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    Can't think of another name to call it! Can I take my completed 432 blocks, put them in a grocery bag, shake the heck out of it and sit by my sewing machine and pull out block after block, sewing them together and still come out with a decent looking quilt? It is Floating stars with the dark at left bottom of the block and the light at the right top of the block. With the exception of putting two alike, which would mean double-dipping, so to speak, whatever I grab I sew next! I can't design it on the floor because we have a dog. Need I say more? I have no room to hang the felt to do the designing, so I thought I would ask you if any of you have heard of it, have tried it. liked the results or disliked the results.

    I am trying to get these all put together and watch the Vikings kick Dallas' behind!!!!! So far the Vikes are ahead 17-3! Yay!

    Edie

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    i wouldn't bet the farm on it :mrgreen:

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    You can lay your blocks out on a bed and then pick them up row by row to sew together.

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    If this is the pattern, your idea would work beautifully, as the dark and the lights are randomly scattered across the quilt. :D:D:D

    http://quilting.about.com/od/blockof...ng_stars_5.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    i wouldn't bet the farm on it :mrgreen:
    What = the quilt turning out or the Vikings winning!!!!!! Edie

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    If this is the pattern, your idea would work beautifully, as the dark and the lights are randomly scattered across the quilt. :D:D:D

    http://quilting.about.com/od/blockof...ng_stars_5.htm
    That is exactly the pattern! I love it! Edie

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    If this is the pattern, your idea would work beautifully, as the dark and the lights are randomly scattered across the quilt. :D:D:D

    http://quilting.about.com/od/blockof...ng_stars_5.htm
    does it have the darks and lights separated properly?

    What = the quilt turning out or the Vikings winning!!!!!! Edie
    the vikings won. the blocks - not so much.

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    I love this type of project. It will work wonderfullly. Actually, if you end up with a few lighter blocks together instead of ll spread equally, it can create the feeling of sun shining through on your quilt. I love the prject idea and the grocery bag!

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    If this is the pattern, your idea would work beautifully, as the dark and the lights are randomly scattered across the quilt. :D:D:D

    http://quilting.about.com/od/blockof...ng_stars_5.htm
    does it have the darks and lights separated properly?

    What = the quilt turning out or the Vikings winning!!!!!! Edie
    the vikings won. the blocks - not so much.
    The 4x4 block has a light triangle on the upper right and the dark triangle on the lower left. It falls into place right. I just didn't want to get myself over-confused by matching up the triangles with the row above or below it. It 24 rows long and 18 blocks across. This is the first time I have done something like this and I just don't know if it is kosher quilting or something a person who isn't totally in the know about quilting would do (like me!). Edie

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    It's the random bag design. It is designed in part to help anally retentive matchy-matchy people to loosen up....and it is hard to do. The only rule I know is that you get to put back and repick if you pick the identical fabric immediately again.

    I'm not sure that it would work for me if EVERYTHING was in one bag. I'd prefer to split the bags by color or value.
    Happy scrapping.

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    what the heck is up with double posts these days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia
    You can lay your blocks out on a bed and then pick them up row by row to sew together.
    that's how I do mine.

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    With that pattern, because each piece is already value-sorte, I say go for it. If you need to swap one or two along the way, so be it. It should be absolutely gorgeous when you're done grocery bag picking it!

    Just make sure you don't make any of your rows too long!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladygen
    With that pattern, because each piece is already value-sorte, I say go for it. If you need to swap one or two along the way, so be it. It should be absolutely gorgeous when you're done grocery bag picking it!

    Just make sure you don't make any of your rows too long!
    I LOVE your avatar :D:D:D the little one wrapped like a burrito is so adorable and the older one is having toooo much fun with him LOL

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    i'm still trying to catch up. is it supposed to be all the darks in the lower left and all the lights in the upper right?

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    I do that sometimes. However, I do cheat and not place two of the same color right next to eachother. So, I guess that's double dipping. I love the scrappy look (that's why the same fab can't touch)

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Quote Originally Posted by ladygen
    With that pattern, because each piece is already value-sorte, I say go for it. If you need to swap one or two along the way, so be it. It should be absolutely gorgeous when you're done grocery bag picking it!

    Just make sure you don't make any of your rows too long!
    I LOVE your avatar :D:D:D the little one wrapped like a burrito is so adorable and the older one is having toooo much fun with him LOL
    Hah, Amma. Thanks! That was hubby and our son last night - hubby grabbed the quilt after I took a picture of it, and they had a blast wrestling with each other. Cyrus (DS) figured out how to unroll himself... then rolled himself right back up and taunted Daddy to play some more.

    (Sorry to take over the thread... it's just so much fun sharing my guys!)
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    looks like a Cyrus-stuffed quilt-burrito.

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    I'm not sure I would be willing to try that. I lay mine out on the bed. I have to shut the door because my quilt inspector cats want to help. Just like the one in my avatar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erhausfrau
    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    i wouldn't bet the farm on it :mrgreen:
    What = the quilt turning out or the Vikings winning!!!!!! Edie
    Didn't the Vikings Kick Butt today?? :lol:

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    I made that quilt about 2 years ago... it is called "stretched stars".... it is in australia now... with my granddaughter... !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    i'm still trying to catch up. is it supposed to be all the darks in the lower left and all the lights in the upper right?
    Yes, it gives it almost an optical illusion effect. I think what took the very longest was picking out corresponding dark to light and light to dark colors. I cut out 432 light squares and 432 dark squares and 432 background squares (white on ecru).I still have a lot to do before I am ready to throw them in the bag and shake the bag, but I am getting there. Got a lot done watching the game, too! (Surprise of surprises - I never thought I would get as much done as I did, jumping around, hollering and cheering. My husband cannot watch a Viking game (makes him nervous), so he watched a movie in the bedroom - he told me to shut the door so he wouldn't hear me holler. Bess, the friendly hound, tried to take a nap on the couch and everytime I jumped or hollered, she jumped and barked - not conducive to a nice quiet Sunday afternoon). Hey, we won! And we won ROYAL! Now, I just hope this all carries over to next Sunday!

    Anyhow, I have run into one little bit of a problem. Our local JoAnn's is closing down and moving to the 'burbs. (Our JoAnn's is the last urban JoAnn's store). Have about ten more miles to travel to get there, starting March 1. Anyhow, I went to get some rotary blades - all gone - went to get some 108" backing fabric - all gone - and then I totally forgot the background fabric (white on ecru). You can't find a darn thing around there anymore. I did get two new cutting mats. One is 12x18, the other is 6x8 ( I like that one). Everything is on sale there like you wouldn't believe. But they had the fabrics all mixed together by price and I just didn't have the time to go through everything. The new store will open March 1. Whoopee! I am not looking forward to this at all. The checkout girls said that it was the last urban store - I don't know if they meant in Minnesota or the US. She said every store is a big store now and they are all in the suburbs.

    We do have a small fabric store - Treadle Yard Goods - but you have to mortgage your house before you can buy any fabric there. So, I'll have to go to West St. Paul and hit Hancock's or Roseville and hit HAncocks. Both suburbs, but at least it is closer.

    So, I will keep you all posted on the grocery bag quilt. Edie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam G
    Quote Originally Posted by erhausfrau
    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    i wouldn't bet the farm on it :mrgreen:
    What = the quilt turning out or the Vikings winning!!!!!! Edie
    Didn't the Vikings Kick Butt today?? :lol:
    The Vikings kicked more than butt yesterday. It was such a good game. I go through serious withdrawal after the football season is over. EVer see a 71 year old sitting in the corner with her thumb in her mouth? I haven't either, but it is getting pretty darn close. So now I can totally concentrate on the Floating Stars. Edie

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    We do have a small fabric store - Treadle Yard Goods - but you have to mortgage your house before you can buy any fabric there. So, I'll have to go to West St. Paul and hit Hancock's or Roseville and hit HAncocks. Both suburbs, but at least it is closer.

    Try the internet to find quilt shop quality fabric very reasonably priced. Two of my favorites: Quilt in a Day fabric frenzy and Hancock's of Paducah sale fabric $3.98 per yard. Don't have to sacrifice quality for price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    looks like a Cyrus-stuffed quilt-burrito.
    Great title. love it!

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