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Thread: "Playing With Boston Blocks" an e-book by Rhonda

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    This topic is specifically for discussions and questions about
    Rhonda's new e-book: Playing With Boston Blocks

    You can check out the description page here:

    http://www.quiltedparadise.com/n/977-owz.jsp

    If you have any questions about the e-book or techniques she teaches, please post them here or send PM to Rhonda.

    If you have any technical questions about the download, then please ask me.

    In any case, we are both here to help you out.

    Thanks.


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    Thank you to all who have ordered my E-Book. It is exciting to be able to share more of what I do with you . I hope you can use what I have to teach to make lots of beautiful things!!! :D :D

    If you have any questions I will answer as soon as I can. You can pm me if you like or email me if you prefer at [email protected]

    Thank you :!:

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    Actually, here is the first question I picked up in another thread.

    Posted by Ninnie:
    I clicked and loved what I saw, but on dial up and don't know if it will work for me.
    The file size is 3.9Mb.

    I'm not sure how much time it would take to download on dial up. But if the download process stalls or fails because of slow connection, you can always contact me, and I'll help you resume the download process to make sure you get your copy of the e-book.


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    Thanks! I think I will go ahead and try!




    also sent e-mail Ignore it now! LOL


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    Hi, just thought I would let you know that it downloaded without any trouble. It took about 20 minutes. In case anyone else needs to know.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    Hi, just thought I would let you know that it downloaded without any trouble. It took about 20 minutes. In case anyone else needs to know.

    Ninnie
    Glad to know you got it! Now we know that it's possible to download this e-book via a dial up connection.

    I appreciate your post as I'm sure there are other members who wanted to know this. Thanks.

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    *sigh*

    It looks really good... but changing into our currency whacks the price up to nearly $50 :-(


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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    *sigh*

    It looks really good... but changing into our currency whacks the price up to nearly $50 :-(
    I'm not trying to push any sales but just a thought -if you want to hear it- Can you have a friend buy it here and print it out for you?

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    Ok, I subcombed. It's a totally interesting book, fantastic ideas, very easy to follow directions, and I know I'll get lots of good from it. Thanx for making me aware of this product. I'm lovin' it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saravincent
    Ok, I subcombed. It's a totally interesting book, fantastic ideas, very easy to follow directions, and I know I'll get lots of good from it. Thanx for making me aware of this product. I'm lovin' it.
    Thanks Sara for the good revue! I do appreciate it! I hope you will post pictures when you make anything!!

    If you like I would appreciate any feedback positive and negative. I like to know if I need to change something to make it easier to understand or something isn't working for someone it helps me to improve.

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    Ordered it....interesting method. It took about 1 second to download with high speed. Very easy to read and understand. Playing with it I found a way to have a lot less waste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie1948
    Ordered it....interesting method. It took about 1 second to download with high speed. Very easy to read and understand. Playing with it I found a way to have a lot less waste.
    Connie
    I would love to hear your way of less waste!! I know that is the biggest thing that bothers people when they see what I do.

    My friend Dorothy does most of my "Blocks" for me and she and I differ on how we do this. She cuts a square or rectangle just big enough for what she will need and cuts out and recycles if it is still big enough to pass on to the next size down (1 1/4" or 1") and I like to have larger pieces to work with. My rationale is that I only have to sort that fabric once to get several more out of the same fabric swatches and I just pull apart the leftovers and trim to make another from the leftovers.

    I think a little waste is worth the savings in time and effort saved. But I also make smaller blocks out of some of the leftovers.

    It is all in how you want to look at it! I like to have scraps in reserve because when I need one or two more navys to add to a project then the scraps are my resource to find a navy I haven't used yet. I might find a remnant of an old favorite. But I do a lot of scrappy and I am always trying to use a fabric just once in a project. I need 8 differant swatches to do most of the projects I make. That makes a differance in what I look for.

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    Rhonda,

    Very interesting technique. Just a little concerned about the excess, but I think I might be over estimating what would be wasted and will follow your friend Dorothy's techniques.

    I was so surprised that all of those different quilt blocks can be created with just the two "blocks". Your instructions and illustrations are clear and easily understandable. It really helps this newbie.

    Thanks, Maribeth


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    I played in my scraps tonight and made my first trial block using Boston Blocks. Well, the designs didn't turn out like I want the finished project to be. But the method is pretty simple.

    As for the waste - I cut triangles from the scraps, and it wasn't bad. If I were using total scraps, it wouldn't even bother me to waste a bit. But these large triangle shapes worked great.

    The cool thing is that the seam size within each block didn't make a difference because the block was cut to shape after it was sewn. That made the block more accurate in my opinion.

    The instuctions were easy to read. I seemed to struggle a bit to get all the colors on my first trial, but now I think that the rest of the blocks will go much better.

    I'm really jived up to make MORE!
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    Quote Originally Posted by saravincent
    I played in my scraps tonight and made my first trial block using Boston Blocks. Well, the designs didn't turn out like I want the finished project to be. But the method is pretty simple.

    As for the waste - I cut triangles from the scraps, and it wasn't bad. If I were using total scraps, it wouldn't even bother me to waste a bit. But these large triangle shapes worked great.

    The cool thing is that the seam size within each block didn't make a difference because the block was cut to shape after it was sewn. That made the block more accurate in my opinion.

    The instuctions were easy to read. I seemed to struggle a bit to get all the colors on my first trial, but now I think that the rest of the blocks will go much better.

    I'm really jived up to make MORE!
    Love it Sara I think I am going to get a tutorial by you all about using other color combinations. I tend to stick to the dark and light combo and don't find it easy to change!!
    I am glad you have enjoyed the process and look forward to seeing more!

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    Love the black and white and all the shades in between!!!! There are so many scraps floating around in my house and I am not concerned about waste because my scraps basically become a storage problem and it would be wonderful to have them put to good use. I did purchase the e-book and have found it very easy to understand. I am planning to get into the sewing room for a few minutes before I have to get to bed for an early a.m. school day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nana2
    Love the black and white and all the shades in between!!!! There are so many scraps floating around in my house and I am not concerned about waste because my scraps basically become a storage problem and it would be wonderful to have them put to good use. I did purchase the e-book and have found it very easy to understand. I am planning to get into the sewing room for a few minutes before I have to get to bed for an early a.m. school day.
    Yeah I had scraps "floating" around my house this morning literally!! I have an autistic grandson Zach who is 8. Autistic kids get obsessions about things and can'tlet them go. One of Zach's used to be throwing anything he could get ahold of into the air. Until he turned 4 and finally learned to talk did we find out why he did this.
    It is because he was making it rain. With dirt from a flower pot or water from a glass or anything he could get. I thought he had outgrown this but this morning he found a box of scraps and made weather happen!!! All over my livingroom!!!
    I had scraps everywhere!! In his shoes on my couch and chair and all over the floor!!!
    He and his sister got into a big plastic tub of scraps a couple of years ago and I was finding scraps for months after!! But they had fun!! until I stopped them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saravincent
    I played in my scraps tonight and made my first trial block using Boston Blocks. Well, the designs didn't turn out like I want the finished project to be. But the method is pretty simple.

    As for the waste - I cut triangles from the scraps, and it wasn't bad. If I were using total scraps, it wouldn't even bother me to waste a bit. But these large triangle shapes worked great.

    The cool thing is that the seam size within each block didn't make a difference because the block was cut to shape after it was sewn. That made the block more accurate in my opinion.

    The instuctions were easy to read. I seemed to struggle a bit to get all the colors on my first trial, but now I think that the rest of the blocks will go much better

    I'm really jived up to make MORE!

    You did a great job! I hope I can do as well when I get started. Dixie in Alabama

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    I just ordered it, took about 1 second here too. Looks like I am going to have to hide my scraps from my kids now. (the little ones like to "collect" them and carry them around in doll suitcases)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamabird3
    I just ordered it, took about 1 second here too. Looks like I am going to have to hide my scraps from my kids now. (the little ones like to "collect" them and carry them around in doll suitcases)
    Thanks Mamabird3 for the order! I hope you enjoy it!! Any questions just ask! Sorry to deprive the kids!! My grandson thinks it is fun to get into my scraps and throw them into the air making it rain scraps!

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