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Thread: Tip toe through the hexagons Cutie style! Cutting

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    Salmon congrats you are officially an OBW addict! :mrgreen:

    Howard you can call yourself a quarter-limey! :lol:

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    k3n - my GM was born in Liverpool, my GD in Wrexham, my mum in Rhos, my dad in Cardiff and his folks somewhere in Wales. I was born in Detroit. What am I? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnsk
    k3n - my GM was born in Liverpool, my GD in Wrexham, my mum in Rhos, my dad in Cardiff and his folks somewhere in Wales. I was born in Detroit. What am I? LOL
    Well you're primarily a Motor City girl but with a LOT of Welsh in your soul and just a little touch of Scouser! :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by salmonsweet
    I've been doing more cutting, and am really grateful for everybody's advice. It was great to know I have options! In the mid-term I may decide to buy a cutter I can use with either hand. For now I'm happy to continue to contort... Figuring that if an experienced quilter and cutter (mimisharon) is doing it, it can't be all wrong! :-)

    In case it helps any other contortionists out there, I noticed one tiny thing that helped me. Wihtout thinking about it, I was laying my strips along the horizontal lines of my cutting mat. Tempting, those lines! Now I orient the strip more along the diagonal, like in the pic below; and it means I twist a bit less when cutting the line along the left (starting at the selvedge in the picture):
    (And yes, that's another fabric I'm cutting there...)
    No contortions needed if you use a ruler with a 60 degree line on it. You just line up the lines with the cut edge and cut with the ruler on the left each cut (if you're right handed or on the right if you're left handed).
    You could also do the trick of placing another ruler up to the left edge of your triangle ruler, slowly remove the triangle and then have the ruler's right edge to cut the other side of your triangle. This is a bit more moving of rulers around but maybe more accurate in the end, since there's less chance of moving the ruler when cutting, since you won't be twisting your body and arms around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimisharon
    That is really beautiful fabric! I saw some last week at the quilt shop that is begging to be made into a OBW, beautiful vibrant chrysathamums. I'm trying to make myself stay away from it until I get more of this one done.
    Beware, this will happen to you every time you go in a fabric shop. You will go directly to those prints that will work for OBW's and that's all you'll be interested in looking at! I know, it's happened to me - I'm addicted!

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    I got my sisters sewing machine on Monday. The tension is broken so I won't be able to sew until I get mine back. So I am cutting the rest of the triangles in the mean time.

    I also cut the 1.5" squares for the swap and working on quilting the train quilt. I took if off the frame today. Tomorrow I hope to clean up my sewing area a little bit.

    Kyia

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by burnsk
    k3n - my GM was born in Liverpool, my GD in Wrexham, my mum in Rhos, my dad in Cardiff and his folks somewhere in Wales. I was born in Detroit. What am I? LOL
    Well you're primarily a Motor City girl but with a LOT of Welsh in your soul and just a little touch of Scouser! :mrgreen:
    That's why I love music (fast cars too). :lol:
    Hope to make it "home" in the next year. Only been to Wales once and absolutely fell in love. Stayed in New Market my first trip to England and took lots of day trips, including Nottingham (looking for Robin Hood :( but didn't find him). Second trip went to Cardiff and stayed in B&B. The proprietress was Mrs. Loveluck. Loved her name and she was a great historian. Walls were 3 feet wide. Ate breakfast in the old milking room. Home full of her family heirlooms, fire places, gardens, and toddies at nite. Wonderful trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnsk
    That's why I love music (fast cars too). :lol:
    Hope to make it "home" in the next year. Only been to Wales once and absolutely fell in love. Stayed in New Market my first trip to England and took lots of day trips, including Nottingham (looking for Robin Hood :( but didn't find him). Second trip went to Cardiff and stayed in B&B. The proprietress was Mrs. Loveluck. Loved her name and she was a great historian. Walls were 3 feet wide. Ate breakfast in the old milking room. Home full of her family heirlooms, fire places, gardens, and toddies at nite. Wonderful trip.
    I used to live not far from Newmarket - just the other side of Cambridge in a little village called King's Ripton. :-D

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    Those are beautiful!!!

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    I'm so curious how the rest of you are coming with making your hexagons and arranging them in a design you like. Post pics when you have a chance, please.

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    cutebuns here is my OBW that i don't like. is there a way to fix this? :?
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    To start with I would do some rearranging still. Group like colors more closely together. And I can see some of the cube blocks really helping bring this one together. Do you have the book with the directions? If not I will see what I can do to throw something together to show you how to do them.

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    ok :!: i will go right now before we head off to the IDITAROD restart in willow. i think you are right about the blocks. yes i do have the book. i havent looked at how to do the yet. are they difficult to do. i guess i now need more fabric :shock: crap.
    dont have much time till we leave.
    thanks for your suggestions. :D

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    I haven't done them but from my understanding they are pretty easy,

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    alaskasunshine I love your blocks. I also think if you put like colors together you are going to love it. Please show us a picture again after you play with it some more. BTW the cubes are very easy to do.

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    alaskasunshine,
    I too, think you need to move some blocks around more. When I look at your first pic., I see 4 that are mostly yellow, 12 mostly blue, some lighter pink, some darker pink, a lot of green ones, some darker than others. If you rearrange, so the colors that are alike are right next to each other, you might find to like the whole thing. Maybe have a diagonal movement happening across from one corner to the opposite corner?
    It helps to stand back away from it - like 10 feet or more. The colors in the print change dramatically from looking at them up close.

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    I went out and bought a peep eye thing (don't know what you call them) for the door (the little eye in the door so you can see who is on the other side) at the hardware store. $3.00 later I can really get a good look at my quilt standing right beside it. Try it - seems like the quilt is a long ways away and you can really get a good look at colors and values. Really helps with these OBW quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutebuns
    To start with I would do some rearranging still. Group like colors more closely together. And I can see some of the cube blocks really helping bring this one together. Do you have the book with the directions? If not I will see what I can do to throw something together to show you how to do them.
    i have the book:ONE BLOCK WONDERS...one fabric,one shape,one-of-a-kind quilts. i see lots of examples of OBW quilts w/ cubes in them, but I don't see any instructions on making the cubes. Is there a different book with the cube instructions?

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    There is, there is an encore book that is next in line, I will see of I can't work something up as soon as I get done what I was working on today, a bunch of pieced hearts, I will try and keep it as simple as I can,

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    I too would like to see the colors grouped together. be sure and post a pic with it changed. we can help you find the way, so to speak. :)

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    alaskasunshine, I personally love your OBW. I think you just need to rearrange the blocks as the others have suggested.

    Or you can just send it to me??

    Kyia

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    thank you everyone for your help! i have begun the rearangment process. sometimes when you look at a block it is difficult to know where the heck to put it. i am guessing i would go with what is on the outside of the block, is that correct. i do believe my next fabric will be much better than this. perhaps i should have kept this fabric for a back. oh well hind sight ;-) :roll:

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    Take all you blocks and separate the into piles. The ones that read the same will go into one pile. Once that is done then distribute them. Then look at it and reaarange til it suits you. I think you will like it once all that is done. I do really like it.

    Kyia

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    Alaskasunshine:.Your blocks are really soft and pretty. You almost could do a dark to light, sorta like a watercolor quilt. You could cascade it from one corner diagonally to another corner. Its worth a try anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutebuns
    so I went and cut off where I needed to and then split the fabric in half length wise, I will be working with half of the fabric at a time, depending on where you are getting your repeats from, you may be doing this differently,
    Hi Cutie,
    I'm a little behind getting started on this project...
    I've found my repeats and am ready to start cutting. I am wondering why you split your fabric in half lengthwise first. Is it to make the pattern matching and cutting of the strips (which must be precise) easier than working with a 42" wide piece of fabric?

    In the book, they don't include the cut-in-half-lengthwise step...so they say to "cut a straight edge along one side of the fabric stack from selvage to selvage". Seems like it would be hard to make a straight line 42" wide, since my ruler is only 24" wide.

    (It's possible that you've covered this question in the many many posts on this topic...sorry if this is a repeat.) I promise not to repeat it 6 times LOL.

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