I admit it, I tend to be a prepper. I like to get my things lined up and ready to go for faster and less interrupted stitching. If I am hopping up every five minutes to cut out fabric for another block, or press a couple of half square triangles, I don't find sewing such a relaxing experience.
I like to prep my block units ahead of time. The little basket above has my block units all ready to sew for the Civil War Stars project Barbara Brackman is hosting. There must be three or four dozen blocks ready to sew in that little container.
And when I sew, I usually make a large number of block units that need pressing all at one time. For instance, the star blocks all have flying geese units. I will make dozens of them and then get up and press all at one time. I think it is a more efficient use of time to do it that way, rather than hop up and down to press the flying geese for one block at a time.
Make one side of the of flying geese, press, make the other half of the geese, press, then sew the blocks together and press. The end result is that I have a dozen or so finished blocks all at one time.
Works for me anyway!
This is how I work on the Past and Present blocks I posted on yesterday. Each stack has the segments for the four block units required for one larger block. What you see in the photo above is the units for sixteen block quadrants or four full sized blocks.
Another advantage of having your block units prepped and ready to sew is that if you have fifteen or twenty minutes you can sit down and actually accomplish something without too much dithering around. You are all set to go.