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Thread: Do You Make A Sample Square ?

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    Its a youth quilt and it has a definite top and bottom so the hearts really would look funny laying on their sides. And Im really trying for once to stick to the pattern..haha. :roll:

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    If it isn't finished, can you remove the hearts & put them upright? Sounds like a job to me!
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky
    Its a youth quilt and it has a definite top and bottom so the hearts really would look funny laying on their sides. And Im really trying for once to stick to the pattern..haha. :roll:

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    Not really..it will just have to be a lesson learned for this newbie. If I go off pattern I could make them work but then I will have a lot of precut pieces that won't fit either way I will have to purchase more of the material. Just need to buy the fusible stuff and a 1/4 of material and I will be back in action. However this is a great lesson learned and in the future I will make a sample block out of leftover material so I have a better understanding of what is going to happen prior to cutting up all my pretty material. This will be my third quilt project since beginning. The first two I didnt use a layout pattern. The second one is my avantar and is made up of Dresdan squares and Card Trick which I have learned at quilting classes.

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    Looks like you're doing great for making 3 quilts. The avatar is striking.Classes are a great way to learn.Learning is what it's all about.You can keep some inexpensive fabric for practice & you'll soon have scraps too.Practice blocks can be used for pot holders,tote bags, runners etc.Saw a dress with quilt blocks used as pockets.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky
    Not really..it will just have to be a lesson learned for this newbie. If I go off pattern I could make them work but then I will have a lot of precut pieces that won't fit either way I will have to purchase more of the material. Just need to buy the fusible stuff and a 1/4 of material and I will be back in action. However this is a great lesson learned and in the future I will make a sample block out of leftover material so I have a better understanding of what is going to happen prior to cutting up all my pretty material. This will be my third quilt project since beginning. The first two I didnt use a layout pattern. The second one is my avantar and is made up of Dresdan squares and Card Trick which I have learned at quilting classes.

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    Thanks :)

    Quote Originally Posted by plainpat
    Looks like you're doing great for making 3 quilts. The avatar is striking.Classes are a great way to learn.Learning is what it's all about.You can keep some inexpensive fabric for practice & you'll soon have scraps too.Practice blocks can be used for pot holders,tote bags, runners etc.Saw a dress with quilt blocks used as pockets.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky
    Not really..it will just have to be a lesson learned for this newbie. If I go off pattern I could make them work but then I will have a lot of precut pieces that won't fit either way I will have to purchase more of the material. Just need to buy the fusible stuff and a 1/4 of material and I will be back in action. However this is a great lesson learned and in the future I will make a sample block out of leftover material so I have a better understanding of what is going to happen prior to cutting up all my pretty material. This will be my third quilt project since beginning. The first two I didnt use a layout pattern. The second one is my avantar and is made up of Dresdan squares and Card Trick which I have learned at quilting classes.

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    Love your idea. Will be doing it from now on.
    Thanks

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    I always make a sample block to make sure that I will like the final result. I have often changed my colour placements as a result. It is also to check that the instructions are correct. I also make an extra block from every quilt I make. Someday, I will sew them all together into a sampler which will be a wonderful record of all of the quilts I have made! It is also a great way to decide which way to press my seam allowances.

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    I do complete one block before I do any production line piecing. Last week's was a simple block, but one measurement was wrong. I'm glad I discovered it early. The previous quilt was made with a unfamiliar block with more complicated directions. I had the sample of that one pinned to the drapes in front of my sewing machine. The visual was helpful.

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    I always make a sample, and I complete it with batting and a boarder and binding. This way when I give the quilt away, I will always have a reminder of what I made and who I gave it to. Then I hang it in my quilting room as wall art. Makes me smile to see them and know they were all completed! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving to all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by knlsmith
    I may draw out on paper where I want colors to be on a difficult block, but for the most part.... I like to jump in by the seat of my pants and let the Quilting gods do what they want. More fun that way.
    Yes, that's what I usually do. I tried back in the summertime to make a table runner by graphing it all out. I couldn't get the design to suit me and ended up never making the runner. Kinda glad I tried graphing it out; but also feel I wasted a lot of time. I guess I should have known it wasn't going to work out to begin with. I haven't tried making anything too complicated yet; haven't had the nerve to try HST's or anything with a lot of triangles. I guess I am afraid of getting discouraged half way through and not finishing. I hate UFO's.

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    I don't call my first square of a quilt a sample, because after I press it, I lay it aside, Make a second block, make sure it matches the first one and on down the line until I have all the blocks I need for a full quilt. There are still some irregularities, but it would take a practiced eye to find them. If one comes up really "off" I throw it into my potholder bin and another pot holder is born.

    Quote Originally Posted by plainpat
    I do because a long time ago, I made a throw & nothing matched in size.Had to cut the blocks down,add sashing etc.I prob had to cut the sashing down too, as I was pretty new.
    There are several reasons for making a sample square.With blocks that all have to be turned/sewn in a certain order,you check each against the sample.Think pinwheels & log cabins.
    Checking the block size can save hrs of work.
    If the sample is good to go...it's stuck right in front of my machine.If not, it goes into my pile of orphan blocks :-)that will someday be sewn together & given away.

    The main reason being sure I want to spend the time/work /fabric making that quilt.When it comes down to the nitty gritty,often times the answer is no.The block speaks to me & that alone has saved me buying a ton of fabric.You would think just seeing a pic of a quilt would work..& sometimes it does, but making a sample block works best for me.

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    Last January, I started a BOM from class, 3-4 different materials, and always had to make a sample first as it never turned out right unless I did, now I am totally bored with the material and doubt if I will ever make a quilt out of it. The worse part is that I started making two different quilts and now can't stand either one...bored of the material and blocks. Nice waste of money huh? :oops:

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    Great idea to make a table runner or something small with block samples - I need to do some smaller projects anyway

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    I don't make a sample block. However, I do graph out the design and/or play with my fabric for a while before I decide exactly how I want it to look.

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    Has anyone tried Electric Quilt? I can't draw worth a darn, but I can color blocks, so I think EQ is going to be great. So far I've only made 1 quilt I designed with it, but I've only had it for 10 days. The quilt came out great. We'll see if I'm still in love after another quilt or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmaker
    I always do a sample block/s so I can determine whether I like the colors and look of what my quilt will be when finished. It saves a lot of frustration/heartache if I decide I don't like it.
    ditto !!!! been there done the frustration and headache thing....

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    Quote Originally Posted by eparys
    I do but not for size. I do it to decide how to press seams - especially in a complicated block.
    That's a terrific idea...

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    Yes, I test before I completely cut out for a quilt.

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    I make sample blocks just for insurance. Tried one this week and using a scant quarter inch the block was too big. Using a real 1/4 inch the block was perfect. I have a friend who makes all sample blocks with Christmas fabric. The orphan blocks go together nicely with the common fabric. Quilt Fan

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    I make one of Christmas fabric, after a while I have a Sampler.

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    Not as often as I should. Usually I think of it after I have cut all the bits and pieces out. Kind of late then if it doesn't work, huh? :lol:

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    I draw it out full size on graph paper and use colored pencils to get the gist of how the colors will go together (usually have fabrics in mind so I will color copy those), then cut out the pieces and glue them into a full size block using a glue stick. Once I like what I see, I will cut and I use the colored paper sample as a reminder when I first start piecing just to make sure I am doing it correctly.

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    I should have for my last quilt - followed the pattern blindly; ran out of one type of material - only to find that I had to square down the flying geese blocks. That meant I ran out of material and wasted tons of it by cutting the blocks to half their size. It has put me off trying to finish.

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    i make a lot of "sample" blocks... just not on purpose!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Fan
    I make sample blocks just for insurance. Tried one this week and using a scant quarter inch the block was too big. Using a real 1/4 inch the block was perfect. I have a friend who makes all sample blocks with Christmas fabric. The orphan blocks go together nicely with the common fabric. Quilt Fan
    that is a great idea... i'm going to remember that one...and go shopping in january when the christmas fabric is on sale!

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