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Old 03-24-2012, 12:18 PM
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Has any one else besides me, made this quilt?? It is from the magazine McCalls Quilting, Jan/Feb 2012 issue.
This quilt for me has been a real nightmare. I have used my ripper so much that my fingers are red and sore. The colors are blues/tans and creams, with two sections facing in(cream/tan) and two facing out(blues) with four of these sections making a 12 inch block. Each section has a matching piece either above, beside or below. This is the part that gave me the problem, even though I looked would get the wrong piece about half the time no matter how hard I tried. I finally had to put the quilt pieces on the floor so I would know where I was going which made my neck hurt from looking down. I did not put any borders on because I thought it looked better without. I still have to put the binding on. I love the quilt but the first two days it gave me an awful tension headache. If anyone knows how to scan the picture from the magazine, please do this for me.
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:42 PM
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Here's a link to the article and a picture of the quilt:

This is where a design wall (or floor) can be invaluable. ;-)
Even if you get the individual blocks right, something always happens on the way from the wall to the sewing machine.
Been there, done that. And I'm sure it will happen to me again.

Did you use the same fabrics (from the kit) or your selection?

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Old 03-24-2012, 03:31 PM
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Oh My I can see how it would be confusing! I love the pattern, but I know I would have been in a state of confusion. But you made it, is'nt that a good feeling. You should be very proud!!
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Old 03-24-2012, 04:21 PM
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This is one of those quilt patterns that you have to cut the five pieces of each block (large square, two strips, and two small squares) and pin them all together. Then arrange the pinned pieces on your design wall in the layout you want. Then start at the top left and work your way across the quilt one row at a time.
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Old 03-24-2012, 04:24 PM
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I tend to either use my folding table or my king size bed (if my 3 cats will leave things alone) and lay my blocks out row by row. perhaps you should get a grid pad and color in areas of each row and make your blocks looking at that.
good luck. .
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:10 AM
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No, I did not use the kit, but brought all the fabrics needed for the quilt. Thanks for putting up that link for others to see. I like my color selection better.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:29 AM
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When looking at the block, it consists of an arrow, turned in different directions, with positive/negative color. Just remember that as you make the block.

You could make a copy of the full quilt (most patterns have the full quilt shown) then cross out the blocks as you make them. I would start with the top left square, then make the next square to the right, sew those two together, then make the next one to the right, attach, etc. and mark off each block as made across. Make next row the same way and attach to first row, etc. That way the blocks would not get lost in the shuffle so to speak, or out of order. Put a pin in left edge of first block of each row as you work across so the row, and the block, will not get turned around, you will know not to sew the next block to the wrong end.

Good luck. Love the pattern.

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Old 03-25-2012, 11:33 AM
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My quilt is all done now, but will remember the advice you have given here for next time. thanks
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:07 PM
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Pattern makes a great 2-color quilt!
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:38 AM
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Lovely quilt I love the blue
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