In the last couple of days, I've been sneaking into my quilt room for short periods here and there. As I've been using my flannel board, it crossed my mind to wonder if all you other quilters use one, too.
I can't remember where or when I first learned of this handy little tool (if "tool" is the proper word for it), but I use mine a lot.
A flannel board is nothing more than a square piece of cardboard (I made mine 16" x 16") covered with white flannel.
When cutting the pieces of fabric for a block, it's easy to place them on the flannel board in their approximate spot. The material adheres to the board with no problem and won't slip around or fall off.
When you have the whole block assembled (but not yet sewn together), you can even prop the board up vertically and move away from it to take a good look to make sure you like the placement of colors.
Then just take the board with the individual fabric pieces on it over to the sewing machine.
And piece the block right from the board.
I use my flannel board whenever I'm piecing any size block, large or small. If the blocks are small, I'll have four of them laid out and all set to go when I take the board to the sewing machine. Transportation of the blocks from cutting table to sewing machine is a snap. Plus, having the pieces on the flannel board is so much easier than working with the pieces on a slippery table top.
Yup, my flannel board is a very handy and inexpensive aid to have.
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