Cutting and organizing pieces for double wedding ring

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Good day to all.  I am about to begin cutting out a double wedding ring
quilt for future granddaughter-in-law.  I would love to have input about how
to proceed.  I have 33 fat quarters washed and pressed.  Have figured how
many of each template I need to cut from each fat quarter.  What is the best
way to mark the material?  I tested with a fine point black permanent
marker.  It sort of bled a little.  But to use a pencil it may not show on
all the colors.  The colors are connecting thread's spring essential
special.  I have a large rectangle saved from cutting out a sink on a
countertop.  Thinking about covering it all over with sandpaper so that the
fat quarter grips to it.  Then maybe put sandpaper on the bottom of the
templates.  But there will ultimately be almost 1500 pieces.  I need to know
how you would organize them?  Any thoughts from those who have made a DWR
would be greatly appreciated.  If you know if an internet site with
organizational tips and tricks I would appreciate that also.  TIA Alice  BTW
I have only made three log cabin star quilts and am working on a Dresden
Plate for myself at this time.

Re: Cutting and organizing pieces for double wedding ring
On Sat, 9 Feb 2008 13:41:06 -0600, A SHEARER wrote

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I would not recommend a black permanent marker.  Trust me, you do not want to
do this, especially if one of your fabrics is a light color.  I will never do
that again.

I'd look for a chalk pencil or go to a place like Hobby Lobby or Michaels and
get prismacolor pencils in a couple of different colors for marking.

Re: Cutting and organizing pieces for double wedding ring
I've done 2 DWR -- but only 1 with templates (the other I paper pieced).

For organization...  buy a box of small ziploc bags (like sandwich sized)...
and put each color in a separate bag.  (are you doing totally scrappy -- or
organized sequence of colors).  Either way -- I think you'll like having the
colors separated and easy to get to.

For marking -- I used a mechanical pencil.  It did show on my dark blues as
well as my lighter colors -- although I did have to look a bit.  Use the
thinnest pencil lead you can find.  I find chalk pencils just don't make a
fine enough line.

Also -- and this is critical (or was for me!).  When I added each piece -- I
pressed the closed seam to help set the seam but I DID NOT press the fabrics
(arcs) open until the arc itself was complete.  Then I had a piece of muslin
pinned down to my ironing surface... where I had traced the EXACT shape of
my arc and when I pressed the arc (all seams to one side) ....  I slowly
dropped it along the lines of my "pressing template".   I used a weak starch
( I buy it by the jug -- and then dilute it significantly and spritz it from
a drugstore spray bottle.  That helped to maintain the shape of the arc.
Remember your arcs have a lot of exposed bias and they can be easily
stretched out of shape.  The less you handle them before pressing/starching
them the better.  Avoid pulling them open to look at them like an accordian
... as that can really stretch them too!

I hope this is helpful.  This is an extremely rewarding quilt -- although it
will test your patience on many an occasion before you are done!

Kate in MI

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Re: Cutting and organizing pieces for double wedding ring
hey Alice
at least ya know how to find us if you need anymore advice, eh.
good luck,

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Re: Cutting and organizing pieces for double wedding ring
Thanks for the helpful hints. I am not making a pieced arc DWR, but MAY do
so one day.
I would suggest that the quiltmaker make one 'extra' arc first of all, and
press it out. This would serve two purposes:
to preview the color placement, and to have as a visual guide when piecing
all the arcs. For those arcs I would definitely use your helpful advice.
PAT in windy Virginia

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Re: Cutting and organizing pieces for double wedding ring
Er -why do you need to mark?
Mine was made using Shar Jorgensen's acrylic templates, seam allowance
included. As long as the stitching is accurate, no problem at all. The set
includes a "solid" arc, so it's easy to check accuracy.
If you make your own templates, consider making something you can use with a
rotary cutter.
Shar's directions include the idea of stacking 6 FQs, cutting out a curved
strip (template provided) big enough for the entire arc, then using the
individual segment templates to slice off 6 pieces. Then move the top piece
from the 1st pile to the bottom, the top 2 pieces from the 2nd pile, etc.
Then stitch the 6 arcs.
Roberta in D

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