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    I have my book back from Kinko's also ready to go. Here are the fabrics I am auditioning. I am going to do the mini- patterns also.

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    Carrie, thank you for your kind offer. I think I have enough; I'm going to go with a scrappy look so I can use up more fabric in my stash (and then go shopping for more LOL.) I love any fabric with gold in it ( as I'm sure you've noticed in my Pony Club quilt.) I like scrappy because I get so bored making 2 of the same block. Quilter's ADHD????
    Jenniky, great looking fabric. You'll be amazed at the size of some of the pieces--think little finger nail size. That's why I decided to use Christmas fabric in 10" blocks; by the time I cut such a small piece it just read as solid.
    PF, I like the idea of setting up a tv tray for my iron and will do that when I do mini's. Otherwise, I'll keep "exercising" LOL.
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    Jan, I have a wooden. Finger press iron; works pretty well most of the time, and a mini iron for paper piecing. But it is still across the room to make me get up and move over to press the seam. Just created a lot of scraps, so thinking that they would work for the 4" blocks.
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    I made a tv tray into an ironing board with 2 layers of cotton batting and "drill" (fabric found at JoAnns)...just cut the layers to size with enough to wrap around the sides and staple on. Walmart has wooden trays for less than $10 each. It is great to have by my machine, but also for taking to retreats and sewing days w/friends.

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    Hi Linda - good to hear there's someone close ! Haven't picked my fabrics yet and the date is getting nearer - will have to get in shopping mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirsty View Post
    Hi Linda - good to hear there's someone close ! Haven't picked my fabrics yet and the date is getting nearer - will have to get in shopping mode.
    Are you going to the Festival of Quilts Kirsty? I'm flying over to go on Saturday and back home on Sunday night. I'm hoping to pick up some fabrics there for this quilt.

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    I have never paper pieced before. Is this too complicated to try to do and learn paper piecing at the same time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toucanlady View Post
    I have never paper pieced before. Is this too complicated to try to do and learn paper piecing at the same time?
    Toucanlady, if you have never paper pieced before then you may want to go to QuiltersCache.com where there are some basic instructions on paper piecing. They start you with a square in a square. They also provide some additional basic patterns that you can make, to continue to practice. There are alot of other sites too. As with
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    the easier it will become & the more comfortable & confident you will be with paper piecing.

    The first 5 blocks in Quilts for Rosie are not complicated or difficult. They only use 2 colors for each block & if you refer to its block assembly provided with the cutting instructions for each block you shouldn't have any problems. Just take your time and refer to the block page you are working on. The cutting instructions are excellent. I would suggest you do the 10" blocks since it is easier to work with larger pieces of fabric, but the process is the same whether it is a large or small block.

    For me, the hardest part is matching up the first 2 pieces to sew. I usually use a dab of Elmer's Glue Stick (washable) on the paper to hold the 1st piece before laying the 2nd piece on top. Then the rest are easy to add. I don't know how many times I've had to take one apart & resew it because I reversed the fabrics. Be sure to keep some Scotch Tape handy in the event you have to do this. It helps to keep your paper together so you have a sewing line after removing what you have sewn once or twice! (Hope this makes sense!)

    Also know that if you need help or support, we are here for you. Good luck & hope you join us in September when we get started with Quilts for Rosie.
    Patricia Faye

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    Toucanlady--I think with a little practice you will be fine. It is really fun and simple once you get the hang of it. Believe me if I can do it anybody can. lol I would suggest the add-a quarter ruler, you don't have to use it, but I love it and it makes it much simplier for me. Good luck and I hope you join us.
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    Toucanlady, joining a group like this is the best way to learn new techniques. I had never done pp until I joined the Pony Club Quilt group. They encouraged and taught and nagged LOL until now it's my favorite quilting method. You can ask any question and no one thinks it's a silly question. We all like to share our tips and methods to help each other.
    PatriciaFaye has a good suggestion about going to QuiltersCache and finding the tutorial. And yes, the first 2 pieces are the trickiest for me, too. I also have a habit of cutting my pieces too small; but I'm learning. Here are 2 of the tips from PC Quilt group that helped me the most:
    Crayons: mark each piece of the pp pattern with a crayon in the color you're going to use.
    Clips: I use the red Wonder Clips instead of pins. Trying to pin thru paper and fabric tends to skew the seams (and bends the pins). The clips allow everything to lay flat and easily slip off when you sew up to them.
    I know you'll get lots of hints--I look forward to learning more from this group.
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    janRN - thanks for sharing those tips because I will use them too! Using the crayons will be also be helpful on the Rosie patterns too!
    Patricia Faye

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    Ahem JanRN ... I heard that about nagging!

    Jenniky ... Talk about coordinating to the book! Lovely mix of colours/fabrics that you've assembled. You're still missing a bit of the mustard and would make a great pop and punch here and there in your quilt.

    I was a little ahead of JanRN ... and learned to like PPing while doing my FWS. Here's some tips as to what has been working for me!

    To hold fabric in place ... I just use some machine basting stitches and then take them out later on. That's what worked best for me, to be sure to keep it all laying still, straight and tight! A lot of the time, I do not cut til after I stitch it in place. I have been hesitant on glues, for fear of residue marking later.

    For colour marking and coding ... I keep a set of washable markers handy, and mark each section for the colour I want in it.

    And when you need a bandage ... sometimes when PPing, some of the paper comes off all too soon. A roll of painter's tape sits right next to my machine to come into action, and bandage the parts together. You can stitch thru it easily.

    For pinning PP sections together ... ITA with JanRN that pinning can skew things. What I do ... is create a picket fence of straight pins, matching points and seam allowances. Let those pins all stand straight. That picket fence holds all in place and prevents the shift when pinning in the normal in-out way.
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    QuiltE, what's a picket fence?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anael View Post
    QuiltE, what's a picket fence?
    Just passing thru and saw this. I'll do a photo sometime and show you if you don't understand. For now ... try this explanation ..........

    STab the pins thru matching the seams and corners etc. The pins will only be in once, not in and out like we are pinning to sew. Get them all standing up at right angles to the paper/fabric so that it's holding it all together. I put a whole bunch in .... sometimes as close together as 1/2" and sometimes further apart.

    Then once it's like that, then go along and put more pins in and out in the normal way. Then take out the standing up pins. Yes, it takes time ... but it works ... well it works for me! Good Luck!!!!

    And as I said, if it is not clear as mud .... remind me later, and I'll do you a photo!
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    I've read all the posts and oh my! This will be a very lively crew as it sounds like the non PC'ers are carbon copies of the PC'ers!! Wish I could join, but like GGal will lurk from the sidelines. Have a great time!
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    I too am lurkin' here! I really want ta join but can't. My DFIL's, DM was a "Rosie," so I do want ta do one o' these sometime.
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    I got my book today and have to say "Wow!" I wasn't able to look through the book before buying, but have no regrets. The blocks will be lots of fun...at least the 10" ones! The 4" may be a little bit of a struggle. I am using batiks for sure...I work in a quilt shop and while there today found a couple I really like. I work again Monday...my plan is to buy a couple of my fabrics then so I can get my first two blocks done on time and the rest I will look for on a shop hop mid-Sept. I'll post pictures of the fabrics early next week.

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    QuiltE, the mud is clear Don't need a photo, I understand how and why. Thanks for the explanation.
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    11 days to go...who will have the first block done????

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    I *should* have the first one done on time unless something major happens around here (with 3 kids you never know!). I got my papers copied for the 1st four blocks this morning and will cut out this afternoon. Work and fabric shopping Monday and then as of right now I will have sewing time every other day next week...YAY!

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    My friend, Patti, who is joining me in this quilting adventure, came over today to get some instruction in how to paper piece. I think we are going to meet on Thursdays to work together. I am so looking forward to this! I am going totally scrappy with a cream tone on tone being the stable fabric.
    Judith

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    Honchey, it won't be me! I still have a lot of catching up to do.
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    The 4" blocks are in a different order than the 10" blocks. So I suppose we need to follow the list given in the first post? It is the same as the Contents list for 10" blocks. I can't find a Contents list for 4" blocks. Also, the cutting instructions for Mother's Favorite Star tells us to cut one 2"x7" strip from the dark fabric. Then to cut this strip into four 2" squares. Any other strange and wonderful anomalies found so far? I love the spiral binding!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Purl View Post
    The 4" blocks are in a different order than the 10" blocks. So I suppose we need to follow the list given in the first post? It is the same as the Contents list for 10" blocks. I can't find a Contents list for 4" blocks. Also, the cutting instructions for Mother's Favorite Star tells us to cut one 2"x7" strip from the dark fabric. Then to cut this strip into four 2" squares. Any other strange and wonderful anomalies found so far? I love the spiral binding!
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    Yes, the 4" blocks are in a different order...there is no Contents list for them either. I don't know why, it would make it easier to locate them. You can use the Contents list for the 10" blocks since it is in your book instead of printing out the first post.

    The instructions are very easy if you don't overlook anything. I have a wandering eye so have been using a ruler to ensure I don't miss anything & cut everything as it says.

    I've been cutting out the fabric for the blocks so they are ready to sew when I am. So far I've cut out fabric for the blocks up to the Army Star (both 10" & 4") block. I thought I'd be farther along with the cutting but had some other things I had to get done. I plan on getting the rest of the blocks cut & into its plastic page with its paper templates by the end of the week so I can get started sewing Mother's Favorite Star.

    I'm also considering using QAYG for these blocks, but haven't decided on the sashing yet.
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    Hi Anael, I cut out the pping foundations today...I have to sew my 2 blocks for the PC between now and Tuesday..Cut my Postage Stamps for another group...and then start my first block for this group... Busy, busy, busy!!!

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