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    Mirabelle, you could make just one testblock to see how it looks
    Have fun at your retreat!
    Eat, quilt, sleep, repeat



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    Anael as soon as I finish this Raggedy Ann quilt I might make a test block and audition my fabric, only 3 weeks till I go to retreat so plenty of time really but I am just getting so excited. I have had my embroidery machine working overtime for the past few weeks, working on a Peirrot quilt at the moment while I quilt the other.
    Karen

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    Mirabelle, I tried that too but each time I don't watch my embroidery machine it makes a mess out of something. Either skipping stitches, making a birds nest or shifting fabric, no matter how many pins I use to secure the fabric So I don't have my embroidery machine running while sewing.
    Eat, quilt, sleep, repeat



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    Quote Originally Posted by Anael View Post
    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
    I like the idea of using one printout for templates! Thanks, I'm doing that on the next block. I have finished the first one, except the four outside triangles. I am happy at how it turned out. BUT, I have lots of peaches off of my tree that are ready to freeze today. So that's where I'll be this morning....
    jillnjo

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    DHMom, I had to laugh about your home-cooked Chinese dinner (hey, if I open the box it's home cooked!). QNS is right, Scotchgard helps but not in my house. I use decorative runners and placemats but when it's time to actually eat on them, out come the plastic ones and after dinner I put the fancy ones back.
    Imagine all the people living life in peace...(John Lennon 1940-1980)

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    Thank you Mirabelle.

    Anael, what a great idea to use an extra print out for a template for the fabric. I had never thought of that.

    Linda

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    Scotch guard ... brilliant. Thanks ladies!
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

    Sue

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    Hey, I used my Embroidery Machine for the first time in two months; made a small butterfly. Will get the 'correct' guitar pattern put on it on Tuesday. Hurray!!! Now to figure out how to move a 175 pound sewing desk from Des Moines, Iowa, to our home. It's still in its crate. Six foot long. Known factor: bf and I cannot move it...dh is not able to handle something that big, neither is bf's dh. Of course, the Horn company would have moved it in to our home and set it up for a mere $250. I think I messed up, that might have been a bargain after all. Sigh. I did not have an extra $250.

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    Congrats on using your embroidery machine!
    Can't you unpack the crate, take the table and leave the crate?
    Eat, quilt, sleep, repeat



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    JeanieG,
    THANKYOU, I guess you finally said "use doodle paper" enough times that I finally TRIED it!!! OH my!!! what a difference I am sooooo happy today with starting this "Spike" adventure!

    YAY!!! thanks again
    Candace is Deranged
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    Found out the measurements and its doable in my van...it will haul the 23 1/2 by 32 1/2 by 62 1/2. Just move it so it tips into the cargo area and push in it on cardboard. Whew!! QS had me worried for awhile. Everyone have a good weekend. \\

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    Take it easy NinaSue!
    Candace is Deranged
    so many babies.. sew little quilts

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Thank you Mirabelle.

    Anael, what a great idea to use an extra print out for a template for the fabric. I had never thought of that.
    I use freezer paper for the templates. That way I can iron it on my fabric, & even FC it if I want.
    Bev
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    Dublb - do you print onto the freezer paper?

    Anael - do you cut out each template, then add an amount (say 1/2") around each one when you trace it onto the fabric?

    Any advice anyone can give us to help with this paper piecing is so appreciated! Thanks dublb and Anael!!!
    "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."

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    Well I finished the "Log Cabin Cones" block and I'm happy with it. I'll stick to the color scheme I'm using. I held it up for hubby and he actually gave a whoop and said it was one of the prettiest blocks I've made.

    Woo hoo!

    I'll wait for the party to get started with the other blocks
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

    Sue

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    I find I agree with those who cut out their templates to use in pp; since I think differently, I even draw the lines on the back side so I can sew there and piece to the front rather than the proper way of sewing on the front. Somehow it seems to work for me. Each to their own way...that works best for them. Maybe it will change when my vision does; cannot believe them that I can lose the glasses then. Time will tell. Right now, its blind in one eye legally, and half bind in the other one due to the cataract 'clouding' things over. Since I am the primary care giver, and principal driver, I drive on the defense, not offense. And let my bf drive in DM.

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    Jeanie - Yes I do ya can buy the heavy stuff at the LQS ta go through the printer. I used ta buy the stuff on a roll at the grocery store & iron it on ta copy paper. That works too but I prefer ta use the stuff that is already cut & go's through the printer all by itself. I also PP on the freezer paper but ya can PP however ya want & still make your templates outta Freezer paper. (I even make templates for anything else that calls for templates outta freezer paper, well except English PP templates. LOL)
    Bev
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    I have found the "add a 1/4" ruler to be a life saver when paper piecing. You can get them from many sources but here's the link to the maker of them (I'm not related to them in any manner...just really like my ruler). It has all sort of hints on their page also.

    http://www.addaquarter.com/products.php
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    Quote Originally Posted by moonwork42029 View Post
    I have found the "add a 1/4" ruler to be a life saver when paper piecing. You can get them from many sources but here's the link to the maker of them (I'm not related to them in any manner...just really like my ruler). It has all sort of hints on their page also.

    http://www.addaquarter.com/products.php
    I love mine also I have the 6" one and the 12" one
    ​Christine

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    there pics of these blocks?

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    Go to Quiltingonthesquare.com look for the free blocks in their Blocks of the Month..they are listesd there..

    We wll be starting September 3, 2013 and members that have made the block assigned for september wll post Photos of their block...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanieG View Post
    Dublb - do you print onto the freezer paper?

    Anael - do you cut out each template, then add an amount (say 1/2") around each one when you trace it onto the fabric?

    Any advice anyone can give us to help with this paper piecing is so appreciated! Thanks dublb and Anael!!!
    Yes Jeanie, that's the way I do it. Most of the time (with these blocks anyway) you need to cut 8 pieces of the same template, 4 'normal' and 4 mirrored. I cut 4, turn the template on it's back and cut 4 more.
    Eat, quilt, sleep, repeat



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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Thank you Mirabelle.

    Anael, what a great idea to use an extra print out for a template for the fabric. I had never thought of that.
    SewExtremeSeams you will find this group super friendly, some of us have been doing this together for a while, so chat away and get to know us all..
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    Thanks Dublb!
    "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anael View Post
    Mirabelle, I tried that too but each time I don't watch my embroidery machine it makes a mess out of something. Either skipping stitches, making a birds nest or shifting fabric, no matter how many pins I use to secure the fabric So I don't have my embroidery machine running while sewing.
    Anael I just swivel in my chair to the left and I am at my embroidery machine, but have turned it off today as it was giving me a headache.. SO I have bitten the bullet and printed the first set of templates, might do a little coloring in and play with some fabric.. I just have the final border to quilt on the Raggedy Ann quilt and it is finished....
    Karen

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