As with most things, there is more than one way to make a quilt. Organization is the key for me when working on a large project with many little pieces of fabric. A lack of organization finds me frustrated and overwhelmed. I can handle large projects much easier when I follow a logical process and break it up into bite-size pieces.
With snippets of time here and there I was able to get all fabric free from wrinkles prior to cutting. I broke a cardinal rule by not changing my rotary cutter blade before I started. If it takes more than one pass with the cutter to get through the fabric, it is time to change the blade. My dullish blade made the cutting a little more difficult but since the closest store would have entailed an hour round trip on a blustery day I wanted to stay inside I just bit the bullet.
Elizabeth Hartman has some wonderful quilting tips in her book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork. I especially liked her idea about organizer cards and labels and spent Saturday afternoon making five of these for the five blocks that are in the Party Mix Mixtape Quilt.
I was then able to use each organizer card to help me stack the fabrics belonging to each block. After that they went into a clear plastic tub with the applicable organizer card on top of each block section. This way they won’t get mixed up and I will know exactly how to sew them together by following the organizer card.
The soon-to-be-block-pieces are all nicely organized and waiting for the next step – chain sewing!