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    Old 05-06-2010, 11:53 PM
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    Here is part 3 of my keychain class. This is my version of a Trip Around the World. You can use this method of construction for any size quilt block but for this purpose we are making a 3 1/2" quilt block.

    First you need to cut strips of your chosen fabrics. I used 4 differant fabrics.

    You need to cut

    1 strip of dark blue 8 1/4' x 1 1/4"
    1 strip of dark blue 6 1/4" x 1 1/4"
    1 strips of med blue 8 1/4" x 1 1/4"
    1 strip of med blue 6 1/4" x 1 1/4"
    1 strip of red or pink 8 1/4" x 1 1/4"
    1 strip of red or pink 6 1/4" x 1 1/4"

    Next cut each strip into 1 1/4" sections

    Light blue and dk blue strips joined Light blue and medium blue strips joined
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    Red and dk blue strips joined Red and medium blue strips joined
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    Cut in to 1 1/4" sections
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    Old 05-06-2010, 11:59 PM
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    Now following the color design the next step is to see the sections into 4 patches. After they are sewn together then use a 1 1/2" template and cut each one into a 1 1/2" squares 4 patch.

    The layout of the top
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    Sew two sections together
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    Cut out a 4 patch from the center
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    The first 4 patch
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    Old 05-07-2010, 12:05 AM
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    After you have all the 4 patches done you will need to add in the odd row of squares. I added them so there are rows of 4 patches and then the bottom half and the side 4 patches then become 6 instead of 4. When you need to trim -- trim them to 3/4" from the seam. Sew the swatch on first and then measure. Don't cut the swatch before you sew it on.

    When you sew the last row together make sure you remember to trim them before you join them together.

    Trim to the 3/4" from the seam
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    Adding the swatches in the last row.
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    Old 05-07-2010, 12:10 AM
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    Here are the pictures of how I construct this quilt block.

    I sewed the 4 patches together into 8 and then joined the top sections into a row and the bottom section into a row. Then I joined the two rows into a whole top. It measures 3 1/2" unfinished.

    The layout with some 4 patches sewn
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    Sew the sections into rows and the rows into a top
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    The quilt block which we will use for the top of our keychain
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    The directions for attaching the loop and backing the keychain are in part 1 of this series of lessons. You can check there for the directions to finish this keychain.

    Part 1
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-43602-1.htm

    So here is my finished Trip Around the World keychain.

    Trip Around the World keychain
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    Old 05-07-2010, 12:22 AM
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    I debated on how to show the construction on this one. I also have sewn strips together and then cut sections to create one row at a time. But I have a tendency to get diamonds instead of squares when I do that. I find it harder to keep the seams straight that way. Using the 4 patch minimizes the stretching that may occur when using the single row at a time construction.

    So you can use any method you like but I think the 4 patches make it easier to make tiny blocks without having to handle 3/4" pieces. I realize many will think 1 1/2" is small to them but it works to make this size quilt block with some accuracy and less hassle.

    A word of warning tho make sure you are as accurate as possible when you cut out your blocks. this will prevent having blocks that don't fit right.

    So I hope you have fun with this! If this size is too small for you then use a larger template and make coasters or any other project!! The main thing is enjoy the process!!
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    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
    Another good tute....
    Thanks for teaching us this...
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    Thanks Bopeep( I first typed Gopeep!LOL) I can look back at the pictures and see all the mistakes I made! The curved seams that should be straight. The blocks that are bigger on one end than the other. The bottom row is bigger on the left end than the right. I know we are our own worst critics but I wanted to show that no matter how much experience you have you still make mistakes. Nobody and no quilting is ever perfect nor should it be. I do my best and that is the best I can do.

    Just a note: When you get ready to back your keychain make sure you pick the best side for the loop. My quilt blocks always have a better side for the side that is going to be on the top. I always turn them until I get the best look. This keychain looks a abit out of kilter if I had used the side on the left for the top side. This way it looks at least mostly square! LOL
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    thank you so much Rhonda, for taking your time to teach us how to do these beautiful things. they are on my to do list. I am so sorry It is taking so long for me to do. and I hope you are not angrey with me. God bless. Penny
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    Originally Posted by penny doty
    thank you so much Rhonda, for taking your time to teach us how to do these beautiful things. they are on my to do list. I am so sorry It is taking so long for me to do. and I hope you are not angrey with me. God bless. Penny
    Don't worry about it! These are just glorified tutorials! I just call them classes to set them apart from all the rest and kind of classify them. But they will be here whenever you have time to do them! No problem! Just something for people to think about! I am just differant than most people in how I look at things. So I thought I would share my views. Don't stress just enjoy when you can!
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