Thursday, May 2, 2019

10 Minute Tip

10 Minute Tip

One of the things I do to save time and be more efficient in my sewing room is SEWING IN BATCHES. Let me explain. I like to do things in batches when creating a new quilt. I never (or very rarely) cut a whole quilt, sew all of one step, then all of the next step, etc.

I cut enough pieces to make about a quarter to a half of the quilt. Then I sew the units, usually about 10-12 at a time using chain piecing. Then I press those, etc. This allows me to finish 10-12 blocks in a batch. I put them on the design wall and take a photo. I look at what is there, then I think about what might be missing? Do I need to do more of the same? Do I need to switch things up a bit? Do I need to add another color? To I need to avoid a color?

You see, all of my quilts are mystery quilts. I never know how they are going to turn out. Sometimes I have a really good idea, but sometimes that idea takes some turns along the way. Working in batches allows me to make changes or take a different turn before I've gone too far.

It also allows me to see some progress with finished blocks along the way. I need that sort of instant gratification to keep me motivated. If you aren't working in batches, I would encourage you to try it. Let me know what you think.

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Enjoy every stitch!

PS. Yes, he stares at me the entire time I'm sewing until I let him in. Silly dog!


  1. Good tip! I like the idea of seeing progress along the way.

  2. I never thought of my quilts as being mystery quilts - but since I create like you do, I guess that's a good description!

  3. Haha! I didn’t notice Boomer in the window until you mentioned him. He’s so cute! I’d never get anything sewn - I’d be watching the dogs frolic (or sleep or talk or whatever they do outside). I tend to work in batches like that, too, but mostly for me (as I’m not usually designing as I go) it’s more about using my time effectively and not getting bored with endless repetition.

  4. Aha...I'm at retreat now, and will try your suggestion. Thanks 😄


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