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    Yes, I really did design a 7-SIDED KALEIDOSCOPE BLOCK!!! I remember that day in Dec. when I did lots of circles, angles, patterns and when I laid it out, I couldn't get the 8th wedge in!!! Oh no....that means either two darks or two lights come together in the block. I continued anyway. I tore pages out of a phone book, drew my patterns, strip pieced the wedge, laid the pattern on top, cut it out adding 1/4" around, and voila....7 sides instead of 8! Must've grabbed the wrong pattern!! haha. What do we do now????? What was I thinking???? I now have an odd quilt. I just laid the blocks out all sewn together except the bottom left is just laid out for now. We'll make the best of it!! We can turn it around!! I hope. Thanks for looking at my K block gone bad! :oops: :oops: :roll:
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    You could always put it together however it will go, then turn under the raw edges 1/4" & machine applique it onto a background - maybe a black one... ? :D
    It is very cool looking!

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    we all make wonderful things out of our "accidents".
    keep going, it will be beautiful.

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    It looks okay, too...BUT if you move one piece, it might be okay (note: MIGHT)....on the bottom left piece....there's a red next to the empty space...switch that with the light blue and see what happens??????

    Oh - never mind...then you'd have 2 lights together!!! Yeah, black background...that'd work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zyxquilts
    You could always put it together however it will go, then turn under the raw edges 1/4" & machine applique it onto a background - maybe a black one... ? :D
    It is very cool looking!

    I like that idea!! Black background sounds perfect and applique it on like a Dresden Plate? That may work great. I am now skeptical that it won't come together like it's pictured because of the odd size. thank you, zyx, I think I'll go with your idea!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    we all make wonderful things out of our "accidents".
    keep going, it will be beautiful.
    that's so true! Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    It looks okay, too...BUT if you move one piece, it might be okay (note: MIGHT)....on the bottom left piece....there's a red next to the empty space...switch that with the light blue and see what happens??????

    Oh - never mind...then you'd have 2 lights together!!! Yeah, black background...that'd work!
    Yes, I have my choice in each block to either put 2 darks side by side or 2 lights. I can choose 2 darks and my 2nd dark would be all MED. darks to distinguish one from another. That could work well. I can tell this project is going to be fun. I can picture me making a wheel out of this, adding a body, and making it look like a gigantic WAGON!!! I'll fill it with flowers then! haha.

    :-D :D

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    Could you put them together like rectangles instead of '7'agons?

    ETA: Oops......didn't pick up that they are already sewn. Sorry :oops:

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    Worse come to worse, you could make placemats with them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Tapioca
    Could you put them together like rectangles instead of '7'agons?

    ETA: Oops......didn't pick up that they are already sewn. Sorry :oops:
    You were right!! They aren't all sewed together, just individually they are. The blocks are all just laying out relaxing and waiting to see what I'll do with them. hahah. I don't think they will fit together, 2 will, maybe 3 will, but 4 won't go. Yikes.

    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueDor
    Worse come to worse, you could make placemats with them
    That's an idea!! I think I like the idea of treating them like a Dresden Plate, on black, appliqued on. What an oddity!! We'll all come up with the perfect answer!!

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    Lands sakes, I think it is gorgeous. I wouldn't known if you had not pointed it out. Love ya heart, you are too hard on yourself.

    Blessings in disguise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr
    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Tapioca
    Could you put them together like rectangles instead of '7'agons?

    ETA: Oops......didn't pick up that they are already sewn. Sorry :oops:
    You were right!! They aren't all sewed together, just individually they are. The blocks are all just laying out relaxing and waiting to see what I'll do with them. hahah. I don't think they will fit together, 2 will, maybe 3 will, but 4 won't go. Yikes.

    :D
    I was thinking of alternating them pointy end to flat end (does that make any sense?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by zyxquilts
    You could always put it together however it will go, then turn under the raw edges 1/4" & machine applique it onto a background - maybe a black one... ? :D
    It is very cool looking!
    I was thinking the same thing :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrspete
    Lands sakes, I think it is gorgeous. I wouldn't known if you had not pointed it out. Love ya heart, you are too hard on yourself.

    Blessings in disguise!

    Ruth
    Yes, I am too hard on myself! Thank you so much, mrspete! Love your encouragement!! I think it might have a chance at becoming something -- just not sure what right now. I'll be sure and let you guys see the final result!!

    :-D :wink: :wink: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniCC
    Quote Originally Posted by zyxquilts
    You could always put it together however it will go, then turn under the raw edges 1/4" & machine applique it onto a background - maybe a black one... ? :D
    It is very cool looking!
    I was thinking the same thing :)
    Yes, I think I'll go with this idea! Love the black background idea too!

    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Tapioca
    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr
    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Tapioca
    Could you put them together like rectangles instead of '7'agons?

    ETA: Oops......didn't pick up that they are already sewn. Sorry :oops:
    You were right!! They aren't all sewed together, just individually they are. The blocks are all just laying out relaxing and waiting to see what I'll do with them. hahah. I don't think they will fit together, 2 will, maybe 3 will, but 4 won't go. Yikes.

    :D
    I was thinking of alternating them pointy end to flat end (does that make any sense?)
    I'm still trying to figure that out! You mean flipflop them?? I have 3 circular units so far and I just laid them together so you could see the possibility of them adjoining one another. But because of their odd number, it won't work for 4 units together. there's a gap of a few inches that would need a plug! lol.

    :-D

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    [quote=n2scraplvr You mean flipflop them??

    :-D[/quote]

    yes, I thought if you flip-flopped them, they might make
    rectangles that would fit together and form a cool light/dark pattern

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    [quote=Lady Tapioca]
    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr You mean flipflop them??

    :-D[/quote

    yes, I thought if you flip-flopped them, they might make
    rectangles that would fit together and form a cool light/dark pattern
    I just tried it with 2 of them and it becomes a parallelogram! That just gave me a great idea! It now looks like a block from the 20's called String Star that's made of all scraps. The only difference between the SS and mine is the scraps run vertically instead of horizontally. So if I put 6 of these stars together in a spiral, it will look fantastic! Alot better than an odd-shaped K block that doesn't fit together too well. Another thing is that it's hard to get the center points together adequately with 7 wedges. So now I'm leaning to your idea. The shape now resembles a kite so it would pass well for a String Star quilt. haha. I think. haha. :-D :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr
    Yes, I really did design a 7-SIDED KALEIDOSCOPE BLOCK!!! I remember that day in Dec. when I did lots of circles, angles, patterns and when I laid it out, I couldn't get the 8th wedge in!!! Oh no....that means either two darks or two lights come together in the block. I continued anyway. I tore pages out of a phone book, drew my patterns, strip pieced the wedge, laid the pattern on top, cut it out adding 1/4" around, and voila....7 sides instead of 8! Must've grabbed the wrong pattern!! haha. What do we do now????? What was I thinking???? I now have an odd quilt. I just laid the blocks out all sewn together except the bottom left is just laid out for now. We'll make the best of it!! We can turn it around!! I hope. Thanks for looking at my K block gone bad! :oops: :oops: :roll:
    If you add strips of white, black, or red to "square up" each block you would get a really neat septagon - star - diamond as in this diagram.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catmcclure
    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr
    Yes, I really did design a 7-SIDED KALEIDOSCOPE BLOCK!!! I remember that day in Dec. when I did lots of circles, angles, patterns and when I laid it out, I couldn't get the 8th wedge in!!! Oh no....that means either two darks or two lights come together in the block. I continued anyway. I tore pages out of a phone book, drew my patterns, strip pieced the wedge, laid the pattern on top, cut it out adding 1/4" around, and voila....7 sides instead of 8! Must've grabbed the wrong pattern!! haha. What do we do now????? What was I thinking???? I now have an odd quilt. I just laid the blocks out all sewn together except the bottom left is just laid out for now. We'll make the best of it!! We can turn it around!! I hope. Thanks for looking at my K block gone bad! :oops: :oops: :roll:
    If you add strips of white, black, or red to "square up" each block you would get a really neat septagon - star - diamond as in this diagram.
    Thank you so much, catmcclure, for this wonderful diagram depicting the images together!! What a help this is!! I had envisioned doing strips of black bands around each one to highlight their shapes and then scraps of many colors after that to square it up and join the blocks that way. Now that you've shown me what it will look like, I will proceed this way. There's no way I want to applique all those on individual squares so this is the perfect solution and I think I'll be able to pull this one off color-wise and definitely block-wise!! Wish I had one of the EQ series, but I could've drawn this in MS Paints or used CorelDraw. Oh, gosh, this is just fabulous! I can picture the outcome better now and it may not be so odd after all. Kudos!!!

    :D :D :thumbup:

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    Now I see that there's not much room as I thought for the strip piecing of the sides so I'll just do it in all black for the background to bring out the colors of the septagon....and then there's the possibility of making the blocks further apart and giving less definition to the overall effect. That looks neat joined closely together......hmmmm :D :D :D

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    Eagerly awaiting photos! I'm sure you've come up something very cool......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Tapioca
    Eagerly awaiting photos! I'm sure you've come up something very cool......
    That's me alright!! Only God knows how I get in jams and He's ALWAYS getting me out!! haha. If I allow Him, He'll do something spectacular with this!! Actually, He already has because 7 is God's number!! He's working on a quilt for us too only we don't get to see it 'til we cross the Jordan!!

    :-D :-D The Lord will enjoy this thread as much as anyone if I keep talking about Him!! No telling what He will do then!! ha. :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr
    Now I see that there's not much room as I thought for the strip piecing of the sides so I'll just do it in all black for the background to bring out the colors of the septagon....and then there's the possibility of making the blocks further apart and giving less definition to the overall effect. That looks neat joined closely together......hmmmm :D :D :D
    If you make the Stars bright yellow and the diamonds black you'd have a really interesting secondary pattern.

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