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

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    I haven't in the past but I think it is a great idea, when I take a class and have samples I like to make something out of it so I don't waste my time and materials so I guess in a way I do make a sample or test block.

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    Depends on the pattern. If it is complication I always to a practice block. A lot of the time I turn that block into a wall handing for the person that receives the quilt.

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    yes I always do. When I am finished making the Quilt I give the block to my friend who makes Quilts only for charity.

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    Most of the time I just jump in. I don't make really complicated quilts.

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    I always do; I want to see what the first block looks like before I starting up the fabric.

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    i do unless i have made the pattern before

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    I normally do one or a couple of blocks before committing myslef to cutting it all up. I noramlly do make it from the fabric I plan to use and if the blocks turn out I use them in the quilt. Very seldom do I make it from other fabric but I might if I am making something challenging.

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    I haven't gotten into anything too intricate, so I usually just jump in with both feet. When I get to more complex things I probably will make test blocks, if that ever happens. I seem to love quick and simple.

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    I made the mistake of cutting out all my blocks ONCE!!! and there was an error in the pattern. Soooo now I make one block to see if it comes out right and then I go on and finish cutting the rest of the blocks

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    Yes, I do. I've screwed up too many times to take chances - even after many years of quilting. And I do the test block from the actual fabric (though the idea of Chrismtas fabric is very a good!) so if the fabrics need to be repositioned, I can see it early on in the project. The only time I don't is when I've done a particular pattern before and know it works.

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    I do usually make a test block to check the color combinations and seam directions. I make notes (cause if I don't I won't remember) so all the blocks come out the same, or at least close.

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    YES, I make a test block.

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    I always make a test block, especially if it involves lots of the same or like. For instance, my next quilt will be the Snake River Log Cabin by Judy Martin. I have to make a number of four different blocks. you bet, I am going to test these as a lot of cutting and sewing is involved.

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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
    Well, I never thought of that of because I am new at quilting this is definitely something I should do.

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    Yes I do I always have sometimes after I have made a sample I don't care for the pattern as much as I had in the beginning.

    ef :-D

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    No, I always lay the materials together to make sure the colors are good together.
    I do like the idea of the Christmas sampler.

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    I don't, unless the first blocks turns out badly. :-)

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    On unfamiliar blocks yes. For instance I am trying to make a hunter star quilt - my first one - and still am making practice blocks until I get it right. Am now working on doing it with paper piecing and still don't feel confident enough to use the fabric I have for the quilt so am using up odds and ends of fabric.

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    I also sometimes do test blocks just to test out different ways of arranging the fabrics I'm using, just in case what I have in mind at first isn't the best-looking one.

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    I do - I would hate to have everything cut and then find out I really don't care for it....

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    No, I never do. I doubt it would make any difference, since I already have the fabrics. I'd still make it the way I had planned. I hate practicing.

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    always... i prefer to test before !

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    nahhhhhhhhhh

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    No, but it is a good idea!!!!

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    My grandmother made test blocks... I have them all.. My aunt gave them to me. When she pass away.. None of my sister's sew or made quilts..I plan to put them into a quilt someday.

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