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Thread: Fun project -design a block that looks like a dart!

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    Fun project -design a block that looks like a dart!

    I'd love to make a quilt for a local dart group to auction. It would benefit the Make A Wish Foundation.

    I have to think it would not be difficult to make a couple of theme blocks that look like darts (you know, the kind you throw at a dartboard!)

    If I made a couple of those and put them in the middle of a strip quilt like the one below, I think they'd get some serious bids.

    It may need to be paper pieced to get the point of the dart. Or maybe I can applique the point on??

    I'm thinking the body can be a thin rectangle with a HST near the point. And the tail end could be a square and a HST??

    Any brilliant designers in our group?

    I'd use the focus blocks to make a quilt like this.

    Thanks!!

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    Here is a sewing needle, you might be able to use it for the dart part. https://trilliumdesign.blogspot.com/...tructions.html
    I promise not to buy any more fabric until I see something I really like. Or it's on sale. Or I think it might match something.

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    Thanks!! I just made a prototype using yarn for the dart part. I'm not too thrilled with it. In fact, the whole dart looks off to me but I'm not sure why. I think I'll post a picture.

    I think I can use the pp'ing for the point though. That may be better than the yarn.

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    I'm thinking an elongated chevron ... this one is called Double Arrow
    https://www.favequilts.com/Block-Pat...Block-Tutorial

    with the needle at the point.

    Great project!

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    Great minds DJ. This is what I've come up with so far. Do you think it looks like a dart?Name:  dart.jpg
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    Oh, Tesspug. I printed the pp'ing pattern for the needle but I got stymied figuring how to work that element into what I had. I ended up doing a zig zag stitch for the needle. I think it's ok.

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    KenmoreGal2: Personally, I would try to narrow down the end of the dart body by the point. I can see what I mean, but can't draw it out for you (I don't know how on the computer). Basically, you would need HST of the background color and the dart body. You want the body to be smaller at the place where the point is attached to the shaft. Hope this is clear????

    Can someone help draft my idea, please, so Kenmore can see it? Thanks!
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    Your dart is and excellent start, I would just sew in a silver fabric in a V shape at the point of your dart instead of the yarn. How about 2 darts and a dart board. I can't find a ready made pattern for the dart board but it shouldn't be to hard to make one up. With paper piecing you could make the black, white and red wedges then embroider the numbers on. I'll keep looking for a pattern that can be modified if necessary.
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    SewingSenior is on the same track as I am - a silver V. I would place it at the top of the "needle" end and at the bottom of the shaft.
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    This one might be a good candidate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewingSenior View Post
    Your dart is and excellent start, I would just sew in a silver fabric in a V shape at the point of your dart instead of the yarn. How about 2 darts and a dart board. I can't find a ready made pattern for the dart board but it shouldn't be to hard to make one up. With paper piecing you could make the black, white and red wedges then embroider the numbers on. I'll keep looking for a pattern that can be modified if necessary.
    Thanks for your help.

    In the end I switched to a zig zag to make the dart point. Is your silver fabric in a V idea to replace the entire dart point or just the place where the point goes in?

    How would I attach this V? A very tiny HST?? The blue "barrel" of the dart is only 1" finished.

    I know what you mean about not having the front of the "barrel" flat, but I can't figure out how to make a pointed barrel with such a small barrel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewingSenior View Post
    This one might be a good candidate.

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    Beautiful but way way way beyond my capabilities! Plus the event is in just a few weeks and I don't want to rush. I think I'm going to have to stick with simple darts. Thanks for looking for it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILoveToQuilt View Post
    KenmoreGal2: Personally, I would try to narrow down the end of the dart body by the point. I can see what I mean, but can't draw it out for you (I don't know how on the computer). Basically, you would need HST of the background color and the dart body. You want the body to be smaller at the place where the point is attached to the shaft. Hope this is clear????

    Can someone help draft my idea, please, so Kenmore can see it? Thanks!
    Anita - Thanks for your help.

    I know what you mean but I'm not sure how to accomplish it. The dart body is only 1" finished. I don't think I can make a HST that small. Is it terrible the way it is??

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    I would definitely do pp'ing vs applique but that's because I'm terrible at machine applique and my hand applique skills are extremely rusty, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewingSenior View Post
    This one might be a good candidate.

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    This is way cool!!! Are those decorative stitches between the fans or embroidery?
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    NJQuilter helped me to make a pattern to pp the point. I think this will work out! I'll post pictures later.

    Thank you to all you contributed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenmoreGal2 View Post
    NJQuilter helped me to make a pattern to pp the point. I think this will work out! I'll post pictures later.

    Thank you to all you contributed.
    Can't wait to see your progress pictures, and your finished quilt is going to be a huge success.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ILoveToQuilt View Post
    KenmoreGal2: Personally, I would try to narrow down the end of the dart body by the point. I can see what I mean, but can't draw it out for you (I don't know how on the computer). Basically, you would need HST of the background color and the dart body. You want the body to be smaller at the place where the point is attached to the shaft. Hope this is clear????

    Can someone help draft my idea, please, so Kenmore can see it? Thanks!
    I was thinking the same thing. The shaft of the dart needs to be at a point where the point is attached. I can't draw on the computer either.
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    Looking forward to seeing the new version, I thought your first prototype was great already.

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    Here it is! I'm pleased. I made 3, this is the most perfect.

    In my stash I found white fabric with silver glitter embedded in it. That's what I used for the body of the dart.

    Now I'll build the quilt around a strip of these 3 darts. I'll post another picture when it's all done.

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    Perfect! Exactly what I envisioned. Great job.
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    Great collaboration! Looks perfect!
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    Thanks for the nice words Anita and Teen.

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    The Arrow Quilt

    By Jenny Doan. Really beautiful.

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    What about a long slim dresden plate type in red and black blades with white bullseye with small balck circle in center. Your background could be gray or silver.
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