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Topic: Friendship Quilt Block Swap #1 /Friendship Star/ Sign-ups Closed  (Read 20739 times)
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« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2008 10:07:22 PM »

OK, this is probably a stupid question, but as I've never done a "proper" quilt I need to ask it. The friendship star is made of whatever fabrics we like (obviously) and is then attached to a white piece of fabric 6.5" x 6.5"? And then the partner would add the batting and backing and do the actual "quilting" once they've amassed as many blocks as they would like for their project? And the idea is that the white fabric is then not seen once the project is complete?

If so, how do I attach the block to the white fabric? Top stitching? Stitch-witchery? Basting tape? I've made quilt blocks but never with a second layer like this.

On another note, this is very exciting because, while I have sewn since I was 8, I just recently started getting more interested in quilting, so this could be a very fun swap for me to practice! (No worries, I sew well - your blocks won't be falling apart or anything) Wink

I'll send in my questionnaire once I am sure of what I am supposed to be doing Cheesy

the star is sewn into the white. you cut pieces as the pattern calls for and sew the pieces together as the pattern instructs. everything is in the link in the original post. no need to topstitch or use iron on fusing all sewn

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« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2008 10:15:42 PM »

the star is sewn into the white. you cut pieces as the pattern calls for and sew the pieces together as the pattern instructs. everything is in the link in the original post. no need to topstitch or use iron on fusing all sewn

Oh, duh. That's what I get for just looking at the pictures and not reading. Cheesy OK, groovy! Thanks Grin

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« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2008 07:25:22 AM »

OK straighten me out here. I make 6 blockes and mail them to one person? I am trying to figure it out before I sign up. What exactly is made and sent? And the pattern link isnt working. I would like to see what I am getting into before I do it...haha:-) Amy

It worked after I typed this but I would still like to know the amount of things to send. Thanks!
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« Reply #23 on: May 27, 2008 08:25:07 AM »

Wow, you all have been chatty here, I love it. The background fabric for this swap should be a plain white white. No white-on-white prints for this one. We are going to use a good quality 100% cotton quilter's quality solid white fabric. Yes, pieces of fabrics can be wahsed in the machine, just remember, like others have said, it will fray, and pinking may help. You could always wash it well in a large sink of very hot water, allowing it to soak for at least ten min., and then dry it on high in the dryer as well. Yes, over the weekend the website with the pattern went funny, it seems to be back up now. I am guesssing high demand on a holiday weekend.

Just to be clear, each person will make sets of six blocks. The focus fabric for the star will be any fabric you choose, and they don't all have to be the same. More variety is always good for a quilt like this. You have the opportunity to trade one, two, or three sets of six blocks, new swappers may only trade one set. Each set of six goes to one person. It is very, very, very important to read and follow all directions on the pattern page. This is a very simple pieced block, no applique requred. Please measure twice or more if needed, to make the blocks accurate so that your fellow swappers will be able to use the blocks with ease. And ask all the questions you need to, don't be afraid. I like the spirit of this group, it seems everyone is willing to help each other.
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« Reply #24 on: May 27, 2008 08:31:25 AM »

I usually buy my white quilter's fabric at Joanne's. They have several different grades, and I usually buy the best quality I can find, that being said, you don't have to use the Kona Cottons, those are about $5.99, the one I use is $3.99, if not on sale. But you can use Kona Cotton if you want. Sometimes Kona Cotton looks a little dull after it is washed, and I prefer solids with a little light reflectiveness after washing, like the Amish-style cotton solids have.
« Reply #25 on: May 27, 2008 10:02:26 AM »

I'm really interested in joining this swap. I just need to drop by Joann's first and find the right kind of white cotton for the background fabric. How much yardage should I get? Thanks, everyone, for your tips for newbie quilters like me! This is going to be great!

« Reply #26 on: May 27, 2008 11:02:14 AM »

I will have to find a Joanns also! I am not liking the white I have now. It's kind of thin. I'm going to try and find something with a little more thread count before I start cutting my blocks. Thanks for all of your suggestions!

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« Reply #27 on: May 27, 2008 01:42:35 PM »

I'd really love to do this swap, but I need to get feedback from my first swap before I can sign up, and since my partner doesn't have internet access and therefore has not let the organizers know she got my package, I have no idea when that will be. 

Argh.  Sad 

Edit:  Nevermind, I can join!  Sent in my questionnaire!

Yay!!  Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: May 27, 2008 01:46:37 PM »

its nice to see all the interest! i cant wait to start Cheesy

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« Reply #29 on: May 27, 2008 01:54:33 PM »

Just a suggestion -

Do you want to know what colors people prefer?  I mean, if someone wants to use a binding that is green and gets all red and white squares, but doesn't want a Christmas quilt... Smiley

I don't know if this matters to anyone, and if I get to sign up, I'd love to have multi-colored squares so I have a nice colorful quilt.  But it might matter to someone.  Just an idea!  Smiley

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