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Mimi replied on Fri, Aug 10 2012 9:13 AM | Locked

Greg, Claudette, BB, and Debbie,  All your blocks are looking fabulous.  You're all doing a wonderful job.  Wish I had your ambition.  I just can't get into this BOM.  It's sure stretching me.  Some months are enticing.  Others I just don't like.  Good thing it will be on-line forever.  : )

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Brigit-Carol replied on Fri, Aug 10 2012 2:02 PM | Locked

Greg - I am jealous!  Your double star is perfect and your geese flying in formation!   Just curious about the "bonus" block -- I gather you used all those itty bitty triangles left over from the flying geese?  It looks really neat in a miniature kind of way.

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Greg replied on Fri, Aug 10 2012 3:04 PM | Locked

Yes - this was 16 of the 24 HST made from trimming the flying geese.  It made a perfect little 4.5"x4.5" square, so will be great for the center of a 9 patch.  I didn't make the 2nd Hexi block (didn't care of the hand work required) so i think i'll use this to make a substitute block.

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Greg replied on Fri, Aug 10 2012 3:42 PM | Locked

your flying geese look pretty good to me!  doesn't look like much room for seam allowance, but not sure.  and i like the darks....seemsmascaline even with the floral prints.

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MaxNTopeka replied on Fri, Aug 10 2012 4:16 PM | Locked

Good Gravy, Greg!!  I thought the 'bonus block' was the same size as the other two!  I didn't realize what you had used to make it, or how small it is! You get a great big 'Atta Boy' from me for that little block! 

Great job on all three blocks!

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Bonita replied on Fri, Aug 10 2012 9:20 PM | Locked

BelfryBat, pretty blocks with the dark blue. I sometimes wish I had chosen a darker color.

Greg, both blocks are just great. I love how you saved the little pieces,  waste not want not. LOL. Love the little block.

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MNnancy replied on Fri, Aug 10 2012 9:35 PM | Locked

Belfrybat - don't hesitate to use pins.  I stick them straight down in to match points, and then when they're matched, slide a second pin in to hold and remove the first pin.  I like your blue background a lot!


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Claudette replied on Sat, Aug 11 2012 11:19 AM | Locked

Well, I got two more blocks done.  Still have to do the ones for this month, but at least I am "current."  Here's where I am so far - the blank spaces for the last 2 are currently filled in with a pic of my background fabric (Not sure it is to scale, but you get an idea of the pattern and colors.)

I tried a new toy this weekend and I just have to share.  I recently signed up for Kimberly Einmo's class on Craftsy, and she had a tool that of course I just had to add to my collection.  It makes half square triangles and flying geese very easy.  Mine came out extremely accurate, and I've always struggled with HST - through this whole course I've been making them bigger and then trimming them down to size, but I don't have to do that any more.  I'd suggest that those of you who are also having problems at least go check it out and see what you think - it's called "Easy star and Geese" by Kimberly Einmo - (I bought mine from Missouri Star Quilt Company a few weeks ago during their grand re-opening sale.) You can make up to 6" X 12" flying geese or 6" HSTs, both finished sizes.  Since the August blocks include some flying geese, I'll let you know how my new toy works with those as well.  So far I've been very pleased with the results.  I also like the fact that there are no wasted fabric bits with this ruler - it's all cut from strips (well, there's a bit at the beginning when cutting the geese but that's due to the angle they are cut at - the next one doesn't waste any as you flip the ruler and cut, kind of like those tube piecing rulers.)  Although I do have to admit, I love what Greg did with his "bonus" pieces!  (Really nice job, Greg!  I think these are my favorites of your blocks so far - but then you do have a lot of nice ones.)

I also have to report that I've finally figured out how to get a reproducible scant quarter inch on my machine!  (Up to now I've been guessing and hoping for the best.)  I have 2 different 1/4" feet for my machine and still didn't have the accuracy I wanted most of the time - everything was coming out just a smidge too small, no matter how careful I tried to be.  Last night I was playing with my machine and I found that with my regular foot and the quilting card for my machine, I can set it for 1/4" and then still bump the needle over a few spots further (I had to do three bumps over.)  But now I have consistent scant 1/4" seams and my blocks are coming out the right size.  I'm so happy!

Not sure if I'll get this month's blocks done this weekend - I would like to but I need a nap and the hubby and I promised each other today we would get some chores done.  Maybe tomorrow before I start feeling too icky I'll be able to finish up (with this whole chemo thing, I have treatment on Friday, which kind of wipes me out, and then Saturday I feel pretty well until evening and then it all goes downhill through Monday.)  But I'm pretty happy to have at least gotten caught up with you all - I still have several days left this month to get back on track. 

Please keep posting your block pics - they are really an inspiration to me!  On the days I don't feel well, I just come here and look at all of your pics and they cheer me up so much!

Hope you are all haveing a great weekend!

 

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Kris replied on Sat, Aug 11 2012 11:48 AM | Locked

Greg:
August blocks.  I used some of the 'bonus' HST to make a 4.5x4.5 block

Great blocks Greg. Way to use up those bonus HSTs.

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Kris replied on Sat, Aug 11 2012 11:50 AM | Locked

Claudette:
Well, I got two more blocks done. 

Claudette,

I'm loving your blocks.

Claudette:
I also have to report that I've finally figured out how to get a reproducible scant quarter inch on my machine!  (Up to now I've been guessing and hoping for the best.)

That's wonderful. Happy dance.

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MaxNTopeka replied on Sat, Aug 11 2012 3:34 PM | Locked

Claudette,

THanks for the info on the Easy Star tool.  I'll check into it.  I have a couple of tools already that absolutely gar-ron-tee I can make bee-u-tee-ful HST and geese...and they do help me cut out perfect little shapes. I think my 'problem' sets in after they are cut out, when I start sewing and handling and pressing them.  I do practice and I am getting 'better'...at least they are recognizable as HST and geese.

Love love love how your blocks are looking all together. You are going to have a knock-out quilt when you are finished with it...WOW!  I can hardly wait to see it all together.  Think I'm more excited about seeing yours together than I am about seeing mine finished. LOL!!

Get lots of rest, and I am so glad these treatments will be over soon.

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Bonita replied on Sat, Aug 11 2012 10:26 PM | Locked

Claudette, I just love all your blocks.Such bright colors to lift your spirits. I used the background fabric on my June scrappy quilt and it really looks nice.

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Judy T-Bellingham replied on Sun, Aug 12 2012 4:42 PM | Locked

I finished the two August blocks. I love the fabric but should have used more contrast in the Ohio Star. This is the fabric line Calypso by Ro Gregg from Paintbrush Studio. I bought a whole stack of the fat quarters. I really wish I'd had it for the entire series. The fabrics and colors are gorgeous.


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Dara replied on Sun, Aug 12 2012 5:35 PM | Locked

Carol:

Thanks, Annie, for the heads up - I usually forget to check for these until everyone starts posting the photos!  So, I got mine done today, too!

Great job Carol!

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Dara replied on Sun, Aug 12 2012 5:38 PM | Locked

Patricia Faye:

Here are my blocks for August.  

Great job Patricia. Love your fabric choices and the fussy cut!

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