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Thread: When Making a New Quilt, Do You

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    Senior Member stitchengramie's Avatar
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    Hi Guys and Gals,

    Do any of you ever make a smaller version of a quilt before you make a twin, double, queen or king size one.

    Do you make a test block first, before diving into the main block.

    I am just asking because I am still learning.

    Take Care,

    Mary (stitchengramie)

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    I know it's a good idea but I never do :)

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    Yes, I usually make a sample block before cutting and piecing a whole quilt.

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    If it is a new pattern to me, I try to make a sample block first with scrap fabrics. That way I can find and work out any problem areas before I cut my good fabric. It also lets me know if I am in way over my head (have been there before...lol).

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    I'm in the sample block club.
    Not a smaller version of the quilt or anything like that, but sometimes 4 sample blocks to see what they look like together. Then I can stream-line sewing all the rest.

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    Never a smaller one, but I sometimes make a test block....especially if I am worried about pattern mistakes.

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    I should but I don't...too anxious to get started.

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    That is such a good idea, but I've never done it. I'm usually too anxious to get started. Maybe I'll try it when I get my 12-15 ufo's done. That is my goal right now. I don't know it I can resist starting a new quilt, though.
    Sue

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    If you buy several yards of test fabrics, you can make test blocks and end up with a sampler quilt too :D:D:D

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    I dive right in, cut my fabric, line it all up. Sometimes I just can't wait, and will put together one block just to see the pieces come together.

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    I probably should, but I don't. My mom used to do this and then she would keep all of them in her scrap box and when I wanted to sew something she would pull them out and let me sew them together. I would make doll quilts and most times there was only like 2 blocks that were the same. Test blocks are good for sampler quilts when you collect enough of them!

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    I do if its a block if there is something I am a bit unsure of colors, skills.. amount of time to complete , etc.
    I always do it when its a block I have drafted or designed my self.

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    Depends. Sometimes you need a bit more that 1 block to see the pattern, so I've made single blocks, place mats, up to a 36 X 42" wall hanging. The last one was because the 'real' fabric was very expensive and I really, really wanted to be sure of the design & lots of bias edges and wanted to practice on less expensive fabric.

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    I did............once! And was very glad I did! But prolly will never again!

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    I usually lay out one block so I get an idea of how it looks. I then sew it together and the rest of the quilt.

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    I never do any of the things you asked about. I just jump in with both feet.

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    I do this frequently -- mostly several sample blocks.

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    I never have. This seems like a great idea. Then as someone said when you have enough you can make a sampler quilt. I think that I will start doing this. BrendaK

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    If it is a complicated block, particularly if there is mirroring in the desing, I usually make a test block - also if I am iffy on the color. As for color, I usually channel my inner 5-year-old and draw the pattern on grid paper with color pencils. It's fun!

    One thing I gotta say: My quilts NEVER turn out to be the size the pattern says and I'm OK with that. When people ask me how big it will be, I tell them that I will let them know when I am done. lol

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    Senior Member Dingle's Avatar
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    I'm newer to quilting too. I always do a test block before I start to make sure it's doable for me. After I get it done, I sandwich it just like a quilt and hang them on my walls. So pretty much every quilt I have made you will find the sample block on my wall. :thumbup:

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    Always make 1 block or set..so I know if it's right..if your just learning..remember any instructions could have been printed wrong..I teach..so also I never pre-cut borders..you can take an amount to set aside..before you cut for quilt..but I learned the hard way about borders..lol..!! Good luck..let us see what your doing !!

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    Welcome to the world of quilting. I do make a test block to see if I will like making it and to work out any glitches I may have to work out for myself. Have fun experimenting with all the great stuff you are going to learn!
    peace :D

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    Sorry, DP

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    I know they say to try it first.. but I jump right in. If I don't like doing hte little one there is no way I'm making it again larger. So I go all in.

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    I usually do a sample block. I don't want to end up with half a quilt done because I got bored with the blocks.

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