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Thread: Charm squares.......sorry I bought

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    I'm trying to make some swap blocks that are 12.5 inches. I have two started. The charms I bought are batik. My partner for the swap wants batik. So , I thought ...COOL! I have charms. I was trying to something besides a 9 patch or DP9 block. FRUSTRATED NEWBIE>>>>> :?

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    What happened? Why are you sorry?

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    Finished two blocks that look awesome , but they are not 12.5 inches . :roll:

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    Some easy patterns that you might try are scrappy: shoofly, broken dishes, pinwheels, prairie queen. You might like the outcome if you choose a background color, like cream or white on white, to use and then pull from the charms for everything else. Have you looked thru quilterscache? They have tons of blocks to look at. You can even search thru by size. Good luck! You can do it!

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    I will look those up ASAP! Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    Some easy patterns that you might try are scrappy: shoofly, broken dishes, pinwheels, prairie queen. You might like the outcome if you choose a background color, like cream or white on white, to use and then pull from the charms for everything else. Have you looked thru quilterscache? They have tons of blocks to look at. You can even search thru by size. Good luck! You can do it!

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    Yes you can! And I love your Avatar. If you ever have the chance could you post it for us to see?? :D:D

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    Well, let's see. I'm assuming you have 5" charms. You could cut them into four smaller squares of 2.5" so they finish at 2", and you could go scrappy with six squares across and six down and alternate with black, which usually makes batiks pop.

    Give it some time, some design idea will come to you!

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    Still not sure why your blocks are not measuring correctly. Did you start with a block that should measure 12.5", but you're coming up short? In that case it could be the 1/4" seam allowance that is the problem. Or do you have a block that measures something other than 12.5" and you want to convert it? More information is needed.

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    Yes you can! And I love your Avatar. If you ever have the chance could you post it for us to see?? :D:D
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    I love this quilt.... that's why it's hard to make "certain size blocks" for me... i go all artsy and start having too much fun!!!! Super job...

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    the charm pack is 5 inch blocks.
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Still not sure why your blocks are not measuring correctly. Did you start with a block that should measure 12.5", but you're coming up short? In that case it could be the 1/4" seam allowance that is the problem. Or do you have a block that measures something other than 12.5" and you want to convert it? More information is needed.

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    Your avatar quilt is beautiful !! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAB55
    Your avatar quilt is beautiful !! :-)
    Ditto!

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    You should have a lot of options with a 5 inch block... don't worry you'll figure it out soon.

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    If the block is too small, could you not put a frame around it to bring it up to size? Maybe I'm not reading correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimscruzer
    the charm pack is 5 inch blocks.
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Still not sure why your blocks are not measuring correctly. Did you start with a block that should measure 12.5", but you're coming up short? In that case it could be the 1/4" seam allowance that is the problem. Or do you have a block that measures something other than 12.5" and you want to convert it? More information is needed.
    Oh, so the problem is that you need to find a block that can use the 5" charm squares in an efficient manner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimscruzer
    the charm pack is 5 inch blocks.
    If you want really simple, you can do an uneven 9-patch. That way, you only have to cut some of the charm squares and the blocks can be set off with a plain alternating block or sashing.

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    Thank you for posting it!!!!!!!!! It's so beautiful!!! Very artistic :D:D

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    YES , please give me some ideas .
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Quote Originally Posted by kimscruzer
    the charm pack is 5 inch blocks.
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Still not sure why your blocks are not measuring correctly. Did you start with a block that should measure 12.5", but you're coming up short? In that case it could be the 1/4" seam allowance that is the problem. Or do you have a block that measures something other than 12.5" and you want to convert it? More information is needed.
    Oh, so the problem is that you need to find a block that can use the 5" charm squares in an efficient manner?

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    Thanks so much ! I could have probably done another top like the avatar in the same amount of time it is taking me to do blocks.........
    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Thank you for posting it!!!!!!!!! It's so beautiful!!! Very artistic :D:D
    :D :shock:

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    I am a newbie too, and I am horrible at sizing blocks. I know how frustrating that can be. The good news is you are super creative, so you have tons to fall back on.

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    your avatar is gorgeous kimscruzer!

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    Post My avatar ?
    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Yes you can! And I love your Avatar. If you ever have the chance could you post it for us to see?? :D:D

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    I love your avatar ! Is there a pattern ? I would love to do this for my mom for Mother's Day.
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan
    Quote Originally Posted by kimscruzer
    the charm pack is 5 inch blocks.
    If you want really simple, you can do an uneven 9-patch. That way, you only have to cut some of the charm squares and the blocks can be set off with a plain alternating block or sashing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimscruzer
    Post My avatar ?
    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Yes you can! And I love your Avatar. If you ever have the chance could you post it for us to see?? :D:D
    Beautiful!!!!!

    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Here is what I came up with......two are abit larger than 12.5 , but I would rather be a little larger than smaller. :-D
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