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    "Why in Earth would you ever do it that way? " when you are following a pattern. Seems to me that sometimes they stick an extra step here or there for absolutely no reason. Maybe it's just the way they have always done it or maybe I just have a problem following directions but I do one square the way they say and then one leaving out the redundant part and they are identical.

    Half of the patterns I have made over the past year, I read the directions and say what???

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    i can't follow my own directions, let alone anybody else's. :lol:

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    I have a book on over 250 blocks and in their directions each piece is cut out individually and sewn back together. For some patterns that's all well and good, but tell me why would I want to individually piece a 9 patch together instead of sewing strips then cutting??

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    i can't follow my own directions, let alone anybody else's. :lol:
    I agree!!! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltluvr
    I have a book on over 250 blocks and in their directions each piece is cut out individually and sewn back together. For some patterns that's all well and good, but tell me why would I want to individually piece a 9 patch together instead of sewing strips then cutting??
    I think many patterns, particularity books that have been in publication for awhile, the blocks are put together piece by piece, in the old way. Until the mid 80s or so there were not the rulers and cutters we have now. We are so fortunate in our choice of notions today. I've been quilting for close to 35 years and I started with paper/cardboard templates, scissors, thread and graph paper. Would I go back, NO!LOL! :lol: But there are still the purists out there who love the old way of hand cutting, piecing and quilting their quilts. In many ways those old directions were easier to follow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltluvr
    I have a book on over 250 blocks and in their directions each piece is cut out individually and sewn back together. For some patterns that's all well and good, but tell me why would I want to individually piece a 9 patch together instead of sewing strips then cutting??
    I have a lot of books like that. I started quilting early 80s, every piece was cut out individually. Rotary cutters weren't used that much. I bought my first rotary cutter in 1985, to make a trip around the world, cutting and sewing strips, that is all we used the rotary cutter for. That was considered very innovative then. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltluvr
    I have a book on over 250 blocks and in their directions each piece is cut out individually and sewn back together. For some patterns that's all well and good, but tell me why would I want to individually piece a 9 patch together instead of sewing strips then cutting??
    Then you have us folk who save every scrap! LOL I piece lots of 9 patches and 4 patches one square at a time from my scrap bins!

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    I also predate the rotary cutter etc. The patterns I hate are the ones for applique that don't break the pieces down. You open the package and all you have is a line drawing of the finished motif. You have to figure out in what order to assemble the pieces and what gets tucked under what. If I open the package and that is what is inside I don't even try to use it.

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    You think maybe lot of the cutting and construction methods are changed so the designer can call it her own?

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    I have "remade" an older pattern to suit my needs, using short cuts or combining smaller pieces. I look at the blocks and decide what will work best for me. When we were first doing the BOM's here, members would show alternative piecing/cutting, and it was a real eye opener for me. :D:D:D

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    The book is from '05 so I don't know. I will say I'd have never made with cardboard and scissors. I'd have no patience to deal with the inevitable mistakes I'd make. I would then be forced to take up underwater basketweaving. :lol: :lol:

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    If it something a little difficult I read directions. If I have done it a 100 times I go with the flow. Takes to long to read,but there I times I should have lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltluvr
    The book is from '05 so I don't know. I will say I'd have never made with cardboard and scissors. I'd have no patience to deal with the inevitable mistakes I'd make. I would then be forced to take up underwater basketweaving. :lol: :lol:
    I DID do underwater basketweaving one day. I was planning on making baskets for everybody for Christmas. It took me 8 hours to make a 4 inch basket. I don't love anyone enough to endure that again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltluvr
    The book is from '05 so I don't know. I will say I'd have never made with cardboard and scissors. I'd have no patience to deal with the inevitable mistakes I'd make. I would then be forced to take up underwater basketweaving. :lol: :lol:
    I DID do underwater basketweaving one day. I was planning on making baskets for everybody for Christmas. It took me 8 hours to make a 4 inch basket. I don't love anyone enough to endure that again!
    quiltluvr, I thought you were teasing (inferring you and the basket would go underwater like a deep sea diver). :P :P . Should I hang up my hat for the night?

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    HA! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltluvr
    The book is from '05 so I don't know. I will say I'd have never made with cardboard and scissors. I'd have no patience to deal with the inevitable mistakes I'd make. I would then be forced to take up underwater basketweaving. :lol: :lol:
    I DID do underwater basketweaving one day. I was planning on making baskets for everybody for Christmas. It took me 8 hours to make a 4 inch basket. I don't love anyone enough to endure that again!
    You are hysterical!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    i can't follow my own directions, let alone anybody else's. :lol:
    What she said, lol
    I am BAD at following directions.
    I rarely follow a pattern for this reason!!!

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    I new about 4 patches - 9 patches other than my mother showing my how to peice a 9 patch, at age 9. I watch Simply Quilts. Online How to Quilt "Penny's" No books No magazine That is a pretty pic, Then I quilt. Oh I do have to show you some of my ufo. I'll start next week. Theresse

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltluvr
    I have a book on over 250 blocks and in their directions each piece is cut out individually and sewn back together. For some patterns that's all well and good, but tell me why would I want to individually piece a 9 patch together instead of sewing strips then cutting??
    Then you have us folk who save every scrap! LOL I piece lots of 9 patches and 4 patches one square at a time from my scrap bins!
    Me too. I prefer doing it that way. I am not crazy about sewing strips together.

    Sybil

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    Some people are process people and some people are product people. I am a hybrid...somedays I am on a mission and use all the shortcuts and somedays I just want to relax and enjoy the trip.

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    Because I am new at quilting, I am still a pattern and direction follower. Because I have chronic pain and fibromyalgia and take certain medications, sometimes even that is a challenge for me. Like yesterday when two of the direction pages stuck together and I didn't notice, so I sewed all the squares to the background squares, not even noticing when I came up short, lol, I just went and cut more. When, in fact, only the dark squares were sewn to the background, and the light squares were to be sewn to the yellow squares. Fortunately, I discovered the mistake before I cut more than a couple of the triangles apart. LMBO Yes, I got to spend time with my new and good friend seam ripper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard
    Because I am new at quilting, I am still a pattern and direction follower. Because I have chronic pain and fibromyalgia and take certain medications, sometimes even that is a challenge for me. Like yesterday when two of the direction pages stuck together and I didn't notice, so I sewed all the squares to the background squares, not even noticing when I came up short, lol, I just went and cut more. When, in fact, only the dark squares were sewn to the background, and the light squares were to be sewn to the yellow squares. Fortunately, I discovered the mistake before I cut more than a couple of the triangles apart. LMBO Yes, I got to spend time with my new and good friend seam ripper.
    I also have fibro and on certain meds, the seam ripper & I are best friends too!! I wonder how many I've gone thru in the last few yrs.!

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