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Thread: Friendship Block ??????

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    I made this today to see what it would look like and yes I need to practice on the points matching up but Would a solid black are one of the other fabrics look better than this combination..??????? :-o :-o :-o
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    this is blending into each other because the scale of the pattern on both fabrics are the same even though the background fabric is a different color.

    you can use pattern next to pattern but then one of the fabrics should have a much smaller scale print so the eye can distinguish between the 2.

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    This looks like a starfish to me. I like it. It is busy but very pleasant. Good job

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    Yes, a solid black would make the other part of the design pop. Even if you used solid black for the "arms" and stuck with the bubbles in the center it would make a difference.

    Testing fabrics together is a great way to learn design elements!

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    Thats why I made one to see how it looked. Something just dosen't look good about it . I wonder if a plain black would look better for the star. I posted my fabrics on the black and white exchange topic.. I put black just in the center but I am confused. Now I feel like I should just back out now.

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    Oh no!!! Don't back out. Just try again and use plain black for the star. I think that would be great. We have all made a block and stepped back and realized it wasn't what we thought it would be. It's just one block. Try again. I'm sure the next one will be great.

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    I am making 4 graduation quilts using the friendship star-it is one of my favorities. My backgrounds are all white on white and the stars are different colors.This way the star pops out of the block. I would use white for the background and the darker black/white fabric for the stars.

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    don't back out now - this is how you learn.

    we all make design decision and some we like and others we don't - this will continue thru your entire quilting career.

    when i make a new quilt i'll make 2. one i use to learn on and work all the bugs out of the pattern and then the 2nd quilt is the nice quilt. i've been doing it this way since my 1st day of quilting.

    you could either choose a very small scale print for the background or use a solid color.

    you did a great job and this is really the best time to learn - you have an entire forum willing to help you.

    no one is expectingt a "quilt show" block out of this swap - this is just fun and a way for us to share our work with our friends.




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    Thanks I think I will make one with black background and maybe one with white background. Thanks again for the encouragement. My daughter said mom you are way to hard on yourself You told the group you were not experienced and I learned that she took a quilting class for fun in college she is a math and computer technology major. You learn something everyday, :roll: :roll: I was amazed to learn this about her I said well girl we must get together and you teach your mom some tricks. She said if it is math give it to me if it is sewing you get it. Gotta love those kids.

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    how lucky to have another person who can quilt in the house.

    i don't really have anyone local to help. DH can help with color and if he thinks it looks nice but that's it.

    i just spent the night ripping out seams of a quilt i'm working on because it wasn't lining up correctly.

    i ripped out 3 days worth of work and i have to go back to the beginning.

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    Your construction of the block looks great. Good job. As someone else posted I think the problem is that the scale of the prints is too similar. I think if you play around with the fabrics you'll find that you'll be pleased with the results.

    BTW, I have many orphan blocks that were tryout blocks that didn't make the cut or turn out with the overall feel that I wanted from it. That's why it is very important to make a sample block first before cutting all the blocks out for an entire quilt. So, you're on the right track! Try, try again.

    Don't forget to show us your next attempt. And don't you dare drop out. This is what these swaps are all about and why we are ALL here on this forum. Encouragement, comraderie and learning from each other.

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    I would use a solid black for the background. You can do some bonding with you daughter. It's fun to learn something about your kids you didn't know! Continue to show your blocks. Keep with it!!!!!

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    See i'd totally get some fabric markers or paint and go to town coloring that beauty in!! lol :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by adyldrop
    See i'd totally get some fabric markers or paint and go to town coloring that beauty in!! lol :lol:
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    What a fabulous idea!

    They're gorgeous fabrics, I really like them. Please don't give up, everyone has a wee hidden stash of blocks that range from "something not quite right" to just plain ugly! ;-)

    I like the suggestion above of black points (the half triangles) and the white in the middle.

    That's the beauty of EQ, you can scan your fabrics in and preview the block without sewing a stitch. :-)

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    Don't give up!!! Place that block someplace and try another fabric :D I have a collection of blocks that will be a picnic/camping quilt!!! I thought who cares what it looks like as long as it keeps the back end warm :lol: :lol: :roll: :roll: :lol: :lol: As long as I am learning I WILL make mistakes. :wink: :wink:

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    The only way we learn is by trial and error. so don't give up! I have a whole basket of blocks that didn't work, just donated 14 of them to another place on this board. So keep trying until you get the look you want!


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    adyldrop wrote:

    See i'd totally get some fabric markers or paint and go to town coloring that beauty in!! lol


    LOL
    What a fabulous idea!
    See anytime I see B&W's I have a horrible urge to color.... :lol: :shock: 8) gotta be careful cuz i can't color in other people's clothes on them but oh do i wanna sometimes!!

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    Don't give up - I think that block goes together quite quickly, so just crank out a couple more and see what works. - Make hot pads out of the ones you don't think you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachlady
    Make hot pads out of the ones you don't think you like.
    Good suggestion....a kitchen necessity that we all need...now I have a new home for my stray blocks. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    Oh no!!! Don't back out. Just try again and use plain black for the star. I think that would be great. We have all made a block and stepped back and realized it wasn't what we thought it would be. It's just one block. Try again. I'm sure the next one will be great.
    She's right, tslowery...just made a block...long story short, wasn't happy, started re-doing, got inot "zone", yesterday, and so far, new one, looks mah-vel-ous. Don't back out, please.
    no - I can do this better (s),
    and no - progress.
    You needed to do this block. Now you need to keep going!!! :wink:

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    I'd go with the solid. Your middle is getting lost. BUT I think your doing a terrifuc job. :D

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    i have been quilting for about 5 years now. i STILL am trying to learn to match fabrics to get just the right look. don't despair - keep all your 'experimental' blocks and make a quilt out of them - call it 'Life'!!! :shock:

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    Everyone has already commented about the patterns being too close in size. One thing I didn't see mentioned yet is this. The points at the edges should come together 1/4" from the edge of the block. This leaves the seam allowance to attach this block to others in the quilt and still see the points. From the picture, it appears the points meet right at the edge of the block.

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    Okay ladies This mess kept me awake half the night. I am a little COD and my mind would not shut down, got to bed at 3am and I was up at 7.30 this morning saying ok I will try something different. I ripped those two apart and boy will I notttttt do that again. :lol: :lol: :lol: I go for the keep the ugly blocks and eventually I will make an ugly guilt :lol: :lol: Thanks for all of your suggestions and thanks for some being private I like all the feedback tho. My daughter told me this morning that this may not be such a good idea for me (since I want everything to be perfect and that is just not so in a not so perfect world Mom U are to hard on your self U need to enjoy the process not obsess over every stitch) So I will try to do this again with your help and understanding. WHICH OF THESE DO WE LIKE. Are do I keep trying.
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    I like them both. I could see a quilt made from alternating these 2 blocks throughout. Nice job!!!

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