I thought some of you might be interested in how I prepare and sew my 10 sampler blocks at once...it takes about 3 hours, more or less, to do a set of 10, once I got it figured out. Most of this might seem to be very obvious to you, but some of it wasn't obvious to me at first, and, I've found while teaching classes that sometimes what seems so basic and obvious to someone is an 'aha' moment for someone else that improves their quilting experience.
The first few sets I'd cut and sew one block, and then cut and sew the next block, and I wasn't happy because a) it wasn't efficient and b) my blocks were all 'hairy' with long thread ends I'd have to go and trim...similar to this at every seam. (this one is only here now because it was the last block in this set of 10, and so I had one 'hairy' seam to trim in 10 blocks, which I find acceptable)
Once I stopped to think about it, I realized that because I usually chain piece, it eliminates those long thread ends, and saves the step of trimming threads, and of sewing on and off a thread tag (or thread pig--because the curly threads look like pig tails)
So, I started cutting 5 or 10 blocks at once (more efficient), and then I put the scraps back into the numbered bag (for future reference if things got mixed up) and the pieces required for the block just stacked on top.
And, because when piecing sampler blocks there aren't multiples of the same unit for chain piecing, I decided to layout two blocks at once
Then I sew as many pieces into units as I can at one time for each block. It depends on the block construction, sometimes this may only be one seam at a time...for the blocks above, I was able to sew a couple of units in one step
This next bit is more about pressing...I leave my units chained together to take them to the ironing board...none are lost this way, it's very quick and easy to get them all laid in a row on the ironing board, just by manipulating the ends...
That seems to be all of the many pictures I took of making these blocks. If you have read to the end, I hope I provided a good tip for you that will make your quilting experience happier. Or, at the very least that you enjoyed looking at the lovely fabrics :)