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Thread: Rail Fence Block looks bad, how can I change it

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    if that block will be used without being attached to others like it, then yes. it does look like a swastika even though it's reversed.

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    I was thinking that block was going to be part of an over-all design - not a stand alone block.

    If it were mine, I would take it apart along the four units and rearrange them - it kind of looks like someone sitting in someone's lap if I really stretch my imagination.


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    Rearrange that block... you will never be happy with it like that... would have worked well if it was going to be a rail fence pattern... there are other ways of changing it ... it might be a good idea to scrap it and make something different... lovely work....

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    you could take out the seams for the two pieces on the right hand side and put your floral fabrics on the inside to make it look a bit more like a pinwheel

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    This is what I mean to do pics work better for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by cassie69emt
    This is what I mean to do pics work better for me
    me too

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    great idea. imo, can't be offensive to anybody.

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    I like that better too. Great idea, and great solution. BTW, I showed it to my husband without any intro, and he saw the swastika straight off.

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    I just showed it to my DH. He doesn't see it as a swasticka (SP??) and his mind is very logical. He's an engineer, so I know designs are very natural for him. Anyway, I'm also a Jew and would normally be quite sensitive to something like that. Again, I don't see it either.

    That being said, I think the image is there for you, and you will be happier if you rearrange the block. Especially since you keep lamenting over it!

    Your other squares are quite pretty by the way!

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    I agree with many of the comments...the bottom line is "It bothers You". If that's the case make a change or you might run the risk of ever enjoying this pretty quilt.
    I think your blocks are great and maybe by taking this block out or altering it...you'd have a quilt you'll love for a long time. Remember, this is just MHO

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    Ok, I got up this morning after only 5 hours sleep and cut the block into quarters. I put a diagonal scrap of yellow from the block I did before down the center. I then learned a very valuable lesson about trimming diagonal corners! So that is why there are little yellow triangles at the end (I chopped off too much) and now I am afraid the Quilting Police are going to come and take away my rotary cutters :)
    This is what it looks like now, and I think I am going to put the 2009 Western Washington Shop Hop Quilt away for the rest of the weekend. I should really go out and enjoy the sunshine and get my back door painted before the rains come. Thanks again everybody!
    [IMG]http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/c...g/100_4232.jpg[/IMG]

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    I don't know if it would make a difference, but everytime I have made a rail fence top I have always started the first block with the strips going down, not across. To me it just looks better and does look like steps.

    Kris

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    Great design change LaurieJane!

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    LaurieJane - Great adaptation...this is how new blocks are discovered.
    p.s. There are no quilt police here :) :)

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    Look out LaurieJane. We are coming around to confiscate your stash. That's the price you have to pay for trimming too much. :lol: :lol:
    Love the new look to the block though.

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    I don't see it, but if you don't like the way it is, then by all means change it. As mentioned, you can put 4 like fabrics so they come together in the center. Either the green or the focus would work in the center.

    Many people do not do the entire hop---I would guess most don't. Do you want to add more because you want it bigger than what you will get with the blocks you have? I ask because I know of people that do from lap size on up. Some only get enough for a wall hanging. I got one block!! I had forgot but went to my LQS and ended up getting a block. We thought of going up to longview or so and getting a few, but didn't. I don't have a clue what I will do with it. Probably a small wall hanging to hang by my machine. LOL.

    By the way, did you have fun? My sis and I did it in 2008 and had a blast. When we started we were only going to a few--up to Tacoma. We ended up going to every shop!! Each night she called her hubby and said we're going to be another day.

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    i'm sorry kiddo, but i don't see it. I like how it looks and i think once you make more, it'll take on a whole different look

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    Quote Originally Posted by kd124
    I don't see it, but if you don't like the way it is, then by all means change it. As mentioned, you can put 4 like fabrics so they come together in the center. Either the green or the focus would work in the center.

    Many people do not do the entire hop---I would guess most don't. Do you want to add more because you want it bigger than what you will get with the blocks you have? I ask because I know of people that do from lap size on up. Some only get enough for a wall hanging. I got one block!! I had forgot but went to my LQS and ended up getting a block. We thought of going up to longview or so and getting a few, but didn't. I don't have a clue what I will do with it. Probably a small wall hanging to hang by my machine. LOL.

    By the way, did you have fun? My sis and I did it in 2008 and had a blast. When we started we were only going to a few--up to Tacoma. We ended up going to every shop!! Each night she called her hubby and said we're going to be another day.
    Hey KD124 - I had a blast! The first day of the hop, my kids were in school, but for the next 2 days (Thursday and Friday) I had them with me. Thank goodness for the DVD player in my truck. We went all the way up to Lynden. I couldn't hop on Saturday and Sunday becuase our family vacation was beginning. I ended up visiting 23 shops, and it was a lot of fun! The fabric is really pretty and I can't wait to see what I end up with when the quilt is all done. I got a lot of advice during the hop from other quilters and shop oweners - - since this was a shop hop quilt, I was told ". . it is special, so you don't ever want to wash it or use it on a bed - it should be a wall hanging. . .", so i don't know what it will be when I am finished!

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    It is not a swasticka(they overlap the bars) and when you have the blocks joined into rows it will be a rail fence. Good luck witht he pproject

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    Looking at your block I think you should have turned your right top block so that the flowered strips would have made a pattern....
    That is the only thing I can see to change.
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