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Thread: Cutting size for OBW, 4-Patch Posies, and other Kaleidoscope

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    As a newby quilter, I've just finished my first two 4-Patch Posey (lapsize) quilt tops, which turned out ok but not wonderful. I can now see that I cut my squares too large for the fabric patterns I was working with.

    Many of you have posted fabulous kaleidoscope quilts here on the Board! Would you please share your wisdom as to how you figure out the size of your cuts from the fabric pattern you're dealing with?

    I thank you in advance for sharing.

    Sushi

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    Quote Originally Posted by sushi
    As a newby quilter, I've just finished my first two 4-Patch Posey (lapsize) quilt tops, which turned out ok but not wonderful. I can now see that I cut my squares too large for the fabric patterns I was working with.

    Many of you have posted fabulous kaleidoscope quilts here on the Board! Would you please share your wisdom as to how you figure out the size of your cuts from the fabric pattern you're dealing with?

    I thank you in advance for sharing.

    Sushi
    The book gives the strip sizes for hexagons & octogons.
    "One Block Wonders" by Maxine Rosenthal.

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    I've made several 4-patch posies and I usually decide how big to cut the squares based on how many I can fit into the amount of fabric in the repeats, so as to waste the least amount possible. If it's a smaller print, then smaller size squares seem to work the best. I usually aim for 3" and then go up or down 1/4 to 1/2 inch till I arrive at a number that divides into the amount of fabric in the repeat with the least amount of waste. But don't go smaller than 2.5 or larger than 3.5"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pamela Artman
    I've made several 4-patch posies and I usually decide how big to cut the squares based on how many I can fit into the amount of fabric in the repeats, so as to waste the least amount possible. If it's a smaller print, then smaller size squares seem to work the best. I usually aim for 3" and then go up or down 1/4 to 1/2 inch till I arrive at a number that divides into the amount of fabric in the repeat with the least amount of waste. But don't go smaller than 2.5 or larger than 3.5"
    Ditto to the above ... although I wouldn't go for precise use of teh whole repeat. I leave a 1/2" or so, as a "fudge factor", just in case the ruler slips and I need to square it up again.

    As per another PP, the pattern book gives dimensions, though you can switch that around to your liking. As you discovered, the bigger block sizes didn't create the effect you wanted.

    My first 4PP, I only used 2-1/2" block sizes .... the print wasn't overly large. I've also seen some done where the blocks were quite large ... and the results incredible.

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