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Thread: 2015 - December Block of the Month - Photos

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    2015 - December Block of the Month - Photos

    here's my first rendition of Hither & Yon.
    not quite perfect, but i don't hate it.


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    Wow, looking at those points and if it's not perfect, I'd be hard pressed to say why it's not! Well done.

    Love your black floral, too. Is it something recently purchased? If so and you don't mind, I'd love to know it's source. I am gathering florals with black backgrounds.
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    Beautiful block, Patrice, love your colors!!! My first response was, WOW!!!!!

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    Wow... Pretty, pretty, pretty....!!!
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    Wow - Great job Patrice!!! I've never seen the Hither & Yon block before - but, I do think I like it
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard View Post
    Love your black floral, too. Is it something recently purchased? If so and you don't mind, I'd love to know it's source. I am gathering florals with black backgrounds.
    i wish i could help but i found the fabric in a box of fat quarters given to a friend of mine. most of the fabrics came from joann's ... purchased over the course of many years. that's probably where it came from, too.
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    this is the second go-round, using batiks. i have been making at least two of each block this year and will end up with two tops.

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    Another, WOW, prefect points!!!! Are you paper piecing?

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    The batik colors are beautiful!
    I am not doing the whole year of blocks but I saw this page and decided to try the block.
    I had a lot of trouble with it.
    Patrice....are there any hints you can give me?
    I looked at the link to the instructions. Did you add the corner triangles to the windmill row before joining the the rows together?
    I think my problem may be the diagonal of the triangle. The fabric must have stretched because that side had too much fullness when I tried to sew the rows together.
    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mawluv View Post
    Another, WOW, prefect points!!!! Are you paper piecing?
    thanks for the compliment. i think paper piecing would make this block way more complicated that traditional piecing does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ranger View Post
    Patrice....are there any hints you can give me?
    I looked at the link to the instructions. Did you add the corner triangles to the windmill row before joining the the rows together?
    I think my problem may be the diagonal of the triangle. The fabric must have stretched because that side had too much fullness when I tried to sew the rows together.
    Thanks.
    yes ... added the corner triangles to the windmill row before joining it to the two big triangle-shaped units.
    i am not 100% sure it must be done that way. i'd have to make a third copy of the block to find out - which i don't plan to do at this time.

    did you starch your fabrics before you cut out your pieces? i always starch the heck out of my fabrics before i make the first cut. if i'm going to be working with any angles at all, i starch the double-heck out of it. the stiffer the fabrics the easier it is [for me] to cut accurately; match the pieces; and sew accurate seams without stretching things out of shape.

    i also used a lot of pins when it came time to join each of the large triangular units to the windmill row.
    i started by pinning each of the points where the triangles poked up against the corners of the square.

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    after making sure my "point pins" were as straight as possible i added pins on each side.

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    then i stitched between those pins and checked to see if they'd joined up properly. when they don't, i only have to remove a few stitches instead a whole seam. once i have them joined well enough, i sew the whole seam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    yes ... added the corner triangles to the windmill row before joining it to the two big triangle-shaped units.
    i am not 100% sure it must be done that way. i'd have to make a third copy of the block to find out - which i don't plan to do at this time.

    did you starch your fabrics before you cut out your pieces? i always starch the heck out of my fabrics before i make the first cut. if i'm going to be working with any angles at all, i starch the double-heck out of it. the stiffer the fabrics the easier it is [for me] to cut accurately; match the pieces; and sew accurate seams without stretching things out of shape.

    i also used a lot of pins when it came time to join each of the large triangular units to the windmill row.
    i started by pinning each of the points where the triangles poked up against the corners of the square.

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    after making sure my "point pins" were as straight as possible i added pins on each side.

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    then i stitched between those pins and checked to see if they'd joined up properly. when they don't, i only have to remove a few stitches instead a whole seam. once i have them joined well enough, i sew the whole seam.

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    Oh...thanks so much!
    I don't usually starch fabrics but I think this block requires it.
    Your photos are a great help. So nice of you to take pics and post them. I appreciate it.
    Will try the block tomorrow after the starching.
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    very nice blocks hope to do the blocks in 2016 just didnt have time this year!!
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    here is December
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    you should be proud of that block. looks great!
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    thank you
    I have rally learned a lot with this

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    Super nice. great job. thanks for posting the info.

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    Kathryn - nice job on your block!

    Patrice - thank you so much for the "detailed photos" - hopefully my block will turn out remotely acceptable (ha, ha, ha!!). I'm about "3 blocks" behind - of course, I'm blaming the holidays for my slacking on the BOM's
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    there's no such thing as "behind."
    there is only "i haven't gotten around to it yet."

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    there's no such thing as "behind."
    there is only "i haven't gotten around to it yet."

    I do like that "twist" . . .

    BLOCK UPDATE: I still haven't gotten around to it (yet!), but "tomorrow" is another day
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    Finally have Nov & Dec finished . Now to start on 2016.
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    Perfect points. Great!

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    Not perfect so you say??? I think it is, so carry on and let's see the whole quilt done. Looks great and very interesting in how you changed the white.

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    Love it! Perfect points, love the diagonal lay-out of the main block. Maybe give us all lessons!!
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    Beautiful blocks! What is the pattern, or is it a combo of several? Love the colors; so eye-catching candy!!
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