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Thread: Small Pieced Blocks ~ Any Advice Would Be Appreciated

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    It is going to be a beautiful quilt. I think your block looks great. You will be surprised how great it will look once you get the quilt top assembled. :thumbup:

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    Why not try your hand at paper piecing the blocks? It is a quick and accurate way to piece small blocks.

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    have to tell you, you have a lot of courage, to work with so many small pieces in one block. I know it would drive me nutty. Good luck, it is a very pretty project.

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    I would paper piece the blocks. A whole lot easier for me.

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    I do mine the same as Madmadder. It works great.

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    Oops, meant Redmadder. I also paperpiece as you can do miniscule pieces easily.

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    Your quilt looks awesome, so far! The only advice I can think of is to be sure to square up your sub-units before joining them. If you are finding you are coming out short after sewing, try sewing that scant 1/4" seam. Sometimes I even sew 1/8" if I need to.

    Press on!

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    You can also try using a smaller needle and 60 wt. thread like bottomline.

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    I had to learn to follow what is mentioned by myself--that is, I read this suggeston later. In the "Dear Jane" blocks that I have drafted and made, I changed from the 4-1/2 patterns to 6 in because I found the smaller ones entirely too small to handle. Kansas Trubles has many pieces, and you did it perfectly... I find that everysuch block needs a base, drawn out pattern to check every piece against while in construction. Also, consider whether paper piecing would be the better way to do a block instead of traditional piecing.

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    It looks pretty good to me. Small pieces are soooo hard to handle. I usually set my stitch length much shorter to get more stitches to the inch. The units, like the half square triangles, you can make larger first and then cut down to the size you need. That helps a lot.

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    Oversize and cut down, at least thats what I do.

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    Is there an easy way to convert a traditional small quilt block into a paper pieced one?

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    What a beautiful quilt!

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    I would need to see the block to see how it could be done.

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    I can't wait to see it when it's done! Don't forget to post it then too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Here's a site for HST's. The only thing is the smallest is a 1" finished block. If you print the 1" off at 75%, it'll hopefully make them a finished size of 3/4".

    http://www.blockcentral.com/a-halfsq...glepaper.shtml

    If worse comes to worse, PM me and I can e-mail you the pp'ing directions from EQ.
    That is an awesome site! I bookmarked it so I could return anytime to print off what I want. Thanks

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