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Thread: Suggestions for Square Dance Quilt

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    I am hoping to seek some advice on a quilt top that I am working on.
    Unfortunately, I am unable to post a picture of the top.
    This pattern is pieced in a grid of squares and then using a template
    that matches the squares set on an angle after they are pieced together,
    it is used to recut the template shapes again, this time into a twisted
    pieced four patch and then repieced together to create the final quilt
    pattern.
    My quilt has been up on my design wall for sometime now, and well
    frankly being that it has 120 squares in it that I have to go back and
    recut with this template, on an angle, in order to cut it out, it is almost
    like cutting a square out of the middle of a piece of fabric. And with
    all that fun ahead of me, Yikes!! It seams awkward to have the quilt
    top lying on a table and trying to walk around it to cut them out as to
    try to not disturb the top while cutting.
    Would any of you be familiar with this quilt pattern, and was hoping
    to rotary cut the squares out with out tracing around the template first
    and then cutting them with scissors?
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    What size is the square you have to cut out? There are some standard-sized acrylic squares available at JoAnn's. If it's not a standard size, you should be able to take it to a hardware store and have a piece of acrylic cut to the correct size (bring the template with you). I haven't done that, but I know there are some quilters who do. I'd probably put some sandpaper or clear grips on the bottom of the template so it wouldn't slide around. With that many pieces to cut out, I might also consider getting one of those little cutting turntables. I'd also layer the pieces to be cut, maybe 2 to 4 at a time.

    HTH!

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    A cutting mat, a ruler and a rotary cutter. There's no way I would make a template, trace around and cut with scissors. But to each his own, but with these, it would certainly be a whole lot quicker, and Prism has a good suggestion in a mat that rotates. I hope this helps. Good luck. Love to see it, when done or even before then.

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    Prism:
    Thanks for the suggestion. I am cutting the squares from a top that
    is already pieced together, and the interlocking squares are recut with
    the template that is in relation the the original square, which were 7"
    and with the piecing and cutting them with the template at an angle
    the re cut pieces are approximately 5 7/8 inches when they are twisted
    it leaves a small square that results from the tilted template. And as a
    frugal quilter, I would like to make a matching straight doll quilt with the
    31/2 inch leftover squares after you cut them out. I had tried to do
    the twist thing with the mat on a turntable but as the quilt top is laid
    out I was having distortion when I got the template lined up on the
    seam lines so they are cut out all at the same angle.
    Appreciate your reply. Thanks much.

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    Pocoellie: I will have to put some type of gripper on the template to see
    if it would be enough to keep the top from moving as I rotate it around
    to recut the squares. Thanks much!

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    Sewlady...Is this the pattern, wow I LOVE the look of that... :D

    http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_mK4vBT259aw/R-ZeiYskzeI/AAAAAAAAAFE/nYZMueemhvc/s400/Square%2BDance,%2Bunsewn.JPG&imgrefurl=http://angiequilts.blogspot.com/2008...cAulkEkkcmfv2M:&tbnh=93&tbnw=124&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dsquare%2Bdance%2Bquilt%2Bpattern%26um %3D1%26hl%3Den%26rlz%3D1T4SUNA_enES268ES269%26sa%3 DN

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    Izy:
    That is exactly it. Mine is pieced and partially cut apart at the beginning
    stages of getting the recut blocks as in the second picture. I might be
    letting the size that I intended to make be a bit mind boggling, so I will
    just have to force myself to find away to conquer the feat.
    I used reproduction 30's fabrics that my quilt guild exchange the inital
    precut squares so we could come up with a great variety of prints to
    make the top. I have the outside row of squares as the border in muslin
    and may border it in a thirties red print. It was interesting to see the
    blue around the outside and interesting variation.

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    I was reading thru the blog I found, as she that if she was to do this pattern again she would heavily starch it as all the outside edges of the 'new' blocks are on the bias, this would lessen distortion for you :D

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    Izy:
    Thanks for the info.

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    not familiar but sounds interesting.

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    Hi,

    I have made a table runner of this pattern, in fact, I have acrylic templates for a small and a larger cut.
    My friend made a full size quilt of sq. dance, and she cut each one using one of our templates and a small rotary cutter, it wasn't fun. She made it at camp and I remember she spent most of one day cutting the squares.

    It is just beautiful!!! Even my little table runner is cool looking.

    I wouldn't do them with a scissors......I'd use a rotary cutter and just cut them out and be done.

    Good luck! Post a picture when you are done.

    Bev

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    Hi Bevsie,
    Thanks for your comments, I do appreciate your input, I will just
    have to plug away at it.
    It is fun to know that a fellow Minnesota quilter is on this board.
    I am north of MInneapolis, and have relatives around Grand Rapids.

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    Hi Sewlady,

    Glad to meet another Minnesota quilter! I am about 45 min. from Gr. Rapids.....close to Hibbing. I have a son in the Princeton/Zimmerman area.....frequent the quilt shops around there quite often.
    Happy cutting with your sq. dance squares.....it will be beautiful when finished.
    Keep us posted on your progress.

    Bev

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    Hi I made one of these once and for me it went together very easy but I did trace around the template and cut with scissors and did not have any trouble putting it together good luck

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    Dodie:
    Thanks for the input. Appreciate it. Gwen

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    Bevsie:
    Thanks I will keep you posted. I belong to a $5 block group at
    the store in Princeton.


    Gwen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izy
    Sewlady...Is this the pattern, wow I LOVE the look of that... :D

    http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_mK4vBT259aw/R-ZeiYskzeI/AAAAAAAAAFE/nYZMueemhvc/s400/Square%2BDance,%2Bunsewn.JPG&imgrefurl=http://angiequilts.blogspot.com/2008...cAulkEkkcmfv2M:&tbnh=93&tbnw=124&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dsquare%2Bdance%2Bquilt%2Bpattern%26um %3D1%26hl%3Den%26rlz%3D1T4SUNA_enES268ES269%26sa%3 DN
    izy,
    is there a free pattern for this somewhere in webland?
    butterflywing

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    i know i have seen this pattern before called by a different name. it's right at the edge of my memory, but i know it was not done the same way. it was cut and sewn exactly as you would think, as pinwheel things that tesselate.
    anybody know it by another name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    Quote Originally Posted by Izy
    Sewlady...Is this the pattern, wow I LOVE the look of that... :D

    http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_mK4vBT259aw/R-ZeiYskzeI/AAAAAAAAAFE/nYZMueemhvc/s400/Square%2BDance,%2Bunsewn.JPG&imgrefurl=http://angiequilts.blogspot.com/2008...cAulkEkkcmfv2M:&tbnh=93&tbnw=124&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dsquare%2Bdance%2Bquilt%2Bpattern%26um %3D1%26hl%3Den%26rlz%3D1T4SUNA_enES268ES269%26sa%3 DN
    izy,
    is there a free pattern for this somewhere in webland?
    butterflywing
    Not that I could find Butterflywing...I did a thorough search, we need to find out the size of the template, I think it would be easy to figure out, all we need is the size of the uncut initial block which I think is 6.5", then the size of the template, I was just going to improvise and work it out myself one day soon :D

    If anyone knows the size of the template and is willing to share the info, I would very much appreciate it :D :D :D

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    Izy:
    This might help in designing a quilt to be similar to the one in the
    picture.
    Your template is designed by first drawing crossed lines at the angle
    of your choice say 57 degrees. THe x will be away from the corners.
    Where the two lines cross mark the middle of the x to make it in the
    middle of the size that would be half of the FINISHED measurements
    of the starting square. Say a 6" square would FINISH at 5 1/2 inches.
    You would then center the 5 1/2 on the line where the two lines
    intersect. Mark these with a dot and label a and b. Next make the
    box by drawing a new square with the ruler up and down using the
    ruler to draw the 90 degree line straight up and down and turn and
    make the other two sides to the width of the other two dots on the
    other sides. ( Roughly it would come out to sized up to be a 4 9/16
    inches. The template is cut tracing the angles that were drawn on to
    the template. You need the angle lines on the template to line up on
    the seam lines of the first top that you sewed. Note: Write the words
    this side up on the top of the template so that you don't turn it when
    you start to cut out the top for the second time using the template.
    Don't let the size scare you as you will recut the sewn grid of your
    initial squares with the template intersecting lines laying on the seam
    lines of the grid. Whatever size you cut say 6" square sewn together
    in as many squares as you want, you would need to put on a border
    that measures 1/2 the width of the cut square plus 1/2 inch so it would
    end up to be 3 1/2 in border the length and width of the finished
    grid sewn with the initial straight set squares. This would frame the
    center with a color to set off the design to make it appear to be floating.
    then you would extend the cutting right out to the edge and the same
    color would go on all the around the new top. Then you could add any

    borders to you desire.
    Note: The second cut of the grid will be smaller than the 5 1/2 FINISHED
    size when you cut it out with the template. The new cut size is the
    4 9/16 so it will finish at about 4 1/8 when the stitching the second time
    around is complete. The reason it is that way is because the square is
    now at the angle, so these seams will be on the bias, so it might be
    helpful to starch the fabric before sewing the first top together. Or just handle them carefully as to not distort the fabric. So you loose a bit by twisting the inside of the
    square. You might want to try it out on a small sample and see how
    it works, when you lay the template matching the former seam lines
    with the lines of the template you would cut it out and will notice that
    a small square is scrap for another project. ( Like when you use a
    square to sew a partial seam, only when you cut out the new template
    size that little square is leftover). So the grid is cut out at an angle
    with the edges at a tilt compared to the initial top that was put together.
    You can either trace around the template and cut with scissors or use
    a small rotary cutter, you just don't want to extend into the next square
    to cut. Then you keep them in the order as you cut them so the pieces
    of the ofset piece forms the offset pinwheel design.
    Just a recap note these lines you draw for the template must come
    out to measure the FINISHED size after sewing the first squares together,
    or it won't fit the first grid. Just a bit midboggling. This pattern came
    out published in a book but she said that you could design your own
    and even change that 57 degree angle, to get an entirely different look.
    Hope this helps.
    So it will depend on what size you want the inital squares to be before
    the customized template can be formed. I hope that this might be
    able to help with the confusion, that I have caused. If I can answer
    any other questions, let me know.

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    Thank you so much Sewlady, for giving me some insight into how to go about recreating, I think I will just have a play, that's seems the easiest option for me :D

    No doubt I will be in touch.....think it will take alot of working out tee hee!! :D

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    Ohhh I have just found this blogsite with a few pictures and 'destructions'...this might help us all :D

    http://good-times.webshots.com/photo...55516584cKgmxn

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    Sewlady

    I have made 1 block using this technique - take a look at my avatar!!!
    I attended a workshop for the Square Dance, I still have the instructions if anyone is interested I could scan & email to those of you interested.
    Come to think of it I have a feeling there are 2 different sizes of templates dependant upon which size square you oringinally start out with.

    Tisha


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    can i pm you with my address? i would love this pattern!

    it reminds me a lot of 'houndstooth' from http://quilterscache.com

    this has a sharper angle.

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    let's see now...i sketched it and i think i can see how it works. but for the color i would have to work on the design wall or else! (ignore the type on the top of the page, i re-used a used sheet of paper. here goes: you might have to squint. if you squint you will see the dark and light shapes and how they relate. but really different colors are used. was that even close to clear?

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