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Thread: Rhondas Bear's Paw Class - Quilt Block Lesson

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    That's just so cool. I wonder how I can get my blocks I make in EQ6 to look more realistic like yours do. Will have to read up on that one. I thought the last block you threw in there by accident but as I scrolled the screen up and just saw half the block, then I saw the Bears Paws. Before that all I saw was squares and flying geese......lol

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    Rhonda, the blocks that are all turned around are different, but makes me look to see how you twisted them & it's clever how you can think outside the box. I'll have to try this when I can sew/quilt again. I'm really missing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady with Thread
    That's just so cool. I wonder how I can get my blocks I make in EQ6 to look more realistic like yours do. Will have to read up on that one. I thought the last block you threw in there by accident but as I scrolled the screen up and just saw half the block, then I saw the Bears Paws. Before that all I saw was squares and flying geese......lol
    Tammy I have EQ5 so I don't know if yours is similar but I presume so. I go into new block and I draw the line to make an HST. 2 triangles. Then I go back to the quilt and I set the layout for a 2 by 2 block layout. Then you go back to layer 1 and put my new block into the squares. I add my own fabrics to my library. So I use my own fabrics in most of my designs. If you need to see it I can probably do a screenshot to show the steps.

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    Rhonda, I will try to scan in some of my fabrics first and see how that does. I just thought maybe the fabrics that come with it would look more realistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady with Thread
    Rhonda, I will try to scan in some of my fabrics first and see how that does. I just thought maybe the fabrics that come with it would look more realistic.
    I just prefer my own but I have several I use that are in the library already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheila Elaine
    Rhonda, the blocks that are all turned around are different, but makes me look to see how you twisted them & it's clever how you can think outside the box. I'll have to try this when I can sew/quilt again. I'm really missing it.
    Thanks Sheila. It will all still be there when you are ready! That is the cool thing about this board. The tutorials are still there so you can do them whenever!

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    Okay ya'll, I think I did this one right. Whew....that was work. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady with Thread
    Okay ya'll, I think I did this one right. Whew....that was work. :)
    Very nice block, and wasn't it fun!!! I had to take my sashing out, and cut it down a little so I don't cut off points of the claws when I make a checkbook cover.

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    Thank you Katie. Yes it is very fun. I never dreamed I'd be able to make something so small and have it match up right. Yes, I had to take that middle sashing out once cause I forgot to cut it down to 3/4" wide....grrrr I'm happy with it. Now tomorrow night I will make it into something, don't know what just yet. My daughter wants coasters so I think I'll make here some for christmas. I really like this Bears Paw. I always wanted to make one but was afraid of the points. Rhonda is such a good teacher! She gets an A+ !!

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    Tammy you did a wonderful job of it! It all lines up so well! That lining it up is the trick to keeping your points in my opinion. Also you have a good amt between your points and your edge. That looks terrific. One of the things I don't like about some quilt blocks I have seen is they don't give enough attention to making sure they keep that seam allowance. And then they lose the points. I am quilty of losing them if I get in a hurry and don't take the time to measure well.

    You are doing great! Now when we do the checkbook cover we are going to go just a bit smaller. Not alot but a bit. I try for 4 1/2 by 7 1/2 or 6". So I like to add a small border at the top and bottom of the quilt block. If we cut the sashing a bit smaller then it gives the block just a bit more room to add the borders on and still be at 4 1/2"

    If anyone is going to work on this soon you might like to know I use a 1/2" border on the bottom( measure from the seam where the border is sewn on) and a 3/4" border on the top. I sometimes end up with a checkbook cover that is a bit more generous than I like but it won't hurt if your checkbook cover is alittle wider or deeper than you intended. It will still work just fine.

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    Thank you Rhonda. Oh my smaller???? lol...here I am trying to let my nails grow out and they will be nubs again workin' on a check book. lol I just love making this Bears Paw though. I think they are so cute. How in the world do you make these miniature blocks quickly though? Took me three nights getting this done. But I have a hard time pulling myself away from the board cause there's so much to read and see and learn. I wish my computer was in my sewing room. I have a laptop in there but I don't have internet ran in there....yet....lol Maybe this spring I can do that if it's not too expensive. Another thing I found that helped me was I bought some Applique pins cause I thought they were cute cause they were so small. And I pulled those out tonight and they worked good for me. I tried the needle and thread but it was taking me forever I thought. But I do know you have to tack it some way to keep it from shifting. Anyway I'm having so much fun. And I thank you for all your help and teaching people it is possible to make these little blocks.

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    Rhonda, here's my attempt. Oh, boy, sewing these little pieces together does take patience! I think a couple of my seams are a bit crooked but I THINK I can get it to work. We'll see how that works out once you post instructions for the wallet.
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    Very nice Evie! I like your fabric choices. They are tiny little things to work with but it's so worth it when your done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evie
    Rhonda, here's my attempt. Oh, boy, sewing these little pieces together does take patience! I think a couple of my seams are a bit crooked but I THINK I can get it to work. We'll see how that works out once you post instructions for the wallet.
    Looks good Evie. I like your color choices! The only thing I see is the one paw on the left bottom doesn't line up with the one on the top. It isn't much but it is up to you if you want to "fix" it or not. As long as you can get a 4" square after you trim the quilt block you would be ok to leave it if you'd rather. It is great for the first try!! I used to really struggle with lining up those seams! This method helps but I still have trouble getting them even sometimes. It is just one of those hazards that happens with this particular quilt block. If you want to straighten it I can suggest what I think would make it fall in line a little more. But You Did A Great Job on it! I love it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evie
    Tammy, love your block! Who says you need sashing?
    ditto, isn't it amazing what different fabric, and a small border can make the same block look so different. I want to see everyone else's blocks too.
    You can turn the claws into the center for a differant look too.
    Rhona,

    It looks like a bow-legged bear doing a yoga position but I cannot remember the name of it this early in the a.m.

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    I did it!! Only 3 nights of hard labor and voila! Kudos to you Rhonda, my patience was at an end. I can usually do most anything if I try hard enough, but attempting perfection (especially this tiny) is the most humbling lesson I've had yet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by baskets4moo
    I did it!! Only 3 nights of hard labor and voila! Kudos to you Rhonda, my patience was at an end. I can usually do most anything if I try hard enough, but attempting perfection (especially this tiny) is the most humbling lesson I've had yet!
    Well your reward for all that hard work is a piece that is really well done!! Everything lines up so well and you will not have a problem with losing any points! You did a wonderful job!!

    The question is will you do it again? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by baskets4moo
    I did it!! Only 3 nights of hard labor and voila! Kudos to you Rhonda, my patience was at an end. I can usually do most anything if I try hard enough, but attempting perfection (especially this tiny) is the most humbling lesson I've had yet!
    Nice job! And pretty colors. It is so nice seeing everyones blocks. I worked real slow doing those bear claws. Didn't want the teacher giving me a "D" :lol: :lol:

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    Very nice Baskets4moo, it took me several nights as well to make mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klgreene
    Quote Originally Posted by baskets4moo
    I did it!! Only 3 nights of hard labor and voila! Kudos to you Rhonda, my patience was at an end. I can usually do most anything if I try hard enough, but attempting perfection (especially this tiny) is the most humbling lesson I've had yet!
    Nice job! And pretty colors. It is so nice seeing everyones blocks. I worked real slow doing those bear claws. Didn't want the teacher giving me a "D" :lol: :lol:
    The more you do it the easier it gets. A "D" huh? Not even close! LOL more like an A plus for everyone!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    You are to good a teacher for us to get D's.....LOL

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    Love your work !!! Keep it coming !!

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    Thanks for the tute Rhonda. Very cool. :thumbup:

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    Beautiful, Thanks for the Tute

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    I know, you did this tut last Nov. But I saw the cutes little berry basket pattern and the berry's are really a bears paw, so had to come back to do the size we did for the check book. It might take a little bit of time because there are 4 baskets to do, and I have a bunch or other things I'm working on as well. But I sure am glad you had put this here, and that I did the checkbook cover when you did. Thanks Rhonda.

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