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Thread: Our Challenge Block Swap will be extended March 15th 2009 / update from Bebe 1/18!!

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    Puzwiz, glad to here Bebe was able to help you. That's one great thing about our little challenge!

    What a great compliment Nellie!

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    Glad it worked for you Puzwhiz!!!! Okay now make the block and post it okay???????

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    LOL I'm almost done. My hip starting bothering me, so I quit for the night. It'll be done tomorrow. Yea!

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    I hate to be the village idiot, but I made a block today and I followed all the instructions and it came out 12 inches.

    So, then I tried to add half an inch to the cuttings, but in patterns with half square triangles, I ran into major problems.

    I added a border around the one square I did, but I think I'm going to have to redo it.

    The other block I attempted, the bear tracks, was a disaster. I'm afraid I'm not much good at this stuff. I don't know how to sew these blocks so they'll be 12.5 inches and I thoroughly messed up when I tried.

    What are you all doing to get 12.5 inches on 12 blocks?????


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    Cordelia, I have made 5 of the blocks and have a 6th in production and they all came out 12.5 inches. I am very careful with the 1/4" seam and so far all has worked fine. That is my only suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cordelia
    I hate to be the village idiot, but I made a block today and I followed all the instructions and it came out 12 inches.

    So, then I tried to add half an inch to the cuttings, but in patterns with half square triangles, I ran into major problems.

    I added a border around the one square I did, but I think I'm going to have to redo it.

    The other block I attempted, the bear tracks, was a disaster. I'm afraid I'm not much good at this stuff. I don't know how to sew these blocks so they'll be 12.5 inches and I thoroughly messed up when I tried.

    What are you all doing to get 12.5 inches on 12 blocks?????
    Cordelia, I've been in the same boat as you. I made the butterfly block and once it was too small and the next time...too big. So I'm thinking that I will be much more careful about the 1/4" on my next attempt. I think that maybe I'll cut each block 1/8" larger than necessary, then cut them down as I go. I also think I'll measure each component before I sew all those suckers together. My seam ripper gets enough of a workout. But...this is great for me since I'll learn how to be better. :wink:

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    That's the first thing my mom said, check your 1/4 inch seams. I measured them, they were 1/4 inch seams.

    I followed the directions, measured them, 12 inch block.

    The site said a block is 12 inches, that's what I ended up with.

    I just may have to put 1/2 inch borders around my blocks if I can't get them to 12.5 inches. I don't know what else to do.

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    Has anyone made the Housewife block yet, for ccbear? I have it cut out and it looked simple enough, but I'm having trouble getting it together.
    HELP!......lol

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    Cordelia,
    A few ideas that might help.

    On a scrap piece of fabric, sew what you think your 1/4 seam is. Then measure it. You want a scant 1/4 because when you press your seam open, you lose a little on each side. That little bit can compound over time.

    If you have some scrap blocks, try this. Cut them to 4 inches. Then w/ a pencil and your handy dandy ruler, mark your 1/4 seams. Sew on the inside of your drawn line. Press and measure and see if you can get a 12.5 inch row.

    Clear as mud?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cordelia
    I hate to be the village idiot, but I made a block today and I followed all the instructions and it came out 12 inches.

    So, then I tried to add half an inch to the cuttings, but in patterns with half square triangles, I ran into major problems.

    I added a border around the one square I did, but I think I'm going to have to redo it.

    The other block I attempted, the bear tracks, was a disaster. I'm afraid I'm not much good at this stuff. I don't know how to sew these blocks so they'll be 12.5 inches and I thoroughly messed up when I tried.

    What are you all doing to get 12.5 inches on 12 blocks?????
    Doo you press each section as you do them? This makes a big difference for me. It is amazing how much bigger the pieces are after they are pressed. I also try to sew 1 thread much from the quarter line. Just a smiggen makes abig difference. I also have a worn out seam ripper. LOL Good thing they are not too expensive.

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    Here is my redo for the No Name Block for Marianne. I hope you like it.

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    That block is very nice puzwhiz and your points are all nice and sharp. Great work!
    Have you tried the Housewife block yet for ccbear? I need some help with that one.
    Let me know.

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    I've done it, Deb I send you a couple of pointers in a PM, because I got your note before I looked here.

    Here are my photos... At the top is Housewife for CCBear, and below is the pinwheel I made from the extra triangles Quilter's Cache had us cut and sew. See how my first pinwheel is spinning the way quilter's cache shows it, but the other pinwheel spins the other way?

    That's because we cut out squares and cut them and sewed them and cut them again. Without telling us which ones to line up it's very easy to sew the wrong triangles of brown and off white to the bigger tan ones. Trust me my seam ripper found that out.

    Hope this helps, but feel free to ask anymore questions you need!

    These are the extra pieces from the making of this block. They had us cut to many I guess to help sewing the triangles together.
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    Thanks, Deb.

    No, I have not done the Housewife yet. I was waiting for you to work it out, so that I could learn from you. Hee. Hee

    Debbie

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    Puwhiz you're No Name Block #2 looks wonderful so much better! I'm glad you were able to find and fix your trouble! :D Isn't it nice to have each other?

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    Thank you, Elizabeth. Oh, yes it sure is.

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    hi elizbeth can you pm me as well before i start on this block nellie

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    Let's see here.... Notes and Tips for Housewife

    I don't know about all of you, but I start on the last page with the supplies list.
    (color number one and it's cutting information isn't part of troublesome area)
    Color #2 is the DARKEST Color and it says to cut one 2 7/8" X 23" strip
    and TWO 5 1/4" squares
    Color #3 is the LIGHTEST Color and says to cut exactly the same thing. One 2 7/8" X 23" strip
    and TWO 5 1/4" squares
    All these are fine and go ahead and cut them as listed.

    So now we've cut out those things we're off to page one. Page one is just fine - follow it along past the speed piecing of the two strips you cut. The last paragraph on this page starts off Then Stack your Color 2 and your Color 3. Follow that paragraph. At the very end it says you will have four quarter square triangles. That is not correct, you will really have eight quarter square triangles because the directions told you to cut two squares of each color. Take a good look at those quarter square triangles.

    Line them up together with the longest edge lined up with your stomach sorting them to match shape and color (In my photos I have marked these lines Black in the Housewife block and pink in the "extra" block.) Here you will find that four of your quarter square triangles have the darkest color on the left, where as the extra four have the lightest color on the left!

    For our Housewife block you want to only use the quarter square triangles with the darkest side on the left.

    Now that we have pulled the extras from our work we can proceed to page 2 and sewing the medium color triangles to the quarter square triangles that have the darkest triangle on the left. Spinning these to ensure you are using the correct ones before sewing the medium color triangles on will ensure you don't have to dig out the seam ripper (like me).

    Those extras are yours to keep, make a second block if you'd like.

    Keep in mind following these directions you do need to cut both sets of squares! Each cut square only gives you half of each pinwheel. Two correct ones and two wrong ones.

    I have added photos so you can visually see what I mean. Feel free to ask if you need more clarification! :D


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    puzwhiz, your "redone" block looks just great! I'm so glad you were able to figure out what was happening...you did a wonderful job with this one!

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    Great job Puzwhiz glad the tips I gave you worked!!!

    Elizabeth, Barsbus and quiltwoman thanks for all the helpful hints you have put out to help all of us figure out how to do these blocks. The blocks are challenging and require careful attention. Remember that is why this is called a block challenge most of these blocks are difficult to make so it is an experience for all of us. Aren't we glad we only have to make one of each block???

    Ladies you are all doing a great job!!!!!!!!

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    I love my block Elizabeth. I'm sorry that some of you are having touble with it. I guess that I should have tried the pattern out before I picked it but it did not look difficult when reading the pattern.

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    Well, here's my failed block. I don't let things to go waste, so this will be a small throw pillow.

    On the other hand, I do have four embroidered butterfly blocks that Annmarie can choose from. They measure 9 inches, but I can enlarge them.



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    Those are so cute! Love the cat.

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    Wow - hard choice Cordelia!!! But the winner is the lovely butterfly in the lower left corner. It looks pink on my screen. Thanks so much. This is sooooooooooo much fun, isn't it?

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    well cordelia i don,t know about fail, but i think there beauitful blocks, don,t be to hard on yourself ,beauitful work keep it up nellie

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