I worry about myself sometimes ... when I'm working on quilting projects I sort of get obsessive/compulsive about the work process. I stack the pieces in the order they need to be sewn ... I stack piles turned so that when I pick them up to sew they're facing the right way ... things like that. I think ... I hope ... I do it so that I work more efficiently but mostly I think I do it because I don't want to make mistakes. But even then that isn't a guarantee! I was thinking of this the other day as I was working on a quilt ... thought I'd share with you two things I do to make it all go smoother.
When I'm sewing half square triangles, I layer them in a stack so that the pieces are facing the way they will need to go under the presser foot. It keeps me from having to twist them around each time I pick up a set and makes it easier and faster to sew together.
Same thing goes for pressing. I layer the stack in the way the seam will eventually be pressed ... in this case to the darker fabric so that one is facing the top of the pile. I pull one set on to the ironing board and set the seam ... then I open it up and use the tip of my iron to make sure the seam is going the right way. Then I press the seam with an up and down motion ... I'm not ironing a shirt after all! When I'm done, I put the finished one on a pile so the pieces are all laying the same way.
Also ... because these blocks will be sewn again to make quarter square triangles ... I count out half of the pile and separate the stacks. I need to draw a line across from corner to corner and I sure don't want to do more than I have to! Plus ... this makes sure I've cut enough pieces to make the final number of blocks I need. (Little sneak peek ... these blocks are part of a quilt for Quilts and More using Neutral Territory by Red Rooster. Love this Popsicle orange color!)
Here are some pix from one of my quilt retreats showing how others organize their work. It's always great to pick up tips from other quilters!