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    I'm going to take the plunge and try to branch out on what I want to learn in the way of quilting. This time I think it will be some of those wing blocks that Rhonda has shown tutorials for. With that in mind, I will go with a patriotic theme and hope to get a block done by July 4th.

    Wish me luck. Any pointers or comments are always welcome.

    Here is my first attempt. I am using up scraps on this.
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    So, which block was that, and what will be your final colors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgardner
    So, which block was that, and what will be your final colors?
    I was thinking of doing the block called "Grace". That was shown on week 23 of the blocks Rhonda did or see her website at:

    http://www.bitsnpiecesworkshop.com/p...QuiltAlong.php

    I am thinking of doing smaller squares of that blue combination and then perhaps a red/white small squares.

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    Are you doing them with templates? Or do you do a freezer paper technique?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgardner
    Are you doing them with templates? Or do you do a freezer paper technique?
    Rhonda had sent me her templates (THANK YOU RHONDA) and then I noticed she had a paper piecing version on it so went with that. So here I was cutting out the various paper pieces and on my first attempt i sewed them wrong. Sigh.

    So then I labelled them a little different hoping that would help. The directions said to pin the paper onto the fabric but since I use freezer paper for applique I thought I'd try that.

    I still can't match up my seams totally correct yet. They are a little off.

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    I recently tried a cow with freezer paper- it made short work of the cow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgardner
    I recently tried a cow with freezer paper- it made short work of the cow!
    I tried freezer paper once but wasn't too thrilled with it. Share a pix of what the cow looks like? Did it have a lot of little pieces or for a beginning piece did you start out with larger sized pieces.

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    Here's my cow:

    The instructions for it were from this website: (scroll down to see the cow- it has a PDF for the pattern)
    http://piecemealquilts.wordpress.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by BonniFeltz
    Quote Originally Posted by sgardner
    I recently tried a cow with freezer paper- it made short work of the cow!
    I tried freezer paper once but wasn't too thrilled with it. Share a pix of what the cow looks like? Did it have a lot of little pieces or for a beginning piece did you start out with larger sized pieces.

    Back to the freezer paper- Did you stitch through your freezer paper? The technique I saw/used (actually from the tutorial she has from that same link) shows how to use it as a pattern, but you bend it back along the sew line and sew beside the folded part. That's how I did the cow, and the freezer paper template ends up being reusable.

    Maybe I will try that same block, using the freezer paper the same way I used it for the Cow. Thanks for the inspiration, Bonni!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgardner
    Here's my cow:

    The instructions for it were from this website: (scroll down to see the cow- it has a PDF for the pattern)
    http://piecemealquilts.wordpress.com/
    Love the eye....red glowing eyes included. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgardner
    Quote Originally Posted by BonniFeltz
    Quote Originally Posted by sgardner
    I recently tried a cow with freezer paper- it made short work of the cow!
    I tried freezer paper once but wasn't too thrilled with it. Share a pix of what the cow looks like? Did it have a lot of little pieces or for a beginning piece did you start out with larger sized pieces.

    Back to the freezer paper- Did you stitch through your freezer paper? The technique I saw/used (actually from the tutorial she has from that same link) shows how to use it as a pattern, but you bend it back along the sew line and sew beside the folded part. That's how I did the cow, and the freezer paper template ends up being reusable.

    Maybe I will try that same block, using the freezer paper the same way I used it for the Cow. Thanks for the inspiration, Bonni!
    I didn't stitch through the freezer paper so I was able to use it over again. Last night I did four small blocks and laid them out together. Used the same piece(s) of freezer paper for all of them. I did mark on the freezer paper which side was my sewing line and which was the reverse template. Here is how it looked when I pinned it together to see how close I got.
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    This technique is way beyond me, but I love the cow!

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    So far so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dina
    This technique is way beyond me, but I love the cow!
    It's only 4 pieces to cut out and sew together. Not hard at all.

    Print off my paper templates. Pin them to fabric. Cut out the four pieces and sew the two left hand pieces together and then sew the two right hand pieces together. Then pin the two sides together and sew. Lay it on a cutting mat and cut out the square from the center. NO problem No y seams!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Quote Originally Posted by Dina
    This technique is way beyond me, but I love the cow!
    It's only 4 pieces to cut out and sew together. Not hard at all.

    Print off my paper templates. Pin them to fabric. Cut out the four pieces and sew the two left hand pieces together and then sew the two right hand pieces together. Then pin the two sides together and sew. Lay it on a cutting mat and cut out the square from the center. NO problem No y seams!
    The only other thing that I wished had been on the pdf Rhonda was where you said to make sure that your template (when cutting down the square) was to make sure it's on three of the seams. I found that in the original directions but not the second set. Don't get me wrong....it's still great and isn't that hard if *I* could figure it out. Ask my friends, I didn't call them or text them with crying because I couldn't do it.

    Just take a deep breath and start slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BonniFeltz
    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Quote Originally Posted by Dina
    This technique is way beyond me, but I love the cow!
    It's only 4 pieces to cut out and sew together. Not hard at all.

    Print off my paper templates. Pin them to fabric. Cut out the four pieces and sew the two left hand pieces together and then sew the two right hand pieces together. Then pin the two sides together and sew. Lay it on a cutting mat and cut out the square from the center. NO problem No y seams!
    The only other thing that I wished had been on the pdf Rhonda was where you said to make sure that your template (when cutting down the square) was to make sure it's on three of the seams. I found that in the original directions but not the second set. Don't get me wrong....it's still great and isn't that hard if *I* could figure it out. Ask my friends, I didn't call them or text them with crying because I couldn't do it.

    Just take a deep breath and start slow.
    I've already talked to Patrice about doing a new PDF with a combination of the two tutes into one new one. I will remember to make sure that is in there. I will have her delete the ones I have out there now once I get a new version done.
    I am going to also add the paper templates to the ebook. So that is my next goal to get this tutorial cleaned up and replace the originals with one good one that has it all in one.

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    Sounds good Rhonda. It's too hot in my apartment tonight to do quilting so no new updates. Hopefully another night I can work on it more. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BonniFeltz
    Here is how it looked when I pinned it together to see how close I got.
    Your picture looks like you are doing great so far! If we keep encouraging one another, we will get there sooner or later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgardner
    Quote Originally Posted by BonniFeltz
    Here is how it looked when I pinned it together to see how close I got.
    Your picture looks like you are doing great so far! If we keep encouraging one another, we will get there sooner or later.
    Considering that you pick things up at a faster rate than I do, you'll be the quicker and I'll be the later. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BonniFeltz
    Quote Originally Posted by sgardner
    Quote Originally Posted by BonniFeltz
    Here is how it looked when I pinned it together to see how close I got.
    Your picture looks like you are doing great so far! If we keep encouraging one another, we will get there sooner or later.
    Considering that you pick things up at a faster rate than I do, you'll be the quicker and I'll be the later. LOL.
    But the turtle won the race Bonni!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Quote Originally Posted by BonniFeltz
    Quote Originally Posted by sgardner
    Quote Originally Posted by BonniFeltz
    Here is how it looked when I pinned it together to see how close I got.
    Your picture looks like you are doing great so far! If we keep encouraging one another, we will get there sooner or later.
    Considering that you pick things up at a faster rate than I do, you'll be the quicker and I'll be the later. LOL.
    But the turtle won the race Bonni!! LOL
    As long as it doesn't turn into turtle soup. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BonniFeltz
    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Quote Originally Posted by BonniFeltz
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    Quote Originally Posted by BonniFeltz
    Here is how it looked when I pinned it together to see how close I got.
    Your picture looks like you are doing great so far! If we keep encouraging one another, we will get there sooner or later.
    Considering that you pick things up at a faster rate than I do, you'll be the quicker and I'll be the later. LOL.
    But the turtle won the race Bonni!! LOL


    As long as it doesn't turn into turtle soup. :)
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BonniFeltz

    Considering that you pick things up at a faster rate than I do, you'll be the quicker and I'll be the later. LOL.

    Seriously, when you look at a quilt or a quilt block, can you tell if the person just whipped it together with ease, or struggled over getting it together? Nope. Only the end product matters, and so yes, the turtle can win the race in quilting!

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    I managed to get a couple more blocks done but I'm wondering if I am using the right template now. Perhaps Rhonda can address this. If she doesn't see this then I'll PM her. On the picture of the finished block for Grace, I see that it is 3 blocks by 3 blocks. I don't think that will give me my size I need. Of course it is ok for now since this is a practice block. I've gotten three blocks (of the small ones) done now. I am using the 2.5" block for these but perhaps I need a larger block if I do this for the block exchange.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgardner
    Quote Originally Posted by BonniFeltz

    Considering that you pick things up at a faster rate than I do, you'll be the quicker and I'll be the later. LOL.

    Seriously, when you look at a quilt or a quilt block, can you tell if the person just whipped it together with ease, or struggled over getting it together? Nope. Only the end product matters, and so yes, the turtle can win the race in quilting!
    It seems everything I learn I have to do it the hard way. I always have to learn by trial and error. The many things I post are a result of 30+ years of trial and error. I doubt anyone picks something new up and does it perfectly the first time or even the second time. My first time is always the worst and by the third or fourth attempt I get it right or at least acceptable.

    When I first started to quilt I had a cardboard square a pen and a pair of scissors. I didn't think it mattered if I was all that accurate. I would draw out 20+squares and as you went the cardboard would get slightly out of whack and by the time you were done the squares weren't all that square but I used them anyway. You wouldn't want to see my first attempts! LOL

    We all have our own learning curve and that just makes us all individuals. There are lots of things I will never do. Curves are not on my list of things to master. I did try a traditional drunkard's path because I inherited some pieces from my MIL but I could't do it justice at all! Just not my thing! That is why when I discovered the star point block and the wings block I was so ecstatic to discover the curve effect! And I adapted eleanor Burns DP method to my cut down method and I was thrilled to able to do them that way. I sure can't do them the traditional way!

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