Saturday, July 22, 2017

Organizing Jack's Chain

I am writing this post for my record of how I organized this quilt project.  Please don't think me crazy - that is if you read through all this.

So I really like organizing my projects - keeps me on track and knowing what I am doing.  Do I go overboard - maybe, but then it works for me :)

Here is my schedule of blocks I need to make for the Jack's chain - the first page.  There are 46 whole blocks, and when you add the border blocks, you have a total of 86 block combinations requiring 350 nine patches and 12 half-nine patches

I am using Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC)to help me move along throughout the year and ensure I have a balance of color in the nine patches....each made with different fabrics.  The column is the block #, followed by the # of nine patches needed for that block.  Then there is column for each month in the RSC and I check which month's nine-patch is used in that block.  Still with me?

I keep my nine patches in baggies sorted by month.  I just love these little bags of nine - patches.

I have started assembling some of the Jack's Chains blocks - and have 10 under construction. Each is in their own little bag, which includes that large hexagon center, six connecting triangles (both EPP Prepped) and then the nine patches that go in that blocks.  I include a slip of paper that identifies the block number and what month's nine patches go on that block.  Once one is completed, I start another.

One partially completed Jack Chain block.
I try to complete all the nine patches for the month by the 17th of the month and then in the second half of the month I can start assembling the Jack's Chain blocks.   When I have all the nine patches added to the hexagon, I can remove the paper from the  hexagon and add the connection triangles to the nine patches, completing the block.

All the works in process fit nicely in my project box, ready to be taken on trips, visits with friends or guild meetings.

I taped a picture of the quilt to the top of my box as so many people tell me they don't know what a Jack's Chain quilt is - so I just show them the picture.

So funny...they are talking on TV about people with OCD - surely that is not ME!

Gotta go sew, thanks for stopping by,


LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I think your system to stay organized is quite amazing! I know the Jack's Chain pattern is pretty complicated, so I can see why this would be helpful. Looking forward to seeing how you progress!

Julierose said...

I am blown away by your organizational skills--very worth while for such a big and long term project, i think. OCD--maybe; but aren't we all when it comes to quilting?? I know i hubbie keeps calling my room the manufacturing plant..(as in:"how was work at the plant today"--he thinks he's a
Love seeing how your blocks are coming together..hugs, Julierose

The Joyful Quilter said...

Quilters NEED a plan, if they don't want leftover blocks from making too many!!

Cathy Tomm said...

Great project. Thanks for showing us how you keep it organized. Also thanks for showing us the photo of what the chain is. I kind of thought it might be but I was not sure.

Quiltdivajulie said...

What a system! Like you, I use spreadsheets often to keep my head from exploding al over the studio (grin).

Cathy said...

Aren't you organized! Gosh, very unlike me!
I do know what a Jack's Chain is...there's one in my hope chest for my grandson when he gets married (he's only 9 now) and I have another in the works for me in a different colorway. I machine pieced mine and used the pattern at Quilter's Cache.

Good luck with yours! I really think they are fun and unusual quilts.

Thimbleanna said...

You're too funny. What a great system and a wonderful way to get a complicated quilt finished. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress!

Quilter Kathy said...

Very organized project! Well done! This is a challenging quilt design for sure!

Rose Marie said...

So .... just how big are those 9 patches? LOL They look pretty tiny to me! Still, you do have great ideas for keeping you and us organized.