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Thread: What is a "float"when cutting 1/2 blocks?

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    What is a "float"when cutting 1/2 blocks?

    I am getting ready to make a quilt from Miss Rosie's quilt co.called 4OT, and while reading the cutting requirements it says pieces in the pattern is purposely cut larger to allow for squaring up of the blocks. And the size of the blocks are such that there will be a "float" between point of the inner sq. and the seam line. and the only way to get around that was with a 16th inch measurement or paper piecing.So can someone tell me what is a float in quilting terms?

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    Thanks for asking. I have never heard this term. I will be looking forward to the answers you get. BrendaK
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    I would have thought that the float was going to be more than 1/4inch to allow for trimming. Saying the smaller amount has confused me . Will wait for someone with more knowledge interested in reply.
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    Without seeing the block, I would think it means that the unit is made oversized and then trimmed down to fit the required unit size?

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    It sounds like the point will not meet the seam line, so you don't have to worry about them not being EXACTLY ON the
    seam line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GemState View Post
    It sounds like the point will not meet the seam line, so you don't have to worry about them not being EXACTLY ON the
    seam line.
    Yes that is what it is. There is a small space/ couple of threads or a set measurement between the point and the seam. I made a quilt with "float" space for the points and it looked really nice. (at least I liked the look). It seems easier to have the points float but it is still important to have the space reasonalbly close in disatance. The pattern I followed said that you could have the points either float or not. the difference being in cutting /squaring the block to 1/4" seam allowance. To have the blocks float then you would square the block with 1/2" edges instead of 1/4" and sew the seam 1/4" to allow the block to "float".
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    This is what "float" looks like.
    You can use the same idea when setting a quilt "on point" by cutting the setting triangles larger than needed and trimming a bit after the whole top is sewn together. Leave enough 'extra' to allow floating of the design.

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    Well said Big Sister and Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    This is what "float" looks like.
    You can use the same idea when setting a quilt "on point" by cutting the setting triangles larger than needed and trimming a bit after the whole top is sewn together. Leave enough 'extra' to allow floating of the design.

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    Thanks Jan! I still didn't understand until I saw the picture
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    Jan - the illustration is very helpful.

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    some times we think to hard guilty here and I never knew thats what it is called thanks for the information

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mundy View Post
    some times we think to hard guilty here and I never knew thats what it is called thanks for the information
    Me, too. I've done this in quilts and never knew it was called a "float"

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    Thanks I learned something new today!!!

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    Eleanor Burns pattern "Card Tricks" offers that option. And that's the option that I have chosen when I have made that quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    This is what "float" looks like.
    You can use the same idea when setting a quilt "on point" by cutting the setting triangles larger than needed and trimming a bit after the whole top is sewn together. Leave enough 'extra' to allow floating of the design.

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    A picture is worth a thousand words! Thanks for the visual, Jan. I did not get it until you posted the picture! Once again, I learned something new today!

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    Well I never. I have made a quilt using this method but didn't realise it was called float. Next time wilt know.
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    Thanks Jan. I have never seen that in a pattern so now I'll know what it is if I do see "float."

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    I liked your clear explanation ! Thanks !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    This is what "float" looks like.
    You can use the same idea when setting a quilt "on point" by cutting the setting triangles larger than needed and trimming a bit after the whole top is sewn together. Leave enough 'extra' to allow floating of the design.

    Jan in VA
    Thanks, Jan. You are always so helpful. Wish you could be my BFF. Wish that I had reasoned this out on my own. One of those, "Why didn't I think of that!"

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    So much information to gain from this site, new term for me, thanks for asking and thank you ladies for all your answers!!!!
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    I see this a lot in many quilts. Thought it was just an imperfection. Learn something everyday on this board.

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    Thanks Jan and everyone else for your enlightenment. It is truly amazing how much I have learned from this board. Everyone have a great day and hopefully lots of fun and time to quilt.

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    What a great help this is to know. I bet it comes out looking perfect when you use this technique as I imagine your eye sees the points as perfectly set, whereas it also would see if the points were cut off.

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    Jan - I always look forward to reading your comments on this and other threads. You are so knowledgeable and well-spoken. Thank you for all your input and advice!

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