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Thread: I'm all flustered!!!

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    Super Member Pinkiris's Avatar
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    I'm assembling the squares for my "Lover's Knot" quilt from an Eleanor Burns pattern. The rows are laid out on the diagonal, and I'm finding that I'm "diagonally challenged"!!!

    I have laid out the squares on our king-sized bed (the quilt I'm making is also king-sized). I just can't seem to wrap my mind around looking at things on an angle.

    It doesn't help that this quilt has many different partial squares that are used to fill in the corners.

    I don't think anyone can help me with my problem, but thanks for letting me vent!!! :x

    I'll be sure to post a picture when I get this monster put together!!!

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    Try standing at a diagonal while you are looking at it...hold the picture of your pattern the same way....and try matching up the blocks....I can be very challenged, myself!!! Then when you think you have it layed out correctly, take a picture or two of it and look at it on your monitor if you can....mistakes usually pop right out of the quilt this way!!! before you get them stitiched in!!!! :wink: :wink: :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Try standing at a diagonal while you are looking at it...hold the picture of your pattern the same way....and try matching up the blocks....I can be very challenged, myself!!! Then when you think you have it layed out correctly, take a picture or two of it and look at it on your monitor if you can....mistakes usually pop right out of the quilt this way!!! before you get them stitiched in!!!! :wink: :wink: :wink:
    Exactly what I was thinking too to do. Also, helps me that I have a flannel design wall and I just smack pieces right up there and they stick and standing at a distance and as I work on a project....really helps too! Espec if you leave it for awhile and then come in to see it...Skeat

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    Also, a good help is to look at the pic in black and white....then upside down:)For real...:)Skeat

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    Thanks! Good tips...I'm directionally challenged and will be working on point with a design soon.

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    Nothing like a photograph to show how things really are!

    Funny how one "sees" things differently in a photo than "in person."

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    Taking pictures helps me a lot. I see the quilt top clearly then.

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    What great tips. I am working on a diagonal quilt for my DD and I'm using these tips.

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    I have to laugh because this is exactly how I decided on a layout last week, take a picture. What did we do before digital photography and the "instant gratification" of seeing our picture right away? :)

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    Thanks for the tips! I think it is challenging to work on the diagonal! I did a little one and found the design wall to be invaluable! :lol:

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    good news... :mrgreen: ....there ARE other ppl like me!!! :lol:
    When I look at pictures of quilts, that are very busy, especially, the bargellos and such...I get dizzy :roll:
    Let us see the quilt when you get finished...we get sentimental when we help...LOL!!! like this is a whole lot of help :mrgreen:

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    Been there done that. I love some of the diagonal sets but they are very confusing. I made my daughter a king size quilt for her wedding present. The pattern was called "around the twist". I made the mistake of trying to enlarge the blocks as I only piece under duress. I ended up wasting a lot of fabric. Luckily I was able to purchase more. At the time I did not have a digital camera. Taking a picture would have made it so much easier to get it through my head. Just yesterday I ran across several of the blocks that didn't make it into that quilt. I still don't know what to do with them. She got married in 2003.

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    Good luck with this-I love this pattern and use it alot so I have to agree with the others--stand on the diagonal so you see it square and take pictures. The only other advice is to turn off the phone and hang a sign to warn others that you are in the middle of something "do not disturb-unless you are here to help!" I love my sign!!

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    I really appreciate all the suggestions!

    I realized last night that I had sewed some of the inset pieces (which are made up of squares and triangles!) incorrectly. No wonder the design didn't look right :oops: I've spent the morning "unsewing".

    I think that the black and white picture will really be a help. The drawings in the book are done in a deep blue and white, so they should look almost the same.

    Now, if I haven't ruined the bias on the triangles by unsewing them........

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