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Thread: Ten minute block--HELP

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    Angry Ten minute block--HELP

    I,m trying to make the 10 minute block by Suzanne McNeil.
    I have watched the U-Tube video again and again but I,m
    doing something wrong. She is using solids for the video
    and I,m trying to use prints for my backround. She doesn't
    say whether it is right sides together or wrong,
    I have tried both ways and it is still coming out wrong.
    Can someone who has made this block tell me what I might
    be doing wrong. I know this is an EASY block, and I know it
    is me. I have ripped out four times in the last hour.
    Thanks.
    Elaine
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Try looking up 10 minute block on Youtube, there are several different versions of instructions for the same block. This might help.

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    I too had to watch the video a few times to see how it was done...over and over untill I got it...LOL..I think if you watch the video a few times you should be able to figure it out... when you put the folded block together with the 2 sq, it is like a sandwich with the right sides together and the folded one in the middle.. I most likely will get you really mixed up if I try to tell you how to make this block....LOL... but do watch the video and soon you will get it and will think now how come it took me so long to get this... I know that was how I felt.. Good luck

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    Do your block as you watch on you tube. Do the first part, then watch the next part as you do it, etc. I had to do that the first time I made one. I got confused when I watched it all then tried it.

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    you fold the "center" block wrong sides together and the "bread" pieces are right sides together. around the "center block. I hope this helps. Also you are sewing the blocks so that it is like you only filled half the sandwich with "meat" and the opened side is facing out. clear as mud?
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    use printer paper with marks on one side and staple them according to the instructions to sew. Make another one if the first one is wrong. Keep the right one as a guide.
    Got fabric?

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    Try this info it is step by step in still pictures
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...be-t81908.html

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    The 10 minute block took me about 10 hours to figure out. The gal at the qs thought that was really funny, how can it take that long to figure out. posted picture of my quilt in process. Once you do the first one it is easy, fun, and goes fast.
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    This tutorial is great on the 10 minute block. Should help you clear up the which side is where parts of the block. It took me a few tries to get everything in the right place... still having trouble sewing the 3rd seam since the block just doesn't want to lie flat properly

    Quote Originally Posted by Ngeorgia View Post
    Try this info it is step by step in still pictures
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...be-t81908.html
    Nothing's a mistake. It's a learning experience. Some experiences, you learn more than others.

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    I had to watch it several times, too. Then i used some 3" scrap blocks to "practise" on until I had it set in my mind. I just pinned them together to get each piece going the right way.... I seem to remember the blocks taking me a little longer than 10 mins, but they are big & you get a whole quilt top done pretty quickly once you get going. Hang in there!

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    try the 3D Bowtie instructions...better video and the same block...

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    Just want you all to know that after 8 hours, I finally mastered the" 10 minute block". LOL.
    I want to thank all who helped with their suggestions.
    Now I can make this EASY BLOCK, hopefully in 10 minutes.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    I'm making one to take to the beach and each block of fabric is different (beach related) and most are directional. I have had a problem getting them right - going in the direction I want. Have increased my stitch length to do a test - (knew I would be ripping out seams) then go back and seam again. Would be much easier if you do not use fabric that you want to go a certain direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ngeorgia View Post
    Try this info it is step by step in still pictures
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...be-t81908.html
    I wonder if there are printed directions for this block anywhere? I hear everybody talking about them & would love to try it but I do better with print directions rather than video.
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    There is a book - "10-Minute Blocks" by Suzanne McNeill - see www.d-originals.com

    I haven't made this quilt yet, but plan on doing it before the end of the year - there are just so many and so little time ... lol

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    Last night I was leafing through Georgia Bonesteel's Easy Does It Quilts" (Oxmoor House, 1996) looking for ideas, and there on pages 119-121 were very, very clear, well-diagrammed instructions for what she calls a "Bow Tie Doll Quilt", made with three-dimensional 'bowtie' blocks: none other than "10-minute blocks". She doesn't claim it as an original block, she just applies it to a doll quilt.

    Like dimensional wild geese blocks, dimensional pinwheels, yo-yos and prairie points, just to name a few, this lovely and versatile block most likely goes back a long, long way in quilting history!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ngeorgia View Post
    Try this info it is step by step in still pictures
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...be-t81908.html
    this would be a 30 day block for me..yikkes looks hard

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeresaS View Post
    this would be a 30 day block for me..yikkes looks hard
    TeresaS, it is incredibly easy, especially if you have a stock of pre-cut squares. The clearest directions I have seen are in Georgia Bonesteel's "easy does it quilts" (see post above). I made 42 blocks last week in just a few hours - the longest part was playing with my squares to decide on colour combinations!
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    I've made several, and once you get the hang of it, 10 minute blocks go fast. But, there is a learning curve involved. So glad you have it figured out. I've made many of the backs of my quilts with this pattern and like to see the different fabrics come together.

    Sorry that last quilt back was with a different pattern. I can't make the picture go away.
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    Here is the quilt top I made. I used about 210 four-inch squares that seem to have been accumulating for the last 10 years. They are set on point and sashed with narrow strips. I haven't decided quite how I want to quilt it yet, though!
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    Maggiem, I love the way you went from dark to light and those batiks are beautiful.
    Kathleen

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    Thank you, Kathleen ! Making the colours move was fun. The squares themselves are actually mostly prints and blenders (lots of Jinny Beyer) sent by the Cotton Club years ago. I'm not sure what kind of border it needs - I think the summer will bring some ideas.

    I love yours, too! Aren't the blocks easy and very satisfying to make?
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    I found the book very easy to follow, sometimes it's easier to see it printed and work from there. Her instructions were very clear and the pictures showed the steps quite well. I recommend the book, and it didn't cost too much at all.
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