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Thread: Rhonda's Boston Blocks Tutorial

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    I have been quilting for 30 years. Over that time I have developed some shortcuts that I like to share.

    Now some may say why are you sharing this as it was in the Boston Book I had to buy. Well the Bookmark tutorial that was put on the Quilted Paradise Newsletter was a free introduction to the Boston Book. My "Blocks" are only included as they are needed but the book is more about how to use the block rather than the directions to make the block. So I am offering the free "Block" Tute here for my Boston Blocks. This one was named by me because it goes to make up a Boston Star quilt block. It can be used to make all sorts of quilt blocks.

    If you want to know more about anything you see here just pm me or use my email address in my signature to send me an email.


    Introduction to my Cut Down Method

    The cut down means you sew fabric together and then you cut out a square from the center with a template.

    The BOSTON BLOCK

    Cut two swatches larger than half of the size of your template. Then sew them together. One light and one medium value color.
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    Cut a straight edge and then sew the dark swatch onto the bottom of the joined swatches
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    Lay the joined fabric on a mini mat and cut out the square. Rotate the mat after each cut til you have all four sides cut out. Make sure the template doesn't move and make sure you cut close to the template as accurately as possible.
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    Cut a swatch as long as the two joined fabric and as wide as half of your template on point.
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    Lay your template on the joined fabric and match two opposite corners on the template with the seam.
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    And here is the finished Boston Block!!!
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    Tip:

    If your block is not quite square after you cut- trim the corners carefully.

    Tip:

    I use a 1 1/2" acrylic template for most of my projects. You can use whatever size you need for the project or quilt block you are making. I like to cut a small strip of sand paper and glue it on the back of the template out of the way(not on any lines in the center) Templates are available on my online site if you can't find the size you want.

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    Make up a lot of these in lots of color combinations and lay them out on your work table. Experiment with placement and color arrangements to get designs you like.

    Use them in my projects or use them in any quilt block. If you look at traditional quilt blocks you can see where this method can be used in place of the traditional way of cutting out squares and triangles and then sewing them together. Card trick can be made this way and of course the Boston Star quilt block. Look at my Boston Block Quilt Blocks page and see other quilt blocks using this "block".

    My cut down method saves time and effort especially if you do all the steps in an assembly line fashion and cut out lots of blocks at one time.

    Any left over scraps can be pulled apart and reused in the next "blocks". I never waste anything. I make blocks in 1" and 1 1/4" sizes also. The 1" go into my keychains and the 1 1/4" goes into checkbook covers and eyeglass cases and billfolds as well as mini quilts and bookmarks.

    These 'blocks' are a great way to use up scraps!

    YOU CAN USE ANY SIZE TEMPLATE TO MAKE THE SIZE QUILT BLOCK YOU WANT!
    Have fun!!!!! Rhonda

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    Thank you Rhonda.

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    Thanks!

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    you are gifted

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    Thanks Ann

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    I shared this with a couple of quilter guild ladies who knew everything. They were very impressed with your skill! They had seen the tiny quilt I made for a doll house and asked me. "Well", I say, "There is this lady Rhonda who has a method. . . ."

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    Thank you Sara for the compliments! I do enjoy the good feedback! You'll have to get these ladies to join the board!

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    WOW! Color me ever color of impressed! I am amazed and want to try this technique. Thank You for the tutorials. Have thoroughly enjoyed it. :thumbup:

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    Gramof6 I am glad you enjoy the tutorials. I hope to add more besides the keychain class coming up next Fri. I do have some things in mind when I have time to do them.

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    This is great...you make it so understandable. I will definitely be trying this block. thank you

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    GrammaNancy you are more than welcome. I like my shortcuts and I think they can help quilters time wise and they lessen the frustration and stress some. this method lets you make things that you might not have thought of before. So I am glad if you all enjoy it. That is the payoff for me is when people get some satisfaction out of using them.

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    Wow there is so much GREAT info here and so many links to learning things , I just don't know where to start! Thank you Rhonda!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    And here is the finished Boston Block!!!
    handy idea ;)

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    wow! I love this one. You make me feel like I can to
    ANYTHING. Can't wait to start. thanks again

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    You're welcome Little Pea!!

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    Thank you Ronda,

    A special thank you, your tutorial simplifies the block. I love that you are willing to share. I bookmark it.

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    I love your work! I started clicking on the links and printing out the pages...just ran out of ink! I'm on my way to the store to buy more.

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    Thank you gals! I am so glad you can use the tutorials and my shortcuts. I love sharing what I have learned.

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    Marked for remembering!!! What an easy way to do this!

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    That is AWESOME! that is so simplified I LOVE IT!!! now i only wish i wasn't looking while at work...i need to get to my sewing room and make some of these quick!
    (well, in about 8 hours anyway)
    thanks!

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    For anyone who hasn't seen it yet we are starting a Rhonda's Sampler Quilt along. Here is the link

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-56442-1.htm

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    Bought your e book and was wondering if you could help me I have machine embroidered 9 six inch blocks and want to make a babby quilt using the boston block method my question is what size should my blocks be if I Used the embroidered square in the center?

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    Quote Originally Posted by retta97
    Bought your e book and was wondering if you could help me I have machine embroidered 9 six inch blocks and want to make a babby quilt using the boston block method my question is what size should my blocks be if I Used the embroidered square in the center?
    I would think you could use the 6 1/2" quilt block size for the Bostons too. Without seeing how you plan to lay it out this is the best I can do. If this doesn't help you could post a pic of what you plan to do with the embroidered block then maybe I can give you a better answer. Hope this helps!

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