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Thread: Practice Blocks

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    Cute blocks. Be kind to yourself, you're doing good.
    I would recommend two things: (1) Starch the heck out of the material before cutting as it'll give it more body and (2) Make sure you have a couple of fingers off the ruler to give you traction and keep your ruler in place.
    Again---way to go!! :) :)

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    Looks great, my "beginner" blocks didn't look half that good and the rotary cutting does get easier after a lot of practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SharonC
    Cute blocks. Be kind to yourself, you're doing good.
    I would recommend two things: (1) Starch the heck out of the material before cutting as it'll give it more body and (2) Make sure you have a couple of fingers off the ruler to give you traction and keep your ruler in place.
    Again---way to go!! :) :)
    I probably shouldn't say this on a quilting board, but I have NEVER starched anything other than the soles of basketball shoes. I do own a can of spray starch. Maybe tomorrow I'll practice starching.

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    The more you do the more you'll find what works for you and what doesn't. The important thing is not "how" you do it just that you keep on going. You'll be a pro before you know it.

    That fabric is so sweet. Glad you dug it out to play with.

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    i think they both look great. i sure love that fabric.. very pretty :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    I did these two blocks today trying to get better at cutting. The Basketweave block seemed simpler in the picture but I had the most problems with it.

    I am considering Mr. Roosevelt's Neck Tie for the fall colors block swap. Is is too simplistic?

    By the way, the fabric I'm using came from a box of stuff that was cleaned out of my great Grandma's house when she died 20 years ago. When I unfolded it to cut my pieces, I notice written on the back corners of each piece "WASHED AND READY TO GO JUNE '63". Yikes!
    Lisa, That basketweave block is one I have learned to avoid! How can a simple block like that turn out to be the hardest to stitch up? I had a horrible time with it also.
    I love the fabric from your Grandma's stash. I think you need to make a whole quilt with it. It'd sure be neat keep-sake.
    I agree that you probably should try some spray starch or sizing on the fabric.
    Meanwhile, have fun!

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    There are no quilt blocks that are too simplistic. All are beautiful so make what you like, as often as you like. Enjoy. :P

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