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    Super Member JeanieG's Avatar
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    JillnJo - thanks for that hint on figuring out what size you need once and then cutting it six times. Brilliant! I probably would done it the same old way. Duh!!!

    OK - It looks like your are definitely committed now! Yeah!!!
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    Ha ha ha ha, Ok you ARE hooked!!!, so happy you are officially with us..

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    Now you are soGlad aren't you, OK? Hop on board and show us your fabric! I sneaked into the sewing room this morning while my coffee was brewing just to look at my "spike" block and admire it again. It's even prettier today! It bugs me that I can't see how the quilt is finished, and that's good for me! It will be a while till I know, won't it?
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    SewGlad you're joining in OK! I think we needed committed when we did FWS & PC with all those tiny pieces. The pieces in SYE almost feel huge!
    I'm with you jillnjo--I'm so curious about what this will look like. I'm not one for mystery quilts--have to know where I'm going. I'm stepping out of my usually anal comfort zone and just winging it.
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    OK...we're only totally sane when our creative self is at work. Good thing a lot of a Farmer's wife's work is creative....gardens, pantry shelves loaded with good things, home cooked meals, teaching the next generations...and then the relaxing creative art of sewing!! Somehow it gets balanced out. Glad you're with us.
    I'm thinking that this will make a nice size lap quilt. At least that's my plan right now.
    Welcome again to all of those that have found us. This is going to be fun!

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    AKWieland and Honchey-- wonderful fabric arrays. Today's special on MSQC is Stonehenge jewel tones jelly roll. I just love those fabrics, but there's not a charm pack to match -- otherwise I might have changed my colour scheme as I just fell in love with that particular collection. But I'm also happy with what I chose.

    TODAY is the day I will do a test block from last years Craftsy's BOM. I gave up in frustration last year, but with all the encouragement here, I'm going to master it. Is it OK that I post the block on this thread since it is not out of this series? After all, it will be my first PP block and we all like to show off our new babies.
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    Oh thanks for supporting my insanity!! But maybe I support yours as well I liked QE's table runner so well that I've decided to make my blocks into tablemats--Holiday themed and give as Christmas gifts this year. So everytime I make a block I will be picking new fabrics--and that's what takes sooo long for me. So it'll be surprise fabric every month!

    Oh I bet your block is just lovely jillnjo!

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    Belfrybat, I don't see a problem with you showing the Craftsy block...I check MSQC everyday to see what's new...it's funny but I'm not drawn to the Stonehenge line...

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    Maybe both, good to have you along gladdie
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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN View Post
    SewGlad you're joining in OK! I think we needed committed when we did FWS & PC with all those tiny pieces. The pieces in SYE almost feel huge!
    I'm with you jillnjo--I'm so curious about what this will look like. I'm not one for mystery quilts--have to know where I'm going. I'm stepping out of my usually anal comfort zone and just winging it.
    No we just needed a medal for sticking with FWS and then committed for taking on another challenge with the PC quilt

    I am reaaalllllly trying not to make the first block until September, cause if I don't start till then I can't change my mind on my fabric choices...

    I'm with you JanRN, not really keen on mystery quilts, I normally follow along, keeping the patterns and then when it is revealed I make a decision on whether I like it or not.. I just got to know before I select fabric

    What a wonderful parade of blocks we will have each month or fortnight
    So back to the cave for me, have to finish a quilt this weekend..
    Karen

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    I hear what you ladies are saying with print fabric... I think I will enlarge my patterns, I have a terrible time with PP anyway It might be the best idea for me, I LOVE prints... I cant just give them up! I think the patterns will look great LARGE... hmmm.... I ordered background fabric from fabric.com it should be here during the week sometime, I will take a pic and decide on block size.

    Mirabelle I WISH for a badge!!! this self pride just isnt as good as a big ol reward is it? maybe it would be incentive enough for me to actually FINISH a top and QUILT it eh?
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    DD, I have more trouble paper piecing large blocks. I always cut the fabric too small. Maybe if I measured instead of just doing hack & wack cutting they'd fit. I think these blocks would look great enlarged. I may have to try one. Oh no! Please quit putting more ideas into my head!!!
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    to funny Jan! another block for the "must never be opened" box?
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    so many babies.. sew little quilts

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    Wow, 314 posts already. Well, I am going to see if I can jump in here, catch up and be ready by September. I have a lot of reading to do!

    Linda

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    I am 'cooking' right along on my WIP's so I can start this on time! finished the binding on the second 'in the works' quilt today and managed to get the appliques fused onto one of the 4 outer borders on the last one. so I am on a roll! I do still need to make a couple labels- I have my patterns copied & 'in the way' on the cutting table so every time I need to cut something I have to pick them up & move them to the side...I {think} I have decided to do mine in batiks- haven't decided on a background yet- still 'tossing' that around- I did my *50 stars* project last year with black background on all 50 stars- so kind of leaning toward white for this project--but still not totally committed. I love seeing all the different selections that are coming up. I really want to 'set aside' the quilt i'm working on (for a day) and make one of these blocks! so hard not to....but I really need to stay focused & finish it up! oh...sometimes self discipline is soooooo hard! I keep reminding myself--- there are still a couple weeks in August- and if I stay 'focused' I will be able to enjoy this more- {instead of sitting here on the computer- I could be making that first block....} ugh
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    I started doing the first block today. Got about half way through just one of the six pieces, and realized that back in Section three - it did not quite fit right. I think I'll just start over, too many pieces to have to unsew! I put the whole thing down in disgust with myself! Gotta check every piece up against the light dummy!!!! Now I have to print out another page! Oh well, I have a lot of time to get it correct! I think it will take longer than I thought to do one complete block.
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    Jeanie, it took me a whole section to follow the line numbers. I'm used to just the sections being numbered so I was sewing things in the wrong order. After I recopied the screwed up section I did, I quit paying attention to "line number" and just did them "section" order like I normally pp. (does this make sense?) I agree, too many pieces to un-sew.

    Ccowl, you have much more self-discipline than I do. Good for you sticking to finishing projects.
    Imagine all the people living life in peace...(John Lennon 1940-1980)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    I am 'cooking' right along on my WIP's so I can start this on time! finished the binding on the second 'in the works' quilt today and managed to get the appliques fused onto one of the 4 outer borders on the last one. so I am on a roll! I do still need to make a couple labels- I have my patterns copied & 'in the way' on the cutting table so every time I need to cut something I have to pick them up & move them to the side...I {think} I have decided to do mine in batiks- haven't decided on a background yet- still 'tossing' that around- I did my *50 stars* project last year with black background on all 50 stars- so kind of leaning toward white for this project--but still not totally committed. I love seeing all the different selections that are coming up. I really want to 'set aside' the quilt i'm working on (for a day) and make one of these blocks! so hard not to....but I really need to stay focused & finish it up! oh...sometimes self discipline is soooooo hard! I keep reminding myself--- there are still a couple weeks in August- and if I stay 'focused' I will be able to enjoy this more- {instead of sitting here on the computer- I could be making that first block....} ugh
    Good for you!! Me? Of course I had other projects in the works ... and they'll just have to stay that way and quit nagging me
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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN View Post
    Jeanie, it took me a whole section to follow the line numbers. I'm used to just the sections being numbered so I was sewing things in the wrong order. After I recopied the screwed up section I did, I quit paying attention to "line number" and just did them "section" order like I normally pp. (does this make sense?) I agree, too many pieces to un-sew.

    Ccowl, you have much more self-discipline than I do. Good for you sticking to finishing projects.
    Me too! That "line number" was totally not necessary.

    I've started one block. I've been placing two pieces each night (on all 6 parts of the block - so 12 pieces of fabric each night). Nothing done tonight (it was too pretty outside so I played in the garden), but it's the weekend!! I'd like to finish this block this weekend, should be able to. It will give me a chance to see how my colors play together and if I don't like it ... back to the drawing board.
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    Hubby gave me a scare tonight, and made me re-think my intentions for this project.

    I'm planning on making each individual block into a place mat for the dining table. Currently we are using woven plastic placemats (ok ... they sound cheap, awful and ugly, but they're actually quite attractive and as it turns out, practical).

    For dinner tonight I slaved over a "Chinese Restaurant". Brought the stuff home and hubby picked up the Mongolian Beef container and it bent (you know those cheap foil containers that have zero rigidity) and it went SPLOOOSH all over the plate, the place mat, and the dining table.

    I was able to run the place mat under the faucet, wipe it dry and use it within 5 minutes.

    If he does that with one the place mats I'm making .... well ... the man may never have another dinner again let alone Chinese.

    Although ... Mongolian Beef at least matches my color scheme
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    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    have any of you posted pics yet. I seem to be having problems with Pics her

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    Dog House Mom, the word is "ScotchGuard" spray at Wal Mart and spray your place mats.Prevents stains from ruining the place mat.

    Romo, we have all posted photos of fabric here. Check out the hints on photos on QB help section. Picasa3 is the free service download that sizes my photos to post here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Me too! That "line number" was totally not necessary.

    I've started one block. I've been placing two pieces each night (on all 6 parts of the block - so 12 pieces of fabric each night). Nothing done tonight (it was too pretty outside so I played in the garden), but it's the weekend!! I'd like to finish this block this weekend, should be able to. It will give me a chance to see how my colors play together and if I don't like it ... back to the drawing board.
    That was my idea too DogHouseMom - I wanted to see how the fabrics played together in a block. I started over late this afternoon, but have not gotten too far. I found that one of the pieces I thought was long enough was not, so will have to recut that piece (same one I found was wrong with the first one)!

    ​Jan, I thought the pattern was a little confusing too! Glad it was not only me.
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    Jeanie, do you print an extra copy and use that as templates? I always do that with odd shapes, saves quite a lot of fabric

    DHM, I had to laugh when I read your Chinese Food disaster and the stains matching your color scheme AFter all the work you've done on the blocks you don't want stains on them. And yes, it does take time to put one block together.

    OK, glad you're with us again
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    Welcome SewExtremeSeams, you will have a lot of fun with us and we do like to chat..

    Roma Bauder we have not posted pics of blocks yet just fabric choices, we officially start on the 3rd September.

    You all have me intruiged, but I have to admit that I haven't even printed the patterns yet, if I print I sew!!! and I have to finish up some wip's and get stuff ready for retreat. But I am so itching to start, maybe if I finish the quilt I am working on at the moment I might have a little play...
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