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Thread: Hidden Wells - making me crazy!

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    Senior Member calicojoan's Avatar
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    I wrote the tutorial at Moosestash Quilting, and while I am no expert by any means, I will tell you after making at least 15 of these quilts. I still can't manage to get the very center points to all look the same no matter what I do. I definately don't think the pattern is "Easy" by any means, but it's doable for everyone, which is why I wrote the tut. It sure was addicting to me! Oh and if you can find an answer, let me know!

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    Sounds to me like it's with the cutting - measuring can be such a challenge -

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    I've never made this pattern but I found a couple of tutorials online. . . maybe they will be helpful to you!

    http://moosestashquilting.blogspot.c...-tutorial.html

    http://www.reddawn.net/quilt/hwells.htm
    The moosestashqulting site says to NOT have a seam down the middle of the strip set. The reddawn site shows a set of 6 strips in the demo. With a seam in the middle, you would end up with a lot of seams in the center of the block. Do I want to deal with this? I think it would be harder to get the center perfect. This is a lot like the Amazing Jelly Roll Quilt by Three Dudes, but that one is easier because you can use any number of strips, and they can be any width. They use 2.5 because they are using jelly rolls, but any width works. And any size square works. I've made many of them.

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    Here's a really in depth link referred by Moosequilts. I copied the info into a word document to study later.

    http://www.reocities.com/quiltfrenzy...aterworld.html
    Keep smiling, it makes others wonder what you're up to!

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    OH Joan, I'm so relieved to hear that others DO have this problem!! That means it probably isn't the result of something I am doing wrong! I read and used your tute as well as red dawn's and relied on both equally. I intentionally cut my middle strip wider so that i wouldn't have a tiny dot in the center. I think its was 2.5" and after cutting the big squares into quarters...i noticed some of the triangles were just simply smaller than others. I used a rotary cutter and cut diagonally into each corner very precisely. so technically each piece should match up perfectly and be of the exact same size. Is there a good measurement to always use for the middle strip that forms the points? or maybe having a seam precisely in the middle would eliminate this problem? I want to do more of these and the way i'm solving the problem right now is to just toss the quarters that don't match so only solution i know is to buy extra fabric and expect some waste. The problem is i won't know if i will have enough "good" wedges til i've made all my blocks. I googled numerous pics of the HW quilt and noticed some def have alternating larger and smaller squares in middle. I'm even wondering how that could be possible if you're working w/ the same strip-set, they should all be identical!!! those quilts that i saw looked great, btw but do some people use varying strip sets to make these?
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    I wanted to report back to let everyone know how i solved the problem with the center triangles: I used a chalk wheel to mark the very center of the middle strip..next I chalked a line from each diagnal corner making sure all intersections crossed in the same spot on the middle line. Then I situated my ruler so that I cut right ON those lines. If you cut just next to the lines, your triangles will be off. Even with marking the lines, you may still be off a little bit. I know most people wouldn't mind being off some but I found doing this prevents you from being off by more than a skoche. I will definitely watch my pressing next time bc i think thats very important to the success with this one. In fact, cutting and pressing accurately is probably more important than keeping a perfect 1/4" seam. Technically I should've been able to slice from corner to corner but that was not the case. Maybe my experience will help someone else. I hope so!!
    mea

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