Hi everyone! I hope early fall is going well for all of you. I have been busy finalizing everything for the Fall Market debut of my patterns. I will be rolling out each one of those patterns here (the ones that have not been released yet) in the coming weeks. I’ll talk about the inspiration behind the designs and give some tips for making the project.
But for today, I thought it would be fun to talk about organizing pieces of blocks so you have access to them at the sewing machine, but you are not mixing them together. I use these homemade mini design boards!
All you need to make the boards, is a stiff piece of cardboard (you can recycle boxes!), scrap batting and a glue stick. That’s all!
I cut the cardboard pieces to about 13″ square so they can accommodate block pieces for a finished 12″ block. You can also make smaller boards if you make smaller blocks more often, or you can make some boards that are larger. I have a few boards that are 19″ square. I can fit pieces on them for 4 blocks that will be 6″ finished.
Once you have the size cardboard square you want, cut a piece of scrap batting that measures about 1/2″ larger than your square. Lay the batting on a flat surface, then lay the cardboard square in the center so you have batting overlap on all 4 sides. Fold the batting over the cardboard edge and secure it to the back of the cardboard with a glue stick. I use a permanent glue stick so it will stay secure through constant use.
Here is a block laid out on one of these mini design boards, all ready to stitch the pieces together!
Now, you can lay out all your blocks on individual mini boards, stack them up and carry them all to your machine. This helps you not to mix up the pieces for each block. Also, it’s a time saver! You don’t have to stop and lay out the pieces for the next block …. it’s already laid out on the board below the one you just finished!
Here’s a stack of mini boards I started for the project I’m working on:
So, what do you think of this time saving idea? Share some of your ideas in the comments below and win a free pattern. My new pattern Country Dance!
This one would be a great quilt project to have mini boards for. The drawing will take place on Monday, October 8th. ***We have a winner! Congrats Cathy!***
In the meantime ….