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

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    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
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    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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    I don't but I probably should. I'm so lazy haha

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    Always!

    There is another thread about this same issue this a.m.

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    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.

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    that is a cool idea from Christmas fabrics, thanks for sharing the idea with us

    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.

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    No, I don't. I just jump in! :)

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    No! I don't not , I guess sometime I should but I am pretty scertian of my choice before I by my makings for the quilt.

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    I do, especially if it is a new pattern or new size. (seems like I'm the minority!!)

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    Yes. Sometimes it takes awhile for me to get the technique down, so I don't cut into my "good" fabric until I can do it reasonably well. Also, sometimes what looks good is a big pain to make up, and I don't want to find out AFTER cutting all my good fabric up.

    I have started doing all my test blocks in a one set of colors so that eventually I'll have a sampler top for charity.

    Also sometimes I re-size blocks and it takes a little fiddling to get everything the right size.

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    I do to make sure that what's in my head is going to translate well into fabric and to make sure that I like doing it. If I don't then it goes into my test blocks box. When I get enough in there I sew them together for a sCrappy quilt.

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    I always make a test block on complicated patterns

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    Hmmm...great idea!! I love the idea of a quilt of "test" blocks!!

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    I design my quilts in EQ. So, I already have a good indication of how the quilt will turn out, without creating a test block.

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    Making a sample block first makes a lot of sense to me. But when one is taking a class they have you cut all the fabric out first.
    I love looking at everyone else's quilts. (works of art)

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    I just did this yesterday to practice setting in seams on an eight pointed star. I made a test portion with only two points of some of my scrap fabric, then taught myself how to 'insert' the square block in between the points. It came out flawless in the scrap version. But of course there is the tiniest pucker in my real 8 pointed star. Go figure!

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    No, but it would probably improve my skills if I did.

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    I will if I am using expensive batiks, just to see if I like the way it is combined. Would hate to cut all that good stuff and think of a better way to have put the block together.

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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.
    That sure is a great idea!!! Then at Christmastime when the rest of us are going bonkers she can just finish it up!!
    On my to do list for sure :D

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    Nope. I just dive right in.
    I probably should... maybe I will in the future and just make it out of scraps... but normally I dive before I look lol

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    I don't PLAN for the first block to be test block, but ofter it is!

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    It depends.

    If the block is an involved patter, has a combination where I can't easily add the math, or has inset seams, then yes.

    If taking direction from a magazine pattern that has strip piecing instructions, I want to know that I won't miscut my stash in case I don't test their instructions on a test piece.

    If I am not sure about my color choices, it is a good idea to see the block made up.

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    Test block? Sounds like a good idea, I'll try it sometime.

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    I always do and I cut fabric as I go. I would never cut out an entire anything because then I might not finish it. and the cut fabric is wasted, or worse, all messed up.

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    Yes.I'd rather have a block that for whatever reason I don't care for, than a whole quilt cut out....& a quilt I don't like.Started doing sample blocks yrs ago after realizing there's no way I'll make a K/Q size quilt out of blocks I hate.But, that's just me.BTW....I have enough blocks to whip out a table runner or wall quilt from samples.Works for me.

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    I never have, but it sounds like a good idea. I might have to do this in the future. I like the idea of using all the blocks later so they're not wasted.

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