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    Hello, like ctack2 the other day, I too am trying to locate an individual who was telling about her block design and then asking us to share with her our results. Well, I have checked my computer history and cannot find her. I also have been check marking the box at bottom of read stating I wanted to watch the posting but for some reason that never happened either. So, my next option is to share my photo here in hopes that the quilter will see it. My reason for wanting to share is that I learned a valuable lesson. One time I cut with one ruler and made two blocks. Liking what I saw (even though block seemed time consuming and with lots of bias to deal with), the next day I cut two more blocks but with a different ruler because the fabric and lines were more visible. Sure enough, check out my blocks--top two are larger than bottom two by approximately 1/4 inch. Now when I start a quilt, not only will I be writing down my stitch length, thread and which machine I am using but I will also be including which ruler I use. Because I have arthritis, I do not cut an entire project at one time; that would probably be the best but getting older delivers us another requirement. Just another lesson learned.
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    thanks for sharing, yes I just learn this also

    1. use the same ruler for the whole project
    2. use the same sewing machine for piecing

    This is so great that we can learn from others.

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    That is SO cool!!!

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    I like the light color scrappy look in your blocks. It looks like a tube quilt block. I posted recently a picture of two identical blocks each sewn by a different machine. One was over 1/2" smaller. It does make a difference when different tools are used.

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    Thank you for sharing this with us. It is a shame that the ruler manufacturers can't find a true measurement to all go by!

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    thanks BellaBoo and here is her link about using a different machine sewing the 1/4 inch seam

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-46693-1.htm

    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I like the light color scrappy look in your blocks. It looks like a tube quilt block. I posted recently a picture of two identical blocks each sewn by a different machine. One was over 1/2" smaller. It does make a difference when different tools are used.

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    thanks for sharng!

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    Morning BellaBoo - in answering your thought, no it is not a tube quilt block but one day I shall look that up and make one. Perhaps tube is something like Round-the-World blocks? Anyway, the instructions for these blocks are at the following location, maybe page five of her lead.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-46939-5.htm

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    Here i am. I really like what you did with your blocks. And yes you must use the same ruler. I like how your outside strips are moving in a different direction than mine did. It's going to look great when you are done. I can't wait to see it.

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    By the way don't click the watch button if you have posted on a thread it will automatically do it for you and you will get your notificationds.

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    Hello cjomomma, I doubt that I will make many more blocks because I do not have a lot of lighter colored scraps. But because I make gobs of charity quilts, I will probably make two more blocks and then put large fuzzy cut duck or animal focus fabric in center and then add borders. My goal this summer is to reduce my basket of strip fabrics and help my 10-yr-old granddaughter hone up her sewing skills. Thanks for for your response.
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    This photo was of my granddaughter last year or so when she was sewing together her blocks made from muslin with crayola drawings. We sure had fun making those blocks. She loved ironing but was scared of the pins. Her quilt was donated to Project Linus.

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    Oh what a neat idea, teach them early to give with an open heart. My 2 older ones have no interest in sewing but my 3 yr old tells me all the tome that when he gets older he wants to learn to make quilts.

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    So true cjomomma--teach them young. I had her sitting on my lap both at the piano and at the sewing machine when she could barely sit by herself. Today, at ten, she claims my little Bernia as her own (albeit it stays at grandma's house!) and she plays the piano. She was so excited when she called this last winter exclaiming that she could now play with two hands and moving on to the black keys. Love those little kiddies and it is up to us adults to keep the art of quilting alive. Thanks for the chat this morning; off I go to get my sewing day started.

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    I'm so sorry you had to learn the hard way, but thankfully my DM told me this from the get go to use same machine and ruler on each project. I think she learned the hard way and didn't want it to happen to me. One thing she didn't tell me was you had to square up the blocks before assembling, you can imagine what my first couple of quilts looked like before I found out about this useful tip,lol!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by All Thumbs
    Hello, like ctack2 the other day, I too am trying to locate an individual who was telling about her block design and then asking us to share with her our results. Well, I have checked my computer history and cannot find her. I also have been check marking the box at bottom of read stating I wanted to watch the posting but for some reason that never happened either. So, my next option is to share my photo here in hopes that the quilter will see it. My reason for wanting to share is that I learned a valuable lesson. One time I cut with one ruler and made two blocks. Liking what I saw (even though block seemed time consuming and with lots of bias to deal with), the next day I cut two more blocks but with a different ruler because the fabric and lines were more visible. Sure enough, check out my blocks--top two are larger than bottom two by approximately 1/4 inch. Now when I start a quilt, not only will I be writing down my stitch length, thread and which machine I am using but I will also be including which ruler I use. Because I have arthritis, I do not cut an entire project at one time; that would probably be the best but getting older delivers us another requirement. Just another lesson learned.
    Lovely blocks, thanks for sharing.

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    Those are such pretty blocks, just love their "motion." Bet they'll look just fine when you square them up. Thanks for the tip on the rulers, I like to spread my money around with the manufacturers on them, but guess should just stick to one brand in the future.

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    Great job, they are really nice blocks!

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    Yes, FarmerGirl, I have put a basic colored piece around each block to ease with that squaring up and now I will sew them all together for center of a charity quilt. From there I will build it into a rectangle and finally add huge borders to hopefully get an approx. 40x50 quilt. I think I have some butterfly fabric that I can piece together for 6-inch border. Nothing better to send cuddly love to sick children in hospitals or scared ones following their mothers to shelters and the like.

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