post this morning, it struck me that laid out as it was, I would have each big block as a 'X' made of my four mini blocks, & not a square.

Hardly a big deal in the scheme of things, but by moving a single column of blocks from one end of the quilt to the other - hey presto!

I've taken your comments on board about keeping my layout fixed whilst I sew the blocks together along with those of big sister Helen. She emailed me & said 'How about laying out an old sheet on the floor ... and pinning them down ... then roll or fold up the sheet, & unroll next time you have a sewing session. Unpin a couple of blocks at a time & sew together, then pin back in position.'

But even better than rolling & unrolling the sheet, I found an old curtain rail, & a couple of hooks (I'm sure that you're all ahead of me here!) - so I now have the blocks pinned to a sheet hanging on the wall, along with a print out of the above pic, & now I'm all ready to put the blocks together...


  1. Sounds like you have your own home-style design wall. I like that idea and may use it in the future. Thanks, Hazel and your sister:) I also like the layout. I think this will be a beautiful quilt.

  2. Joanna - I came to say just the same thing!

    Last week I was teasing Hazel about needing a design wall, looks like she has found one.

    Hazel, here's another tip: I have a few ordinary sized safety pins with a length (only 6" or so) of BRIGHT red wool knotted through the hole at the end. You can't miss them, whatever they are pinned to. When sewing blocks into rows, I always mark the left-hand edge of a row with a "red flag" - otherwise it is far too easy to turn a row upside down and have the left-hand blocks on the right-hand side of the quilt ....

  3. I agree with Bilbo, it's too easy to turn a row upside down between picking it up and putting it back - if you do that in the middle of putting a top together, well, the air can turn blue. Hmm, wonder how I know that?

    What a great idea for a design wall too. One day I'd love one of those rather than a floor.

  4. QuiltSue: thinking of a design wall for you . . .

    on the wall above the sofa in your "sewing studio", could you have two hooks and when you want a design wall, hang a rod between them with a bit of cotton batting threaded onto it (make a casing in the batting to slide through the rod, and just fold it up in your Magic Cupboard {grin} when you are not using it?)

    That's what I've done above the radiator in my sewing room and whilst it's not huge it is better than nothing.

  5. If I was going to make a refinement to my 'design wall', I would run a second curtain pole or weights along the bottom, just to keep the sheet straight - it flaps about a bit at the mo.

  6. Spare bamboo cane from the garden works well!


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