What Was I Thinking? – AND a Totally Tipster Tip

I am on the final stretch for my Delilah Quilt. Yay!! I have finished all of my half square pinwheels. They used so many of my little scraps. I just love them!

Now is the time to lay ALL of my finished block piles out and admire them before I have to start the crazy task of sewing them all together.

I simply adore them all EXCEPT these three…

What was I thinking!? I especially wonder at this crazy work of art!–

It looks nothing like my other soft beautiful blocks. I remember playing with color variations on this block. Ugh! Well,.. I had no choice but to get out the templates and sew three more blocks.

Whew! Now those are much, much, much better. I even enjoyed sewing the Y-seams again:)

Now I can move on and start laying them out getting ready for sewing. I like to quilt with my friends every Wednesday morning, but how in the world can I transport all of these blocks, all laid out, and in order?

Totally Tipster

I figured it out! Here is a TOTALLY TIPSTER tip that works perfectly. If you are like me, you have lots and lots of fabric in your sewing room. I have scraps and bolts just waiting for their turn to join in a project.

This tip uses a long piece of yardage, the longer the better, to make a huge, portable design board!

Lay the fabric out in the floor. Place your blocks out in the groups you want them sewn. You can even open the yardage first, place in a few layouts, fold the fabric back on top and lay out some more.

Roll the fabric up with the block pieces nicely rolled up inside. Don’t worry, it’s going to be the happiest tip you’ve ever tried!

Take your fabric roll to wherever you are going, near or far, it doesn’t matter. Lay out your rolled fabric and gently start to unroll. All of your pieces will be right where you left them anxious to be sewn together!

SWEET!! Yep, I’m on my way and almost there with this quilt. Well, really two quilts because I have enough blocks to make two quilts. I’m so excited!

Thank you for stopping by today. I would love to hear from you!! Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think:)

If you want to pin this tip–

21 thoughts on “What Was I Thinking? – AND a Totally Tipster Tip

  1. Clever woman! The three new blocks are great. The old ones are interesting, especially the first one, but definitely not soft. I had to look twice to see they are the same block! The new ones will be great in the quilt.


  2. The blocks look absolutely great & those “extra” 3 could look good in a table runner of their own. Great ” take along” tip & leftover, large pieces of batting work well & taking photos of the laying out as you go is worthwhile too. Thanks for sharing & look forward to seeing the finished quilt. Take care.

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  3. Hi Tracy! Great tip and I had to laugh right out loud at your disappointment with those three blocks. I’m glad you could remake them, otherwise whenever you looked at your pretty quilt those three blocks would jar your nerves. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  4. Oh gosh, they were a bit heavy looking and dark, I’m glad you’ve replaced them. I rarely have to carry blocks around, but when I do, I use my design wall, which is a flannel sheet hanging from a pole, folded up like a regular sheet to be put away. I like your idea too!

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  5. I love love love your Delilah blocks. Such pretty colours. This one is definitely on my bucket list. Thanks also for the tip…did you know you can also use a flannel backed picnic tablecloth for the same purpose? They cost only a couple dollars and work just great. Roll it out with the flannel side up, place your blocks and roll it back up. And these tablecloths work great as a temporary design wall at a sew in. I love them so much I have one permanently on my sewing room wall .

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    1. Thank you Veda! I think a flannel backed tablecloth would be a. Great addition to any quilting studio! I have cut one one up and made a small book for small portable projects, but I don’t have one for larger projects. I’m definitely adding that to my shopping list! I need one on my wall:). Thank you for the tip!!❤️❤️


    1. Thank you Karla! I like these blocks so much better. Time does wonders for the eye:). As far as the tip—. I was amazed at how wonderfully the yardage worked for block transportation. I hope you give it a try sometime! I hope you have a wonderful day!😊❤️❤️❤️

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  6. I think those orphans could work nicely in something for those grand boys of yours; they seem very “manly” and perfect for a boy’s something. The other blocks are going to make two beautiful happy quilts!


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