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Thread: Rhonda's 2nd Boston Block Hotpad Class - Making the quilt top

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    Rhonda's 2nd Boston Block Hotpad Class - Making the quilt top

    Now here is the way I put together a Quilt block top for the hotpad.

    This is the quilt block we are making:

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    In the last lesson we discussed how to make a Boston Block and the HSTs.
    If you have those block units ready to go then we can start putting them together.

    I like to divide the quilt block into 4 patch sections to sew together.
    The bottom row are the 4 corners and the top row are the centers of each side. the pinwheel is the center of the design.

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    I lay them out and then lay the left square on top of the right square. then tack the left edge where the seam will go through

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    Here you can see all of them tacked on the seam ready to sew together
    When you tack them you tack the left edge and then I turn them so they are set right to go under the needle.
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    Sew the seams and then iron the seam open on all of them.

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    Now place the sewn pairs of squares together into the 4 patches as shown above
    Tack them in place and sew them together.
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    Once you have the 4 patches made make sure you iron them well and I like to iron the seams open. I prefer to have it as flat as possible.

    So here are the 4 patches sewn
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    Sew the top left 4patch to the middle top 4patch
    And the center left 4patch to the center 4 patch
    Sew the top right 4 patch to the center right 4 patch

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    Again lay the left square over the right square and tack in place
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    Sew the seams and iron them open


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    Sew the bottom joined 4 patches onto the top two joined 4 patches i
    Sew the bottom right 4 patch to the top joined 4 patches on that right side.
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    Sew the right side to the left side
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    Use a ruler to check the size and square up the quilt block if needed
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    and the finished Quilt Block.
    If you used a 1 1/2" template you should have an approx. 6 1/2" quilt block
    Depending on your seam allowance your quilt block may vary a bit.

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    Okay we have a 6 1/2" quilt block now.

    I usually aim for an 8 1/2" unfinished quilt block top for my hotpads. You can of course use any size you like.
    To get to the size I like I use borders.

    These borders can be anything you can come up with. To reach an 8 1/2" size I add borders to the sides and then trim down to the size I want.
    I don't measure my strips other than to make sure they are a bit longer than my sides and a bit wider than I expect to use. For this size I will need at least 1 1/2" width on each side.

    I add the short sides first and then trim the ends and sew on the long sides. Then I trim the whole thing to 8 1/2".

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    Here are some other ideas you might want to consider. These might make for a larger hotpad.

    To get this one I sew two strips together and then trim down the red strip in the center. then add the other dark strip to the red center strip. I trim it to the size I want it and then add that to the quilt block. Repeat for the other side and then add the red squares to the other prepared strips. Then sew the strips with squares onto the quilt block. If this is confusing just ask and I will be happy to show this in more detail.
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    Another way to add a border is with a piano border or I call it a strip border
    These strips are some I had ready so they dont' go color wise but you get the idea
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    Here you can see I added borders that overlap.
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    And here I turned the quilt block on point and added corner triangles
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    These borders aren't sewn on as I was just showing you possibilities.

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    Tips and Troubleshooting:

    Make sure your squares are matching at the corners. Take the time to check for this as you join the Bostons and HSTs. This is one of the main reasons things become crooked and seams don't meet or points are lost
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    To keep fabric and seams from moving I prefer to tack things in place
    I think pins can still allow too much movement.

    I take the needle through the fabric just below the seam join and then up and out above the seams. Take this stitch at least once or twice. Make sure the thread is tight and not loose.
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    I tack at the edge on each end where the seam will go through. I also tack anywhere there are seams to match
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    When I tack I often like to check to see if my seams are meeting after I tack them but before I sew the seam.
    You can see the seams meet just in front of my thumb there. It is good to make sure you got the tack on there in the right place and that it is holding well. This is one benefit of using tacks that you can't do with pins.
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    After sewing squares or 4 patches make sure to measure to make sure it is the right size. This will help to make sure you end up with the size of quilt block you want. Now is the time to fix things that might not be quite right.

    Here I checked a joined pair of squares and they were crooked. I like to turn them over so I can see them from the back. I think it is easier to see if they are crooked.

    Crooked
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    Measured you can see it isn't straight
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    And fixed
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    To fix this I tightened the seam. to do this you just decide where it needs to be fixed and sew along the seam and make the seam a bit wider.

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    Here you can see where I had to fix some 4 patches

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    I pinched the side I thought would bring it back to square
    to decide where to straighten the seam
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    And here I straightened it
    When you do this you do need to make sure you don't sew over the fabric in the seam as you can catch it and bunch up the seam instead of fixing the problem.
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    And here it is fixed
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    So sorry it has taken me so long to get this on here. I will have the next one which is how to put the hotpad together on Friday.

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    well once again it has decided not to accept some pictures. I will see about having that fixed.

    Here is the PDF for this lesson. All the pics are fine in it as far as I know. If you have any problems just let me know and I will fix anything on the PDF.
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    Wow Rhonda, This was a wonderful tut. Thanks ever so much. I can see some of these in my future...but after Christmas. You are a great teacher! The pictures helped tons!
    She who dies with the most fabric, didn't sew fast enough!

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    Thanks Sandy Hope you post pictures when you do make the hotpads!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SandyinZ4 View Post
    Wow Rhonda, This was a wonderful tut. Thanks ever so much. I can see some of these in my future...but after Christmas. You are a great teacher! The pictures helped tons!
    I so agree and love the idea of tacking instead of pins! I rarely use pins when I match up seams have just bunted them most of the time it works but the tacking would be far better! Thanks you have so many sure ways to make the points be true!

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    Thanks for the tutorial....Great job....

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    Rhonda, I know you mentioned that you were having more templates cut. So far I have not received any. Am I the only one or are more waiting. I just don't want to get to far behind and have this thread close before I get started. Thanks Mary
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    Sorry but I finally got the next batch of templates yesterday. Dorothy is working on putting the grid on now. I should have them in the mail by Monday. I so apologize. I really underestimated how many would respond.

    I've sent out 90 and have 12 more waiting for their templates so you're not alone Mary. I ordered this batch almost 2 1/2 weeks ago but with the holiday I guess my friend Bob didnt' get them done til yesterday. I can't say much as he is the only one who will cut them for me. so I can't complain. I just have to be patient. Sometimes he gets them done right away and other times takes him awhile. He is retired but he and his wife are active in alot of things such as cleaning the churches and other community activities plus they are both active quilters and gardeners

    I will get them in the mail just as soon as I get them from Dorothy. thanks.

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    Thanks for the update Rhonda. I really want to get started.It's not like I don't have alot to do before christmas. LOL hugs Mary
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    Is there one place where all the tutorial is together? I've looked but I'm not finding it. Thank you so much for doing this.

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    You can find them here - Workshops and Classes When I have them all posted I will put all the links in one thread.

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    Great tutorial --- you must have teaching experience in your background. Thank you for the pictures!

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