It was finally time yesterday to unpick a seam in each loop for the trip quilt. How do I know where to unpick it? Unpick the first strip anywhere and put it up on the design wall. Then the next strip is unpicked between the top 2 fabrics on the previous strip. You can see my thumb is on the seam to unpick. Don't over analyze, just unpick it.
The correct way to use a seam ripper is to lay it flat on the fabric and slide the point under a stitch. I have seen too many people use it to jab at the stitch. I slide it under every 3rd stitch and cut. Since I had to hold my camera in my right hand I had to hold the ripper for the photo with my left hand. Normally the fabric is laying against my left hand and I use my right hand to slide the ripper under the stitch.
Then the seam just pulls apart and you can pick off the little thread pieces.
I have 18 fabrics so I needed to unpick 18 loops. This gives me the top left section plus the center row. The bottom right corner would be the center of the quilt when all of the loops have been unpicked.
Now I can move the strips one at a time from the left edge to the right edge and see every fabric as the center. I have moved one strip here.
And now I have moved one more strip. The pink center is getting larger with each move.
The top left corner could also be a choice for the center. The next photo is this photo flipped 180 degrees to show that.
I think I will move a few more strips before I make a decision.