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Thread: Instructions for Tube Quilting for Those on Dial-Up

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    I just viewed the video on tube quilting and want to give you instructions on how to do it. The originial idea came from Cozy Quilt Designs and a girl from Missouri Star Quilt Co. gave the demo in case you want to check out their websites. This technique has the look of a string block or an hourglass block when finished so keep this in mind. Try different layouts when finished. You'll be surprised.

    1) Cut two strips 2-1/2" wide of contrasting fabs (dk. & med.) a yd long or to suit
    2) Sew tog
    3) Press to dk side
    4) Measure. Your new width shd now be 4-1/4" wide
    5) Cut (1) 4-1/4" wide lite colored fabric to coordinate w/the other 2
    6) Now lay them on top of ea other
    7) Now make a tube by sewing them tog down one side; then change directions (to keep fabric from bowing) and sew tog back in other direction
    8) With your ruler lay the 45 degree line on your qtr. inch seam and cut
    9) Slide the ruler down to the opposite seam and line up again the 45 degree line with the seam and cut
    10) Repeat steps 8 and 9 until you run out of fabric to cut (no chance!)
    11) Have fun playing w/your blocks!

    The demo made 2-1/2 blocks out of 3 strips of fabric!

    Hope this is helpful. You can read the other posts about the pt. issue some are having. Align everything properly so you will have good points on your blocks. Accuracy is key with this technique. Have fun. :-)

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    Thank you so much! I wanted to see the video, but at home we have dial up, and at work - I don't watch videos! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammatjr
    Thank you so much! I wanted to see the video, but at home we have dial up, and at work - I don't watch videos! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    Your welcome! Be sure and post pics of your lovely blocks! 8) :wink:

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    Thanks for putting these instructions out for the dial-up users. I didn't think about that when I posted the URL.

    To eliminate the pt. problem, lay the 45 degree line of your ruler on the long cut edge of the fabric, not on the sewn seam. The top point of the ruler should be on the stitching line at the top.

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    [quote=n2scraplvr]

    The demo made 2-1/2 blocks out of 3 strips of fabric!

    **Correction** The demo made 4- 2-1/2" blocks out of 3 strips of fabric!

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnsk
    Thanks for putting these instructions out for the dial-up users. I didn't think about that when I posted the URL.

    To eliminate the pt. problem, lay the 45 degree line of your ruler on the long cut edge of the fabric, not on the sewn seam. The top point of the ruler should be on the stitching line at the top.
    Your welcome, burnsk! Someone brought it to my attn so promised I wd do it. Thanks for clearing up the "cutting off the points" issue. It seems so much better to align w/the edge of the fabric; now why didn't we think of that? ha. We've all only been sewing for yrs. ha.ha. 8) :-) :roll:

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    Yes, thank you for posting the written instructions. I have dial-up and it is going soooooo slowwwwww today. I tried to watch th video, gave up and then searched tube again and found this. You are great!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis
    Yes, thank you for posting the written instructions. I have dial-up and it is going soooooo slowwwwww today. I tried to watch th video, gave up and then searched tube again and found this. You are great!!!
    Thanks, Janis! You didn't miss much. Actually, it was annoying hearing her talk over top of the loud sounding sewing of the machine that we all know how to do anyway - sewing a tube together. The only thing to see was her cutting/putting the blocks together - and you can do that! Can't wait to see what you create w/this method! 8) Maybe you should try videoaccelerator.com and try SpeedBit. I think it's a free download for all dial-up users. Hope it helps! 8) :-) :roll:

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    This is very kind of you to do for our members on dial up!!! :D :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    This is very kind of you to do for our members on dial up!!! :D :D :D
    Awwww, shucks, it was a piece of cake 8) to do. Thanks, amma! :wink: :wink:

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    Thanks!

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    Thank you for the neat 1 page explination in pictures. I printed it off and want to try it next. Everyone here is so nice and helpful. i am so glad I found this web site on the computer. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    This is very kind of you to do for our members on dial up!!! :D :D :D
    yes, it was! I am one of those dial uppers :mrgreen:
    also, butterflywing has a thread with a link, which she put here, and it will give you pictures.
    Does either of these methods waste fabric?

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    just the little dogears, Mousie

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltncrazy
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    This is very kind of you to do for our members on dial up!!! :D :D :D
    yes, it was! I am one of those dial uppers :mrgreen:
    also, butterflywing has a thread with a link, which she put here, and it will give you pictures.
    Does either of these methods waste fabric?
    Thank you, butterflywing, for posting that thread w/that link for those who are visual learners and prefer the pics.

    Thank you, quiltncrazy, I haven't tried it yet, but I think personally very little fabric is wasted w/this method. You're taking the ruler all the way down the whole strip so there is only waste at the very end if it doesn't come out even. Essentially, these are not two different methods but one and the same method. As a side note, the pics above in that link show two dbls put together one on top of another. The video shows a single sewn on top of a sewn pair. Others have done an Amish version of several strips sewn tog along with the single piece that gives a whole different look. This is an appealing "sew first, cut later" concept that is very effective so you are not limited to sewing just like the video explained but try different combinations of fabrics placed tog. Hope this is helpful to you and others. Have fun w/this method. 8) 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    just the little dogears, Mousie
    Thank you, Omak! :-) :-)

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    Thank you so much for the tutorials, now I can see what is expected of me :roll: Looks like so much fun, hope I don't lose my points :D

    Thank you n2scraplvr and butterflywing, truly appreciate this info and see that there are many of us still on dial up. :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluebird
    Thank you so much for the tutorials, now I can see what is expected of me :roll: Looks like so much fun, hope I don't lose my points :D

    Thank you n2scraplvr and butterflywing, truly appreciate this info and see that there are many of us still on dial up. :shock:
    Your quite welcome! 8) :-) 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr
    Essentially, these are not two different methods but one and the same method.
    you're welcome and yes. you can use this method with one or any number of strips. it will always work as long as the top layer and the bottom layer are the same width across (not length).

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    Thank you so very much , i am going to go make one .it makes it so much easier to understand






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    aaactuuuaaallyyy..... now that i think of it......

    if you did piano keys for one of the long strips and strips for the other long strip, if they are the the same width across (not length), you will get veeerrryyy interesting pieces.

    following this thought further out, you could just use striped fabric instead of piano keys.

    hey, if anyone does any of this, let's see it. i know it will work, but i'm too lazy to follow through.

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    Question on this method.

    If you take two 2.5" strips and lie them next to each other you have 5".
    If you sew a .25" seam up on side you loose .25" of each strip which should
    give you a 4.5" stripe.

    How come they say your sew piece should be 4.25" instead of 4.5"?

    Math is not always my friend!

    :?:

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    Do not follow the directions exactly ... follow the technique.
    sew two strips together, no matter what size, measure across your resulting strip, and then cut a strip that is the same size as your two-strip piece ...
    the technique is what is important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanagan
    Question on this method.

    If you take two 2.5" strips and lie them next to each other you have 5".
    If you sew a .25" seam up on side you loose .25" of each strip which should
    give you a 4.5" stripe.

    How come they say your sew piece should be 4.25" instead of 4.5"?

    Math is not always my friend!

    :?:
    You are correct. They made a mistake. But you can make these out of any width strips. Just make sure you measure.

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