Discussion and Questions re Step 5

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MNnancy replied on Sat, Apr 20 2013 5:14 PM

Wow!  Some of your blocks look so pretty and SO precise!  I haven't even started this step, and I'm already getting nervous about getting everything to line up correctly.  Hope to sew on Monday.


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Marsha-SM replied on Sat, Apr 20 2013 6:24 PM

I love how everyone's blocks are looking.  I did 4 blocks and hoped to have pictures today, but when I went to press them, the middle strip was bubbly.  I made my seams too scant and had to frog all four and stitch a 2nd seam inside the first on most seams.  The more elaborate strips all measured right - only the one with the most plain squares were off.  I stitched from the triple strip piece instead of the plain square.  I think sewing so close to the seem allowance threw me off!  I will try the rest from the plain square side.  They are now resewn and look a lot better.  Just have to press and take pictures.  I am trying to get the rest of my HSTs trimmed, but have to do that in small steps because my hands keep cramping up.  432 HSTs times 4 sides each is a lot of trimming!  These old arthritic hands and wrist are really protesting.  I hope to finish trimming tomorrow and get a pictrure taken, but Rich has other ideas.  He needs a haircut and wants to go to Walmart ON SUNDAY!!  One good thing is we will be going out to eat - - - and at a restaurant, not McDonald's! 

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Donna replied on Sat, Apr 20 2013 7:17 PM

The sneezing and watery eyes have stopped so I worked on the first square again.  I believe I have it right now,   Please tell me it is right now.  I also took a little bit, not much but a little bit of the wonkyness (a new word???) out.

 

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Woot! Woot! Got 'em done and it's not even Thursday night! Now I gotta square them up & hope for no frogging. Bring on #6!

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Leslie replied on Sat, Apr 20 2013 8:57 PM

Good Grief ladies I am still working on those dang 1 inch strips LOL

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Marsha-SM replied on Sat, Apr 20 2013 9:20 PM

Decided to press and take pictures before I collapse for the night.  Here is picture of redone first 4 blocks - only 32 more to go! 

Plans for tomorrow changed again.  Daughter from PA called tonight to say they are coming in the morning, possibly with oldest grandson and his family.  Will be nice to see the great-grands again.  Youngest is now 9 months - haven't seen them since Christmas!  Guess Rich gets an early morning haircut without me.  They are bringing something for dinner and we will eat at MIL's house.  She will love to see the little ones, but probably will be confused as to who they belong to!  She has been getting slower lately, so maybe it is good for them to come now.  She slept until Rich and her caretaker woke her at 11:30 this morning.  That is very unusual for her.  Caretaker couldn't wake her, but all Rich had to do was say MA loudly, and she woke right up.  He is her favorite and always wakes up whenever he comes in, if she is asleep in her chair.  This time she was in bed, and was more deeply asleep.  She says she can't get to sleep at night, so we assume she didn't get to sleep until early in the morning.  She usually watches TV until 11:00 at night, so doesn't get to bed very early. 

Our youngest daughter will come also with her 15 yr old daughter.  Between the girls, dinner will be taken care of - thankfully - because I didn't shop for more than 2 this week and don't have the strength to cook like I used to.  Getting old isn't fun.  99 yr old MIL usually has more energy than I have!!  I hope she has it tomorrow as she will need it with 2 granddaughters - one with husband, 2 great grandchildren - one with wife, and 3 great-great grandchildren to tire her out.  This kind of plan-change is just fine! 

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MNnancy replied on Sat, Apr 20 2013 10:00 PM

Donna:
Please tell me it is right now.

It's right now, Donna!  Good job!


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Sheila replied on Sat, Apr 20 2013 10:00 PM

Donna,

You got it right this time!  And don't worry about the wonkyness, usually blocks will square themselves up enough to be acceptable all on their own, when you add sashing and borders.  Besides, the Quilt Police are the only ones to make a big deal about imperfections, and you can make them go away with one jab of your seam ripper!

Only 17 more blocks to go, hang in there!

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MNnancy replied on Sat, Apr 20 2013 10:00 PM

Leslie :
I am still working on those dang 1 inch strips

You've got a brand new sewing machine, Leslie!  Kick it into gear already!


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Donna replied on Sat, Apr 20 2013 10:13 PM

LOL Sheila,  thanks.

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Debbie-do replied on Sat, Apr 20 2013 11:17 PM

Donna:

The sneezing and watery eyes have stopped so I worked on the first square again.  I believe I have it right now,   Please tell me it is right now.  I also took a little bit, not much but a little bit of the wonkyness (a new word???) out.

 

  It's a beautiful thing!  Glad you're feeling better :)

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Diana replied on Sun, Apr 21 2013 6:22 AM

I'm with you, Leslie.   I'm still trying to put those little 1 inch pieces into 9-patches from step 3.  I've printed out step 4 and 5 but I think it's going to be awhile before I get there.  Did anyone notice there is no discussion for step 3?  Maybe we were afraid to say anything or like me, still dealing with it.  I think I'll still be working on it when we get together in June at Smoky Mtn. retreat.

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Diana replied on Sun, Apr 21 2013 6:33 AM

Is,   To keep your sewing machine eating those corners, use a leader....which is a piece of scrap (or some people use pieces that are straight pieces that will be used in another quilt).  Start sewing on the straight pieces and then chain piece your sharp pieces.  It should keep the machine from eating those corners.  Hope this helps.

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Leslie replied on Sun, Apr 21 2013 6:50 AM

Diana:
I'm with you, Leslie.   I'm still trying to put those little 1 inch pieces into 9-patches from step 3

Diana, im still trying to just get the strips sewn  together, LOL im kind of a slacker.

Nancy, im trying LOL

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Diana:

.  Did anyone notice there is no discussion for step 3?  Maybe we were afraid to say anything or like me, still dealing with it. 

Diana in East Tn.

Diana, the discussion for step 3 is included in the discussion for step 2. Nana wasn't able to set up one for 3 so we just kept using 2.

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