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# Step 2 Discussions and Questions

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Nana Posted: Thu, Sep 12 2013 10:50 PM

Please post all questions and discussions here.  This step should post sometime after midnight.

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Nana replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 2:36 AM

Step 2 is open and there is a pdf file available.   Have fun.

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Ginny L replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 4:53 AM

are we using the 3 7/8 " squares for this? what size do we square them up to be?  3"

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Linda Gless replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 7:27 AM

What size square should the finished HST squares measure please? I don't have the strip tube ruler but I do have the Fons and Porter HST ruler. First time using it and I believe you cut the HST's based on the finished square size.  Thank you!

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Susie replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 9:12 AM

I don't have the ruler, either.  Can we get 2 hst squares out of the one we cut by using the line method?

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Roxana replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 9:40 AM

If we started with 3-7/8 inch squares, wouldn't they square up to 3-1/2" and the finished size would be 3"? Just trying to remember the math formula.

The Formula: Finished Size of HST + 7/8".

The "finished size" would be once it's sewn into the block (i.e. no extra seams) so I'm going backwards. We cut 3-7/8" squares to make our HSTs according to Step 1 without the special ruler. SO, according to the formula above, 3-7/8 - 7/8 = the FINISHED size of the HST. When squaring up an HST, you square it up to FINISHED SIZE PLUS 1/2" for seam allowances.

Too much information? Nana, am I right?

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Susie replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 9:51 AM

Roxana--You are awesome!  I soooo can't do the math.  I can't wrap my head around it.  Sad for an accountant, right?

So, I will be ok with drawing my line and getting 2 squares out of my one set, right?  Ugh...why isn't this making sense to me??

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Maggie aka Grandma Sunshine replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 9:59 AM

Susie, that's why there are math people. I'm a chemist by education but hate math. Formulas are different, you plug in the numbers and use a calculator!  Hahaha  Thanks Roxana for doing the math for us. 😊

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Jacy replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 10:02 AM

Susie:
So, I will be ok with drawing my line and getting 2 squares out of my one set, right?

Yes, draw your diagonal line and sew on each side of it. Then when you cut it apart you will have 2 HST's   3 1/2" unfinished.

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Debbie-do replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 10:11 AM

Nana told me last week the HSTs will square up at 3 1/2" which makes sense because we're cutting 3 1/2" squares of fabric as well.

Nana, I have a question about how many HSTs of background and fabric 1 we'll end up with.  I've done the math twice and Penny's done the math and we both come up with 336... your instructions said 378.

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Donna B replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 10:54 AM

Nana:

Step 2 is open and there is a pdf file available.   Have fun.

Nana, I am just following along but can't seem to locate the Step 2 pdf.  Where will I find it?  (Figured if I can't, others might be in the same pickle...lol!)

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Donna B replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 10:56 AM

Donna B:

Nana:

Step 2 is open and there is a pdf file available.   Have fun.

Nana, I am just following along but can't seem to locate the Step 2 pdf.  Where will I find it?  (Figured if I can't, others might be in the same pickle...lol!)

Never mind... Right after I posted this, I finally found it!!!

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Nana replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 11:31 AM

Everyone

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Nana replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 11:39 AM

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".

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Nana replied on Fri, Sep 13 2013 11:47 AM

If the above didn't help clarify or didn't answer your question please ask again and I will try to answer so that you understand.  I am sorry but the original instructions left a lot out.   I was rushing when writing these so that I could get everything to Mandy before her last day at QCA.   I didn't proofread and mull over the instructions like I usually do.

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