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Thread: Block bender - finished centre

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    Hello everyone. I got into these Block Bender quilts after drose posted a picture from the book on here. So I got the book by Margaret Miller, and here's my first attempt.

    I'd be grateful also to hear your preferences as to the setting, on point either way or straight set - my opinion changes by the hour!

    This is my own design based on my own grid. Initially I hoped to be able to piece it by cutting rectangles from two strips, like Rhonda's cut down method for HSTs but because of the angles and seam allowances of these Half Rectangle Triangles (can we call them 'HRTs'? :mrgreen: :lol: ) it didn't work. So I made the templates from template plastic as recommended in the book.

    It was quite time consuming but it's a process I really enjoyed - and it inspired me to colour code my scraps as well! :-D

    I have a dark Jinny Beyer fabric with a spectrum of dots running across it that I'd like to use for the border. This piece is 34" x 30". Thanks for looking and reading my waffle if you got this far! :lol:

    PIeced on point with the shaft of light running horizontally
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    Straight set
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    On point with the shaft of light running vertically
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    I like the first one, very nicely done.

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    That is too cool! I think I like the straight set. Please be sure to post the finished quilt - can't wait to see it!

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    Thank you - til now that was my LEAST favourite option, but now I see it on here, I think it's definitely the most bendy of the three!

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    Straight set for me - it gives more movement I think.
    Like it very much Kathryn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kittenquilts
    That is too cool! I think I like the straight set. Please be sure to post the finished quilt - can't wait to see it!
    Sorry we were posting at the same time! I meant the first one was my least favourite - I was leaning towards straight set as well until now! Aaarghh! :lol:

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    Well once I decide on straight or on point, I can put the borders on at least! Then I can decide which way up! But I still don't know so I'll shut up for a bit and see what ppl say... LOL

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    I like the first one. It is funny how taking a picture and looking at it on the computer ,gives us a different view of a block or quilt.

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    I like the first one best also, but they all look really cool.

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    I like the straight set too. It has side to side and vertical movement with the changing of the colors and sizes of the blocks. It almost appears to be folded on the edges. I think you loose that effect when you turn it on point for some reason that I haven't had enough coffee to figure out.

    Great play with color though, so what are the borders going to be and are you going to play with applique on this type of quilt too?

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    double post...

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    Here's some fabric I got recently that I thought would work for the border - it's Outback by Jinny Beyer. It doesn't have the full range of the spectrum, only purple, red and gold but I think it kind of goes. I don't know about anything else at this stage - I thought I'd keep it simple so as to not detract from the effect of the centre. I've got a couple of yards of this so enough to set it either way... but I'm veering back towards straight set again. :mrgreen:
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    That fabric is pretty K....great choice for the border!

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    The only one I don't care for is the first pic. Border fabric is good.

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    That is the coolest thing ever!

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    I never tire of seeing your beautiful work.

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    Too cool K, it's a bargello with HST's instead of strips!! And I like the square setting best, like someone else said, it makes the optical illusion more noticeable. What's the book again?

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    ok, I like it straight, is it good for anything other than a wall hanging? I mean can you make a whole quilt of it? would it be multiple blocks like this and then put together or would it be like one big block?
    you're getting pretty good at artsy fartsy!
    love it :thumbup:

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    I like the first one the most!

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    The first set looks like "it's blowing in the breeze"

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    ok, I like it straight, is it good for anything other than a wall hanging? I mean can you make a whole quilt of it? would it be multiple blocks like this and then put together or would it be like one big block?
    you're getting pretty good at artsy fartsy!
    love it :thumbup:
    Well you can make them as big or small as you like - I drew it on graph paper then called each square on paper an inch in the quilt. I could have doubled up to larger blocks, or made the original grid bigger but I wanted to start small to get the hang of it! I think I'll put a fairly wide border of the fabric above and leave it at that - but straight or the first pic? The jury's still out but my DH now says the first one. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    Too cool K, it's a bargello with HST's instead of strips!! And I like the square setting best, like someone else said, it makes the optical illusion more noticeable. What's the book again?
    Ermm they're mostly HRTs actually! The book is called Block Benders by Margaret Miller. :-D

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    These are gorgeous. I guess I'm going to be buying a book!

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    I like unique and unusual, love it. Like your background fabric, way too cool. I am going to look for that book, very creative.

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    i like the 3rd one and the border fabric is perfect

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