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Thread: Affairs of the Heart Cyber-Sew 2011

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    Welcome to the newest Cyber-Sew on The Quilting Board. This site will help guide you while you create an appliqué quilt called "Affairs of the Heart." The quilt is from the book, "Affairs of the Heart" by Aie Rossman, published by AQS. This will be a sew-a-long. You will make blocks and keep your blocks. No swapping is required.

    This group will be for support, encouragement, and friendship all while we are making our blocks. The main thread will be for questions, comments, and chat about what we are doing. Remember that we quilters are nice, generous and friendly people. No flaming will be tolerated. I will be here as the schedule maker (aka: host) and PatriceJ will be our moderator.

    Posting of pictures of completed blocks is encouraged. Threads for pictures will appear under the heading "Affairs of the Heart Cyber Sew". Look for the Block numbered thread of the picture you are posting.

    In order to participate in the cyber-sew, you will need to purchase the book. There will be no sharing or posting of the patterns as they are all copyright protected. Here are several links to sites where you can purchase this book. I'm sure there are lots of other sites, or perhaps your LQS will have it.

    http://www.americanquilter.com/books...il.php?id=6517

    http://www.amazon.com/Applique-Maste...3974979&sr=1-1

    http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Sear...eart&x=63&y=16

    This quilt, sewn as per the book, finishes up at 62" square. Some quilters may wish to make a larger quilt. By enlarging the block size, you can make your quilt larger without having to design more blocks. The block patterns in the book finish at 7" square. If you decide to enlarge the blocks, you will need to also enlarge the sashings & inner borders.

    The book shows the appliqué method of needle-turn. Some quilters will want to do this. Others will maybe choose to use the freezer paper method. Others still, will want to machine appliqué theirs. Whichever method you choose to do, your quilt will be lovely!

    There are 36 blocks plus sashings and borders. We will make one block a week beginning the week of June 5, 2011. A schedule can be found below.

    Come on and join in the fun! There is plenty of time for you to gather everything you need for this project. We won't be starting until June.

    If you are joining us or even contemplating making the quilt, please let us know by posting to this thread. Tell us about the quilt you are planning to make. Are you going to do hand appliqué or machine appliqué? What color background do you think you're going to use? What kind of fabrics? Are you going to make it the original size, or enlarge it?

    I'm sure we will all have fun. I know we will all improve our appliqué skills!

    Thanks for stopping by. See you soon!

    Block Chart & Schedule

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    I will get the ball rolling by posting that I am going to make my AOTH the original size using machine appliqué, in black for the background and batiks for the colors. I thought I'd couch Ricky Timms' Razzle Dazzle thread in pink for the embroidered places.

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    By the way, we will probably be refering to the Affairs of the Heart quilt as "AOTH". It's so much easier.

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    While I was preparing for this announcement, I realized that 14 of the blocks are not symetrical. You will need to flip the pattern over to the back for the correct alignment if you are planning on using fusible for machine applique.

    The blocks that need to be flipped are 1, 4, 6, 7, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 27, 30, 32, and 33. Hope this will help.

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    i am doing the original size with the black background. i will probably use as much of my stash as possible.

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    Congratulations! I am among the first to find this! WooHoo! I am anxious to get my book!

    I haven't gotten to the part about size yet, but I am planning to use a black background. Other decisions will have to wait until I get my book!

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    awesome. welcome aboard.

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    Mine's going to be brights on black I think. The book is here, the black is in my stash, so I only need to find enough brights. No idea what size blocks yet! I plan to do it all by machine, possibly with the embroidery module if my idea works out.

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    Ah Hah, I found you all.

    Thanks for doing this, its going to be awesome.

    Decided to use a Lemon background with all different shades of blues, however I may change my mind and use some lovely batiks I have which are in varying shades from lights to darks.

    Going with the original size

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    I''m in too - I shall be using a black background, because I have never done a quilt that dark, and I love the way colours pop with black behind them.

    I am enlarging my blocks by 142% to bring them up from 7in to 10in. I have cut my background squares right across the width of fabric, so they are more or less 11in square, to give me a little 'wiggle' room for trimming down to 10.5in ready for sewing together.

    By doing this, I estimate my quilt will end up about 84in square, and will therefore fit my bed. I don't have a lot of room for hanging quilts, only one place really, and I regularly change my quilts according to the seasons in that space. Plus to enlarge a block means that it's sometimes easier to make than a smaller one, and there isn't much more work involved.

    I will be making my quilt using the needle turn method, and taking lots of pics along the way, both front and back, to give you all an insight on how I do mine. If anyone wants it, I will try and give some info on how to needlturn and get round the corners, and even how to do the relatively simple embroidery that decorates most, if not all blocks.

    I have posted the first block in the thread for it, just to give you an idea on how mine will look. The thread for the first one is here:http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-95416-1.htm#2398791

    You might like to look at this site too: http://cherylquilts.com/affairs_of_the_heart.htm
    This quilt was machined, with satin stitch around all the pieces. The maker also changed her border and it's considerably different to the original in the book, which is more gentle curves and swirls than the one in this site. But if you are unsure about the blocks, there are some good pics of the blocks below the quilt, so do scroll down to see them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    You might like to look at this site too: http://cherylquilts.com/affairs_of_the_heart.htm
    This quilt was machined, with satin stitch around all the pieces.
    I'm guessing that my plan to use the embroidery module to make the blocks WILL work, judging from the photo of her sitting at her embroidery machine with the block hooped! Not such an original thought after all, LOL.

    Her quilt is fabulous, and I love that border too, but won't think about that for a LONG time yet!

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    quiltswithconvicts,just wanted to say i LOVE the quilt in your avatar!!!! beautiful!!!!!
    dar

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    WooHoo! We are off & running with this quilt. Lesley is going to be a big help, I can tell. She is so talented & I really appreciate her help & enthusiasm. I also expect that Patti will be here helping out, too - another talented and sweet person.

    I haven't started sewing a single block for you as I have a couple of other projects that I need to get finished & shipped off. You can see one of the projects on Lacelady's PDA, page 400. I am having to force myself to work on it. It is so boring - the same thing over & over. This is why I really like samplers!

    I'll be keeping in touch. Will check back in after work.

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    Thanks, Dar. Are you thinking about joining us in making the Affairs of the Heart quilt? There is plenty of time to gather your supplies as we won't be starting until June 5.

    Think about it & let us know.

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    Thanks for the vote of confidence Kathy, nice comments.

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    Yippee!! And we are off and running! I'm going to do this one. I'm thinking about a dark olive type green background (I think the colors will still pop) and then use fabs that are in the autumn color range with some creamy lights thrown in to make it pop. I'm considering using the blocks on point to enlarge the quilt but not the blocks. I haven't gotten to thinking too much about the borders yet...but we'll get there! You know how all these decisions change in the "doing". I also haven't decided on the technique yet either.

    Kathy..are we allowed to post a pic of the entire quilt here or maybe the cover of the book so people can see it without going anywhere else?? And THANK YOU for organizing all this..the schedule looks very doable!

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    I am still in. Got my book and my black fabric came in.Doing black bg and brights. Enlarged same as Lesleys.I also will be doing needleturn Applique.

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    I'm in! I just started working through the Penny Haren applique quilt with the group on this board and am really enjoying that. The Penny Haren schedule wraps up in August, so I think the timing is perfect. There will be a little overlap, but not for too long. I plan on doing needle-turn, which is a different technique than the Penny Haren quilt and I want to learn how.

    I plan to use unbleached muslin as a background and warm-color batiks. These blocks are so pretty, I think I want them on my bed - I have plenty of time to play around with the size to get that right before we begin. Will order my book today!

    What fun! Thanks for putting this together.

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    Oooh, new converts, welcome Jolo and Obsessed.

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    Hi, welcome Lara!!! I was looking at that Penny Haren thread. I might have to try that one AFTER the AOTH. I bet you'll do a great job on this quilt after doing the "pieced applique"! Your colors sound really pretty...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Yippee!! And we are off and running! I'm going to do this one. I'm thinking about a dark olive type green background (I think the colors will still pop) and then use fabs that are in the autumn color range with some creamy lights thrown in to make it pop. I'm considering using the blocks on point to enlarge the quilt but not the blocks. I haven't gotten to thinking too much about the borders yet...but we'll get there! You know how all these decisions change in the "doing". I also haven't decided on the technique yet either.

    Kathy..are we allowed to post a pic of the entire quilt here or maybe the cover of the book so people can see it without going anywhere else?? And THANK YOU for organizing all this..the schedule looks very doable!
    I put a link in my bit on the first page, Patti, to that quilt which has been machine done, it also shows the blocks clearly, so that will give people an idea of what is involved. I know the border is different, but other than that, it looks very close to the book.

    I just looked at another one when I Googled, and the maker hadn't added the embroidery on hers - I have become accustomed to the designs in the book, and now that un-embroidered one looks half dressed to me! LOL.

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    AAAHHHHHH....half naked quilt blocks....:shock:!! Perish the thought!!

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    i will try to get the book and see if i think i can do it

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    Ok, I am seriously thinking about this, I might be biting off way more than I can chew as my appliqué attempts have been messy,lol, to say the least, but perhaps this will be what I need to improve.

    Since I am just beginning to think about this, not sure what color theme I'll be doing yet, but I will be doing machine appliquéif i join, probably the "invisible" one, not sure what it's called, the one you use the Templar. Is anyone going to use this method?

    Well, I guess I'll order the book and go from there.
    Thanks for the nudge.

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    i'm contemplating..i am interested in learning needle turn. i love applique. am holding new grand baby in left arm and typing with right...sorry for no caps

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