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Thread: Where to find a 12” paper pieced modern sewing machine block?

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    Question Where to find a 12” paper pieced modern sewing machine block?

    I’ve been working on a quilt that’s going to have 30 12” blocks, mostly paper pieced, & for the last block down on the right hand bottom I thought it’d be fun to put a paper pieced block of a modern sewing machine that looks kind of like my Bernina 440QE or similar. I don’t expect to find one for free. The ones I have found aren’t the right size or it was so long ago I don’t remember where I found them. Could any of you direct me to one? There’s only one I found on Craftsy but it was only 10” & $4.50, which I thought was a little pricey for just one paper pieced block. Thanks for your help in advance.

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    Since you are paper-piecing, you can resize the pattern by adjusting the image size when printing out or tracing the
    pattern.

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    Have you tried Quilter's Cache? I have a PDF of a 12" "modern" looking machine, but it isn't PP, it was a free download, by Barbara Wellan Talbert(Fabric Shop Network), I looked for the link but couldn't find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailorwoman View Post
    Since you are paper-piecing, you can resize the pattern by adjusting the image size when printing out or tracing the pattern.
    Exactly what I was going to suggest ... just determine how big/small you want and use the % feature to alter the size. I do it all the time to change PP pattern sizing.

    The other best suggestion ... ask Mr. Google ... he really does deliver!
    I know there are many patterns for what you want out there,
    but sorry, I don't have the links for you.
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    Here's one I made a while ago. It's 12" x 16".

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    If you google 'sewing machine snapshots' you will get the PDF.

    If you want to make it into a 12" square block, I would suggest
    drawing your own on graph paper.
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    Lori Holt at www.beeinmybonnet.blogspot.com has a sewing machine block in her book Spelling Bee. You can make it in a 12" or a 6" block.

    I have also seen a few sewing machine blocks in the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks magazines. They also made a book out of the first 10 issues. Blocks are 12" finished.
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    EasyPeezy that is very cute! Great job with fabric choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariposa View Post
    Lori Holt at www.beeinmybonnet.blogspot.com has a sewing machine block in her book Spelling Bee. You can make it in a 12" or a 6" block.

    I have also seen a few sewing machine blocks in the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks magazines. They also made a book out of the first 10 issues. Blocks are 12" finished.
    The link to her block is dead now. I actually saw yours online when I looked. Cool huh? But that’s what I’ve found with every one I’ve come across except one. It makes a 16” block though. Does anyone know the percentage I’d have to decrease it by for sure if I wanted it to become 12”? 75% right? I’ve also made up my own using EQ7 but am a little intimidated to try it. Thank you all for your help & lmk if you find any modern looking sewing machine pattern in the future. I’ll keep checking back.



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    Strange! my wording didn't come up.
    I believe 75% would be good to reduce the one you have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craftyjulz View Post
    Does anyone know the percentage I’d have to decrease it by for sure if I wanted it to become 12”? 75% right?
    That is correct.

    The easiest way to determine percentage for enlarging or reducing is to divide.

    12 divided by 16 is .75, which is smaller than 1, so you're going to a smaller block and would set the copier to 75%.

    16 divided by 12 is 1.33, which is greater than 1, that means you're enlarging the 12" to 16", and you'd set the copier to 133%.

    This math works with any size you start with and any size you want to finish.
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