• Keeping Track Of Layers And Blocks

    Keeping Track Of Layers And Blocks

    Nicole from has written a great article that outlines 7 ways to keep track of quilt blocks. It’s an older article and some of the reference links are broken but she clearly outlines each DIY option in her article. One article she references is by who outlines how she uses painters tape to keep blocks straight. We found the article in web archives. Sturdier tags are easy to make. Karen from has created a tutorial about making markers from (shown above).

    Keeping track of all these layers might seem overwhelming at first, but as you dig into the intricacies of PCB design, you’ll see just how handy it can be to have this information available. Of course, we also can’t forget just how much of the data in your layers are going to be shipped off to manufacturing.


    Are helpful for keeping quilt blocks straight and can also be used to keep block pieces organized. A package includes letters of the alphabet and numerals. See how they’re used in the following video. Affiliate Disclosure: Quilting Digest is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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    Last week, I asked you how you keep track of pieces when you sew. Thanks to everyone who shared a strategy! I summarized the responses and added a couple more based on some additional research. Here they are: 1. Post-its Post-its seem to be the most popular way to keep track. I was encouraged to see that I wasn’t the only one using them.

    Each Post-it is numbered and attached to the appropriate stack either with the adhesive on the back of the Post-it or with a pin. Or you could even do like Katy from and use mini binder clips to attach the Post-its to the pieces. The only problem I’ve had using Post-its is that it’s easy for them to come off if you don’t pin them on. And as Kelly from mentioned, it’s really easy for these little pieces of paper to get out of order. If you do use pins with the Post-its, pinning and unpinning can slow the piecing process down a bit.

    The other thing that really bugs me is the waste. I always plan to keep them for the next project, but eventually they find their way scattered on the floor of my sewing room and I throw them out and start using a whole new set of Post-its for the next quilt top. Index cards You can also use index cards to keep the pieces in order.

    Debbie from cuts index cards into 2″ squares and numbers each. Then she punches a hold in the squares and uses a safety pin to attach the squares to the blocks. Flat head pins Lynn from, numbers her flat head pins with a Sharpie and places a pin in each stack according to the number to keep them in order. And unlike Post-its, the pins are reusable.

    Acdsee pro 1.4 beta for mac. Keep a visual of the layout Megan from takes a photo of the pieces laid out according to the design. She downloads the photo to her laptop and keeps it nearby as she sews to keep track of the layout.

    Keeping Track Of Layers And Blocks

    You could also take a photo with your phone and check it as you piece. Another option is to use a sketch of the layout as a visual reminder. Number the blocks Diane from keeps the rows in order by writing numbers on the back of the first block of each row in pencil. Painter’s tape Painter’s tape is one of the common tools used by quilter’s today. Elizabeth from has used it to keep rows of blocks organized. She describes the technique in detail.

    Elizabeth also had a tutorial last April for making a cute set of row markers, but unfortunately, I can’t seem to bring up the link. If anyone has a link to it, please let me know in the comments! Bread ties Don’t throw away those little plastic thingamajigs that come with your bread!

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    Karen from has a post on how you can use them to mark your rows. Check it out. I hope you find these strategies helpful! If you have other strategies that you use, please feel free to share in the comments section. Happy sewing!

    Keeping Track Of Layers And Blocks