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

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    I participated in the Western Washington Shop Hop in June 2009 and was unable to get to all of the shops; so I decided to make up some of my own blocks with the shop hop fabric. I am still a novice at learning all the traditional quilt block patterns, but I thought I would try to make a Rail Fence Block. I pieced together the block, pressed it, trimmed it to 8 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches, and I was pretty darn proud of myself. . . . .until my husband looked at it and said. . . "Um, do you realize you made a swasticka?" I was mortified - I didn't realize I had made that sign.
    [IMG]http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/c...g/100_4224.jpg[/IMG]

    So how do I fix it? Can I cut it up, rearrange the pieces, and then add a border to make it 8 1/2 X 8 1/2 again? Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

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    Will there be more of the same blocks? They will take on another look altogether when you have more of them. Of course you and hubby will always refer to it that way from now on.

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    Doesn't look like a swastika to me. Do a few more and see how they look when they're together.

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    Sorry I dont see it
    I like the block its pretty with the floral

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    How many blocks have you made so far? Your fabrics are very pretty.

    Maybe if you arranged the strips differently? with the white/light on outside strip?

    Do you have a couple of darker fabrics?

    Dark - butterfly - white

    Dark - floral - white

    You could just do a little drawing with graph paper if you don't want to cut any more fabric quite yet. Or just look at rail fence quilts for some more ideas.


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    I don't see it. I think it is quite pretty.

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    There are many old tradional blocks that have that spinning effect to them that were created before any of us knew what a swasticka was. I brought this same question up a couple of years ago and many members reminded me of this.... :wink:

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    I think it looks great but if you don't like the layout, here is another layout where the same color in each block meets in the center.

    http://www.equiltpatterns.com/quiltp...roducts_id=577



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    I don't see it. It just looks like a quilt block to
    me.

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    There will not be anymore blocks like it. Each of the blocks in the 2009 Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop were unique.

    Here is a link to the website: http://www.westernwashingtonquiltsho...sterwwqsh.html

    I was able to get to about 1/2 of the shops, so the rest of the blocks I am making myself.

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    I see it, sorry. :-(

    I know what the swastika USED to mean, but unfortunately meanings can change, and what it represents now is very bad. There are some blocks I avoid completely for that reason... because they appear like a swastika.

    Personally, I would unpick the two centre seams, and turn the two blocks on the left so that the greens all meet in the middle. That would be enough to remove the image. The fabrics are very pretty, but now that you have that in your head, I think every time you look at it that is what you will see.




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    I don't see a swasticka. I just see a quilt block.

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    I am new as well....and I think it is very pretty.....I do hope you make more blocks and post a picture of the additional blocks.

    Darlene

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    I'm still looking for the Swasticka.

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    If you are not satisfied with it and have many blocks similar....why not cut diagonally, re-sew to other cut block and mix them up a little--will create a whole new look. One you might like better. :) :)

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    Well....I took your picture and drew one over it in my photo program and there was no way that I could turn the block to get a swastika out of that block! If you would like I have the picture saved on my computer and I can show you! Really I am serious a true swastika can not be made out of this rail fence block!

    But if you MUST I like the idea of moving the blocks around so all the green meet in the middle!

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    It's really a beautiful block, but I can see the swastika. If you hadn't said anything I probably wouldn't of seen it. Now that the thought is in your head you will always see it too. I like the idea of taking it apart and having the greens meet in the center.

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    O.K. I am of German heritage & I hate what the swastika represents. I drew one out and can not see it in your beautiful blocks, but if you are at all bothered this could be a great learning curve. I agree with slicing and resewing your block and then frame it to be the same size as your other blocks you will be using.

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    I didn't see a swastika until I read your post, but I showed it to my husband without any forwarning and he immediately said it was a swastika.

    I still think the block is very pretty. Maybe you could add some decorative trim or embellished stitching (crazy quilt style) to detract from the spinning.

    Also, I think it's unlikely to keep that look up if you make several more and put them together. I would think it'd look more like stairsteps.

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    I think the problem is that once you "see" it... you can't "unsee" it. Every time you look you see the same thing.

    Everyone's brain works differently, I know my brain sees patterns easily, geometric patterns, number sequences, etc. So to me it just leaps out. If you see the colours together, it's not as clear, one of the "arms" is a different colour. But because I see the shape first, the colours are secondary.


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    I don' see a swastika either, and I am looking for it. The block looks great. I wouldn't change it, but you need to decide what YOU are comfortable with! Good luck!

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    That is a rail fence block and that is what I see.
    You can manuver the four patches so that it doesn't appear to you or another viewer if you are using different blocks (a sampler) for your quilt.
    I see ?
    Kirsten

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    WOw I found it but it takes some looking and imagination to find it. Other wise I love the block.

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    I'm presuming because no one has posted an actual picture of the swastika that perhaps they think it would be in bad taste? However if you do a search for it, IMHO there is no resemblance other than you have vertical and horizontal lines, but not in the placement that you show in your rail fence block. If you are looking for something you can see it in the clouds if you choose to. JMHO
    Definitely change the block if you don't like it.

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    Make a few more & put them together & see how they look can't tell by just one.

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