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    Bbemerald, I like it! Your colors are pretty!
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    Bb I love your colors and your points are really great!

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    Elisabrat, thank you. I see your name isn't Elisa, but mine is What made you choose that screenname, if I may ask.

    bbemerald, your experiment went great looks like. I definitely see the star there.
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    Neat block. The solid pink and black help define the block pattern.
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    goldendog, think about a paper cutter in scrap book section at Walmart. It's about 12 inches and has a little cutting point and you slip the fabric under a plastic thingy and push the knob to cut. It is ideal for small work. I got mine 1/2 price regular $20.00. It might be useful while you are mending. I'm told replacement cutting points are available. I use mine at the sewing machine for small trimming.

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    That sounds like a great idea! I am disabled anyway, so that would be really nice. A "Go" cutter is too expensive for me and lots of other quilters. I sure like the idea of sharing tips here!

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    Here we are again with a new Quilt Block for this week!

    This quilt block probably has many names attached to it but I am not up on that,. so if anyone wants to share the name they know it by please feel free to do so.

    I want to keep this easy to follow and keep it to simple techniques. So I won't be using anything too hard to follow along with.

    Most of what I like to use is the 6 blocks by 6 rows grid. But the 4 x 4 grid is an easier to use size. So I decided to give you both and you can decide which you'd like to use. or both if you wish.
    The 6 x 6 grid(6 rows of 6 blocks) uses a 2 1/2" template to make a 12 1/2" quilt block. so if you need one just let me know.
    The 4 x 4 grid will use the 3 1/2" template I mentioned last week for making a 12 1/12" size quilt block.
    Of course you are welcome to make your HSTs in your favorite method. The templates are only if you use my method for making the HSTs
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    This week I am using HSTs- Half Square Triangles
    Of course I don't make mine the way most people do. I use strips and sew 2 strips together and then cut out a square from the center with a template. When using scraps we make piles of scraps and then grab one from the left pile and one from the right pile and sew them together,. then iron the seam open and cut out a square.
    If you are doing a controlled scrappy as we are here you can use piles sorted by color and repeat the same process. It makes it quick and easy to do.

    So now here are the Layout pictures of each quilt block so you can see where the colors go and where they needed to be set so the design comes out right. Please pay attention to contrast as in dark and light. If you use fabrics that blend you won't see the design pop out. also pay attention to where your colors go. If you like you can just put dark and light scrappies together but you wont' get the look that I did by seperating yellow and green and blue and putting them in a design pattern. Your look is entirely up to you however.

    If you look you will also see i used the same fabric in each row of the lights. the row on the left at the top is all the same in that row. the row on t he right is all the same in that row. All 4 corners are the same fabs. the center is all 4 the same fabs. Just a thought if you have enough to do that and if you like the look. they can all be diff scrappies if you prefer.

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    To keep your points good you can use a tack across every time seams meet and at every edge of the seams. I think it helps to keep the fabric from shifting as you sew. I think pins can allow too much movement. tacking won't let the fabric move at all.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...ts-t23252.html

    Here is a link to a tutorial I did on how I piece a quilt block together. It includes my HST steps but it shows the strips method. just think piles of scraps instead of strips.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...rs-t46365.html

    so I think I've covered everything but if not please feel free to ask me or point out something I should add.

    Here is the album where I will post all the quilt along Quilt Blocks with the layout pictures so you will be able to find the pics easily in one place.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/members...bums17944.html

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    I like the pink and black one. This new block looks nice. I have not had time to try them yet.

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    This is my attempt at week one. I haven't had time for week 2 yet. I'm using the same fabric for all of the white, and the others are each a different fabric-I have tons of charm squares, and they are beautiful, but they are sitting in a box. This is my attempt to get them out and moving. I think this will be better when it has friend blocks to go along with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marne View Post
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    This is my attempt at week one. I haven't had time for week 2 yet. I'm using the same fabric for all of the white, and the others are each a different fabric-I have tons of charm squares, and they are beautiful, but they are sitting in a box. This is my attempt to get them out and moving. I think this will be better when it has friend blocks to go along with it.
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    This turned out great! You did a great job on getting good contrast.

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    Rhonda, I am late commenting on your help with the triangles but thank you so much. I avoid them at all cost because I always have trouble with them. I am confused on one thing; you say to leave a 1and 1/2 inch seam and I am not sure what you mean. Could you elaborate a little? thanks so much. Diane

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcamarote View Post
    Rhonda, I am late commenting on your help with the triangles but thank you so much. I avoid them at all cost because I always have trouble with them. I am confused on one thing; you say to leave a 1and 1/2 inch seam and I am not sure what you mean. Could you elaborate a little? thanks so much. Diane
    It was a mistake. I need ot have Patrice fix that. Sorry about that. It was pointed out to me before and I should have had it fixed then. I can't edit so I have to ask P to do it for me.

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    Well here is my block #2. I really liked making this block & thought it turned out ok. I hope others are going to join in on the quilt along. Still working on my points. It's hard to try & make perfect blocks. Oh well. I can say that I'm like Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.Name:  scrap quilt along #2 .JPG
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    Another great block Bbemerald!
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    I have some boston blocks made to try the first block and now I can make some hsts for both of them. I've been working on a UFO trying to finish before the end of the month....almost done!
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    Week 3 flying geese block

    Here is this weeks block. It is a version of Flying Geese. I make my geese with 2 HSTs. Of course you are welcome to make yours any way you like.

    this week's quilt block uses a 2 1/2" quilt block

    Here are my HST tutorials
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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...rs-t46365.html
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...ts-t23252.html

    This is the version I use alot. I like to vary the reds and the blues etc. You can make each one diff where here I paired up 2 the same in each color group.
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    You could also do them all scrappy with no controlled look. I did use the same color in the center as I think it allows the geese to show up better.
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    Or you can do the geese scrappy and use a solid background.
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    Here is the layout. You can just use whatever color way above you like. the layout will be the same.
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    Hope you all have fun with this one!

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    Well, I got the first 2 weeks done (after completing my UFO goal, yeah!)......
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    I cheated on the corners of the star, but I really wanted the star to be the most obvious part of the block. I'm trying to used these 12.5"scrap blocks to go into a quilt for which I already have blue/yellow/white starts collected.
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    Rhonda, this week's block is lovely. I have to confess; I'm one of those people who rarely makes a recipe exactly the way it is written. I find I'm having that tendency with these scrappy blocks. So, even though I think you're blocks are great, I find myself unable to resist altering them a tiny bit to suit me or the quilt I think they need to go in. I hope that doesn't offend, it certainly isn't intended to.
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    I like your blocks foxflower!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxflower View Post
    Rhonda, this week's block is lovely. I have to confess; I'm one of those people who rarely makes a recipe exactly the way it is written. I find I'm having that tendency with these scrappy blocks. So, even though I think you're blocks are great, I find myself unable to resist altering them a tiny bit to suit me or the quilt I think they need to go in. I hope that doesn't offend, it certainly isn't intended to.
    You're blocks are great! I'm not offended. I am the same way. I like to put my own touch on what I do. I love to share my methods and when I am teaching it is more important to me to get across the method of making hte Boston blocks or any other of my shortcut blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda View Post
    You're blocks are great! I'm not offended. I am the same way. I like to put my own touch on what I do. I love to share my methods and when I am teaching it is more important to me to get across the method of making hte Boston blocks or any other of my shortcut blocks.
    Oh good. I've been using the template you sent (thanks again!). I haven't had much trouble with the bias either. The trouble I have had is with that stretch denim I used....too thick. Thanks for the fun new method. I think my blue and yellow scraps are going to get used.

    Thank you Bbemerald
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    Rhonda - have a question -- when you use your cut down method, do you typically use "close to similar" sizes for the strips or doesn't it matter?

    Also, if you have some "wider" strips that you're sewing together for this method, would you make the HSTs the largest size you can? or do you stick with typically 2-1/2" HSTs.

    reason I ask -- I'm using Bonnie Hunter's Leaders and Enders method to get some of these strips sewn up but don't want to bother with making specific cut strips first. I just pulled a bunch of light and dark scraps and making a straight line for stitching together. If I need to make everything specific sizes, I might not and end up with even more scraps.

    thanks for any tips .... love your cut down method and want to utilize it as much as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vickig626 View Post
    Rhonda - have a question -- when you use your cut down method, do you typically use "close to similar" sizes for the strips or doesn't it matter?

    Also, if you have some "wider" strips that you're sewing together for this method, would you make the HSTs the largest size you can? or do you stick with typically 2-1/2" HSTs.

    reason I ask -- I'm using Bonnie Hunter's Leaders and Enders method to get some of these strips sewn up but don't want to bother with making specific cut strips first. I just pulled a bunch of light and dark scraps and making a straight line for stitching together. If I need to make everything specific sizes, I might not and end up with even more scraps.

    thanks for any tips .... love your cut down method and want to utilize it as much as possible.
    I'm basically lazy so for me I don't go to any more work than I have to. I would use what you have and don't cut to any specific size for the strips. I rough cut mine which means I look at the fabric and just cut off a piece without measuring. I tend to cut wider than I think I need and my strips are never cut precisely to a size. I worry more about not having it wide enough and less about having any leftovers.

    as to the size of the template. I start out planning to make a certain size HSTs. so if I need 2 1/2" then that is what I cut my strips for. I dont' measure I eye the fabric and just cut wide so it will not be less than I need. If you have scraps already then just use them how they come but make sure they are wider than the template you are going to use. If my scrap is too small for a 2 1/2 then I use it for a 1 1/2" etc.

    If you are doing a scrappy I like to lay them in two piles and I can then pull from the top of each pile and sew those two together and continue doing that til I have the piles all sewn together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxflower View Post
    Oh good. I've been using the template you sent (thanks again!). I haven't had much trouble with the bias either. The trouble I have had is with that stretch denim I used....too thick. Thanks for the fun new method. I think my blue and yellow scraps are going to get used.

    Thank you Bbemerald
    BTW I am a dump cook too LOL I never follow a recipe exactly. I just put in what I want to put in! LOL

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    Rhonda - thanks for the tips. My scraps can be up to a FQ but usually just leftover pieces from projects. So, I have different wide strips and odd sizes. I'm also doing the quilt-along and the BOM here on the board so between your scrap blocks and these, I should destash quite a bit this year....at least that's my plan :-)

    Oh, and I guess I'm a dump cook too. That's how my mom taught me to cook -- "just put some of this, some of that". After years of practice, I figured out what "some of" is LOL
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