keeping organized when chain piecing?
Once you have made all of the squares in a quilt and it is laid out (on a design wall, floor, bed, etc.) how do you organize sewing your columns and then columns into rows when chain piecing? I want to do this as quickly and efficiently as possible.
I am working on a watercolor I spy quilt and I have 12 rows across and 14 columns down. I have numbered my columns and used letters for my rows, so across the top I have square 1a, 2a, 3a, etc. up to 12a and the next row is 2a, 2b, 2c, etc. The square in the bottom right corner is 12n. My plan was to use double stick tape and label each row. That way I would not get confused when chain piecing. Then I was going to sew 1a to 2a, 1b to 2b, etc.
I found this paragraph by Kathy Somers, and I don't understand how you end up with your net.
Sewing the squares together is simply a matter of stacking each row, in order, and sewing it to the previous row without cutting the threads. Stack from top to bottom and don't turn your squares. Soon, you will have a lacy 'net' of squares. Press so the seams will run in alternate directions (One row up, one row down - this is important!) and your seams will 'lock' together when sewn together. When sewing rows together, sew first from top to bottom, then from bottom to top, etc. This will keep it from becoming lopsided.
Do you use a similar method to Kathy? Do you have any advice?