Every time I test a quilt designer's pattern, there is one thing that I look for first. Can you guess what it is? I'll give you a hint - do it once, and you'll never be able to go back.
Letters. Letter your pieces people!
The first pattern that I ever purchased was the Suzy Quilts Maypole extension pattern. Being a new quilter, I felt perfectly at ease working with so many different pieces, simply because Suzy took the time to assign a letter to each piece of cut fabric.
Finding piece "B" is a lot easier than finding '6.5" x 2.5" fabric 2'. Which piece was that again? Without labels, I'd find myself measuring each piece again to confirm that I have the right one. What a waste of time!
Now, on every pattern I use, I take a second to letter my cuts. If the pattern includes lettering, I'm ready to go! If not, I simply go down the cutting instructions list and assign each piece a letter. Then, I flip through the pattern and write the letter next to each dimension within the pattern (trust me, it will only take you a minute and will save you loads of time!). Once you've cut out the pieces, clip your little letter label onto your cuts. You can even write the dimensions of each piece on each letter label if you'd like. Et voilà! You'll be flying through your pattern, knowing exactly which piece goes where.
I made myself some really useful fabric labels, and thought you'd like to use them too! 😉
I printed my set on cardstock, cut them out, and laminated them for ultimate organizational luxury! Or, if you're into quick and easy, simply print a copy when you start a new pattern. That way you can use them for every WIP, simultaneously!
Let's get oraganized! Sarah