Monday, July 28, 2014

Keeping Organized...and Last Chance For Giveaway!

You all know I prefer to prep my English Paper Piecing pieces with starch whenever possible. I'd like to show you how I keep things organized once those pieces are prepped. You can do this even if you prep your pieces in a different way if needed.

The blocks I am making now that are using EPP and Appliqué techniques are not your usual EPP shapes. That's how my EPP Pin Cushions are also. This technique works great for those also.

I like to lay out all the pieces needed for each block after they are prepped to make sure I have them all, but also, to put them together in the correct order.

Above, you can see one of the blocks all layed out in order. I place them onto lightweight fusible interfacing, fusible side up, all nice and neat. Then, I take the side or point of my mini iron (you can use a regular iron also) and touch the SEAM ALLOWANCE only to tack it in place on the fusible interfacing.

Here, I am holding a block in process up in the air to show that all of the pieces stay in place!


This one has the center sewn together and you can see where I tacked the center portion back onto the fusible interfacing while I was traveling. I wanted to keep all the proper pieces with each block and this works great for me!


This picture shows you that the fusible "glue" is out in the seam allowance. See those little white dots on the red piece? Those glue dots will be hidden in the seam allowance after the block is sewn together.

If there are pieces that must be sewn on later, I tack them in the outer area of the block. One of these circles will be the last thing sewn onto the block. They will be safe and sound until I am ready for them!

The tan and gold pieces are sewn together on this block and now I'm starting to sew the outer ring of pieces on. By prepping and organizing this way, I know exactly which piece to grab next to sew. In this example, the piece with the number 3 is ready for me to grab and sew onto the other pieces! Just pull it off of the interfacing and stitch it together with the other pieces!


In no time, you'll have a wonderful block like this one pieced and ready to put into your quilt! I have been accused of being a tease by my previous posts, so here you go ladies, a little bit bigger peak at this next quilt I'm working on...I hope you like it! Trust me, you can do it!

I'll be drawing a name for the winner of that cute little sewing box filled with a few goodies, and a few other goodies too, at the end of the week, so be sure to share my blog by adding me to your sidebar or copying me in on an email as you share the blog with some quilty friends. Find the original post a few weeks back and leave me a comment! Be sure you have given access to your email in your profile so I can reach you if you win!

Good luck!




  1. I love, love, love, the IRON TACKING idea of organizing a block with several different shapes. Because you just iron tack the piece down you can use the interfacing over and over. Can't wait to try it, will certainly make sewing in the correct order easier.

  2. I really love that block and beautiful piecing. I have no patience, but I really need to try and slow down so I can learn better techniques.


  3. That is a beautiful block, and a very interesting organizational technique. I can see how handy that would be!

  4. Wow! That is a gorgeous block! I love your organized idea too~ very clever! I do have you on my sidebar and have told many friends about your blog and quilts. Have a happy week!

  5. That is just gorgeous! You make it look so doable!

  6. What a great idea, I may have to try this out.

  7. Your block looks absolutely gorgeous and the starch basting is a great technique. I love that your block is scrappy except for the yellow star! Very effective.

  8. I am a fan of EPP and just when I think I know it all ( can one really know it all?) I find a very clever idea for organizing and putting it all together. Love love love this very clever. Thanks for sharing.

  9. great idea and pieces won't be lost that way either. thanks for sharing.

  10. Just learning EPP with a new BOM and this is a great method. Love your creations..

  11. Loving that new tool on EPP Thanks for the chance to win...hugs, Julierose

  12. What a clever idea, much better than the little paint brush I use!
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