I can't believe how long it's been since I have worked on this, and I'm so close to the finish line. These are the outer corners of the final border. I put a quarter on it to give reference to the size of some of the pieces. Now all that's left to do are the pieced triangle blocks that center in the border and the piecing of the final border sections and the top will be finished. The triangle blocks are going to be the most difficult as all of the pieces will have to be cut by templates and can't be done by rotary cutter, now to just "make" the time to do it.     

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Here is a pic of the corner part of the larger block to see in comparison. I have also finished the green and white four patches and the rest of sns except for cutting them down.  The blocks should get easier from here, that is until I have to do the same thing for the triangle blocks that fit in the border as well. They have slight curves so I probably won't get by with any rotary cutting. 

 

I am down to working on the final border. Right now, the corner blocks,  which in the picture consists of where the purple plaid square and the three surrounding as pictured below. The plaid has been changed to white in the plan, but I couldn't see printing out another copy and wasting four sheets of ink for color photo.These will finish at about sixteen inches square and as you can see there is a lot going on in this block. I have marked this block into do able sections further explained some tips in another one of my blog posts about designing a quilt with EQ6.As you can see I still have a long way to go.

 

   

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 EQ6 has a finished block measurement for the flower and background of 48 inches. So, I trimmed the square to 48 1/2 inches to allow for 1/4 inch seams all the way around for the first border to be attached. Because the first border has diamonds and squares it has to be precise. Well, it's not. I cut the exact templates and pieced them with exact seams and they measure 51 inches. A thought occured to me that I may have stretched my diamonds but if that was the case I have stretched them out to the exact same measurements. So.... what are my Options? I wouldn't begin to know how to rip seams out of diamonds and cut them down to resew and make them come out to 48 1/2 inches. If I trim off the ends my points won't match up in the seams at the corners. So, it appears the only option I have outside of leaving it off (which will affect my whole design) is to try and stretch the background fabric into the border. 1 1/2 inches...seems laughable, but that is what I have opted to try at this point. If successful I will steam iron it and see if I can straighten out the puckering that is sure to occur. The seam for this is so close to my  metallic stitching I hope I can press it out so that my stitching won't be ruined in the process. It is my challenge for today and if I'm successful I shall post pictures. If not, it will be back to the drawing board. The thing that makes me the most frustrated is that I intentionally left the square bigger in case a problem arose like this.Doggone it anyway!!!!!!!!!!!! I should have put a post it note on it to remind me. 

 

Well, I stretched prodded and pulled at the area that the border was going up against and managed to get it sewn on, but not without issues of some kind of wonky corners and a bit of a flouncey skirt look, but time will tell. I still have two borders to go and right now the flower itself has been appliqued onto a solid background so I wouldn't stretch it out in the process of adding the borders. I'm hoping I can do some trapunto or heavy quilting on this area to help pull in some of the slack. I probably should havee taken Nana's advice and just sewn a strip around it to make the first border fit, we'll see.  

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I have attached the flower to the first border. Going against the plan of doing more y seams (not that they were difficult) I have made a teflon template without the seam lines and pressed the edges of the flowers so that I could put the flower on a more solid background. I think it will look better than another circle and all the extra seams. I have also opted using a metallic thread to applique a machine stitch around the edges of the flower. Very time consuming, and the jury is still out on whether of not I did the right thing.   I'm not sure I like the metallic pink against the particular shade of green.  

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By this picture all of the arms have been added. I have appliqued the center of the flower so far just using a water soluble thread until I decide if I want to hand applique or do a decorative machine stitch around it. 

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This is a huge undertaking for me. 24 pieces of fabric that meet in the center. As I have finished it and the first of the y seams I realized that it has created a sort of spiral effect, and even though I don't believe this is supposed to look like this, I kind of like the movement in it and I'm going forward in hopes that the "arms that attach will work out.

 

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I wanted to post this because of an error I made in printing my templates for Dahlia. One set I copied using a black only setting and the other using a color copy setting. As you can see looking closely at my cut out pieces the bluer shade is a different size than the lighter size.

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I hope anything I post in this will be helpful to everyone learning to make their quilts from the EQ programs.  The posts run from the most current down to the beginning.

 

In marking the block and creating the visuals, I see from experience that I can do some strip piecing for the 4 patches, and a couple other areas around the block instead of cutting each individual template. And after seeing the teeny template for the square in a square I have decided to use strips and cut them down with my Square in a Square ruler. These unfinshed blocks with the seam allowances I have drawn are 2 1/4 inches. I have placed a finished Square in square block on my page to see how this has worked out. So far right on target and a long way to go.

 

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Then I took it one step further and made a notebook and cut out individual blocks and added 1/4 inch seam lines all around. I'll show you why next. I also added notes about how many of each block I'd need. Visuals are so helpful.

 

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As time has gone on I have come up with some hopefully helpful tips along the way. Looking at the third border in this quilt you can see it has some very intricate blocks. These blocks were originally designed to be medallions. Since there are no instructions on how to go about piecing this I decided the first thing I needed to do is print out an actual size of the finished block and break it into sections. As can be seen by the black marker lines.

 

This is a quilt that the fabrics came first and then the plan. The Fabrics are from a line called Dolce by Debbie Beaves and the plan is something I used EQ6 to create. The center flower has 24! pieces that extend into arms to make a 48 in center flower. Pictured is the plan and the fabrics.

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This quilt is for my sister and has been about conquering fears and perservence. A lot of firsts went into this for me. FMQ, mitered borders, using spray basting, using a stich in ditch foot, and quilting a queen size plus quilt on a home sewing machine with a throat space of 7 1/2 inches. Honestly, I didn't think it could be free motion quilted and I am amazed that it could. It wasn't easy getting into the center with all the bulk and having any space to really let go which is why I suppose my quilting was so close together. It took in excess of 50 hours just to quilt the top and finish the binding, most of which was spent readjusting for the next area. I decided just to ditch stitch the borders and I really got some good practice in. If my piecing skills had been better I would have like this quilt finished in the ditch. I want to thank everyone for their encouragement along the way. Had it not been for all of you this quilt may still be a UFO. I cannot thank you enough.     

Another first attempt a FMQ a quilt this size on a home sewing machine. No stitch regulation.

This was a first attempt at a triple mitered border. Note to self: Save measurements from this to know how far to extend the fabric past the edge for the final miter so that next time you don't have to cut off two inches.   

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For all of my quilting friends that have followed my posts throughout the year and know of my journey to keep a Journal that I titled "I saw God Today", when times are tough and I search for the signs he continually is gracious enough to share with me I have one to add just in time for Easter.

Sparing the details of the entry I just want to share the photo of what I saw today in my back yard, just in time for Easter. As I was taking my dogs out for thier nightly run I glanced into the tall pines and saw that at the tops of them were all lined with crosses. I cropped the photo to get a closer view to share with all of you and hope that you can see them too. I also hope for all of you that you have a wonderful Easter Holiday and that your families will be happy and safe.     

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These are some of my quilts in progress.

 

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I thought after almost a year of being on QCA I should do something with this empty space. I suppose I'll start by telling you a little bit about myself. I live in Florida with my husband of almost 32 years and have a son that I'm so very proud of. He's a paramedic firefighter.

I am a painting contractor and do faux painting, and cabinetry as well. I have also been known to do some stenciling and freehand art work.

I have been quilting as time permits since I was the age around 20, but not avidly so until the past two years or so and that's what lead me here. What a wonderful group of caring people I have found on this site, and have so enjoyed seeing everyone's work and sharing in the experiences of doing a Mystery quilt together.

I am going to post a few pic's of my work and then my quilts.

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