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Thread: Eleanor Burns methods

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    I started doing the Underground Railroad quilt using the book by E. Burns. My hst pieces are coming out 1/4 bigger than they should be. Anyone else have this problem?

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    Eleanor Burns usually makes her hst bigger so you can square them up using her ruler. That way they are always perfect.

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    Almost all of her techniques are larger than needed. That way you never have different sized blocks....

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    You're doin' it right. Like everyone has said, square them up to the right size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    You're doin' it right. Like everyone has said, square them up to the right size.
    and this can be done with any ruler with a 45 degree line (its easier if the ruler is square not rectangle). doesn't have to be HER square it up ruler. ;)

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    that's so you can trim them to perfection!

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    Her triangle square up ruler is the best tool I have and I have lots.
    You only have to make ONE cut to square up a HST. It is so simple, you cut before you open the square.
    It is a must have ruler.

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    Yes, she makes them bigger because you need to cut them down to size. Just don't forget to square the half square triangles up, trim down, before sewing them together. I now have a big stack, 12, of very large birds in the air blocks for the Underground Rail Road quilts I am making. I think I will sew all those large blocks together into a small birds in the air quilt and make a stack of new Birds In the air blocks for the Under Ground Rail Road quilts I am making. :shock: :oops: :roll:

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    I love the Underground Railroad block. I want to make a whole project with just that block. The chain pattern will be great. I love quilts with secondary patterns.

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