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Thread: Bonnie Hunter "Easy Street" thread?

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    Does anyone have the rulers she uses for flying geese and are they easier than the four patch method? I accidentally cut too many b/w strips and hate to waste them. But unless the rulers are really easier than the 4 patch, I'll go with that method and hope the b/w strips will be used later in the quilt.

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    I have the rulers. I found them at Joann's for half off last weekend. Not as speedy as other methods but I like the minimal waste and I can adjust the seam allowance to what I want.
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    This is the sixth time I've tried to reply. Kids keep pressing buttons while I type. Anyway, I like the rulers. My first time to use them, and as long as I cut carefully, I am getting correct sizes with no sliver trimming. I like, for this stage of life, not having to do math. Obviously, I am frequently distracted and using a regularly sized strip is a plus. I like having to only cut once and having half the dog ears already trimmed. So anyway, if your strips are already cut, and you have the rulers give them a try. If you are uncomfortable with them or can't get ahold of them then go with what you know. I used 8 strips of background and 8 of color for the geese.

    Did you cut your background bricks yet? They will use up some of those strips you already have. I think it will be 5 or 6 at WOF.

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    I think it would be good to get the rulers since you already cut some 2 inch strips. They were quite inexpensive with a Joann's coupon..I think it would cost about 8 dollars total if you had someone use a coupon while you used one. I ordered initially from amazon and it was much more expensive. Do you have a Joann's near you? It looks much simpler using rulers and less fabric waste, but I'm impressed with those who did it without!
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    I do all the placing, pinning, assembling the squares while watching TV...go to the machine to sew the seams...back to the couch to clip, then scissor cut the center line, finger press then start the next step in the assembly...The only problem I find is that you cannot anticipate the cutting of any future pieces..with step 2 Bonnie let us know at the end we will need 64 2"x3.5"black on white triangles for step 3...I've never done a Mystery before and almost cut 2" strips of all the b/w fabric..that would have been a big mistake!! Now I realize that there will be different cuts within each color so I have to cut just what is needed...For step 2, I figured out that you need 32 4.25" squares. I have 9-12 purples so I know to cut 3 & 4 squares from each one...depending on how much fabric I have of each...
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    I have been sitting on the fence about this mystery, but think I might jump in and "play".

    I have a room full of fabric, but think I'm going to do a non-scrappy version of it. What I mean is all my background fabric will be the same, all my purple fabric will be the same, etc. (well, I'm not using purple, but you know what I mean).

    I wonder how it will look with all the fabrics the same??

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    Thank you for the ruler critique. Unfortunately the closest JoAnn's is over 160 miles away. But I did borrow an EZ Flying Geese ruler from the LQS yesterday. It works similar to Bonnie's, but all on one ruler. I've cut all the pieces and have begun to sew the right hand side. The couple of completed trial ones I made came out OK, and like others have mentioned, I like not having a bunch of slivers left over. Hope to be finished today.

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    I really want to play easy street with you gals...but am committed to finishing christmas gifts. oh well ill just sit in the bleachers and cheer!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatquarters View Post
    I really want to play easy street with you gals...but am committed to finishing christmas gifts. oh well ill just sit in the bleachers and cheer!!!!
    You could download the instructions and jump on board when the time is more convenient. That's what I've decided to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzanne in VT View Post
    I have been sitting on the fence about this mystery, but think I might jump in and "play".

    I have a room full of fabric, but think I'm going to do a non-scrappy version of it. What I mean is all my background fabric will be the same, all my purple fabric will be the same, etc. (well, I'm not using purple, but you know what I mean).

    I wonder how it will look with all the fabrics the same??

    Suzanne
    Suzanne - several people on Yahoo's quiltvillechat group are doing theirs like you want to do. I'm sure it will come out just fine! Go for it!
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    Well I haven't been on to show my fabrics, but now I am ready for clue 3 and will post pictures of my process. This mystery quilt is lots of fun, but glad I have a few days before the next clue to work on some other UFO's and Christmas related items. Post some pictures, want to see how everyone is doing with their flying geese. My fabrics will show last as this uploads backwards. You can see the 195 four patches, 133 flying geese, and the 64 black and white print rectangles waiting for the next clue.
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    Glad your joining us Dolly's Sister! Your fabric is beautiful, you will have a gorgeous quilt. In looking at all the different black/white prints, I see so many I am also using. We must all shop at the same places, or there are not a lot of variety of black/whites.
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    I am getting closer to being done with my flying geese, but they are ending up 1/8" longer than they should be. Is that enough to have me worry or do you guys think I would still be able to use them with the quilt?
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    Better a bit longer than shorter is my motto. You could trim them in tiny bit or just wait until assembly to see how they fit.

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    Brookmarie19, I THINK the rectangles in step 3 will be attached to the flying geese in step 2...if they are ... keep the flying geese on the bottom..the 1/8" extra should ease into the rectangle...you may have to pin on both ends and the center to distribute the extra evenly..after the quilt has been assembled and quilted you won't notice it. Have you ironed not pressed the flying geese and maybe stretched the base? You might be able to spritz the base (colored) then just press it flat on with the iron...when you dampen fabric really well it kind of pulls itself back then you press it so it remains that way... try one and see if it helps..

    I didn't measure correctly and am now ripping out 48 of the geese on one side...UGH!
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    Thanks Honchey. That's what I was thinking, but its always nice to get it backed up by another
    Brooke

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    I am so doing this mystery. I just got back from down under so late in starting but I love the colors. They are so yummy. I looked in my stash and I am a little short.(hmmmmmm I should say a lot short).. Anyways, Wednesday is senior day at JoAnn's with 20% off everything so I am waiting until then to go get the rest of my material. Then I will start. I love all the colors that all of you have chosen. This looks like fun. Do you know that gray is hard to find.
    Dreaming of New England while being stuck in So. Calif.(the asphalt jungle of the world.) But hey the Happiest Place on Earth is here.

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    Dolly's sister......love all your colors. I just realized that you are from Melbourne, FL and I just returned from Melbourne, Australia.
    Dreaming of New England while being stuck in So. Calif.(the asphalt jungle of the world.) But hey the Happiest Place on Earth is here.

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    Just wanted to say----JeanieG, you are such a good cheerleader!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanieG View Post
    Glad your joining us Dolly's Sister! Your fabric is beautiful, you will have a gorgeous quilt. In looking at all the different black/white prints, I see so many I am also using. We must all shop at the same places, or there are not a lot of variety of black/whites.
    Thanks JeanieG, you are right about the black and white prints, I bought 2 of them when I was at the Houston Quilt Festival in November, don't know why I didn't buy more than as one booth had so many B&W fat quarters. I ran out when I was doing my 4 patches, so went out to find some more. I bought the Orgami spin, black dots, and splatter dots from Hobby Lobby. I pulled the black and white race check from my stash, it was leftover from a racing theme quilt I made for my grandson. I am lucky I live in an area where we have 3 LQS, a Joanns, Hobby Lobby, and Hancocks close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenda5253 View Post
    Just wanted to say----JeanieG, you are such a good cheerleader!!!
    I agree with you Glenda5253, she keeps everyone enthusiastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by urgodschild2 View Post
    Dolly's sister......love all your colors. I just realized that you are from Melbourne, FL and I just returned from Melbourne, Australia.
    Thanks, it was fun collecting/buying all the colors. I don't have a very big stash, so most of mine were purchased for the mystery quilt. When I go on Bonnie Hunter's blog and comment, I always have to tell her I'm from Melbourne, FL as she has many Melbourne, Aus. followers. Do you live in CA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xtgirl View Post
    I think it would be good to get the rulers since you already cut some 2 inch strips. They were quite inexpensive with a Joann's coupon..I think it would cost about 8 dollars total if you had someone use a coupon while you used one. I ordered initially from amazon and it was much more expensive. Do you have a Joann's near you? It looks much simpler using rulers and less fabric waste, but I'm impressed with those who did it without!
    Probably too late to post about the rulers, but a quilting sisterhood is so great. I sent out an email to lots of my quilting friends and 4 of them had the rulers, one of them delivered them to my house the same day. Quilters are special people, she said I could keep them til I finished the mystery as I told her I didn't know if we would need them again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolly's sister View Post
    I agree with you Glenda5253, she keeps everyone enthusiastic.
    Aw gee thanks gals!

    I can almost guarantee that she will use the rulers again! They will get quite a workout (if it's anything like the last two I've done!
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    I'm using the special rulers, the results are looking ok to me, all done with steps 1 & 2!!!!
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