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    Silk, love the scrappy. That's going to look wonderful in a quilt.

    Macybaby, great colors. That is daring making purple as a background color but I like it. Go for it.

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    I'm not much of a purple person either, Macybaby, but I think it looks good. Are you going to be using only purple, or will you introduce a splash of different colors here and there? I started a purple quilt for a couple (the girl's favorite color is purple) and I found that by bringing in a little buttery yellows and some soft greens and even a few deep forest greens it made the purple more bearable! The couple unfortunately broke up before getting married, so I still have the top unquilted but it's on the to-do list.

    You have such a good eye for color and design I am sure your quilt will be stunning!
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    Macybaby, on my monitor it doesn't really look purple, more like magenta. It's really pretty!

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    Thanks everyone for the comments. The more I look at it, the more I don't like it. I think I'm going to mess around with it a bit more, I'm not liking the bold contrast between the two purples. I really want the four patch in the center to pop, and it's the light purple that is standing out.

    Maybe I'll try with the dark purple outside like it currently is, then light green floral for the inside with the light purple being the chain, and the dark green for the center. That may give more balance than it has right now.

    maybe I should give up on trying to use the purple for this quilt. I'm constrained by the yardage of have on hand. I really do like these four colors together, but this may not be the pattern for them.
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    Silk I love your scrappy! I was going to do mine that way but then I decided to go another route at the last minute.

    Macybaby I think your color combo will work fine. Even though you don't love purple I am sure someone you knows does.

    Keep the pics coming love doing QAL's as everyone brings another perspective on the same pattern and creates something stunning.
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    Macybaby, purple is my least favorite colour too. However, I like how it matches with the beautiful emerald green. Your block is very striking! And there's a lot of people out there who loves purple (I think it's like cheese... you love it or you hate it, there's no middle grown )

    Silk I love your scrappy! I was going to do mine that way but then I decided to go another route at the last minute.
    Frustratedquilter40, yours is going to be a 'pretty in red'. This pattern is so versatile that it's difficult to choose between so many options...

    Last night I was choosing colors for the chains of my next blocks, and while I played with reds and greens something 'popped' in my mind... wouldn't be wonderful a totally Christmas quilt in this pattern too? I imagine bright reds on the main chains and greens on the secondary pattern, and more subtile prints inside the circles... maybe when (if) I finish mine I will try this version

    I also love the simplicity of the 2 colors quilts (blue/cream or red/white). Infinite options!

    I'm a little concerned because I have noticed that one of my blocks is slightly bigger than the other. Have I got to square the blocks? Or this will be corrected/disguised when adding the sashing?

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    I couldn't sleep... had to draw the christmassy block to know how it would look!

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    I think I'm becoming a bit obsessed with this pattern...

    Another question about my current project: Most of my low volume fabrics are florals. I didn't want to buy new fabrics because I have enough scraps for this quilt, but now I'm thinking if it would be better to purchase some fat quarters with other kind of prints (geometric, plaids, lines) to add more variety.

    Please, tell me your thoughts about this subject: Do you think it would make a difference? Or maybe it's not worth it (after all, they are whites/low volume, most of the pieces are really small and they are well mixed, so I'm not sure if the eye will catch up the details in the overall view.

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    Just curious...when making the 4P's are you pressing seams open or to the side? Got my first strip sewn tonight...yeah!
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    On my 4 patches I twirled the center seam so one half goes to the left the other side the right. I hope that makes sense. Not sure if it is right or not guess I will see when we put the block together.
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    I normally twirl my centers to, I press to the dark for the first pressing, and then twirl for the second. Because of how this goes together, it didn't really cause any problems with assembly. The problems started with putting the larger sections together. I prefer to nest my seams, so far I've never done a quilt and pressed the seams open.

    Kind of funny because I've mostly sewn clothing so pressing seams open was more the norm for me.

    Silk - I'm not sure what you are refering to as your "low volumn" colors - is that for the larger background, or the chain? If it's for the background, especially the part inside the circle - I think geometrics would add some really intersting looks, but you may have to be careful about cutting to keep the pattern matching. Like how the "Pink circles" looks in your sketch.

    I still am not decided what I want to do, but did put the purples away. I just can't warm up to the way that block looks and this quilt is too big to try to force myself to keep going with that.

    I really didn't want to go scrappy, but I've got a lot of smaller yardage so that may be what I need to do. So while I'm trying to decide, I'll finish up putting together a few tops that are almost to the floppy stage.
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    Thanks for the 4P input...I usually press to one side except when doing smaller pieces. I have found lots of triangle joins benefit from open seams, but one sided pressing easier to match. I have never twirled the centers, maybe time to start. In looking at the overall construction i don't we will have a lot of bulk at intersections.

    Macybaby..This is too big of a quilt to not like what you are doing. Better to stop now before you get too far. Even though I'm using scraps for the circles and chains and border I cringed when I bought all that fabric for the backgrounds.
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    I do what Frustrated Quilter & Macy Baby said; I spin the center of my 4-patches.
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    Silk - I'm not sure what you are refering to as your "low volumn" colors - is that for the larger background, or the chain? If it's for the background, especially the part inside the circle - I think geometrics would add some really intersting looks, but you may have to be careful about cutting to keep the pattern matching. Like how the "Pink circles" looks in your sketch.
    Macybaby, sorry for the confusion. The sketch is not my actual project, just another one I'd like to do some day. My current project is all scrappy (you can see a pair of my blocks in the previous page). I'm using the low volume fabrics in the background, and I wondered if there was too much florals or it was not noticeable (as they are all very light colors).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silk View Post
    Hi!

    Thanks jclinganrey for the posting the first step!

    I'm going scrappy, so my process is a bit different... but I still feel grateful for your company and your inspiration

    I had a very bussy weekend and could'nt sew as much as I planned, but at least I managed to put another block together, here's a picture with the first one I made:

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    I'm a slow quilter and I'm sure this will cost me a lot of moons, but I really want to finish it. For keeping my sanity I've decided that my goal will be to do just one block a week (if possible). I work full time and I have more projects on the go that I need to finish soon, so I think I will do some ironing/cutting of scraps on the weekend and I'll try to do a bit of sewing over the week (even if it's only 15-20 minutes a day).

    Frustratedquilter, I love your reds... can't wait for more pictures!
    I think your floral backgrounds are lovely. They're overall light so I think they work just fine.
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    Question to the group: do you want me to post the steps every 2 weeks as I first suggested or would you prefer something else? i.e., every week, every 3 weeks, etc. I know, early on, someone posted a link to all the steps so I don't know how many people have everything already or are following along as originally intended.

    Please let me know how you want to proceed - - -
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    I have designed mine in EQ in red and cream to fit my twin sized bed 67x85", which is the correct drop for my slightly elevated bed. The instructions posted here always show the black lines for the patches and blocks [not a complaint]. I just wanted to post a side-by-side comparison with and without the lines to show how different it looks. I really like the look without the lines.

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    Thanks for posting QuiltnNan, I like it without also. The lines help determine the pieces but it looks even better without.

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    I like the every 2 weeks, Jane...initially there is a lot of cutting in this quilt and one can only cut for so long. I jumped the gun a little bit because I knew it was going to take me a little extra time to pick and sort my fabrics.

    Last night finished sewing my 4P's, but have a lot of cutting yet to do.

    Thanks for the EQ images, QnNan..I too did mine in EQ, but didn't look at it with out the lines. What a difference! I've got my EQ program opening so I can see how mine will look. Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    ...Thanks for the EQ images, QnNan..I too did mine in EQ, but didn't look at it with out the lines. What a difference! I've got my EQ program opening so I can see how mine will look. Thanks again.
    you're welcome. in case you didn't know, when you export an image, choose where to save it, the next screen gives you an option to save it with or without the lines.
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    You know it's time to jump in and join the fun when you are pinning every scrappy Burgoyne Surrounded on Pinterest that there is and even dreaming about it! Yep, that's me!

    I am wanting a controlled scrappy, so I'm cutting out all the pieces for each block separately and kitting them up in sandwich baggies. But I will be sewing along with the group here.

    Jane, I think the two week plan should work just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NZquilter View Post
    You know it's time to jump in and join the fun when you are pinning every scrappy Burgoyne Surrounded on Pinterest that there is and even dreaming about it! Yep, that's me!

    I am wanting a controlled scrappy, so I'm cutting out all the pieces for each block separately and kitting them up in sandwich baggies. But I will be sewing along with the group here.

    Jane, I think the two week plan should work just fine.
    I think you are now committed!To what I won't say! As I sewed my 4P's, I thought what a great scrappy project..sewing a block at a time and deciding how big to make this however big you would like it...
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    I think your floral backgrounds are lovely. They're overall light so I think they work just fine.
    Thank you, I want to use what I have, but needed to be sure it was fine.

    Please let me know how you want to proceed - - -
    I'm not the best person to answer because I go 1 block at a time, but I'd say every 2 weeks will be fine.

    You know it's time to jump in and join the fun when you are pinning every scrappy Burgoyne Surrounded on Pinterest that there is and even dreaming about it!
    You're not alone!

    I felt in love with the scrappy version at first sight. I decided I had to give it a try, although is far from my comfort zone (I usually choose easy patterns in small sizes). However, I was discouraged because it's a lot of work, and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to do it on my own.
    I'm so happy since jclinganrey opened this thread... now I have the goal I needed.

    I'm tired of selecting-pressing-measuring-cutting low volume scraps, but thinking positive: I'm using A LOT of them, so they will stop being 'junk' and soon will become a beautiful quilt (well, that's what I hope).

    I also spin the center of my four/nine patches, although I do it in a more lazy way (before pressing, and not using scissors; just pulling gently each one of the seams in the opposite direction. Then, I press).

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    Hi rogue...these pieces are a little bigger than what we sometimes use

    givio...I am not figuring background fabric as I will be using the same bg fabric throughout the whole quilt. I plan on cutting bg fabric as I need it. Following instructions in Lyn B's PDF, the cuts are 1.5 and 2.5" for the 15" finished block.

    According to my calculations each block:

    Circle (O's)
    1- 1.5 x 26" strip
    1- 5 x 6.5" piece, subcut 2- 2.5 x 6.5 or 1- 2.5 x 13" strip

    Chain (X's)
    2 - 1.5 x 15 (one for 4P's, other for 9P's)
    1- 5 x 6 piece, subcut 2- 2.5 x 6 or 1- 2.5 x 12" strip

    I have not figured how many 1.5" strips I will need for connecting sashing 9P's. These I plan to do scrappy darks...originally going to use both dark and light reds, but changed my mind. As I cut into my red scraps I am cutting 1.5" strips for the connecting 9P's. I am not going to do the first pieced 1.5" squares border, but planning on the "floating border" before the outer border.

    If anyone else has figured differently please correct...I have added a little extra length to allow for ruler slippage. Have 23 circle sets cut and 16 chain sets. Figure an extra 3 blocks can be used in a bed runner if I want.
    I wanted to do scrappy and it was too confusing - UNTIL you posted this. Thank you!

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    Jane - I like the "every two weeks" as it helps keep me on track, but gives me enough time to get it done. Especially since this is not the only "quilt along" I'm working on right now.

    I still have not decided what colors I want to go with - hopefully I'll have time this weekend to make up my mind. But on a good side, I'm getting a few floppies put together while I'm waffling on colors for this quilt!
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    I think I have joined although not confirmed. Love the pattern and the very two week schedule and love all the directions you have given, jclinganrey. Still in pursuit of my choices from my stash, seems it is still one tote away from where I have looked. Company yesterday, but back on track today, so I can wash the pieces I am going to use without slashing. Love the help hints from everyone.

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