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Thread: What to do when your blocks just don't quite measure up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peel
    hi Yvonne,
    great idea for solving that problem, I'm attempting something similar for a t-shirt quilt. did you add coping strips opposite each other (ie top and bottom) or adjacent (ie top and one side). thanks for your input.

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    I added the coping strips on both sides on one corner, top and one side. Place the square ruler on the opposite corner line everything up the way you want and trim off the excess coping strips. Done!

    Coping strips can be added wherever you find you need a little more fabric. I've been known to add them to all four sides of a block! That was before I knew about making blocks all the same size. :lol:

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    What a great term - coping strips! I could use some coping strips for life :)

    I love the effect of the blocks . There's lots of room for the eye in that quilt.

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    yvonne,
    thanks for your immediate reply. top and side is what I was thinking. Or as many sides as necessary. Now I'm going to attack that t-shirt quilt, all blocks made and cut but they're different sizes, 12, 14, 16. doing a row at a time of like size blocks, but will need "coping" on some of them.

    But I like Z's idea also, coping strips for life, if we could only figure out how to do it.

    Thanks, both of you

    Peel

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    This reminds me of a three-year-old with too much sugar in his system: bouncing around the yard, laughing and chasing butterflies, foot-loose but safely confined. It make the 'happy' just bubble up inside me. I LOVE it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthiesRetreat3
    This reminds me of a three-year-old with too much sugar in his system: bouncing around the yard, laughing and chasing butterflies, foot-loose but safely confined. It make the 'happy' just bubble up inside me. I LOVE it!
    Your description made my day! Thank you so much!
    I'm submitting this with a big smile on my face.:D

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    Wow turned out lovely. Love the colors and how the block patterns pop out so that they are really evident not hidden by pattern or color. Nice job!

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    Yvonne,
    Your quilt is beautiful. So happy and cheerful looking. I teach a beginners quilting class and we have used the coping strips many, many times only have called them framing strips.I like the name"coping " better though as that is exactly what they do,cope with our uneven blocks. We usally add them to all 4 sides then use a square ruler to even the block up.Thanks for sharing this tip.
    From anther Yvonne (aka gramysews)

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    Hello Yvonne!
    You know, I considered putting the strips on all four sides of the quilt block but I found that two sides were sufficient and gave the quilt an added design element. Plus it was a whole lot faster! I mean, after 2 years it was time to finish this thing up! Now it's still unfinished (waiting for to be quilted) but it's closer than it was!
    TTFN, Yvonne

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    What a fresh looking lovely quilt!!! I love it!!! :lol:

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    thanks for sharing this with us, great tip

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    Looks great-I just love the colors you picked

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    Great quilt, could never tell you had any problem with sizing!

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    Lovely.

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    very nice.........

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    Excellent! Looks fantastic, well done turning a problem into a beauty

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    The quilt is pretty. I like the bright colors.

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    Yvonne, I really like your most recent top. I love how the yellow pops! What a great solution to your problem and I like how you staggered the blocks. It gives an additional dimension to your bom quilt. Are some of the blocks paper pieced? I've never tackled that yet and am hesitant to do it. I too, have a wip that I just got out of storage and am thinking about finishing it up (or at least seeing how much I can do until I go back to work on Wednesday).
    Go forth and sew!

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    I a always behind for some reason. I just finished a wall hanging that was supposed to be for Christmas last yr and have one quilt sandwiched and waiting to be quilted. I also have a quilt I put together 2 yrs ago that needs quilted.
    Our youngest son moved in with us a yr ago and since he was living in my sewing guest room I ended up with a small corner so I only used the machine when he was not here. Well he has decided to close in the front porch for my stull. It has outside walls with no windows yet, most of the insulation in the walls and most of my things in it. At least with a good light I have plenty of room to sew./ lol
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    It came out beautiful. I love the bright colors too.
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    You solved the problem beautifully........ it's another great quilt.

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    I LIKE IT !!! Great problem solving !!!It looks great.

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