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Thread: Time to try new patterns

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    Senior Member midwife's Avatar
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    Time to try new patterns

    I always make modern type patterns that don't really have seams that match up. I decided to branch out and try some traditional patterns. I made this practice bear paw square today. I'm glad I was just playing because I learned a lot. I wondered why the seams on the right side don't lay flat but I realized I should have pressed the seams in the opposite direction. I also learned that half square triangle squares can be pressed out of shape if I'm not careful. Here is my first attempt.
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    Looks perfect! I love the bear paw block.
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    Looks great.
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    Great job...looks good to me...and yes, HST's can easily twist out of shape. When I press mine, I just run the tip of my iron over the sewed seam. The iron never touches the rest of the fabric...tricky but works for me.
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    Your block looks great!

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    Thanks for the tip Teen. I will try that.

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    Your first attempt is great!!! You did a fine job with it.

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    I think your block looks good and you are certainly right-a block can be stretched out of shape with ironing. I love the bear paw block. In fact that is the block I am putting around a bear panel that my grandson picked out. I am just trying to decide what size of bear paw block I need to make. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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    Looks like you’re off to a great start. There are a lot of traditional blocks/quilts that are on my bucket list too but I seem to get side tracked with QAL, mysteries and BOMs.
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    your HSTs look really great! I always press mine with open seams - works for keeping them flat and easier to piece with other shapes. But that's just me. And you have discovered how to "press" and not "iron". Makes a huge difference, too doesn't it!
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    It looks good to me. Are you going to make a sampler to showcase it?
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