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Thread: Have you ever had a pattern you couldn't wrap your brain around?

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    Have you ever had a pattern you couldn't wrap your brain around?

    Have you ever done that? Had a pattern you couldn't wrap your brain around? I am currently working on a Lover's Knot pattern, which I really really like. I thought I had it right in my head, but I seem to keep getting lost in it.

    Probably I got lost when I took a week off to help my husband tile the bathroom floor, so I am trying to forgive myself. But I certainly feel lost right now. I guess I will read the instructions again and just plow back in. Yup, that should do it. Cross your fingers for me...and it probably doesn't help that I am adjusting the size to a size not mentioned anywhere....so I am a bit unsure how many more squares I need. All in good time...right?

    Here is where I am now. Should I get my brain going right, I think it will look quite good.

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    I understand where you are coming from. I have a block I "designed" and everytime I work on it I piece the blocks incorrectly. No one to blame buy myself!

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    I haven't used this pattern but yours is going to be beautiful. Good luck.

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    Looks fabulous so far. Re read the instructions and go through the steps again, and again and again. I have even made a trial block or several from scraps when I get stuck on a pattern.
    Good luck, it is awesome.
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    Looking good! It is one of those patterns where a design wall really helps. You can do it!

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    Looks great! I woke my DH one morning at 3 a.m in tears because I couldn't understand this pattern.

    http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/pdf-f...iday-gift-bags

    I was so frustrated. I can't read instructions and see how it is suppose to be, I have to see it. I could not figure it out. He took one look at it and tucked it perfectly and went right back to sleep.
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    That's going to be so pretty. It definitely looks confusing to me! I'd screw it up for sure. When I have a complicated pattern, I make a photocopy and use a highlighter pen to mark off the design as I assemble all the pieces on the design wall.
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    I haven't made a lover's knot but I have done a few that I have had to make certain the blocks are correct then just trust the designer. Sometimes, they don't work out till the very end. Like a suspense novel. Love the purples!

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    Check the tutorials section. There is an excellent tute there by Nanna Up North. Might be helpful to you. http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutorials-f10/lovers-knot-quilt-t250247.html
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    I couldn't figure out how to do paper piecing. I took a class which got me to understand it.

    Lovers know is a beautiful pattern. Hope you get it worked out.
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    Yes, Lovers Knot thru me for a loop the first time I did it. And it still tends to confuse me at times. Yours is looking good. and it looks correct so far

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    Shar Jorgenson had the prettiest Lover's Knot quilt I've seen. Her PBS quilt program was one of the best.
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    Eleanor Burns has a Lover's Knot pattern. You may want to check out her free videos to see if she has one on that pattern. Your quilt is lovely.....love the colors!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doggramma View Post
    That's going to be so pretty. It definitely looks confusing to me! I'd screw it up for sure. When I have a complicated pattern, I make a photocopy and use a highlighter pen to mark off the design as I assemble all the pieces on the design wall.

    Oh, this is a good idea! I am going to do that. I have worked with it enough this afternoon that I think I have it conquered....but this idea really will help. Thanks.

    Dina

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady View Post
    Eleanor Burns has a Lover's Knot pattern. You may want to check out her free videos to see if she has one on that pattern. Your quilt is lovely.....love the colors!
    Thanks, yes, she has a video that helped me get started. Thanks for suggesting it. I may go back and revisit it, though I think I have it right in my head now. Time will tell.

    Dina

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    Quote Originally Posted by noveltyjunkie View Post
    Check the tutorials section. There is an excellent tute there by Nanna Up North. Might be helpful to you. http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...t-t250247.html
    Thanks, I have gone to her tutorial, and it helped me a lot. It made more sense than the video did to me. I even printed her tutorial. It is the best tutorial I have seen. I got confused when I was trying to put my blocks together, even with a picture to help me. Breaking it down into small parts has helped. But I am conquering it. I just have a long way to go yet.

    Dina

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    Oh Dina, I'm so sorry you are struggling with your quilt. It looks like you have a picture of how the blocks are arranged so that should help. I found it easier to look at it from the corner. Then, it was just rows that got added on..... and the side lines were fairly straight, especially if I sewed the triangles on as I put it together. But, if I can help in any way, just PM me. I sure don't want you to get frustrated.... I think I was one that encouraged you to do this.
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    You are doing fine Dina. Start to cut a few of your setting triangles and that might help you get back on track. Your color selections are always lovely. I am working on table placemats with EB book of Lover Knots Placemat. The blocks are made from 1.5" wide strips. I screwed up by not sewing the colors in the proper order sewing the light where I should have put the medium dark. OOPS !! So I have to make some lemonade with the lemon blocks I made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    Oh Dina, I'm so sorry you are struggling with your quilt. It looks like you have a picture of how the blocks are arranged so that should help. I found it easier to look at it from the corner. Then, it was just rows that got added on..... and the side lines were fairly straight, especially if I sewed the triangles on as I put it together. But, if I can help in any way, just PM me. I sure don't want you to get frustrated.... I think I was one that encouraged you to do this.
    Yes, it was your tutorial that encouraged me! But you know what, I just went back and reread it....and Step 7 ....a step that I had ignored...makes it all make sense. Plus you telling me to look at it from a corner. I got really confused the last quilt that I made that was "on point." I think that is my main problem. Even with the great picture that my sister printed for me off of her computer program....forgot what it is called...somehow quilts on point make me dizzy.

    But I am feeling more comfortable and I will PM you if I feel more confusion. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    You are doing fine Dina. Start to cut a few of your setting triangles and that might help you get back on track. Your color selections are always lovely. I am working on table placemats with EB book of Lover Knots Placemat. The blocks are made from 1.5" wide strips. I screwed up by not sewing the colors in the proper order sewing the light where I should have put the medium dark. OOPS !! So I have to make some lemonade with the lemon blocks I made.
    Yes, I need to make some of those setting triangles. I have sort of ignored them, and they will make it better for my brain, I think. Thanks....as always, you give good advice.

    Dina

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    I'm glad that you are feeling more comfortable putting the blocks together. This lineup can get a little confusing. Don't let it frustrate you too much. Sometimes, I have to walk away and then go back to start putting it together again. And I agree, 'on-point' quilts require a different mind set.... But you'll get it. I know you will. And it looks like you're making good progress..... Yeah!! I'm anxious to see how you're coming along and getting to the finish. I love your color selection.... really looks great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    I'm glad that you are feeling more comfortable putting the blocks together. This lineup can get a little confusing. Don't let it frustrate you too much. Sometimes, I have to walk away and then go back to start putting it together again. And I agree, 'on-point' quilts require a different mind set.... But you'll get it. I know you will. And it looks like you're making good progress..... Yeah!! I'm anxious to see how you're coming along and getting to the finish. I love your color selection.... really looks great.
    Thanks. I am getting more comfortable, and it actually feels good to analyze why I am struggling. It is the putting together of the blocks. I can make them okay, but putting them together has been my problem. But I have a few need strategies in my basket now...and I will use them all. Thanks for your support.

    Dina

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    Your quilt is beautiful! Keep at it, you will get it finished. I like that pattern a lot.

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    I love this pattern, and can see where it would be confusing. Hang in there though because it is going to be lovely. The colors are totally delicious!

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    I can't wrap my brain around Cathedral Window. I've tried it several times but my brain just doesn't get it.....
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