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# Step 2 Discussions and Questions

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txsueh replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 12:18 PM

So, we should end up with a total of 504 HSTs, measuring 3 1/2" unfinished.

336 of Background & Fabric #1

84 of Background & Fabric # 2

84 of Fabric #1 & Fabric #2

Is this correct?

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PennyWyo replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 12:44 PM

Nana, you said for those using the triangle tube ruler to cut the same amount of strips, but to make them 3". You also said you get about 16 hst units per strip set. So if we use all 21 strips of the background and fabric 1, we come up with 21x16 or 336 hst units. BUT, we have no background and fabric 1 3" strips left to match with fabric two. That is the problem I am having.

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gini replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 12:52 PM

mandy is leaving us?

gini in north idaho

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Linda replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 1:15 PM

Nana,

I understand your explanation. But, your cutting directions in step one do not add up to step two if using the tube method.  Unless I'm not seeing something.

I sewed and cut 15 HST from one tube strip.  If you need 336 HST squares of bg/#1 divided by 15 to a strip that equals 23 strips; 84 HST bg/#2 divided by 15 equals 6 strips; 84 HST #1/#2 divided by 15 equals 6 strips.

So. using the tube method (using 3" strips) you would cut:

23 + 6 = 29 background strips;

23 + 6 = 29  #1 strips;

6 + 6 = 12  #2 strips.

Would this be right?

Vacherie, Louisiana

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MNgutsygal replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 1:24 PM

Nana:

Everyone

After reading over the step 2 I realized that I left some of the instructions out or  assumed that you knew what I was doing.   So very sorry.

Take 168 background 3 7/8" squares and combine them with 168 3 7/8" fab #1 squares to make 336  3 1/2 HST squares.   You can do this by drawing a line and sewing on each side.  Or use any other method you prefer.

Take 42 3 7/8" background squares and combine with 42 fabric #2 squares.

Take 42 fabric #1 and combine with 42 Fabric #2 to form 84 HST squares.

I hope this helps....   also your HST squares should be 3 1/2" to finish at 3".

Whew. Relief. Got it, lol. Thanks, Nana,

Deb

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Nana replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 2:41 PM

For those using the tube ruler method  I did cut extra strips as I made my HST units.   Linda your math looks perfect.   Thanks for adding this.

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Nana replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 2:44 PM

gini:

mandy is leaving us?

Yes Mandy did leave us.   Last Friday was her last day.   We have Morgan with us now.  She is doing a wonderful job filling Mandy's spot.

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Karyn Ashley-Smith replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 3:18 PM

I haven't cut anything yet...I'm just very curious how a 3" tube is going to yield a 3 1/2" square. I don't have the tube ruler, I have the hst ruler but the tube method looks awesome so I plan on trying it...I'm just not following how that can be? I'm sure it's a math thing....

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Jacy replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 3:27 PM

Karyn Ashley-Smith:

I haven't cut anything yet...I'm just very curious how a 3" tube is going to yield a 3 1/2" square. I don't have the tube ruler, I have the hst ruler but the tube method looks awesome so I plan on trying it...I'm just not following how that can be? I'm sure it's a math thing....

Karyn

Try it out with a scrap piece first, then you'll be more confident cutting your fabric.

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txsueh replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 3:49 PM

I plan to use the strip tube method.  Since I have not yet cut any strips, I think I'll cut strips and make HST as I go.  Cut & sew a matching strip set.  Make HSTs.  Cut another set of strips......   This makes me more comfortable anyway.  I really like cutting and making one block at a time.  It terrifies me to cut lots of pieces because invariably, I'll cut about half wrong....  Maybe I'll cut a couple of strips at a time! LOL

Finishing up a couple blocks for 2 other quilt alongs, then I'll be ready to begin on this one! WooHoo!

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Nana replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 3:50 PM

Karyn

I still wonder the same thing.  Feel sure it is a math thing but I don't know the math I just know it works.

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Karyn Ashley-Smith replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 4:05 PM

Nana:

Karyn

I still wonder the same thing.  Feel sure it is a math thing but I don't know the math I just know it works.

Thanks Nana LOL! That honestly makes me feel better! I'm sure it has to do with cutting on the diagonal.

Karyn

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MTAnn replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 4:34 PM

Nana:

Everyone

After reading over the step 2 I realized that I left some of the instructions out or  assumed that you knew what I was doing.   So very sorry.

Take 168 background 3 7/8" squares and combine them with 168 3 7/8" fab #1 squares to make 336  3 1/2 HST squares.   You can do this by drawing a line and sewing on each side.  Or use any other method you prefer.

Take 42 3 7/8" background squares and combine with 42 fabric #2 squares.

Take 42 fabric #1 and combine with 42 Fabric #2 to form 84 HST squares.

I hope this helps....   also your HST squares should be 3 1/2" to finish at 3".

So ALL of the HST should finish at 3"? or just the 3 1/2" HST squares?  HELP!  Where do the 3 1/2" squares come into play???  I don't have any 3 7/8" squares of Fabric 2...did I cut wrong???  I'm so confused.

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bootz864 replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 5:05 PM

it is confusing. when the directions say the HST will FINISH at 3" that means after the quilt is completely done, if you were to take a ruler and measure that piece it would be 3" but for what we are doing right now the piece you are making is going to measure 3 1/2" , it is just a piece so not considered "finished"  Hope this helps :)

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Jackie1121 replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 5:19 PM

Nana - I know this is a little late to ask, but would there be any reason I could not use flannel fabric for this quilt?  Thanks.

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