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Thread: Card Tricks Block using stripes

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    OK - I've officially started to make another one similar to my avatar. I made that one in 2007-2008 and sold it. Some of the fine people on this board have written that they would like to try this.

    This is not terribly difficult, but it is time consuming. Sorry, but there's no short cut for this. Cutting is the key here. Also, you will need more fabric than you would otherwise need because you look for repeating motifs and fussy cut them. So there is wasted fabric involved.
    You need to have the following abilities:
    1. you have a fairly accurate and consistent 1/4" seam
    2. you have a steady hand with a rotary cutter
    3. you are not afraid to work with half-square-triangles (HST's) and quarter-square-triangles (QST's). Those are the ONLY components in this quilt.


    I'll start this tutorial with selecting your fabrics. This can take a very long time. Why? Because most LQS usually only carry a very small amount of border prints. But the good thing is that you can get started with just one or two border prints and see how it goes before you buy several more.

    Look for border prints that are symmetrical. If there was an imaginary line put perpendicular to a portion of the border, what's on the left of the line will be a mirror image of what is one the right.
    You can always use stripes instead of border prints. They will be symmetrical. For more interest, look for stripe prints that have some variation in the width of the stripe and variation in the distance between stripes.

    What doesn't work are the border prints that have everything going in the same direction. (Like little coyboy boots, written expressions, or other novelties.)

    If anyone would like to post photos of fabric that they are considering using, I would love to see them! Hopefully we can get some good ideas for fabrics by sharing them online here.

    In a few days, I will add to this tutorial and focus on the cutting.

    good symmetrical border print
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    block using these two fabrics
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    Super Member JenniePenny's Avatar
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    More of my fabrics are shown here.

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    green with flowers added to green wavy stripe
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    WOW!!! :shock: I love those blocks :D:D:D
    Thank you so much for this class/tute :D:D:D

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    Thanks Amma. Stay Tuned! I will try to put together some cutting instructions within the next few days.
    After Cutting will be Assembly!

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    Thank you for doing this. There's a card trick quilt in my near future. :thumbup:

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    Thanks for sharing your talents with us, this really looks great..I will have to keep my eye out for border prints.

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    I'm very excited about this thread!!! Thank you for taking the time to share this!!!

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    Love your fabric. I will have to bookmark this.

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    What a great idea, and directions Thank you.

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    Thanks for doing this. I have some striped fabric but never knew how to use it. I'm anxious to try this.

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    Great blocks!!

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    very clever cutting and pretty results.

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    WOW

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    Beautiful! I love using stripes and can't understand why people are afraid of them or say they don't look good in quilt blocks.

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    When you said there is no shortcut for this, I wasn't sure whether you were referring to the use of stripes or the block itself. Actually, there is a shortcut for the block by Eleanor Burns. The pattern is called Winning Hand. I've made two of them and they are much easier than the Card Trick method:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-29503-1.htm

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-29504-1.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by bstanbro
    When you said there is no shortcut for this, I wasn't sure whether you were referring to the use of stripes or the block itself. Actually, there is a shortcut for the block by Eleanor Burns. The pattern is called Winning Hand. I've made two of them and they are much easier than the Card Trick method:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-29503-1.htm

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-29504-1.htm
    I believe she was referring to the use of the stripes. I saw your card trick quilts and they were beautiful! However, I couldn't figure out how you would get the square effect of the stripes using Eleanor Burns method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    Quote Originally Posted by bstanbro
    When you said there is no shortcut for this, I wasn't sure whether you were referring to the use of stripes or the block itself. Actually, there is a shortcut for the block by Eleanor Burns. The pattern is called Winning Hand. I've made two of them and they are much easier than the Card Trick method:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-29503-1.htm

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-29504-1.htm
    I believe she was referring to the use of the stripes. I saw your card trick quilts and they were beautiful! However, I couldn't figure out how you would get the square effect of the stripes using Eleanor Burns method.
    Yes, I think that's probably true. But for people simply interested in the block, there is a simpler way.

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    Thank you. I love the idea of the border panel.

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    Beautiful!

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    This is so cool! My mom collects border prints. I will have to show her this.

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    thanks for the tutorial!

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    Thank you so much for doing this tutorial. I have been collecting border prints every since I saw your quilt. I am really excited to get started.

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    LOVE IT !!

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    WOW! Thank you so much. They are beautifully written.

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    Jennie, those fabrics are just so-o-o ??? WOW! Will bookmark this so I can pore over it soon! Congratulations on the tut!

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