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    Quote Originally Posted by mgshaw
    Yeah I took it the same way as barbm. The reason i was asking for your reasoning tlr is because i read a tip in a quilt mag a week ago and i am still doing the v-8 thump to the head because it was so obviously simple and could have saved me many hrs of grief. thats why i say i can be pretty dense at times
    No worries there! I can be pretty dense at times too!
    I can look at something simple like 1+1 and can't figure out the answer at times. Hate when that happens!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgshaw
    what is going to be in the square between the pinwheel blocks? it appears to be a heart but what technique are you doing on them?
    I'm going to do a trapunto on a feathered heart. I hope it will look good, I think it will be balanced enough spaced that evenly throughout the quilt. When I laid out the blocks, it looked awful until I got them all laid out on the floor, then magically....it looked like it will turn out good. DH thinks so anyway and its his quilt, sooooo.....thats how it will be :D

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    Okay so everyone that has spoken already knows more than I do. BUT when I was talking to my mom about the layout of my quilt (scrappy hearts) she reminded me about "what side do you want to be the top" if you clearly define a top by having all the hearts the same way you get wear at the top of the quilt and at the bottom. If the quilt is made so there is "no top" then everytime the quilt goes on the bed it will wear differently spreading out the wear and tear of use.

    Maybe it's just my family, but when we have a quilt we really love (which this one looks like it will be) does over time begin to show wear. So even though my knee jerk reaction is to want all my hearts the same direction, I have begun to try to think of other layouts.

    Also one of my favorite parts of putting a quilt together is when all the blocks are done laying them out on the floor or placed on a wall to see them together in all different ways. It's hard to wait but you might think of a new way that you didn't think of before that simply looks great. Who knows maybe pinwheeling hearts with flying geese all around! :-)


    YIPPIE I'm glad you go it all figured out! :D

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    OH goodie!!!! I love the look of trapunto! I have never done it(Im chicken I know) Your quilt is going to be so beautiful. as to the construction, I am still on board with your original plan but to sew it together horizontal row by horizontal row(with the geese all flying in a vertical row)

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    Your quilt is going to be beautiful. The more I have paper pieced, the more I know to leave the paper removal to the very last. (I know the words too.) One method I have used to help me decide about the design is to lay it out on the floor, stand on a chair and shoot down with a digital camera. Shoot all your choices. Then load the pics in your computer and the answer usually is pretty clear.

    The other tip fpr PP is that I use blank newsprint like they use in primary school. I bought a big pad of it at Staples for a fraction of what it costs in a quilt store, and I can't tell the difference. I just put it on my cutting board and use an old "paper cutting" blade in my rotary and cut it to 81/2 x 11 to fit in my printer.

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    Your quilt is beautiful!!!!! The flying geese look great paper pieced.
    I think either way will look good, but I personally prefer the vertical continuous strip of the geese. And, if you lay it out you can prevent a goose from getting whacked in the middle by piecing a small strip at the top and bottom of the row of 'em.

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    That is just going to be gorgeous. Love it. For what its worth think up and down.

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    Thanks for the input...I think I'll try "building" a row horizontally to see how I like that before I take apart the longer vertical FG block that I've made. Since the FG are in 1" vertical increments, it will be easy to match them to the exact block size.

    Thanks for all the other tips. I plan to rethink the layout (direction) of all the heart blocks and may alternate 1 right side up and the next upside down...the quilt wear issue is a good thought.

    I appreciate the PP tips too. It seems that the rest of my family doesn't appreciate my new words :roll: ...but they sure seem to help in certain situations :oops:

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    Have you tried Eleanor Burns method for flying geese? So easy and they turn out perfect every time. No paper to tear off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie
    Have you tried Eleanor Burns method for flying geese? So easy and they turn out perfect every time. No paper to tear off.
    No and don't know what it is..so now you have me curious and I'll have to google it to find out. I obviously have lots & lots of geese to do. I'm having fun with the PP. I guess since I haven't gotten to the tearing off stage yet I just don't know what I've gotten myself into?? Oh well...probably just add yet a few more new words..LOL! :lol:

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    But, every goose will be perfect! No clipped wings.
    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie
    Have you tried Eleanor Burns method for flying geese? So easy and they turn out perfect every time. No paper to tear off.
    No and don't know what it is..so now you have me curious and I'll have to google it to find out. I obviously have lots & lots of geese to do. I'm having fun with the PP. I guess since I haven't gotten to the tearing off stage yet I just don't know what I've gotten myself into?? Oh well...probably just add yet a few more new words..LOL! :lol:
    I know you are not ready for quilting just yet.......but if by chance you intend to stitch in the ditch...... go down one side first from the point down diagonally to the bottom left corner then right to the next point, this gives you a continual line, then do the same down the other side in a zigzag! :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izy

    I know you are not ready for quilting just yet.......but if by chance you intend to stitch in the ditch...... go down one side first from the point down diagonally to the bottom left corner then right to the next point, this gives you a continual line, then do the same down the other side in a zigzag! :D :D

    Thanks Izy, thats a good tip. I hadn't thought quite that far ahead about the FG. Actually, I'm still thinking about how I want to quilt all that nice open space between the pinwheels and heart blocks. Can't wait for that part, its my favorite!

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    Definitely going to be a dramatic beautiful quilt!

    I love the background fabric! Is it a batik?

    I like both FG samples, so I'm not much help.

    hugs, sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by wraez
    Definitely going to be a dramatic beautiful quilt!

    I love the background fabric! Is it a batik?

    I like both FG samples, so I'm not much help.

    hugs, sue
    Thanks Sue, the background is more of a marbalized fabric, but batik would be beautiful :D and very expensive :shock:

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    Well if it isn't an expensive batik then you did a GREAT job of finding the perfect fabric, not expensive but has the looks of expensive. Love that fabric! Do you remember where you got it?

    hugs sue

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    Sue, I bought mine from my tiny local fabric store in Corinth, MS....But....taaadaaa...it is Nathional Parks Series- Arches # 2610 by Ro Gregg. www.northcott.net I think you'll be able to find it on line or at least I hope so. I bought it in March, so hopefully its not discontinued.

    I also bought a darker more bronze looking color for the back of the quilt. I love it!

    Good luck!
    Patti

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    Oh for sure I can find it....if not at my local quilt shop then eBay, LOL.

    thanks and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished photo!

    hugs sue

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    I vote for the long vertical rows definitely. Love it!

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    Go to the Quilt in a Day website. Click on videos and then flying geese. She shows you her method. It is the only method I use.
    I love your quilt, it is beautiful.

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    Thank you so much for the compliments. I haven't been able to work on it much this week....too pretty outside. Pretty soon it will be too hot to stay outside much and I'll be back on it. I'm a pretty slow quilter, so it will be awhile before anyone sees a finished picture :D

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    Rose Marie, thanx for the heads up on the website/videos. I had never seen Eleanor Burns' method of doing flying geese. Enjoyed her other videos also. I'd love her special rulers but I'd go broke, :wink:

    hugs sue

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    Joanns carry her rulers and with a coupon, its not to bad. Worth every penny for the geese ruler. You can cut them without the ruler but it is easier with it. I bought both.

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    Rose Marie, I watched the videos and the flying geese look easy easy doing it her way. Thanks for the link. I'm downloading since it seems that I am pretty dense and have to re-learn everything if I skip a few weeks on my projects. :roll: I'll have to look for the rulers, they look like real time savers.

    The thing I do like about the PP FG is that there are already 8 attached together when I finish each block. I'm not sure how I would figure out what size to cut my big and smaller square to end up with 1 x 2 FG doing it Eleanor's way.

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    I finish High School in Corinth, MS and am going there in August for a wedding. What is the name of the fabric store? I haven't been back to Corinth in almost 20 years.

    The colors you have picked are very pretty together. What ever you decide in doing, the quilt is going to be beautiful.

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