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Old 02-02-2020, 02:42 PM
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Frolic has been trimmed and staystitched. Now ready for borders, so happy! When I resized the picture it became slightly blurry.
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Old 02-02-2020, 03:18 PM
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I am so in awe of those who have finished!!! Beautiful quilts everyone! I also saw a lady today that had finished two Frolic Quilts!!! Oh my!

I have four more main blocks and one half block to do, then decide on my border. I am leaning on doing the Friendship Star I have seen on Facebook.

I think I am going to add my sashing strips to my blocks and half blocks also.

Decisions, decisions!! I am loving how it is turning out, and I am not in a hurry.


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Old 02-02-2020, 04:05 PM
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That's wonderful Tweety! Your fabrics all worked together so well, was that stash or bought specifically for this?? Are you going with the border as designed?

Despite my complaining about the setting triangle/waste fabric issue, I am enjoying this project especially as it nears completion. And like I said, before, I get the mystery aspects and why she had us do all those HST in the beginning even with the strong suspicion that they were going to be border (except I thought pinwheels, but I was close). Complainers like me are likely to go ahead with using them up but not willing to make them at this point in the project.

Since I am adding extra fabric to make my setting triangles, I think I am going to end up with 9 full extra blocks but my math has been off this whole time... I am still planning on slicing them in half and using them in the back, choosing the best variety of colors and workmanship for the top.

So this is what you need to add to make your non-pinwheel sets into 2 setting triangles instead of 1, should you wish to join me down the rabbit hole. You need two entire corner units each made up of a 4-patch, two neutrals, and 1 HST that you need to make (for a total of making two HST). Using the technique I've been using all along of an oversized square and drawing the line down the middle then stitching on either side of the line gives me both HST out of one each Refresh/Blue matching square. You also need those extra pinwheel pieces, again you need one square of each color cut in half. Since I cut oversized and trim down, I'm leaving them large until I trim the overall unit once it is assembled. At the end you have the two unused HST, I'm cool with that...
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Old 02-02-2020, 04:27 PM
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I have my top with all the sashings put together but can't decide on the borders. I want to put a one fabric border before adding the HSTs but I can't decide what color. I was thinking green but I don't have enough of any one green. So it's kind of berry, blue or neutral...
I did go with the horizontal layout and I'm very happy with it.
I have to make another comfort quilt. I have it all drawn up and the cutting figured out so maybe I'll put away the mystery quilt for a while and let the new quilt take over. The break might help me decide on the borders.
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Old 02-02-2020, 04:36 PM
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Wow, I love everyone’s blocks and the completed tops are all spectacular! I can’t wait to see more! I still only have 3 blocks done 🙃, but that’s ok, other things have taken priority and I hope to get back in the saddle soon. I’ve seen so many versions I wish I had stuck with a constant green, but either way I’m gonna be happy when it’s done!
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Old 02-02-2020, 07:52 PM
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Helen and Linda: very pretty tops!

Iceblossom: I love your creativity!
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Old 02-03-2020, 08:53 AM
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Beautiful, wildyard! I would suggest you audition the different border colors by pinning some fabric up under your top and taking photos. In the past I have used scrappy for an inner border when I didn't have enough of one fabric, so you might consider that if you want to try the green. I have seen the green and the medium blue used for the inner border on Quiltville (both looked good), but not the raspberry or dark blue.

Can anyone explain why we had to orient the partial block corner units differently on the half blocks, but they are all oriented the same on the first page of clue 9?
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:21 AM
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Yikes! Looks like I have to go back and look at the clue and then what happens when we put them together to make sure I'm ok, I made all my corners the same.

But, I did have a lot of confusion at first, thinking I had to make matched mirrored pairs of the corner units for the blocks-- because we did have to be careful with the corners of the quilt since we didn't actually make full corner units using the neutrals in the quilt corners

Confusing terminology, quilt corners and corner units!

But for me and my cutting extras, all of my corner units (4-patch, +2 neutral, +1 HST) are the same. I did some extra effort making them as mirror images in one go-around, but when you turn them around they are all the same, so no matter which way you start, you should be able to finish, the only difference is which way the seam goes in the back so long as you are using full units. If you are trying to leave out a neutral square, it matters.

The twisting and turning of these HST has been a continual confusion for me in this project, I usually "get" it pretty fast, but I'm still having issues with it.

Yay me, I have my setting triangles done, no extras. In another one of my math confusion, in order to make all my pre-cut sets into blocks, I'm going to have to make a few more sets of the 4-patch and cut some more neutrals. The good news is I had calculated correctly to get my extra pieces for the setting triangles.

I think I have 4 sets of extra blocks put aside that have those corner units already made. That might be enough for me to go ahead and commit to a layout, but knowing me I'll probably want to make all the extras first. But I'll look at the combinations, I want more red in the top so the pink ones can go to the back and be finished later, but I don't really know what I have left. I've just been pulling random sets from the box. It occurred to me after about my 4th set that maybe it would have been a lot easier to find those from easily matched fabric, instead of trying to match some of those hand dyes which vary from front to back and top to bottom as well. Some pieces are the same color but different designs. Some pieces are identical but just soaked a bit longer so the color saturation is just a bit different.

I really did not expect the issues I'm having with using the hand dyes (didn't expect to have to set them either but there you go), I thought I'd be able to use them like solids. So I learned a lot with this project and these fabrics.

I'll still finish those extra blocks but they will be for the back, I'd like to have this top put together by Valentine's Day -- not quilted, don't know when that will be but to have the top done, the back pieced, and the binding made. Then it goes into the to-be-quilted pile. Which is growing at an alarming rate....

edit/PS: If the blocks are completed as designed, the dark squares will form an X from the corners, through the 4-patch to the dark side of the Blue/Aqua HST. It is completed square to square with the sashing. I always had to double check that I was putting them on the same. If they aren't well that makes a more scrappy look. As designed, the darks make an X and the reds outline a circle.

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Old 02-03-2020, 04:23 PM
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Thank you Iceblossom and retiredteacher09. Yes Iceblossom, all scraps are from my stash (lots of them from previous BH mysteries). I love your hand dyes and the extra units you are making. I got confused reading your post, but loved the picture you posted. I can't wait to see what yours is going to look like.

All the pictures here and on the Quiltville site on FB are so beautiful and unique.

Linda, your top is beautiful!
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:55 PM
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Did anyone press the block corner HST/neutral, 4-patch/neutral seams away from the neutrals (rather than toward as the directions indicated) so the 4-patch seam would feed in pointing toward the needle? I find that 4-patches don't match up well for me when they feed in with the seam pointing away from the needle, even when meticulously pinned. I'm wondering if I should re-press and re-pin them all as opposed to having to pick and re-sew the roughly 70% that aren't matching up (with no guarantee that they will match up the second time around).
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