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Kris replied on Mon, Dec 17 2012 7:56 PM

Barbara,

the "DO" is DH and my last names. I use the name "DO Quilting" on patterns that I design (haven't shared many). I own the copyright for the photo that's why I put the watermark on it. I do this because people download photos from the web and use them as their own. Sometimes the mark is more apparent.

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Barbara replied on Mon, Dec 17 2012 9:19 PM

Thanks Kris , I was just curious as I had noticed this on some of your blocks.  That's a really good idea .Barbara

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I am working on block 2 and having trouble. I have never done the "v" seams before. Any tips? I have tried using the machine and by hand. By hand is a little better but not very good, I have frogged so much that I am going to have to cut new pieces as the first are starting to shred. Catching up isn't going as quickly as I thought, LOL.

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Thea replied on Sun, Dec 23 2012 5:56 AM

Pat, I am not sure I can help you but I will try... when I do a Y seam - this is how I do it... I draw the 1/4" seam line on the fabric in pencil - I put a pin in the corners where the 1/4" seam is - then I start sewing at that pin and sew to the next pin - I then pivot right on this pin - folding the fabric back so it is smooth and I sew to the next pin.  I never sew past the pins - It is difficult to explain with out showing you - I have been debating doing these blocks so maybe I'll cut one out after church today and take some pictures if someone else can't help you more by then...

But I do draw that line on and it helps immensely - either doing by hand or machine - but I do not sew past the pins and I start right at the first one - and you have to leave needle down at that Y point and you kind of scrunch the material around until it is flat to go the next direction... does any of that make sense.

 

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Kris replied on Sun, Dec 23 2012 2:52 PM

Pat,

this can be done without Y-seams.

Make the wedge units first. Sew a small triangle to the right side of the background triangle and the other to the left side of the top of the wedge.

Lay them together matching seams and sew a straight line. 

For the red wedges do the same thing then add the outside triangles.

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thanks for the tips. I've been out all day so will try tomorrow when I am not so tired.

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Kris replied on Wed, Dec 26 2012 2:28 AM

Here's block six:

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Barbara replied on Wed, Dec 26 2012 4:55 PM

Kris ,i love it  very pretty barbara

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Barbara replied on Wed, Dec 26 2012 4:58 PM

I finished my blocks six today as well . Barbara

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Kris replied on Wed, Dec 26 2012 5:43 PM

Very nice Barbara.

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Annie replied on Sat, Dec 29 2012 7:18 PM

Kris,

love your block. What method did you use?  I used templates and I can't get my edges to match up, very frustrating. 

 

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Kris replied on Sat, Dec 29 2012 8:04 PM

Annie:
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love your block. What method did you use?  I used templates and I can't get my edges to match up, very frustrating. 

Freezer paper templates. Mine didn't match up too well either.

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Everyone's blocks are so pretty. I enjoy seeing them all. I am still on block 2. I have made two that are awful. So, I will have to try again. This is quite humbling. I thought I was a confident beginner quilter but am beginning to think I am a rank beginner. LOL! Kris, I tried your method of avoiding the v seams and it worked until I tried to put the sections together. I will try again and if I can't get a halfway decent one then I am just going to go on to block 3. I will be busy all day today but only work half day tomorrow and am off on Tuesday so hopefully I will make some headway. I took my 7700 in for service yesterday so only have my little machine to work on so I can really only work on blocks right now anyway. This is really good practice even if frustrating. Hope everyone has a happy sewing day.

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Annie replied on Sun, Dec 30 2012 9:02 AM

Kris:
Freezer paper templates. Mine didn't match up too well either.

Kris, I am a little disappointed with BB since I can only get exact corners when I either PP or strip cut.  Just a thought, could it be that even though the piece looks like an equilateral triangle but it isn't and I wind up using the wrong edge???  I guess the same can be try for pieces that look symmetrical but may not be.  I would love it if they gave cutting instructions using HST or QSTs

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Annie replied on Sun, Dec 30 2012 9:04 AM

Hi Barbara, great colors,

Hi Pat, love your block.

What cutting method did you both use?

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