(This probably isn't going to be an Oprah-worthy 'Ah-ha' moment, and some of you are going to feel totally unimpressed, but for the simple-minded folks out there like me, here is a little tip that has simplified my quilting process recently.)
You know when you lay out your quilt blocks, then stack them by rows so that you can take them to your machine to start sewing? After carefully placing all those blocks, you definitely want to keep those blocks and rows in the right order. Previously I've marked my rows with pins or stick on labels. Sometimes chalk pencil, but that always seems to fade. Well, I just stared using my water-eraseable marker and it works like a charm. Easy to read, no falling-off labels, etc. and it comes off easily when my top is pieced. Thanks to Mary for the reminder not to iron over it. And I would suggest removing it as soon as you're done piecing those rows. So there you go.
Here's another little stack I'm hoping to sew together today.
Also working on those i-spy kits.purple and my daughter is thrilled.) I figured by the time I tallied the pattern and fabric costs + time it would just be cheaper to by one. (I feel so lazy.) For as much as I love to sew, I just do not love using synthetic fabrics to make costumes. I sound like such a snob. lol.
Finally the winner has been announced for the Modern Basics book. Thanks so much to all who entered. Amy is sharing a little more about her quilts today. If you want one Amy still has some available signed copies in her Shop. It's also available at Amazon.