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Thread: Heres my first harlequin block!!!! (thanks Gmarie!!)

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    I checked out a couple of sites last night for Gmarie, who was looking for instructions, so I thought why not - lets have a go myself!!

    I found a fairly good tutorial on www.bobrow.net, click on kimberleys webpage and go to her quilting page, then to all night tutorial

    Heres a couple of pictures, my fabric choice wasn't so good, as it was only a practice piece. :D
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    whatchoo talkin' about, willis? the fabric choices are just fine. the block is a 5-thumbs-up, at least. :P

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    I love it!
    It's bright and I love it!
    What can I say??

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    Thanks Patrice, I think a bolder print which would show the effect would have been better, but this is only the beginning....... :D

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    That's an awesome job!! The back is as nice as the front--you know what I mean. The colors are fine too!!

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    I see nothing wrong, in fact, I think ya' done good :D

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    Great block and fabric. I like the kaleidoscope effect of the center. You did a really good job of fussy cutting to get the right effect!

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    I think it's wonderful! I love the fabric and the design in the center. :thumbup:

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    hi izzy, the block is fabulous and i love your color choices. i especially like that the back is so elegant. now that is good workmanship :!: :wink: :!: :wink: :!:

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    Well I am LEARNING so much from you guys, glad your encouragement is improving my skills :D

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    I think it looks absolutely great. At least you are trying something new - I think I am a big chicken.

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    Love it, colors are fantastic!

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    I love your fabric! That blue is so intense against the pattern. It rocks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltwoman
    I love your fabric! That blue is so intense against the pattern. It rocks!
    Julie
    I think thats the Spanish sunshine for you!!

    Thanks for all your enthusiasm :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    Great block and fabric. I like the kaleidoscope effect of the center. You did a really good job of fussy cutting to get the right effect!
    i agree with bj and it really looks good! in fact i love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    Great block and fabric. I like the kaleidoscope effect of the center. You did a really good job of fussy cutting to get the right effect!
    This is not so hard bg - heres how I did it

    Start by finding a fabric that has an obvious pattern repeat of about 8-10".

    I didn't want to 'waste' fabric so I used my 6" square ruler and positioned the centre exactly over the same focus point in the fabric repeat and cut it out eight times.

    (If you have any clear plastic square you can use it, I only have the 6")

    (the 'stack n whack' idea is to cut strips across the width and then cut them up into 6" squares but I only wanted a practice go!!)

    So I had 4 identical pieces 6" square.

    Stick a flat head pin EXACTLY through the fabric to keep all patterns aligned, on each half of the square (out of the way of your rotary cutter).

    TURN the bundle over so that the pin sticks straight up, fabric flat on table, perfectly aligned on top of each other, using the pins as guides.

    Cut them all in half diagonally -Mind those pointy up pins now!!
    (I find when I put pins in horizontally, the fabric shifts out of allignment!!)

    This provides enough for two harlequins, one from each pile of triangles.

    Cut two 8" squares and cut them in half and 4 rectangles, you need to remember to include the seam allowances for the external edge of the finished block, the amount isnt imperative, I find its better to be generous, as it gives you excess to trim up square at the end!!

    Piece together in quarters, then halves etc.

    Now to coin an american phrase - Is that as clear as mud??????????? :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izy
    I checked out a couple of sites last night for Gmarie, who was looking for instructions, so I thought why not - lets have a go myself!!

    I found a fairly good tutorial on www.bobrow.net, click on kimberleys webpage and go to her quilting page, then to all night tutorial

    Heres a couple of pictures, my fabric choice wasn't so good, as it was only a practice piece. :D
    Izy: Nothing wrong with your color choices...they are very, very pretty.
    Good job and I'm off to Bobrow site to get the pattern. You inspired me to try this block. Thank you.

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    Very nice job

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    I give it a 10..... I actually like the colors. Was that hard to do?

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    Wow! Awesome job! I love that block, but, yes, it was as clear as mud.

    Maybe due to my headache today, but doesn't seem quite "doable" for me yet.

    MJ

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    you did an awesome job-if you are that successful the first time you attempt something new, then you are a VERY talented lady---wait a minute-you are talented even if it takes you several tries. :D I love your fabric choices. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    Wow! Awesome job! I love that block, but, yes, it was as clear as mud.

    Maybe due to my headache today, but doesn't seem quite "doable" for me yet.

    MJ
    Purple: I hope you get over your headache really soon.

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    Izy, You did really good there. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

    The colours are great, whatchu on about :D :D :D

    Elle

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    This has had a revival....I did it back in April, about 3am if I remember rightly lol!!

    If you go to http://www.bobrow.net - click on Kimberley, and look for all night class, you will find a really good tutorial, it really isn't very complicated at all, and the bolder the pattern on the fabric the more you can emphasis the harlequin effect!!

    I might do some additional blocks.....then again....will I ever catch up with all I plan to do??????????? :roll:

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    http://www.bobrow.net/kimberly/Quilts/AllNightClass/index.html here is the direct link........good tutorial

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