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# Rhonda's NEW UPDATED Boston Block Tutorial - No Waste Methods

07-05-2012, 05:56 PM
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Thanks for the tute!
07-06-2012, 03:38 AM
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Thanks Rhonda. I've used your first method before but might try the other methods some time. I don't like to piece. I've come to that conclusion but thanks to your tutorials I'm not "afraid" of some things like HST and Boston Blocks.
07-06-2012, 08:44 AM
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Fantastic tutorial, I'm always looking for a better way! Thank you so much for sharing.
07-06-2012, 09:13 AM
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You just keep making a good thing better don't you. I prefer the strip method and to be honest, if I have to try to make a Boston Block, Half square, or even a Kansas Dugout, I have to do it your way. It's the way my brain functions now.
07-06-2012, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by BonniFeltz
Thanks Rhonda. I've used your first method before but might try the other methods some time. I don't like to piece. I've come to that conclusion but thanks to your tutorials I'm not "afraid" of some things like HST and Boston Blocks.
As you know I strongly believe each to their own. What works for one person doesn't always work for another. But if I can help anyone enjoy piecing a bit more then I am happy!!
07-06-2012, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by ellifour
the first two methods result in four bias edges, which can be difficult to work with (for me at least, have to be way too careful with all 4 sides). the last method is the one i often used to make the block.
You know I was thinking about what you said about bias edges. I have heard this comment many time. I guess the reason I don't have a problem with using this the way it is is because the bias edge allows me to pull the fabric if need be to match the corners and tack them together. If I have had to trim the seam a bit to make the corner square then I can gently pull the fabric so it is as long as the other block. I can fix the block so it matches the first one. that way the corners are matching. Make sense? Without the bias edge the one block that might not be exactly perfectly cut will not be even after they are sewn and you will lose the point in the overall quilt block.

I always tack my blocks together where the seam is going to go through. So there is no stretching as the material is fixed in place where I am going to sew.
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07-06-2012, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by klgreene
You just keep making a good thing better don't you. I prefer the strip method and to be honest, if I have to try to make a Boston Block, Half square, or even a Kansas Dugout, I have to do it your way. It's the way my brain functions now.
Katie I am working on updating all my block tutes. I have 3 differant threads on the wings and I need to pull them all together so all the info is in one place. It gets confusing for me when I go to send someone the info so I know it has to be confusing for others!

I have listened to all the comments and I am trying to improve the tutes so it takes into account those who need to not have any waste left. That isn't a consideration for me as I reuse everything down to threads but I do understand others' point of view.
07-06-2012, 12:30 PM
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Thank you It took a lot of time to photo plus process description. I still like the rough cut best; sooner to sew than cut.
07-06-2012, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by RUSewing
Thank you It took a lot of time to photo plus process description. I still like the rough cut best; sooner to sew than cut.
Thanks RUS I prefer the rough cut too. Most of what I do is usually scrappy and I try not to repeat a fabric. so the strip and square methods don't work as well when you are working with scrappy. I am too impatient usually to take all the time to do the prep required for the last two versions.
07-07-2012, 08:45 PM
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Thank you, Rhonda! As usual, you've outdone yourself! I've been using your old method, but I can see it needs tweeking.
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