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Thread: QB Block-of-the-Month, February 2013 - Crazy Heart Directions & Discussion

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Thanks Pat. I have the latest download for Adobe Acrobat Reader and it is not letting open it. (: Sadness!
    you can make the heart without using the foundation/paper piecing pattern.
    i just grabbed scraps and sewed them together around a randomly selected center.
    trim the excess as you go.
    consider pressing your seams open.
    find or draw any heart shape of the type and size that pleases you.
    use that as a template to cut out the "finished" heart - which you can use in any number of ways to create a final project.

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    If this is February #2 block, where would I find January #1 block?

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    I'm new to paper piecing and I'm kinda confused. Is this paper pieced, or paper pieced in sections or something else? I'm eager to learn but have read the directions several times and can't figure out how to get the all the seams on the same side of the piece. I'm just really confused. I can sew 1&2 together, then do 3,4,5 &6 together but joining the first section to the second creates seams on the wrong side. I could do paper piecing with a new sheet for each section and then one last piece of paper to join it all together I guess. Am I making this too hard or is there some trick I'm not getting? TIA from a novice!

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    yes, trivia42. you are definitely making it too hard.
    HOWEVER, i would bet a nice pile of cash that just about everybody does that the first (or first few, or first several) times they take a stab at paper piecing.

    you attach the scraps of fabric to the pattern foundation in the order shown by the numbers.
    all the fabrics go on top, so all the seams are sewn from the back.

    i recommend you go to YouTube. search on paper piecing tutorials.
    after watching one or a few i think you'll have a good enough understanding of the process to make this heart and be very pleased with your results.

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    I am joining in the confusion. Since the foundation paper is one piece, how does one sew first 1 and 2, the leave those and join 3, 4, 5 and then sew those 2 units together? Both units are attached to your foundation piece. Do you cut the foundation paper into sections?
    I have yet to create more than the most simple PP successfully, so I am definitely in the clear as mud category. LOL
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    you don't cut the heart into sections.
    you attach one piece at a time, each in the order shown by the numbers.

    check out this QB tutorial.
    it's a different pattern but provides step by step instructions for paper piecing.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...l-t129056.html

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    LOL, I never could make the Candlequilter Star either, lol, I tried and tried till I wore out the fabric and the paper.
    Linda Wedge White

    I believe UFOs are like scraps, ferns and dust bunnies. Once you get two, they send spores out into the air and more just happen anywhere the spores meet.

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    Linda, that would be a nice way to make it, and have a 3-D element to it. I ended up fusing mine with Heat and Bond and then stitched over the edges after it was fused. BTW I didn't see the instructions for this so I ended up figuring out it had to be made in three sections, then I seamed the two right side pieces together, and sewed them to the third piece. I did this by laying them right sides together and sewing along the printed line. (You can stick pins through the printed pattern at the corners to line them up right.) I was unable to sew one of the sections in so I changed the pattern (top right). I didn't notice till I was doing the top-stitching that I had two purples together, oh well.... it's a design choice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard View Post
    One of the easiest ways I know is to use a piece of thin muslin or other thin fabric and cut a piece to match your heart. Place them right sides together and stitch 1/4" seam all around the outside. Snip seam on curves so it will lay flat after turning. Next, make a slit in the center of the thin fabric and use this to turn the heart right side out. With a chopstick or other long pointy tool, make sure your seams are well turned and laying flat. Press then stitch to your background fabric by hand or machine, as you wish.
    :-)
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    Patrice I tried following the numbers, in the order given, and found it impossible. I did it in three sections, then sewed those together.

    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    you don't cut the heart into sections.
    you attach one piece at a time, each in the order shown by the numbers.

    check out this QB tutorial.
    it's a different pattern but provides step by step instructions for paper piecing.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...l-t129056.html
    :-)
    CAS

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    CAS, I was only telling about a way to turn under the outer edges after completing the heart. The question had been asked about good ways to turn them under for appliquing the heart on.
    I do like the way you made yours with the raw edge applique. I am thinking that for this project, it may have been the best way!
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    Yes, I know. I was responding to your suggestion, I like it, and I responded to other questions about how to complete the paper-piecing part.

    Thanks! The way I did it was an easy way to finish the edges. I got that idea from Juanita Bean in this thread.

    I love how we all learn from each other.

    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard View Post
    CAS, I was only telling about a way to turn under the outer edges after completing the heart. The question had been asked about good ways to turn them under for appliquing the heart on.
    I do like the way you made yours with the raw edge applique. I am thinking that for this project, it may have been the best way!
    :-)
    CAS

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    Thanks for the links and advice. I'll keep going. I will get this down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAS49OR View Post
    Patrice I tried following the numbers, in the order given, and found it impossible. I did it in three sections, then sewed those together.
    yes. i very most definitely stand corrected.

    in fact, i see four sections when i look at it more closely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAS49OR View Post
    Any tips for turning under the edges? I went to a needle-turned applique class but it was pretty hard. Maybe just cover up the edges with nice stitching? Oh wait, that's another problem, I'd have to be able to stitch curves.
    Cas, I used the flip and stitch method. Lay the new one on top of the one already there, (backside up) with the seams matching as lose as possible - hold it firmly, turn over and sew on the seam. It is similar to the paper piecing technique. I didn't do any applique on mine. Hope this helps. Look at the little illus at the top that says stitch and flip. fmhall2

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAS49OR View Post
    Linda, that would be a nice way to make it, and have a 3-D element to it. I ended up fusing mine with Heat and Bond and then stitched over the edges after it was fused. BTW I didn't see the instructions for this so I ended up figuring out it had to be made in three sections, then I seamed the two right side pieces together, and sewed them to the third piece. I did this by laying them right sides together and sewing along the printed line. (You can stick pins through the printed pattern at the corners to line them up right.) I was unable to sew one of the sections in so I changed the pattern (top right). I didn't notice till I was doing the top-stitching that I had two purples together, oh well.... it's a design choice!
    Cas, you and I must be looking at it the same way. The way you did yours is the way my eyes were telling me to do it.... when... I get to the machine. LOL

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    oooooooookay.

    this is not an exact replica, but i came as close as i could.
    when you cut out the finished heart, you will need to make the curves rounder.
    there's a straight line interrupting the curve on each side. [long story. LOL]

    i couldn't figure out how to divide it into only three sections, so this version has four.
    one file will make a block that's approximately 12" x 12" [that is to say, it should fit into the center of a 12" block.]
    the other file is a 6" version.

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    Great job Patrice, I think I got mine in three sections because I added a piece to the top right, straight across your emerald green and forest green pieces -- rather than taking apart what I had to try and fit in the emerald green one. (Or try and inset it somehow ) I'm going to save yours for future use. Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    oooooooookay.

    this is not an exact replica, but i came as close as i could.
    when you cut out the finished heart, you will need to make the curves rounder.
    there's a straight line interrupting the curve on each side. [long story. LOL]

    i couldn't figure out how to divide it into only three sections, so this version has four.
    one file will make a block that's approximately 12" x 12" [that is to say, it should fit into the center of a 12" block.]
    the other file is a 6" version.

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    Here is my crezy Heart for feb.
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    Looks good Patrice!

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    JuanitaBean, your heart is soooo pretty in those pinks!! Good job.
    Linda Wedge White

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    i'm a little slow on the uptake. march crazy heart hasnt been posted yet has it. thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by ro View Post
    i'm a little slow on the uptake. march crazy heart hasnt been posted yet has it. thank you
    the pattern for march is not a heart.
    the only heart this year is the february block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ro View Post
    i'm a little slow on the uptake. march crazy heart hasnt been posted yet has it. thank you
    But if you want to do a crazy heart bom check out Shabby fabrics bom, that's what the have.
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