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Date: 2/24/12 4:15 AM

I've finally got near the end of a single bed sized English Paper pieced flower garden quilt top, but it's really hard to add bits now - I have to keep putting it back on the floor to add each flower, and I even sometimes pick it up and then replace the flower in the wrong place.
Can anyone think of a way to pin the flowers on so I can just place all the flowers and then sew on my lap? I'm not sure regular straight pins will do it.

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Date: 2/24/12 9:24 AM

Quote: KatieA
I've finally got near the end of a single bed sized English Paper pieced flower garden quilt top, but it's really hard to add bits now - I have to keep putting it back on the floor to add each flower, and I even sometimes pick it up and then replace the flower in the wrong place.

Can anyone think of a way to pin the flowers on so I can just place all the flowers and then sew on my lap? I'm not sure regular straight pins will do it.

safety pins?

a few quick basting stitches?

what about using colored safety pins-like green on big quilt then put a green one on the piece that needs to be added to it so you just match up the colors in your lap? Could use different colored thread to match too

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Date: 2/24/12 4:45 PM

Would safety pins not make quite large holes in the fabric?

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Date: 2/24/12 5:18 PM

I had the same problem, but with a much smaller project -- wall-hanging size. I marked on the paper pieces which matches what. I use matching numbers, i.e., a small 2 on one side of the hexagon matches to a small 2 on the side of one of the already attached pieces. I laid the whole thing out on a big table to mark the numbers. It took a while, but now I know I am attaching the right thing.

Hope this makes sense. Patricia

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Date: 2/24/12 10:10 PM

I knew someone who made rows of hexies about 8 hexies wide then sewed the rows together but sewed pairs of rows together until two halfs of the quilt had to be pieced together. She said that piecing it together this way was more balanced.

Another suggestion would be to sew at a table so the weight of the quilt can be supported.

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Date: 2/24/12 10:52 PM

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Would safety pins not make quite large holes in the fabric?

I have used the really HUGE basting pins and much smaller angled colored pins and have never had holes is the fabric.

I use the really huge ones for fittings on satin, chiffon, and silk and organza and have never had a permanent hole.

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Date: 2/24/12 11:11 PM

Pinmoor pin basting aids for straigt pins
I'm not sure exactly what to call these (aids? tools? ???), but they work great. Watch the video.

They are made from silicone and they really do NOT come off the end of the pin until you take them off. I have a bag and I've found then helpful when I do not want a straight pin to come out or poke me, both in quilting and clothing sewing. As nearly as I can tell, they can be used indefinitely as the inventor claims in the video; the pin holes close right up and the Pinmoor can be used over and over.

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Date: 2/26/12 10:07 AM

Quote: Patricia from Rose Manor Farm
I had the same problem, but with a much smaller project -- wall-hanging size. I marked on the paper pieces which matches what. I use matching numbers, i.e., a small 2 on one side of the hexagon matches to a small 2 on the side of one of the already attached pieces. I laid the whole thing out on a big table to mark the numbers. It took a while, but now I know I am attaching the right thing.



Hope this makes sense. Patricia

This sounds like a good solution. Rather than mark on the paper, on the back, I think I'm going to get some coloured sticky dots and put them on the front.

The problem with pinning is that because pieces in a GFG aren't square, you can't really pin them back-to-back, and pinning adjacent pieces with no seam allowance is just going to be awkward. Safety pins might be better, or those pinmoor things (vastly expensive in the UK though!)

Warbler, the piece is almost single bed size already - too late to do it in sections! It's not the weight/size that is really a problem except that, to put a new piece in, I have to lay it out on a big space of floor.
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Date: 2/27/12 0:52 AM

Katie, The dots sound like a really good idea because you can put them on while the quilt is right side up. Much less opportunity for confusion that way.

Please let us know how this works out for you in case I get brave enough to try another flower garden.

Patricia

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Subject: Pinning Grandmothers flower garden Date: 2/27/12 12:15 PM

because my english paper piece project isn't a grandmothers flower garden design, I have a hexagon template that I made the design on with colored pencils that I refer to when sewing my hexagons together. I usually do it by blocks or rows, and when I've checked that my hexagon is in the right place according to my sheet of paper, I go ahead and take the backing out so it will be more flexible. Another way is to make all your flower at once, then piece them together with the path bits. Another thing you might try are binder clips if all your flower are already sewn, then you don't have the problem of holes.


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