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Traci replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 4:20 PM

Diane,

I think your blocks look great! Your quilt is going to turn out great with either background color you choose.    I also have a hard time picking out the colors.  Its the hardest part for me.  Luckily I have a quilting buddy that usually goes with me to the quilt shop when I need help with colors. 

 

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webstitch replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 4:23 PM

Hi Karen,

I'm relatively new too, but suppose I can still say Welcome! Love the energy around this MQ.

 I also wanted to say that I wasn't going to square up my 4-patches, but I saw others mention doing it, so I started on mine and it is such a frustrating exercise that I have only managed to get through about 25 of them! My 4-patches are either just THIS much too small here or there, or just THIS much to big here and there. Now I see people saying they are cutting theirs down, or not squaring them up at all. This tells me I probably should have gone with my initial instinct and not even tried to square them up at this early stage...Can I get a vote on this? "To square or not to square, that IS the question..."

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webstitch replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 4:35 PM

Wow, somehow I emailed copies of this post to myself lol...way too complicated for an old lady...don't see any way to fix it without a re-post......sorry to the eSavvy - the rest will understand lol

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MaggieNae replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 4:50 PM

WEBSTITCH.  I think we landed on not trimmiing yet.  You may have a better opportunity to correct this later.  If you cut and the issue is elsewhere, you may end up with more peices that are too small.

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MaggieNae replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 4:57 PM

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In Chula Vista, Quilters Choice, 417 Third Ave, 619-425-2545 has a HQ18 Avante they will train you on and rent to use in shop.

 

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Sheri - Wonder how many of our blocks are the same???  Love the bittersweet collection

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Stephanie replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 5:34 PM

Gagoo:
We got a new puppy 2 weeks ago and I can't leave him alone long enough to go upstairs to my sewing room.

Gagoo,

What a cutie, and yes I see mischievious written all over that precious face. I got a rottie pup just before Christmas and she has chewed the plugs off of 5 lights and small appliances. Just like toddlers, aren't they. When things are too quiet, they're into something. Good thing they're so cute!!! LOL Enjoy your new furbaby and have many years of love to share....

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safrmaz replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 5:35 PM

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Sheri - Wonder how many of our blocks are the same???  Love the bittersweet collection

Beth,

I was wondering the same thing!  There has to be something in future steps that will make each quilt unique.  It will be fun seeing all of the finished quilts in the Bittersweet fabrics.

 

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safrmaz replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 5:38 PM

Stephanie:
Just like toddlers, aren't they. When things are too quiet, they're into something. Good thing they're so cute!!! LOL

At least they grow up a little faster than toddlers!  My "puppy" is now 2 so I went through that stage not so long ago.  Things have calmed down a lot since those days.

 

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I was watching a show from a past season on Fons and Porter program on my local PBS station the other day.  They had a 4 patch in their project. Liz Porter twisted the center of the block and this tiny 4 patch appeared on the back of the block.  This allows the 2nd sewing line to be split like there first seam so the block can lie really flat.  I saw the same technique in quilt book I was looking at yesterday so I gave it a try. It takes a bit of practice but the blocks feel great when it is done and pressed into place.   I love knowing that there are all these itty-bitty 4 patches on the wrong side of the quilt that no one will ever see!   :-)

Do other folks do this routinely?  It seems like a good thing to do.  But is there any downside to doing this to the block?

  

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Marilyn B replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 5:51 PM

Yes Judy I do it routinely when I have the 4 blocks meeting like that.  I only ran into trouble once when I had some blocks meeting up with the seams going the same way but there were still fewer of those than if I had not swirled the blocks so guess it was worth doing.

Judy:

I was watching a show from a past season on Fons and Porter program on my local PBS station the other day.  They had a 4 patch in their project. Liz Porter twisted the center of the block and this tiny 4 patch appeared on the back of the block.  This allows the 2nd sewing line to be split like there first seam so the block can lie really flat.  I saw the same technique in quilt book I was looking at yesterday so I gave it a try. It takes a bit of practice but the blocks feel great when it is done and pressed into place.   I love knowing that there are all these itty-bitty 4 patches on the wrong side of the quilt that no one will ever see!   :-)

Do other folks do this routinely?  It seems like a good thing to do.  But is there any downside to doing this to the block?

  

 

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Sylvia replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 5:52 PM

Hi Judy,

I did the same thing with all my 4 patches.  They seem to come out a lot better and lay really flat.  I saw it on one of Eleanor Burn's shows and really liked how my patches lay.  I don't see any downside to doing this if all your patches are consistent.  If we do have to join them together they should all lock together properly.

I guess if they shouldn't be that way, then I'll be pressing them all the other way again!  

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safrmaz replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 5:54 PM

Judy:

I was watching a show from a past season on Fons and Porter program on my local PBS station the other day.  They had a 4 patch in their project. Liz Porter twisted the center of the block and this tiny 4 patch appeared on the back of the block.  This allows the 2nd sewing line to be split like there first seam so the block can lie really flat.  I saw the same technique in quilt book I was looking at yesterday so I gave it a try. It takes a bit of practice but the blocks feel great when it is done and pressed into place.   I love knowing that there are all these itty-bitty 4 patches on the wrong side of the quilt that no one will ever see!   :-)

Do other folks do this routinely?  It seems like a good thing to do.  But is there any downside to doing this to the block?

  

Thanks for the reminder, Judy.  It really helps the block lie flat.

 

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MaggieNae:

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In Chula Vista, Quilters Choice, 417 Third Ave, 619-425-2545 has a HQ18 Avante they will train you on and rent to use in shop.

 

Thanks Maggie

     I know of this shop, but I haven't been in it for several years now. Some years back I used to go there all the time, I even took quilting  classes there. But since I bought a sewing machine table there and had quite a bit of a problem with the owner to order a part for me for the table so my machine will fit I don't go there no more. I had to go directly to the complany about the part myself, They called the owner as the part had to come thru her, she assured them she would contact me as soon as part came in, guess what she never did. Luckily when I went to pick up part she was not there.  I also heard thru some friends that she was supposedly going to close shop. Half the time when I drive by the shop they are not open the usual hours they are suppose to according to their sign. I found a place to do the quilts that are too big for my machine and they are really reasonable compared to taking them to an actual quilter with a longarm. The first few I took to several different quilters and their prices were enormous. The place I go only charges by the hour and I pay a reasonable price per quilt. I am really satisfied with them.

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Bonita replied on Tue, Apr 24 2012 6:44 PM

Elizabeth, pretty squares, nice soft colors.

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