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Thread: Batik Block Swap 12.5 - Signups thru 5-31-13 - Due 7-31-13

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustysMomma View Post
    I wish I had needle adjustment on my machine. I'll be making mine big & trimming it down. I also plan to pick up a square ruler this weekend.
    For your rulers, check out Ebay if you aren't coupon shopping and/or in a rush. I have found several really good deals on multi-ruler packs that are brand new & name brand.
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    I have a computerized sewing machine I have the Brother NX-2000. I did move the needle to the right. I think I am just going to give up on that block and find something else to do. Thanks for all your help.
    I collect Seraphim Angels

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMamaHauser View Post
    For your rulers, check out Ebay if you aren't coupon shopping and/or in a rush. I have found several really good deals on multi-ruler packs that are brand new & name brand.
    Joann is doing their "Daffodil Sale" and has all their notions 50% off, and they have a few different rulers on their site. I've about decided to make the drive to Montgomery, AL tomorrow for the several things I need from there. They also have their FQ's for $.99 through tomorrow, all their clearance fabric is 50% off, "stars & stripes" fabric collection 50% off....and their batiks are on sale for $7-9/yard.

    I'm going to see what I can find there before I shop online for it.

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    I hope you just put it aside and go back to it later. I feel your frustation. Truly I do been there one that chock one up for the brat she hits that road block ALL the time.

    Dustysmomma no no shopping for me. I have lots of good things. I would love to see what they have but then I think I need to use what I have more. Rulers and such are probably amongst the basic essentials when your quilting. I spoke to someone the other day who said hand cut with scissors their pieces. OMG I would never get a block that worked if I didnt have a rotary ruler. I would kill my fabrics! I think the early quilters were to be seriously admired if you think of the tools they had to work with. We are sooo lucky!

    Batiks batiks.. I think I will make some pretty purple/blue blocks as my first set. I just have to finish two other projects and I am all in for getting my first set done. I might make a starter block to share so we can get the color party started
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    Wal-mart is also clearancing out a bunch of their rulers and sewing stuff, check your store...

    I hope to be playing with batiks this weekend or will at least post a teaser for some fun color combos.

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    I am procrastinating on another project and did my first set of 6 today. I tried to come up with something that was in my stash. The block is from the current BOM project called "Sisters' Ten Modern BOM" that I found online.

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    what a great pattern to showcase batiks! i want it!! love your block kelly. I love lots of blocks without hst's. they are truly fun to make. ok with hst. not too great with qst. it gets dicier the smaller that triangle gets so I can safely say you wont be receiving any qst blocks from the brat.

    Kelly after you scared me about breaking the needle if I move it to the middle i have learned to use it to the left and its totally fine. I put that blue tape down on the front plate and it helps guide my fabric in perfectly. I am a hot mess without that tape. lol but it works for me so I am happy.
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    Started on my blocks today came out nice,now for the next 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisabrat View Post

    Kelly after you scared me about breaking the needle if I move it to the middle...
    When I told you that, I was talking about putting the needle in the middle WITH a 1/4" foot. The 1/4" foot for our machine doesn't have as big of an opening as the "J" foot (the one with a little black knobby thing & a spring on the side). If you aren't using the special foot, you shouldn't really have an issue with your needle breaking.
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    Well, I dove off the fabric moratorium head first today. I went to Joann and stocked up for a while. I spent over $200 & most of what I bought was fabric. I got about 30 FQ's, most of which were batiks, for $.99 each, and I also picked up 3 different batiks on the clearance table for $3/yard. I was shocked to find any there.

    I also got a 4 piece Omnigrid square ruler pack with my 50% off coupon!

    Now to see how many sets I can whip up!

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    I hit the LQS too... I've got pretty much all the fabrics I need to do my last 4 sets. And, true to form, it is in the 60's today with snow for the next 2 days. Exactly the same as the last 2 weekends. I think this weekend I'm finally in the right mood to make use of the snow days.
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    Well I gave up on my blocks. Did 5 of them and couldn't get any of them to come out to 12 1/2 so I just decided to find another design. Where does everyone get their quilt blocks from?
    I collect Seraphim Angels

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    verna, try www.quilterscache.com They have lots of block ideas for you.
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    Try http://mywebquilter.com too. That's a very useful site for free patterns. You can do a design board on it, upload photos to be converted into quilts, and there are useful calculators too.

    I also use http://www.mccallsquilting.com/Block_Reference.html, http://www.quiltinaday.com/freepattern/, and http://www.compuquilt.com/CQFreeBlocks.htm

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    Thank you Mariposa and DustysMomma, I will check all three of them out.
    I collect Seraphim Angels

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    I usually hit Pinterest first and if nothing jumps out at me, I go into Google and search "quilt blocks" in the images tab. I've really gotten good at making my own directions based off the pictures - I almost never use the designer's instructions unless I can't figure something out... and I'm happy to help if you find something that needs to get interpreted into instructions
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    I would have never thought to look on Pinterest for quilt blocks. thanks for the tip to check them out.


    Quote Originally Posted by TheMamaHauser View Post
    I usually hit Pinterest first and if nothing jumps out at me, I go into Google and search "quilt blocks" in the images tab. I've really gotten good at making my own directions based off the pictures - I almost never use the designer's instructions unless I can't figure something out... and I'm happy to help if you find something that needs to get interpreted into instructions
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    you know I am about ready to give up. Decided to do Aunt Ruth Fancy quilt block, real simple, yeah right for some reason not me. I cut my material to where it came out to 13 1/2" still no good. I just can't figure out what the heck I am doing wrong. Now if I wasn't in this swap and doing the blocks they would come out great. GRRRRRRR!
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    Check out Jinny Beyers site also, found a lot of neat blocks on there.

    Quote Originally Posted by DustysMomma View Post
    Try http://mywebquilter.com too. That's a very useful site for free patterns. You can do a design board on it, upload photos to be converted into quilts, and there are useful calculators too.

    I also use http://www.mccallsquilting.com/Block_Reference.html, http://www.quiltinaday.com/freepattern/, and http://www.compuquilt.com/CQFreeBlocks.htm

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    dont give up. do a few blocks simple like contrary wife or maybe the monkey wrench? go to quilters cache. also when your sewing put your ruler under the needle slowly putyour needle down are you truly sewing 12.5 inchs? also go for only three row quilt blocks til you get it down. each row the squares are 4.5 inches before you sew them to the next one three in a row.. so as you sew a to b measure did it come out 8.5 inches when sewn? if its a bit larger trim it down or check that seam. you should get 12.5 if not say help! skip points stars that stuff til you get the 12.5 down. use your ugliest fabrics to play with it. you can ONLY get better girl. dont ever give up. just keep trying honest it works everyone here can tell you that I surely know this .. oodles of trial and errors.
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    I agree with elisabrat......dont give up. Keep trying. When I was working on blocks for another swap they kept coming up 12 1/4, went back and looked at my seams and they were about 3/8 instead of 1/4, so I adjusted my needle position to get scant 1/4, and today the blocks I was making have come out exactly 12 1/2. I am so excited.
    The other thing is what how you could be pressing your seams. I would start with some simpler blocks and again use your ugly fabric for practice. Keep trying it will happen, and come out right.
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    Thanks everyone for your encouragement. I am going to try it again today. If it doesn't come out that will be it for this swap and I will just have to work on it.
    I collect Seraphim Angels

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    block size

    I have a great idea! go to quilters cache. in patterns check out the 10 inch blocks. make one of those then put a border on it so you end up with a 12.5 inch block. this way if your 10 inch is say 1/8th an inch or a 1/4 inch too big too small you can adjust that border to make it work to be a 12.5 inch block! tada! just a thought but a good one. I have done this myself
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    Looking through my stash of batiks I have discovered that I have very little light colored batiks. I have lots that are multicolored. I haven't paid much attention to see if there are any batiks that are in the lighter color schemes.

    Yeah an excuse to go shopping and I will go to the new batik only shop here in the Dallas area, called Fabric Fanatics. Here is their link http://www.fabricfanatics.com/

    I first saw them at the Dallas Quilt show last month.
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    Keep trying, Verna... and using elisabrat's idea with the border is entirely acceptable too!

    The colors everyone used last time ranged from darks to brights to lights to earth tones so whatever you work with will fit in nicely!!

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