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    Junior Member Needle Up's Avatar
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    Angry test block

    Am I the only one that makes a test block prior to starting on the actual fabric? I have made so many mistakes that I find if I mess up the scrap block and have to fix the mistake I have saved myself some greif.

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    I don't do it and there have been many times that I wished I had. I now more often will just cut out and do one block first before cutting out everything.
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    It is a habit that I am trying to make! It saves so much grief!
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    This sounds like a REALLY good idea. Then we can make quilts from our "try-outs". Nothing wasted -- lots gained!

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    i do if it is something new- a new technique- something i'm just not sure about- those practice blocks come in handy later
    you can use them for small projects (the front of a tote bag, a pot holder, something to practice a quilting design on) or make a sampler quilt out of them later- when i find i have many that i doubt i will use for anything i pass them on to someone else who will put them to use...practice blocks saves lots of good fabric- and frustration
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    I do most of the time, it can save a LOT of trouble if you can work out any kinks before you cut into your quilt fabric.
    I save these blocks for scrappy samplers
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    Yes, I would much rather practice with some scrap bits of fabrics. It gives you a chance to find any problems you might have.

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    YES!!! I often get an idea and actually graph it out on paper, but am not sure that those measurements are accurate even tho I KNOW the graph paper is 1/4 inch squares. So out comes the cheapo broadcloth and I make a test block. Sometimes the block ends up being too cumbersome (too many parts so has to be broken down futher) and sometimes I just hate the process and scrap the whole idea. I KNOW that taking the time to try out a new or different sized design has saved me mega time and bucks in the long run!!
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    Wish I had developed that habit!! I have screwed up many a block--in fabric that was precious. I am learning though--just not as fast as I would wish!

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    i don't. but so many times i wish i had. thanks for the reminder. i'm about to start another big one
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    I did that on Monday with an applique block. Good thing. I didn't like the stitch I started using, didn't like the color I started using, had to order some new thread and tried out several stitches before I decided which one I would use. Also decided I needed to make the block bigger to start with even though I will end up with the same size. I made several changes because of the ideas I got from the applique thread that is going.

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    I usually cut out enough piecews to do a block so I can see how it will actueally look with the colors I've chosen. If I like it, I continue to mark and cut!
    A finished quilt excites me!! Whether is it mine or yours!

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    I usually do! But I've now learned that I should do this from scraps or maybe, 'ugly' fabric - so if I haven't purchased enough extra fabric for a test block, I'm not working out the kinks on the fabric for the quilt! Especially when I'm making a quilt from Fat Quarters!
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    I don't intentionally make a test block, but sometimes the first block or two doesn't pass muster, so it becomes a test block. Our guild made a quilted van cover from all our "test" blocks. http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...rs-t22705.html

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    I have never done this, but everything I read recommends doing this. I'm thinking maybe I will from now on since I am beginning to machine piece. Everything prior has been hand-pieced, so much more time consuming.

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    i do only when i am trying something really new such as paper piecing a new pattern or a block i am recreating without pattern measurements or a pattern, only a picture to guide me.

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    I haven't so far but you have a great idea. I,m going to start.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Occasionally the directions are unclear - or just plain wrong. I'd rather mess up scraps than the real thing.

    But then there is "what to do with all those stray blocks"?

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    Twice I did and both times I needed them! In fact I just finished repairing a hole in my GS's quilt with a block I'd pieced, layered and quilted! Can't tell the difference. Forget what happened with the other, but I was equally as happy.
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    Only if it is a complicated block with a design that Ive never tried before.
    Most blocks are simple to do with methods already done before like flying geese and HST etc.

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    Over the years, I have gotten in the habit of doing test blocks. It has saved me alot of heartache over this time. I only cut out enough for a couple of blocks. I do more than one to compare layouts.
    Quote Originally Posted by Needle Up View Post
    Am I the only one that makes a test block prior to starting on the actual fabric? I have made so many mistakes that I find if I mess up the scrap block and have to fix the mistake I have saved myself some greif.
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    I like the idea of making a test block. It reminds me of crocheting or knitting a swatch when you start a pattern. Sometimes I have found that the fabric didn't behave the way I thought it would (in ironing or color) so I can try out another idea. Great reminder!
    Charlie DiSante

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