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    Is there a pattern available for yellow brick road or twenty something . I've looked for one . :?: :| ....thanks

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    I don't think I have ever seen these as free patterns, Ruth. You can do a search though on both names and see pics of them so you can see which one you want to do. I just finished a turning twenty and wow was it ever fast. I got my fqs on a Friday, cut them out on Sat and had the top finished Sunday evening. I'm waiting now for backing on it. I didn't much care for the pics I had seen before but like it done with the coordinating fqs I bought.
    Good luck on your search!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruth Camp
    Is there a free pattern available for yellow brick road or twenty something . I've looked for one . I would like to see one block of each....thanks
    I would suspect not for YBR as you can still buy it in quilting stores around here. That means someone is trying to send their kid through college on the royalties. The sold pattern is a delight to work with and well worth the 5 or 6 bucks it cost me. I recommend you buy it.

    That said, there are plenty of examples around of YBR on the net. It's a simple set of blocks with three main patterns.

    The only other hint I will give you is the blocks are 9 inches square finished size.

    tim in san jose

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    That's right, Tim. I also have the yellow brick road pattern but haven't done one of them yet. I do like the look of it though and will try it sometime. I sure didn't mind paying the small cost for it and the turning twenty book was sent to me as a gift.
    Gay

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    I have looked at some pics and have decided to draft my own pattern ,if I like brick pattern I'll be sure and buy it :roll: :!: :!:

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    What you're paying for is the particular quilt artist's vision for using the 3 basic blocks. It's no different than a designer charging for a pattern she designed using any other public domain block. She didn't invent the block - just the pattern for using it.

    There are dozens of different YBR patterns for sale. There don't seem to be any 2 alike. I don't think we're doing anything illegal or unethical by mapping out those blocks and coming with our own fabric combinations and block arrangement. Just don't pirate anybody else's without their written permission.

    I've been dissecting pictures of 2 different YBR tops. One is bed size; the other crib size. Two different sources.

    In the large one, I've identified 5 distinct blocks. [Block #1; Mirror Image of #1; Block #2; Mirror Image of Block #2; Block #3]

    The small one has only the basic 3 - no mirror image blocks.

    For the life of me, though, I can't find a recurring pattern to the way they're put together to make either quilt. They seem to be rotated and attached to each other at random.

    A quilt like this would drive me insane. (ok ... insaner :shock: )


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    Ruth check your private message
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    Oh you didn't offend me, Ruth. I love lookng for free patterns online and am thrilled when I find one!! LOL That sounds neat to draft your own pattern and I would love to see what you wind up doing!!
    Gay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruth Camp
    Thank you all

    I have looked at some pics and have decided to draft my own pattern, My granson has a drawing thing on the computer...will post the result later, and if I like brick pattern I'll be sure and buy it, sorry to offend
    Ruth,

    I think you misinterprited my sentiments Ruth. I just pointed out that I have never seen this pattern either and the reason is someone has the design in quilt shops and is trying to make money off it. I also pointed out that there are tons of photos of this quilt, it isn't hard to copy. And the one piece you don't have is the block size. I gave that to you. I also pointed out that that particular pattern as bought is great to work with and will save you a mess of time in figuring out the cutting patterns and assembly hints to make it go quickly.

    You didn't offend, and I hope I didn't either.

    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    What you're paying for is the particular quilt artist's vision for using the 3 basic blocks. It's no different than a designer charging for a pattern she designed using any other public domain block. She didn't invent the block - just the pattern for using it.

    There are dozens of different YBR patterns for sale. There don't seem to be any 2 alike. I don't think we're doing anything illegal or unethical by mapping out those blocks and coming with our own fabric combinations and block arrangement. Just don't pirate anybody else's without their written permission.

    I've been dissecting pictures of 2 different YBR tops. One is bed size; the other crib size. Two different sources.

    In the large one, I've identified 5 distinct blocks. [Block #1; Mirror Image of #1; Block #2; Mirror Image of Block #2; Block #3]

    The small one has only the basic 3 - no mirror image blocks.

    For the life of me, though, I can't find a recurring pattern to the way they're put together to make either quilt. They seem to be rotated and attached to each other at random.

    A quilt like this would drive me insane. (ok ... insaner :shock: )
    Patrice,

    I first made all 100 blocks and a couple over... and yes there are the reverses of the original 3 blocks (left and righ handed ones). So I do have 5 types (plus I made one up, don't tell anyone) so I really have 6 types of blocks. I counted how many I had of each one and made little templates of them in a CAD program. I then took the little templates and put them together so no seams hit any seams from any other blocks. Only the block edges hit the other block edges. I printed out this map and took it to a large piece of floor, then layed out the quilt, moving blocks of like type around till I liked the color combinations.

    BTW - I am a software engineer with a background in photography.

    tim in san jose

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    I know. We've talked before offline. I'm impressed. :)

    You could take all that work and join the others making a fortune off YBR. Or ... you could share. (devilish grin)

    And ... not to worry ... I won't tell anybody about the 6th block. It'll just be our little secret.
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    Tim wrote:

    Patrice,

    I first made all 100 blocks and a couple over... and yes there are the reverses of the original 3 blocks (left and righ handed ones). So I do have 5 types (plus I made one up, don't tell anyone) so I really have 6 types of blocks. I counted how many I had of each one and made little templates of them in a CAD program. I then took the little templates and put them together so no seams hit any seams from any other blocks. Only the block edges hit the other block edges. I printed out this map and took it to a large piece of floor, then layed out the quilt, moving blocks of like type around till I liked the color combinations.

    BTW - I am a software engineer with a background in photography.

    tim in san jose

    Um wow. The reason that I have stayed at beginner beginner status for 5 years is that I am really hideous at math. It seems as if Mr. Tim has more talent in his pinky nail than I have in my whole being. I have to follow a quilt pattern exactly or I make really silly mistakes. It also seems that if I tackle a pattern that says easy, but doesn't look easy it takes me forever and a day. I'm glad I love it so much or I would have given up a long time ago. My step son has an amazing math brain, I have to bug him whenever I look at a pattern to decide if I want to do it or not. It sounds like you could copyright your own patterns!!

    Melissa

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    If your quilts make people smile you are not a beginner.
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    1.) Each quilt is "as built". The number of different blocks changes as the reversed blocks use the same pieces, it's just which edge gets attached to which other edge. Hence the map is really good only for one quilt unless you are very conscientious about how you assemble the blocks. With YBR, that would drive me crazy. It's easier to do the final design at the end.

    2.) I am impressed that you realized that there are only 5 different block patterns as one of the 3 is not reversable.

    3.) I'll have to see about getting my layout map from one computer to another so you can see how I did it.

    tim in san jose

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    I've only made a few rail fence lap quilts for people that are too nice not to smile when I give them something. They don't quilt at all so I think I could give them something really ugly and they would smile because it was a gift. I smile when I finally finish one. They all seem to take ages. Working on one now for 2 months. I have to take all the borders off, add more blocks, put borders back on and then maybe the top will be big enough....... tylenol anyone???

    Melissa

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200
    Tim wrote:



    BTW - I am a software engineer with a background in photography.

    tim in san jose

    Um wow. The reason that I have stayed at beginner beginner status for 5 years is that I am really hideous at math. It seems as if Mr. Tim has more talent in his pinky nail than I have in my whole being. I have to follow a quilt pattern exactly or I make really silly mistakes. It also seems that if I tackle a pattern that says easy, but doesn't look easy it takes me forever and a day. I'm glad I love it so much or I would have given up a long time ago. My step son has an amazing math brain, I have to bug him whenever I look at a pattern to decide if I want to do it or not. It sounds like you could copyright your own patterns!!

    Melissa
    Ummm.... no! First off, I hate any math beyond trig. Second, I spent my high school years being told not to ever expect to be an engineer, I didn't have the math skills. (What do guidence councilers know anyway?) I made it through engineering school at the old age of 35 by sheer determination (and there were no jobs outside the university in the early 90's anyway). My only real skills are being meticulous and pig headed (if there are any pigs out there, sorry for the insult).

    My only advice to you Melissa is slow down, draw a picture, get the idea straight in your head and the whole project becomes much easier. I have little talent sewing, which I am sure you have a great deal of. My quilt top came out OK only because I figured out early to put a guide piece of cardboard 1/4 inch away from the needle so all my seams are pretty straight. You should see the seams in the shirt I am making. Horror show!

    YBR is a really fun pattern to follow. You really can't screw it up. Mistakes are just individualizing someone elses plan.

    tim in san jose


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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200
    I've only made a few rail fence lap quilts for people that are too nice not to smile when I give them something. They don't quilt at all so I think I could give them something really ugly and they would smile because it was a gift. I smile when I finally finish one. They all seem to take ages. Working on one now for 2 months. I have to take all the borders off, add more blocks, put borders back on and then maybe the top will be big enough....... tylenol anyone???

    Melissa
    Bigger borders. That's what I say.


    tim in san jose

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    [quote=k_jupiter]
    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200
    YBR is a really fun pattern to follow. You really can't screw it up. Mistakes are just individualizing someone elses plan.
    I agree that YBR is easy and can't really be screwed up. The ones I have made are all different. Like you Tim, I created new blocks from the unit. I don't think I have ever followed a pattern exactly!

    I love your comment about mistakes! So very true!

    Barb C.

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    You seem like you know what you're doing at any rate. I like the cardboard idea. I tried painter's tape because it was bright blue, but it kept peeling off. I then purchased a quarter inch foot for my machine. That would have worked at first if I measured to make sure it was a quarter inch off the needle. Then I had to slide the needle to the right position, but after that it was wonderful. That sucker is always on my machine. I don't make clothes as I really don't like giving myself a headache. Quilting may not be easy for me, frustrates me more than I'd like, but I really do love it. It puts a smile on my face when I put blocks together and the corners are at least in the right area. They don't have to match, but I do like the way it looks when they do.

    I had an accounting teacher in high school that told me I would never be able to have a career that involved math at all. I was 12 credits shy of my accounting degree when I left college. I still like it, but I'm not sure if I'm going to go back and finish it, since regulations have changed in the post-Enron world. What do teachers and guidance counselors know anyway right?? Have a good one.

    Melissa

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    I do a lot of individualizing then! :D I don't see the mistakes, though until I am almost done quilting and definitly am not going to start over--I guess I am a lazy quilter or not very careful. Most of the time its simple things that I should hve noticed. The recipients are not quilters and don't notice my screw ups but I see them. To me it like they are flashing neon signs. My sister says that I am too picky and need to learn that it isn't about perfection but the joy of giving and rceiving.

    I am getting off my soap box now :D

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    Vickie, just let those flashing signs says, be more careful and pay more attention NEXT time. That's what they're for. I tell my recipents it's not perfect but every stitch was from my heart.

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    I have the same problem Vicki has. No matter how it turns out, I can't ignore the imperfections. I've thrown tops in the trash that others had ooo'd and ahhh'd over while still in progress. Now I ask you ... how stupid is that?

    I've learned to let others be the more reliable judges of my results. And if only one person praises something, I know immediately who to give it to.

    :lol:

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    YUP! I can relate to that. :-) I guess I am my harshest critic. Is there anyone else that is like that?

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    I think most of us are

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    I know that I'm my worst critic. I remember putting a sampler wall hanging together during my beginner quilt class. When it came to matching the points I seam ripped and resewed over and over again. The fabric was so messed up from being sewn and seam ripped so much I just started over. I try not to be so anal now. It seems I am my own quilter's police. When others make quilts I ooh and ahh and never notice what mistakes may be in theirs. It's weird I guess.

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