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Thread: Block help please?

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    Block help please?

    I'm creating a quilt for my cousin's wedding this winter. She's very modern and pointed me toward several textures and patterns that she liked. One of them seemed easy enough to do when I really looked at it but I'm stumped as to how to piece it. There are just two blocks alternating and it only uses HST's. I understand the second block and think I can do it as tube quilting (maybe?). I'm not so sure on the other block. These will be 12" blocks once finished. Is there a way to make the first block easier/faster? They're triangles on a 2:1 ratio. The colors are only for differentiation. I think I'm going monochromatic with it. Thanks in advance!
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    No advice on the piecing, but I think if I went monochromatic, I'd be sure there was clear value distinction between the lights and darks, otherwise the considerable piecing involved would disappear. I'm not sure if I like those two blocks together, because I like secondary patterns which form from differing blocks when put together, and I'm not seeing them here. Or am I just missing it?

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    The first one is flying geese. You can draw them on graph paper or if you have EQ you can draw them as a single block and print either templates or foundation patterns. The block is not hard to draw.
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    Your cousin is very lucky! I'm a newbie to quilting but a life-long graphic designer. I have to agree that it would be a shame to do all that work and not be able to see and appreciate the distinctive pattern of the triangles. Any lover of all things modern would love this quilt!

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    I love the combination of these two blocks. They create a lot of movement and I keep finding new shapes and designs the longer I look at it.

    The first block can be done as flying geese. If I was making this, I would draw the diamond shape and paper piece it to insure accuracy in all of those points. You are right on the second block. It is HST set on point, which makes it look more difficult than it really is.

    And I agree with the others -- choose your colors wisely. This will need fabrics with a LOT of contrast. Good Luck!!

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    Do you know if there is a name for this particular layout of those two blocks?

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    I think to piece the first block would be much easier paper piecing. It looks like one of the blocks in the Storm at Sea pattern and PP will give it those fine points.

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    I agree that the quilt pattern is very dynamic! Love it! I also agree that there's probably no easy way to piece the first block. i would go with paper piecing, but use a strip method. Print off all your foundation papers. Cut the main triangles and glue stick them into place. Then take a strip of fabric the appropriate width for the side triangles and lay the large triangles & papers along the whole strip and pin well, then just sew the entire strip. You will have to experiment a bit to get the proper spacing. Use a long stitch length till you get it figured out.
    Last Christmas I made a quilt will 16 stars with odd shaped points that had to be paper pieced. I used this method (which I thought I invented) and it went pretty quickly. Then I saw the book: "Quick-Strip Paper Piecing", so maybe I didn't invent it after all LOL.
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    Great design and have some great suggestions here. Good luck!!
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    other than pping it i have no idea how to do it. but just wanted to say that it looks wonderful. I love the colors that you are going with. it works really well.
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    Thanks for the help. The design actually came off a web background. I don't know if the blocks are named but the pattern is just two blocks alternating. I hadn't picked a clear color scheme yet. The bride loves purple and grey but her house is a mix of geometric patterns. I also happen be very partial to patterns that look like curves but aren't.
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    I made paper piecing patterns in EQ. They are for an 8 inch block (so that they all fit on one page) so you'll have to increase the size by 150%. Make sure you print a test page and check measurements. At the very least you can blow them up and use them as templates, being sure to add a seam allowance. Click Here To Download

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    I would definitely PP it. For those quilty sisters who do NOT own EQ or QuiltPro (I much prefer the latter), this is the sort of situation that makes a drawing program highly desirable. One of my guild sisters uses Windows Paint for this sort of thing.

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    On that first block couldn't you sew your 2 strips together, then cut with a diamond template with the seam running through the center. All you would need then is to sew the diamonds together into rows and combine the rows to desired size, then trim to square. You would have lots of scraps for building another quilt.

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    I will be making this one. The more you look at it the more movement and dimension you see.

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    Thank you for the pping patterns! I don't have EQ or QuiltPro so I was going to have to draw in in Inkscape. I may make some mock up blocks using flying geese and the PP pattern to see which one goes faster. At a queen size, it's a lot of blocks! I also wondered if I could cut the block in half horizontally and do 2:1 hst's, creating more seams but maybe tube piecing it. I may try that method too in mock-ups. It will get a 3" border all around so I have something to bind into but I really don't want to lose the design as the focus. I love the movement of this design. Once I have the method down I may make one for myself!

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