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Thread: What is your favorite method to make a block easy?

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    What is your favorite method to make a block easy?

    There are so many easy ways to piece blocks nowadays or just piece a section of a block. If I watch YouTube, I get all kinds of ideas on shortcuts on making a hard looking block easy to make. Jenny Doan is an expert at this. There's tricks to making all kinds of blocks, too. What is your favorite method that makes a block that looks really hard really easy to make? Or to make a section of a block easy to make?
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    I break a lot of stuff down to HST on graph paper and go from there.
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    How do you find these on YouTube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    I break a lot of stuff down to HST on graph paper and go from there.
    This is what I have done too -- it goes much faster.
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    When making blocks, I do a lot of chain stitching.
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    I agree with the chain stitching. It's pretty much mindless work. You get in 'the zone' and you can accomplish a lot! At times I see a pattern and it calls for many steps to get the same result as sewing 2 strips together and cutting 5" lengths.
    Go forth and sew!

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    If I have to press a block in progress, like a Log Cabin or a Snowball, I chain piece all the blocks in one round and take them all to the ironing board at once.

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    I like blocks like the d9p. Looks like you've sewn lots of little pieces together when you're done.
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    I agree with the disappearing 9 patch and be sure to make the 9 patches fron strips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    I break a lot of stuff down to HST on graph paper and go from there.
    You "signature quotes" is one of my favorites. I love Lily Tomlin.

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