Do you ever stop and think about how you like to go about making your project? Are you a dibs and dabs piecer, a follow the directions step by step sewer or a production line assembly worker?
I shift back and forth between all of those methods but if I had to pick my most comfortable sewing style I'd have to pick dibs and dabs. When I started working on Road to Oklahoma over the weekend I really wanted to be a mix of the other 2 methods. My plan was to cut all the pieces I needed so I set up my old cutting table out in the family room so I could watch TV and stay warm by the fireplace.
Next I pulled out my bins of 5" charms and 2.5" strips and started pulling more fabrics randomly. Pretty soon I was distracted by the pretty purple strips in this drawer and paging through my jelly roll books for ideas. Are you starting to get the picture?
On the back of my quilting room door you can see my new scrap storage method - an old over the door shoe holder that I'm trying out. Anything less than a FQ and wider than a 2" strip are being kept here. I've started rolling up leftover bits of binding and putting them in the outer pocket. I love scrappy binding so this will remind me to use them up.
Normally since our laundry room is just a walk across the family room I like to get up and move around by taking my chain of pieces to press. Placing it in here allows me to keep my eyes on all the parts, the block instructions and the blocks on the wall so I can stay better focused. I think I only needed Mr. Ripper once all afternoon!
What is your preferred method of working on a project? Leave a comment and let me know what works for you.