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Thread: Bonnie Hunter "Easy Street" thread?

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    Super Member urgodschild2's Avatar
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    I am still finishing up step 1. I had to stop to do a square for the boom8 and to make my Doll Quilt. Then I had wonderful company stop by. My Grt niece and her two little girls. So not much sewing. BUT today looks like it might be a Jammy day and i will sew all day. (as soon as my daughter downstairs wakes up). Got to catch up. I love step 3. The colors that is.
    Dreaming of New England while being stuck in So. Calif.(the asphalt jungle of the world.) But hey the Happiest Place on Earth is here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraew View Post
    SheriR that's gonna be really pretty! I wasn't brave enough to pick my own colors for my first mystery. It takes alot of bravery for me to let Bonnie pick my pattern and colors! He He
    I'm with you Fraew! This is my 3rd Mystery with Bonnie, and I feel no way qualified to pick colors for a quilt I don't know what it will look like!
    "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardnergal970 View Post
    Once you get the 4 patch made and before you do any pressing, go to the back and take out about 2 stitches of the seams that you crossed with the last seam when you joined the two. After those two stitches are removed, lay the 4 patch flat face down and that last seam will almost effortlessly go opposite ways and you will see the cute little checker pattern where the seams meet. If it doesn't go flat, there might be another stitch that needs to be removed. Now press with half of the seam going north and half of the seam going south. I didn't understand this well for awhile either but now that I finally figured it out, I like the finish I get with that extra step.
    BTW...I have step three completed except for pressing about half of the blocks. Loved working with another color and can't wait to see what we do with the green.
    You don't have to take out those stitches gardnergal! I just flip that block over, and hold the right side of the last stitching line down, and the left side just flip it up. That will make what looks like a tiny four patch in the middle. It only takes a second when you get the hang of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzanne in VT View Post
    I'm going to shock everyone, but I'm not going to do step #3 her way. I own those rulers, but just can do things her way (maybe she is right brained and I am left brained). That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it

    I'm going to do HST's (half square triangles), so mine will end up being a 4 patch. Top row will be a square on the left and a HST on the right. Bottom row will be a HST on the left and a square on the right.

    I'm NOT using scraps, so all my fabrics for the blue would be the same, the background the same, etc. I have the "Triangulations" software, so will just print out the HST size I need and sew them that way. It is so speedy and the exact size you need always happens. To me, personally, this is the quickest and most precise way for me to do this step.

    Thought I'd share in case anyone else just wants to turn their heads away from this project because of those rulers.

    Suzanne in VT
    I used the Triangulations software last year when we had a lot of half square triangles to do. It does work great, and the triangles come out perfect. I printed it on newsprint (which I also use for paper piecing) as it comes off so easily. For those that don't know Triangulations is a software program that prints on paper, then you line up 8 1/2 x 11 pieces of fabric with front sides facing, place the paper one top and just sew on the lines that are printed. When you finish sewing on the lines, then there are other lines that you rotary cut and you get perfect half square triangles. This software has all different sizes of quarter square and half square triangles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brookemarie19 View Post
    I was on the quiltville yahoo group this morning and saw that someone is doing their step 3 differently from bonnie. If you don't have the special rulers this would be an easy way to go. I might do this anyways as I wouldn't have to worry about the bias this way as much either.
    www.stitchingcircle.com/?p=1270
    THANK YOU! That looks like a much easier method for me to follow.

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    Well I finished sewing step 1 and started squaring them all up. got half way done and quit for the day.
    Dreaming of New England while being stuck in So. Calif.(the asphalt jungle of the world.) But hey the Happiest Place on Earth is here.

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    Good morning y'all..
    I am so glad Jeanie posted the link to this on the Orca Bay thread..I would have never found you otherwise lol.

    I am making half the quilt this time as I chose to make the quilt in oranges, yellows and blues and this will be the perfect Spring lap/throw quilt for my living room. I finished the geese yesterday and have last step all cut out will be sewing it tomorrow and Tuesday as I am off work. I haven't done the four patches yet because I wasn't sure which contsant color to use and when Bonnie said we weredonee with grey, I thought well I'll wait and see how it plays Out and pick my "grey" then. I have a hunch that the four patches will do a chain in the quilt so I want to see how the blocks turn out before I pick a color..is that cheating? LOL. And I am loving this mystery so far..much easier than last year..you know by this time last year we did some 350 HST, 240 QSt and 60 some strings lol..I don't know why I still remember the numbers but I know that quilt ended with more than 7500 pieces..DH counted them lol.


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    Jeanie...thanks for the tip on the center seams on the 4 patch. I'll give it a try. It sounds much faster than the way I was taught.

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    I'm home now for awhile not more trips until after Christmas...
    Thanks Jeanie for all your help...At first I was a little confused with the "4 patch center" I had to look at it a couple of time to understand what Bonnie meant. what this technique creates is 4 seams going in the same direction (pinwheel) so that when they are joined later on there won't be any twisting...they will nest (bump Up) against each other .. I will be working on step 3 tomorrow using the 4 patch way mentioned here...I really appreciate all the new ways to do a step...especially since someone else worked out the kinks!!!

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    You all are very welcome! I also saved and printed the directions for the Shaded Four Patch Tutorial. It looks like it would work real well! You just never stop learning, and that is a good thing!!!
    "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."

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