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    Rhonda's Scrap Club Quilt Along

    Members in the Scrap Club asked if we could do a Quilt Along. So everyone can find the info easier and follow along without wading through all the Scrap Club entries here is a thread dedicated to the Quilt Along.

    I will post a new quilt block each week and show you how the quilt block is made. Some will be my designs and some will be traditional quilt blocks or may be something I find online and I will give credit where it is due.

    so come along and follow as we explore some ways to use scraps to make great looking quilt blocks!

    this week's quilt block is one I use alot.
    It uses my Boston Block shortcut. Name:  Boston Block --thumb.jpg
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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...s-t193649.html
    You will need a 3 1/2" template to make this into a 12 1/2" quilt block.
    a 4" template will make a 14 1/2" quilt block
    and a 5" template would make an 18 1/2" quilt block
    If you like the minis a 1 1/2" would make a 6 1/2" quilt block.
    You can see below there are 8 Boston Blocks and 8 HSTs (half square triangles)

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    You will need to make sure you make what I call mirror blocks
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...s-t114884.html

    Use up a lot of scraps making as many of these quilt blocks as you like! It is one of my favorites and I use it for alot of different projects. - quilts / table runners/ hotpads/ coin purses(in smaller form) etc

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    I'm going to work on this as much as I can- had hand surgery this week and am trying to cut with my left hand. It's like trying to learn to write all over again!

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    hope you heal quickly! will you have to do therapy?

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    Anyone is welcome to come and play with us here in the quilt along or in the Scrap Club! Lots of inspiration and good ideas for scrapping and for organizing those scraps!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/member-...b-t207686.html

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    This is a beautiful block to start your quilt along. Thanks, Rhonda.

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    This is great! Thanks for posting this quilt along. I'm always ready to find new ways to use scraps. I never throw any bit of fabric away. lol

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    I'll be following along, but have to do quilting on 6 lap sized quilts, which takes me a while, but that is my goal for the year, get those all done, so I can start again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by klgreene View Post
    I'll be following along, but have to do quilting on 6 lap sized quilts, which takes me a while, but that is my goal for the year, get those all done, so I can start again.
    As usual Katie there is no hurry. These will be there whenever you have time and want to work on them.

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    great start Rhonda. thanks! I think I'll grab some piles and use the Leaders & Enders method to get these sewn up.
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    count me in!!! I have to finish my scrappy quilt along first but this is right behind it. only the border to whip into place on that one (btw I hate it too scrappy killed me.. controlled this time phew). Your image makes it look so easy. reality for me is a whole different issue. I know I can do this. no problemo (as I will get the blocks wrong a hundred times but if no one knows then it doesnt count right?). thanks Rhonda get the word out at the regular club whooo whooo comeon over
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    I'm Lost

    I understand how to make the blocks, but what about the template. What is it and where do I get one? I have a 6" and 12" square-up ruler. Sorry, I'm just lost on what a template is and where do I get one and how do I know what size I need? Thank for all your help. I have learned so much from the ladies (and gentlemen) on this board!
    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda View Post
    Members in the Scrap Club asked if we could do a Quilt Along. So everyone can find the info easier and follow along without wading through all the Scrap Club entries here is a thread dedicated to the Quilt Along.

    I will post a new quilt block each week and show you how the quilt block is made. Some will be my designs and some will be traditional quilt blocks or may be something I find online and I will give credit where it is due.

    so come along and follow as we explore some ways to use scraps to make great looking quilt blocks!

    this week's quilt block is one I use alot.
    It uses my Boston Block shortcut. Name:  Boston Block --thumb.jpg
Views: 3594
Size:  1.4 KB
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...s-t193649.html
    You will need a 3 1/2" template to make this into a 12 1/2" quilt block.
    a 4" template will make a 14 1/2" quilt block
    and a 5" template would make an 18 1/2" quilt block
    If you like the minis a 1 1/2" would make a 6 1/2" quilt block.
    You can see below there are 8 Boston Blocks and 8 HSTs (half square triangles)

    Name:  Ohio star 75.jpg
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    Name:  Ohio star layout 50.jpg
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    You will need to make sure you make what I call mirror blocks
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...s-t114884.html

    Use up a lot of scraps making as many of these quilt blocks as you like! It is one of my favorites and I use it for alot of different projects. - quilts / table runners/ hotpads/ coin purses(in smaller form) etc
    Dianna

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    Dianna, Rhonda sends them....very generous of her. So you ned to PM her if you want one.
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    Rhonda's Acrylic Templates

    I developed several shortcuts. this method is where you sew fabrics together and then cut out a square from the center. The Boston Block is the first one I developed. You can use any size of template and make any size quilt block you like with these shortcut unit blocks.

    I have them cut for me out of acrylic. I add a plastic template grid to the acrylic for a template that is about 1/8" thick and works great with a rotary cutter.

    For this quilt along I am sending out the 3 1/2" template for free.
    so if you have a 3 1/2" square template then that will work. but if you use a reg ruler it will not be as accurate.
    If you need this template send me a pm with your postal address.
    I am going to keep this quilt along to simple quilt blocks so this size of template will be fine.

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    That is wonderful. I am template challenged also.

    What is it with scraps? I like used almost all the littlest ones for the scrappy mystery. I started saving them dont cringe I toss them constantly. if its not going to be 5 inches its history. Well in one week I grew a monsterously stuffed plastic grocery bag. So if you guys are saving your scraps do you seriousy keep them at that rate? I think they would implode in your home. I quilt daily so this is probably not going to work for me saving all those pieces. I would be lost under all that little fabric. .. bet its warm. make good stuffing .. oh no not going there. for some reason everyone gifts me that stuff too. pillow stuffing/doll stuffing etc.. bags of that. nice quote foxflower
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    Elisabrat, I absolutely keep smaller pieces...from these small guys, I create "crumb" blocks, which are literally like bread crumbs? They also cost the same amount of money as the larger cuts, and besides, I love the mindless sewing of little "crumbs" occasionally. Here's a picture of some bright scrappy crumb blocks used to make a doll quilt? I like to make them truly scappy, meaning all different colors and also controlled scrappy with like colors, etc. I usually make them 3 1/2" square.
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    rwquilts, I love your doll quilt. So how did you do the border for your quilt? Did you just sew random pieces together & then cut them to the size you wanted? Also, is your bird house paper pieced? Love the colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bbemerald View Post
    rwquilts, I love your doll quilt. So how did you do the border for your quilt? Did you just sew random pieces together & then cut them to the size you wanted? Also, is your bird house paper pieced? Love the colors.
    Elisabrat had a question regards tiny scraps and I was showing her an example of something that I've done with my "crumb" blocks stitched from those tiny scraps...yes, you stitch random (or controlled) pieces together and then trim to whatever size block you want. Mine are 3 1/2" square and yes, the birdhouse is paper pieced. I LOVE paper piecing! LOL! Thank you for the compliment.
    Ronda





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    Ronda I too like the mindlessness of scrappy blocks. Here's what I've done with little bits of fabric for AAQI. Bars are 3/4" finished. Scrappy borders in the basket are 1 and 1 1/2". In the last pair the squares are 2 and 1 1/2 inches.Name:  025 aaqi.jpg
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    I always tell people PLEASE don't throw the scraps away. they will make some quilter very very happy!! I use down to 3/4" so I usually say let me see it first before you throw it away. if it isn't usable for some reason I can throw it then.

    so if you don't mind saving them and passing them on it would be a kindness especially to someone who can't afford to buy a lot of fabric.

    when I started quilting 30 yrs ago I didn't have a dime to buy fabric. I used yard sale clothes or hand me downs I had in the closet. I love to get scraps to this day. It saves money but it also gives me variety to work with.

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    Ronda and Gladie you know I love your work! I love the minis and love to see how others use them.

    When I was selling to Yoder's she had me make 2 1/2" quilt squares some of which were confusion ( my version of crumbs) and some were quilt blocks like shoofly or bear's paw etc. She sold Amish dolls and she would place these on the doll's lap to look like the doll made the quilt.

    I used to make billfolds and the front was a quilt. the blocks started out at 3/4" and ended up finished at 1/8". so I don't throw anything away unless it is 1/2" wide or less. I love to have scraps as resource to go through when I want a particular color.

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    The bookmarks are 2 1/2" x 7" and the Squares are 2 1/2" finished

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    G & R, hoorah for scraps!!! Love your work ladies and it's just another testiment to me to keep those little pieces right? So Elisabrat, you've been "crumbed"! LOL! Is that even a real phrase?????
    Ronda





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    I dont' have pics to demonstrate but I have taken strip sets and sewn them to a plain fabric and then cut out HSTs so they have a plain black side and then a strip side. You can kind of see that in the bookmark pic on the rt above the second one down is half black and half strips.

    I also like to use my strips to cut out the blocks and whatever strips scraps are left I sew together in a crumbs fashion. so in this you will see strips but they are jumbled up as in crumbs.

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    Wow you ladies have been busy! Love all of your mini quilt blocks.

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    I made a lot of skirts for Christmas so I have a lot of left-over bright pink scrap fabric. Thought I'd try your 1st block with my scraps. Quite an experiment. The color doesn't really come through on the picture. It looks kind of abstract.
    Let me know what you think.Name:  quilt along block IMG_4056.JPG
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