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Thread: Do you usually make a test block before making your quilts?

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    Actually, I'm in the process of making some hot pads to try out some blocks that I want to use for my GDs quilts.

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    No testing! Sewing!

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    I do when it is a new pattern or idea. Pattern makers do make printing mistakes and that can be costly if you don't have extra fabric to make the block over. Ask me how I know!

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    It's a great idea but I don't. My impatience gets the better of me. Maybe next time I'll force myself to slow down and make that sample block.

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    I do quite a bit, especially if it's a new-to-me technique. I've even drawn it on kraft paper to verify my measurements.

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    The only test block I've done was on my very first try at quilting on a Log Cabin block. Actually I did 2 test blocks and both were bad. Never did come out right so I moved on. Whoever said that the Log Cabin is a beginner's block was incorrect, IMHO.

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    No, I jump in the deep end. My avatar is 'the deep end' I made this purely from fabric I had bought at garage sales and Op-Shops, as I wanted one the same pattern, different colours for my own bed. Quite by accident, I made a colourwash quilt and now its my favourite.

    I did make it again in my expensive fabrics, but its not nearly as nice as the avatar. I will post both in the pics section and you tell me what you think.

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    thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleMo
    No, I jump in the deep end. My avatar is 'the deep end' I made this purely from fabric I had bought at garage sales and Op-Shops, as I wanted one the same pattern, different colours for my own bed. Quite by accident, I made a colourwash quilt and now its my favourite.

    I did make it again in my expensive fabrics, but its not nearly as nice as the avatar. I will post both in the pics section and you tell me what you think.

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    No I haven't made test blocks yet, but after reading here I like the idea of eventually turning them into a sampler.

    Thanks for that "Wow what a great idea" moment. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleMo
    No, I jump in the deep end. My avatar is 'the deep end' I made this purely from fabric I had bought at garage sales and Op-Shops, as I wanted one the same pattern, different colours for my own bed. Quite by accident, I made a colourwash quilt and now its my favourite.

    I did make it again in my expensive fabrics, but its not nearly as nice as the avatar. I will post both in the pics section and you tell me what you think.
    Little Mo, that is one gorgeous quilt!! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherylynne
    No, but it is a great idea. I heard of one lady that makes a test patch from Christmas fabrics and then when she has enough for a quilt she puts them all together as a sampler. Clever idea.
    I've been thinking that I want to do this, too. Right now I just jump right in and either sink or swim! :oops: 99.9% of the time I don't drown! :lol:

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    Not yet, but, sounds like a good idea.

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    I have to say yes I do when I think the pattern may be difficult and No when I am pretty sure of myself and my fabric selection.

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    I do..using scrap fabric just to get the size right.

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    I always do sometimes you just dont like the block.

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    But it's caused me grief.

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    It makes sense to do it but I usually don't. :oops: :oops: :oops:

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    when I am starting on a new type of a block or pattern, I have to make a test block due to one I'm making now. I needed to be very sure of which part of the braid was added to the correct side. So far so good.

    On another level I like to make a practive block if I'm almost postive this is the fabric set I want to use together. When you are laying fabrics to look out, they can look mighty different after you make a block, then realized you don't care for it and you have cut your fabric in advance.

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    No, I don't. I just want to get the quilt done and enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherylynne
    No, but it is a great idea. I heard of one lady that makes a test patch from Christmas fabrics and then when she has enough for a quilt she puts them all together as a sampler. Clever idea.
    Thanks for sharing this, thats what I will do and have a "free" quilt in the end. Might be hard putting it together as I do different size blocks, but sounds like fun.

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    Luv the idea of doing test block with Christmas fabric. You end up with a wonderful holiday theme quilt. I was always concerned of spending mths sewing a theme quilt for a very short holiday period. But I love the idea of building it as I sew up test block. Tks for the idea

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    When working on new patterns, ALWAYS!!! And even after I get out the fabrics that I am planning to use, I cut just enough to make the first few blocks. I still make a few things like blouses so when I have a new pattern I sometimes use some undesirable fabrics that I've had on hand and make a "fitting" garmet. There seems to be a lot of inconsistency in sizes these days.

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    When working on new patterns, ALWAYS!!! And even after I get out the fabrics that I am planning to use, I cut just enough to make the first few blocks. I still make a few things like blouses so when I have a new pattern I sometimes use some undesirable fabrics that I've had on hand and make a "fitting" garmet. There seems to be a lot of inconsistency in sizes these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    Do you usually make a test block before making your quilts?

    I thought it would be a good idea that way you will see if you like the block before cutting up all of your fabric.

    Your thoughts please! Thanking you in advance.

    Craftybear
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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    Do you usually make a test block before making your quilts?

    I thought it would be a good idea that way you will see if you like the block before cutting up all of your fabric.

    Your thoughts please! Thanking you in advance.

    Craftybear
    Yes, I do! Virginia

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