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Thread: Quilts for Rosie - Weekly Paper Pieced Sampler Quilt Along

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    Lyn, I agree with Carriem...I use either a 1.0 or a 1.5 stitch length with paper piecing, depending upon whether I've used regular copy paper (1.0 stitch length) or newsprint (1.5 length). Makes a world of different. You can also make good use of some tweezers for the little nooks and crannies? Good luck!
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    We just got home from a quick trip to Fort Dodge, Iowa to help move my mother-in-law into a nursing home. She is 92 yrs young & not doing well. She's no longer able to take care of herself & the doctors have said there is nothing more they can do for her. We are happy with the nursing home & know she will be well taken care of there. She has always lived in Fort Dodge so she has lots of friends in addition to her daughter & grandchildren living there. Now I have lots to catch up on since I was without my laptop for the last week. It is nice to be home though!

    While we were there my husband & I were able to meet Mary (aka Almond) & her husband. I took my Rosie Quilt with me & finished sewing the binding on during the drive up to Iowa so I was able to show off my completed quilt & see Mary's. Although hers isn't completed, it is a beauty! Mary's husband was sweet & took pictures of us & our quilts. I know she'll be posting them when she gets a chance. Mary is very talented & has made some beautiful quilts & wall hangings. She is an inspiration! We enjoyed our visit with them so much. It's always nice to meet up with a "friend" that you have made online!

    Marne, love your fabrics. They make such pretty blocks! Looking forward to seeing what the rest of you do with your blocks!
    Patricia Faye

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    Thank you for those hints I have started slowly removing the paper, doing one or two blocks a night (what a mess) I have made the backing and as soon as I get the paper off I will get it to the lady that dose my quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patricia Faye View Post
    We just got home from a quick trip to Fort Dodge, Iowa to help move my mother-in-law into a nursing home. She is 92 yrs young & not doing well. She's no longer able to take care of herself & the doctors have said there is nothing more they can do for her. We are happy with the nursing home & know she will be well taken care of there. She has always lived in Fort Dodge so she has lots of friends in addition to her daughter & grandchildren living there. Now I have lots to catch up on since I was without my laptop for the last week. It is nice to be home though!

    While we were there my husband & I were able to meet Mary (aka Almond) & her husband. I took my Rosie Quilt with me & finished sewing the binding on during the drive up to Iowa so I was able to show off my completed quilt & see Mary's. Although hers isn't completed, it is a beauty! Mary's husband was sweet & took pictures of us & our quilts. I know she'll be posting them when she gets a chance. Mary is very talented & has made some beautiful quilts & wall hangings. She is an inspiration! We enjoyed our visit with them so much. It's always nice to meet up with a "friend" that you have made online!

    Marne, love your fabrics. They make such pretty blocks! Looking forward to seeing what the rest of you do with your blocks!
    I quess I should have posted the picture in this thread also. Will do so shortly.
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    Patrica & I get together in Iowa

    Patrica was visiting her MIL in Fort Dodge Iowa and stopped into to see me & my husband. What a great time we had and here are pictures my hubby took of us with our Rosie quilts.

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    What great pictures! I love seeing who people "really" are. You both look great, and so do your quilts!
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    DH thinks it is too busy

    He says it is just too busy. And I think that the few blocks not in the blue/green/gold color category really but him. Me, I think it is a miracle to have purchased only the fabric for the alternate blocks, backing, borders and binding. Everything else was scraps. Of course, the camera on my iPad washed out the colors. Finished size is about 32".



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    Kris, I think it is pretty!!!!!

    Almond and Patricia-beautiful quilts!!! I am in awe of those of you who did the smaller blocks. I can't even imagine.

    marne

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    Krisb I'm jelous of your finished quilt! Love it! Busy, indeed! NOT!
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    Love your finished quilt Kris. I don't think it's too busy! Good job.
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    I haven't checked in here for quite awhile. WOW! Your finished quilts are wonderful! I love the color variety and the settings, too! I have had my Quilts for Rosie partially on my design wall so I could see it and get back to it and the icy rain this morning helped me know that this is the day! The first vertical row is at the machine and the other rows are waiting for their turn. I plan to have the top pieced today!

    For those that remember my friend, Patti, who was working along with me . . . . . work has been very busy and her DH broke his leg and is recovering so the Rosie quilt has been on hold. Patti is making it for her sister and has 5 more blocks. I was hoping to go to her house today and take pictures of her quilt on her design wall. Soon, I hope.

    Thank you, Patricia for hostessing this project for us. For my part, things didn't go as I planned, but, I am pleased with what I did accomplish and I have loved reading about everyone's adventures and seeing the results. Patti and I will be posting pictures when we finish our Rosie's, too!
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    jtquilts...that is looking good! Great fabric choices and setting/sashing.

    I have just 3 blocks left to quilt, then the border and binding...hope to finish up this weekend and will post pictures. I do QAYG in sections, so that is why the border is added after the block quilting.

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    Jtquilts, I love the direction you are going with your quilt! Yummy with your pieced stripping and cornerstones! Beautiful!
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    I would love to see your QAYG technique. I have done QAYG but it sounds like not the same way. So you really are almost done! Yeah, good for you. I just got my second vertical row sewn. 5 more to go! I didn't want to make too large a quilt so I am doing 3x4 rows of blocks.
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    Thank you, Ronda. Here is the inspiration for my sashes and cornerstones.

    This is from a blog called Julie K Quilts.
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    Judith, your quilt will be gorgeous! I love the colors. You have done a great job on the sashing! It really sets off the blocks.

    I have enjoyed hosting this weekly Quilt Along! Everyone has done a great job.
    Patricia Faye

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    For my QAYG, I made a quilt using Kaye Wood's pattern "6 Hour Quilt" (http://www.kayewood.com/item/6_Hour_...ew_Format/2029) which has you start in the middle and build out and around similar to a log cabin block. I took the idea and started doing it in rows. I will try to explain but don't have any pictures right now, so if you have questions I will try to answer them.

    1st I sew the blocks together into rows. Then I cut batting and backing to the same width as the rows. Some people cut them the same length (like you do when adding borders--pinning in the middle working your way out). I personally just leave about an inch of batting and backing on one end and then pin together and trim excess on the other end, then when the quilting is done on each row I trim to size...I have done it both ways, but guess I am just lazy since this is how I finish almost all my quilts.

    Your 1st row...I have started with the middle row and worked out and also just on one side and worked across the quilt. You sandwich quilt top (QT), batting (BT) and backing (BK)...both fabrics right side showing. Pin the three layers together and sew with what I call a "skinny" stitch (approx 1/8")...use a thread that blends well...down both long sides.

    At this point I do any quilting on the blocks I want to...never very much; either a big "X", SITD or echo quilting. I don't do FMQ at this point so don't know how well that would work. I pin the layers together for bigger blocks. I hold the layers flat to minimize any puckering. My quilts are for family so I am not a perfectionist about it.

    Next take your 2nd row pieces...put QT RS together on 1st row QT, put BK RS together on 1st row BK, put BT on top of BK and pin 6 layers together. Pin well on the side where the row goes....if you miss a layer it is a pain to rip out and get it tucked back in, especially if you don't notice until the next row is on! This time you will sew with a 1/4" seam. I use my walking foot. After sewing to the end you will flip open the layers and row 2 is attached. Check front and back to make sure you don't have any missed layers. To finish pin the open edge and use a skinny stitch to hold together.

    **Some people skip the skinny stitch step, but like pinning well, I have learned I have less mess if I take the time to do it. Just think about it this way...when you get done with this part all you have left is the binding since the quilting is done!**

    I quilt this row of blocks and then pin on the next one...either to row #2 or the other side of row #1 depending on where you started. For Rosie my blocks are on point so my "rows" are at a diagonal and have different numbers of blocks in them and also have two "corner rows" to finish the rectangle. My middle row has 5 blocks but the corner rows each just have 1 so I started in the middle.

    When your rows are all together trim the ends of the rows if you didn't as you went along and sew a skinny stitch across. You add your borders the same way as you do the rows. Sometimes just for fun I will use a different fabric for the backing of the narrow border since you have to sew it together separate anyways. I have also alternated fabrics on rows...great way to use up bigger strips of scraps used in the quilt top.

    Hope this all makes sense! I woke up before 4 and couldn't get back to sleep so decided to check out the boards and write this. Good thing I have time for a nap today! Oh and if anyone wants a picture of any of the steps I can try to get a few later today.

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    Jtquilts, thanks for sharing the quilt with us. It's a stunner for sure! Makes me want to revamp some string scrappies in progress!
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    Carrie, thank you for describing the method you use. I think I get the idea . . . . .but, I wouldn't mind some pictures if it isn't too much trouble? I am eager to see your Rosie quilt anyway!
    Judith

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtquilts View Post
    Carrie, thank you for describing the method you use. I think I get the idea . . . . .but, I wouldn't mind some pictures if it isn't too much trouble? I am eager to see your Rosie quilt anyway!
    Jtquilts, you might find the following link helpful. Jenniky did a wonderful "quilt as you go" method this past year and included pictures and lots of comments? http://www.quiltingboard.com/quiltin...e-t196192.html
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    Some pictures...

    #1 how I did my layers...

    #2 pinning new layers to row w/skinny stitch

    #3 walking foot stitching

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    #5 pinned 3 layers

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    sneak peek of my quilt...it was too sunny on my design wall to hang it for a full view.
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    Thanks, Ronda, I did go look and I want to work up something quick to try.

    Carrie, LOVE your quilt teaser! Your QAYG looks great! Thanks for the pics. That made much more sense.
    Judith

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    I have been going back and reading the thread about Jenniky's QAYG and I really like the Fun and Done method. I am making a table runner this weekend and I will try this method! Thanks for urging me on to check out the fun stuff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtquilts View Post
    I have been going back and reading the thread about Jenniky's QAYG and I really like the Fun and Done method. I am making a table runner this weekend and I will try this method! Thanks for urging me on to check out the fun stuff!
    There are so many helpful and fabulous people on this board with amazing things to share with all of us! If there were just more hours in the days, right?
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