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Thread: Half Yard Challenge Wall Hanging

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    I have been getting the Fons & Porter magazine for 5 years and save them all . Do you happen to remember which month of 2006 this pattern appeared. Thank you

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    I'm told it was in the December issue. If it isn't, it should be somewhat easy to locate by looking through the Table of Contents for each issue. I know, that can be quite the pain in the backside. I've done it a few times looking for things. If it isn't in the December issue, please let me know and I'll quit telling people to look for it in that issue. Thanks!

    This Challenge really is so much fun!!! I've got a few gals coming over to my house sometime next month to do it and I am very excited!!
    ~Tiffany

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    Quote Originally Posted by treasurelady
    Tiffany, your block is so professional. I know what you mean about how important it is to watch how the end of the block goes off. It tends to drift off line and you have less seam allowance than at the beginning and middle of the block. I've been using a point thingy to hold the end of my block and keep it straight. I've also been more careful about keeping my seams at 1/4 inch and noticed on the quilt top I completed yesterday that my intersections meet far better now. I completed the whole top without having to use my seam ripper at all!!!!! Linda
    I know what you mean! I tend to 'reverse sew' sometimes as much as I quilt. :roll: Congratulations to you for completing an entire quilt top while giving your seam ripper a rest! Lol.

    Everyone has been so sweet with their comments. Thank you all very much. It's only been in the past year that I seem to have struggled over some kind of quilting hump and emerged from various classes and Bees a much better quilter. I am actually working on a UFO right now that I started waaaaay back in 1993. It's a beautiful star block and I look at the points and I have to wonder what the heck I was thinking when I was sewing some of these. It is funny now to see the middle of the top, where the points are sometimes wildly skewed, and then look at the border I'm working on now, with these perfect points. It is like a quilt diary, showing where I started and where I am now. It was originally meant as a wedding quilt (divorce meant I kept the quilt top) and then I thought I might keep it for a future granddaughter. Now I think it will be going on my bed!! :lol:
    ~Tiffany

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    Tiffany, thanks for all the tips. You make it sound so easy! Your wall hanging looks absolutely perfect so they work, too. As beginners, we need all the suggestions we can get!
    ~Joan

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    Thank you Joan! It really can be easy, though when we quilters are in the middle of fighting with something that isn't going together, it sure doesn't seem easy. Lol. The great thing about quilters is someone is always willing to help, or to weep with us & give us encouragment if we declare defeat and move on. :wink: The UFO I'm finishing up was one of those I proclaimed myself defeated by and I tucked it away until I grew enough as a quilter to be able to complete it. I think every quilter has one or two (or twenty) of those tucked away in the back of their sewing rooms somewhere. :lol:
    ~Tiffany

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    So true, Tiffany. back around 1998 I decided I was going to make a Lady of the Lake quilt, the one with a large half triangle sguare in the middle of a number of small half triangle squares. I cut what appears to have been thousands (actually about 600) small triangles and a couple of hundred larger ones. It was going to be really scrappy. When I tried to sew the blocks I found my ability to be far less than needed. I couldn't get anything to match. I changed plans and sewed all the larger triangles together and some of the small ones too. Set the lg. squares in between black strips and used the small squares as a border and ended up with a quilt that was beautiful and colorful and my husband staked his claim. Finally after all these years it is a completed top that will be quilted by someone else in the next few weeks. The top I just finished is with the leftover blocks. I'm still sewing the small triangles together and they will be in another quilt. So what was planned to be one quilt ends up as part of 3 quilts. Quilting is an adventure isn't it. Have you ever repurposed your blocks or am I alone in this? Linda

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    Treasure, Have I ever repurposed my blocks? HHmmm...... Let me count the ways :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Pam :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    WOW!! Love the colors & star pattern, I wish you lived closer to me, I'd have you teach a class at our guild, they would love it. We have some wonderful quilters in our guild & all ages. Keep sharing your pictures. :thumbup: ;-) Becky

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    Trust me, you are not alone in this Linda. I've repurposed blocks and set them aside as orphan blocks to be used later for either charity projects or to redesign for another quilt later. I think it is something we all end up doing if a person makes more than a few quilts.

    *sigh* Sadly enough, I was merrily sewing away on my UFO when I realized I had spent the last hour sewing pieces on the wrong way. :cry: It is going to take me 2-3 hours to rip out what took an hour to sew. And I was so busy congratulating myself on not having to do any reverse sewing with this project. Teach me! :lol:
    ~Tiffany

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    I wanna be in your guild! I am not quite understanding what you mean here: "but many people put the line on the outside of the fabric and the black lines of the ruler should line up exactly on the edge of the fabric to get a perfect cut."

    Can you elaborate, please?

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