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Thread: To all of you who piece blocks

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    To all of you who piece blocks

    I really have never made a 'traditional' pieced quilt that I can recall. I am making one now out of my reds and whites.
    Each block I finish I am in awe of all of you and all of the quilts you have made just a little bit more! For crying out loud there are so many pieces and how in the world do you remember how to put them together.

    You are all incredible, really I mean that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There are so many pieces!

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    laughing....I'm laughing because in the Underground RailRoad quilt, my geese in the flying geese block end up flying out of the block.
    Kathyj


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    I'm sitting here right now cause I just put a block from the Farmer's Wife sampler in Time Out. Little tiny Half Square Triangles. Teeny tiny ones. Time out.
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapatt View Post
    laughing....I'm laughing because in the Underground RailRoad quilt, my geese in the flying geese block end up flying out of the block.
    rofl im glad im not the only one that did that it was one of the first quilts i ever made in a class at our lqs we all decided if a slave needed directions my quilt wasnt going to clear anything up for him )))))
    carla

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandma58 View Post
    I really have never made a 'traditional' pieced quilt that I can recall.
    What kind of quilts have you done?

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    My quilting is sometimes pointless. Yep when I have the block together some of the points have disappeared. Darn points, I think we've all been there.

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    I just finished the top for a lap quilt....2,295 pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnalynett View Post
    I just finished the top for a lap quilt....2,295 pieces.
    OMG

    Annie

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    i've started my Dear Jane journey... but doing 3 at the same time. 5000+ pieces each! and each block is only 4.5" finished... so tiny. it was only a few years ago that i would never dream of attempting such a thing
    Nancy in western NY
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    Quote Originally Posted by justflyingin View Post
    What kind of quilts have you done?
    Star quilts - I can make star quilts in my sleep - they are so easy and so few pieces! I do art stuff as well - this stuff makes me want to cry usually, but I am having fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnieH View Post
    OMG

    Annie
    I second that OMG!

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    I certainly third that!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I don't think I have done anything other then piece. It gets sometime irratating when points don't match, but, I just stop and take a time out
    I never believe in the word can't,unless you've tried

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    I remember the first time I started on a quilt by myself. Well, I had 15 minutes of instructions at the guild meeting and then we went home and made our own. Sometimes she showed us 3 blocks in the 15 minutes. The 1st block I made, I did it twice and still cut off the points each time. The second one I did it 2x and the third was done 3 times and it still looked sick. I look at that quilt now and I can see how I progressed to the very end and those blocks were perfect. It is just sewing and sewing before you feel comfortable. And ripping and ripping, I can't forget that. I am working on several quilts right now. Almost done with the hand applique on vintage Dresdan Plates, Courthouse steps, a pinwheel for my DGD, two patterns I made up for batiks and putting a binding on a quilt for a stepsister. I love quilting and plan on new quilts when I am sitting down and taking it easy. Just keep on quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanTx View Post
    I'm sitting here right now cause I just put a block from the Farmer's Wife sampler in Time Out. Little tiny Half Square Triangles. Teeny tiny ones. Time out.
    rofl!! I have LOTS of ufos in "time out"!!!!

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    Organization is the key, keeping everything in groups. I have used a lot of zip lock bags and labels. Post its for block layouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    rofl!! I have LOTS of ufos in "time out"!!!!
    Ditto for me!

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    Design Wall - Design Wall - Design Wall!!!!! Away from kids and pets...

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    I am challenging myself by doing the Civil War Tribute. I think it finishes 110 X 120 or something. It is all pieced and full of triangles and the pattern does them all the traditional way so that is what I am doing. The first block did not go well but so far I am on Month 4 and being successful at getting the blocks to measure the correct size.

    I have hand pieced as well but my thumb joints will no longer allow me to do so much hand stitching.

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    I love this thread!! So reminds me of my first experience....good and bad!!
    Penny aka PLS 1946

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    I have taken more than a few quilting classes, and the best by far was an all day workshop with Sally Collins. She does miniature quilts, and in the workshop, we made miniature blocks. I have adoped only a few of her techniques, and my piecing life is so much improved. I recommend her book to everyone. It is called The Art of Machine Piecing. (No affiliation...)

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    I like to go one block at a time so as not to get too confused. Of course, it depends on what I am making and how many blocks, but it works better for me.

    Have fun!
    Sharon (Gypsylady)

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    I love pp and tradional blocks, working on red/whites too. Would love to see what you are working on. I am not a ripper, I just sew on!
    Born to Quilt, Forced to work. Retired and quilting!

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    Read twice cut once; measure twice cut once; and label, label label - everything you cut out! Oh the mistakes I've made... but getting better ...or is that smarter?! Hahaha

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    I am doing my first pieced quilt. But I am doing each block different, but still a lot of work, and still haven,t figured how I am going to put it together. I am hoping I find a square that I like enough to make tons of. lol mine is red, black and white.
    good luck with your quilt
    Patti

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