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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Kat's Americana Row # 2

Hello everyone.  I had a great time working on my row.  First let me say, Deana writes wonderful patterns. They are clear and complete with lots of photos.  I over-analyze the written word, so her photos are worth a thousand words.  Having the cutting dimensions in a chart setting is a bonus. Thanks so much, Deana.

When I reviewed the instructions, I realized I would need an organized system to keep track of the identity of each unit.  I started out with a poster board from the dollar store, covered it with batting and it stands by my machine.  This lets me place the units in position as I sew them together.

How will I keep the cut units identified?  I couldn't keep  little cut piles all over the table and remember which they were. So this over- the -door hanger has 24 clear pockets I could assign a number and/or letter.  I pinned a tag to the top of each pocket, just in case I need to change it sometime.  I tossed the units in their pocket as I cut them.  No guessing or re-measuring.  It worked well for row 2.  I don't have a door near my work area, so I hung it over my standing design wall.  I use both sides.  This back side can hold the unfinished blocks and the hanger.  If you are doing the Spring Mystery Row, the houses have  ALOT  of units.  This hanger was essential for me.



Here is my Row 2.   It took all afternoon to make this row because I had to fussy cut the red and white stripe fabric from a patriotic print that alternated 3 inch stripe squares with 3 inch blue with white stars squares.  These stripes had to be pieced back together to get the 5-1/2 inch width.


I will be doing row 1 today.  I'm sure it won't be finished in an afternoon, 8 paper pieced star blocks. I will be working those from the scrap bins.

Here's wishing you all a great day!



10 comments:

dq said...

Kat, I love your "sleeve" idea for units. I may have to get me one. I love how it is see-through so you can visualize the size and colors.

Your row is wonderful! Keeping up with both QALs will keep you busy especially since I sent out two rows in the Americana the first month.

Kat Scribner said...

when I saw all the parts to the houses, I knew I needed something! I don't know if i have the accuracy to sew those houses! I imagine mine will turn out wonky or the wrong size. I may do only one .... but I love the trees and the clothes line with quilts!

Ann T. said...

Kat, what a great idea!! I keep mine in clear storage bags, but the organizer is so nice. No need to shuffle through the bags with that. I may have to invest in one for my sewing room!!! And I love your row. You did a great job of fussy cutting. They look great!!

Kat Scribner said...

THank you. I got the over the door hanger at wal-mart in the housewares section, near the irons? less than $7,00.

desertskyquilts said...

Great tips, thanks for sharing! Love your row of blocks.

Vivian said...

Love your polka dot stars!

Nancy said...

Clever tip, and your row looks wonderful!

Edith Csokmay said...

Your row is great. Thank you so much for sharing your tip. What a fantastic tool!!!!

Lara B. said...

Kat, your row looks great! I'll be piecing together my flags too. I totally love you idea of using the over the door organizer - that's brilliant!

Moira said...

Great work Kat!