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Thread: Patriotic-Red, White & Blue Block Swap-Sign up closes May 1st, 2013

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    dj-- quite the block!!!! Great job!
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    Set 5 Spinning Wheel

    I like swaps like this...I can challenge myself to practice/learn new techniques without committing myself to a whole quilt. This block is paper-pieced, a technique that I can enjoy but one that challenges me tremendously. (It has taken me ten days to get these four finished!)

    I could not decide if I wanted to use four fabrics or to go all scrappy. So I did two of each!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie in WA View Post
    I like swaps like this...I can challenge myself to practice/learn new techniques without committing myself to a whole quilt. This block is paper-pieced, a technique that I can enjoy but one that challenges me tremendously. (It has taken me ten days to get these four finished!)

    I could not decide if I wanted to use four fabrics or to go all scrappy. So I did two of each!
    I love your blocks, great job.
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    Color placement is perfect & it shows wonderful movement! Way to go!!!

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    More gorgeous blocks! I think I'm more excited about getting blocks back from this swap than any swap I've ever done before. I'm going to be making lapquilts with mine. One of them will be in my brother's memory. That one will be mine. The other will go to my friend's DH's retirement home for one of the other residents there.
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    OMG the block photos all look so intricate ... I was thinking of doing a simple star, not sure now that I wanna join in the swap ...
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    I am breathless. Now are those ever pretty. Are they paper pieced? I like paper piecing.They look perfect. Where can I find the pattern incase I do not get one?
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    Terrific blocks Julie!! Lots of motion happening there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wraez View Post
    OMG the block photos all look so intricate ... I was thinking of doing a simple star, not sure now that I wanna join in the swap ...
    Don't be discouraged! I've made some pretty simple blocks, trying to figure out a machine I picked up, and I still think they're beautiful!

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    Regarding the Spinning Wheel block.....

    Whoops! A REALLY BIG WHOOPS!!

    The pattern is actually called Twirling Star! It was designed by Nancy Mahoney and it was published in the first volume of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine, Winter 2009.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wraez View Post
    OMG the block photos all look so intricate ... I was thinking of doing a simple star, not sure now that I wanna join in the swap ...
    Oh, please DO join the swap! A couple of my other blocks are simple, and I love the variety and creativity that many people bring to swaps! Stars are wonderful in patriotic colors..... Go for it! I'd love to get one of yours!

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    wraez, simple blocks lend balance, so PLEASE join the swap!

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    Kaleidoscope Block

    This block reminds me of the off air television screen when I was young or Twilight Zone music. I want to rework it in RWB for my patriotic quilt. Is it too much?
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    Hello all! I have had to stray away from working on my sets for this swap. Several others have to be finished and in the mail before this one. Hope to be done with them tomorrow so I can get back to peicing. Love everything posted hope to have one of each!!!

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    " was thinking of doing a simple star, not sure now that I wanna join in the swap ..."

    Please do join in with us! The blocks that I did are not complicated. We need every kind of block there is to balance our quilts. I personally love stars of any level. Even a simple 9 patch would fit in. I would never even attempt some of these blocks that have been shown here, but I sure would love to receive one of each of them. Every quilt needs places to rest the eye. Your fabrics can make even the simplest block gorgeous. The red, white and blue is what will tie everything together with this quilt. Please join us!!
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    "This block reminds me of the off air television screen when I was young or Twilight Zone music."

    You know, that block could be done by sewing strip sets and cutting with a specialty ruler. Since I don't have any of the specialty ones, I'm not sure if it would be a 30 or maybe 45 degree ruler? Maybe one of our ladies who have the rulers could enlighten us as to the correct one to use for it. (I have got to get some of these rulers for myself.)
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    Libster,
    It would also help if I could iron properly! LOL

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    " It would also help if I could iron properly!"

    I always iron each seam as soon as I sew it, before I do another seam. I always press to the dark side.
    With the block that you showed above: If you'll sew all your pressed units together into a completed block, then go to the center of your block (where all your seams come together)and UNSEW almost 1/4 inch, you can then fan out or swirl your seam ends a lot flatter. (Wow- that sentence sure was a mouthful, wasn't it?) That way you won't have a big lump in the middle of your block. It'll lay a whole lot flatter that way. Someone else may know an even better way to do it. Personally, I'm always up for learning something new or an easier way to do it.
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    Libster,
    I appreciate you very much. I'll give it a try!!!

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    This seems odd to me, but it works. According to Jan Krentz and Alex Anderson (Star block queens), you could press the seams open in these cases so that way there is much less bulk all the way around. I thought crazy, but when I was doing my star quilts and 8 point stars, they were correct, made it lay much better. I do only press when the block is assembles. I do mean PRESS. not iron. I also do not use a lot of steam, it seems to distort it on me. Once my quilt is assembled, then I do some steam pressing. Libster has the center right. Eleanor Burns has a You Tube video on it and I think a couple other people do as well if you do not understand the directions that Libster wrote so well.
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    "I appreciate you very much."

    Well, thank you, but I can't take credit for coming up with this. I'm just passing on what someone else helped me with. I've learned a whole lot by listening to other people's tips and suggestions. Just quilters helping quilters!
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    Love to share those tips as well. You Tube has become a great resource for myself. I have Mary Sue Collins book on minatures. That is where I learned a whole lot on piecing more accurate and watching how to do those seams. Tune into The Quilt Show, they have some freebies. You just have to subscribe which is free unless you want to watch the current ones. I find the tid bits they have on there are very helpful, and free, you can beat it. Right now they have Ricky Timms show this month which has some wonderful information on quilting and binding. Freebie!
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    I am in awe of you both!

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    Hi Everyone I have only one set completed, but am working on another two sets. Here's what I've done so far . . . what do you think???????????
    Thanks for looking - Katie

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    What a sweet blocks!
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