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« Reply #170 on: March 31, 2006 06:33:31 PM »

Just under the wire, I cranked this Friendly Hand out so that I wouldn't completely bail on you guys for March.  I'm still working on the Ribbon block in my other color scheme.  FYI, I screwed up the 15.5" strips- made them 15.25".  I was able to cheat on the seams enough to make it work, but as you can see, it's not quite right.

Look how sheer that gingham is.  I should have splurged on the nicer cotton.
« Reply #171 on: April 01, 2006 04:53:37 PM »

I love your blues, Fortloop.  For the gingham - you could always toss some interfacing behind it if you're worried.

Soledad, welcome!  What lovely blocks!  I can't believe you hand sewed them all, that's amazing!
« Reply #172 on: April 03, 2006 11:52:54 AM »

This month I decided to do the Star Block - here are the 2 squares I ended up with.  The tutorial is great but are these ever time consuming to make!  I started my two main squares out at 10" and then had to square them off at about 9 1/4" and added a 1 3/4" border to get to a 12 1/2" finished size.

I was even able to continue my 'plan' of carrying forward a color from month to month.  This month was the cream I used for the star.

These stars can be optical illusions - the way I took the picture, they look like they are 'upright' but if you turn them so a different side is at the top, they look 'lopsided' - I found that very interesting  Wink
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« Reply #173 on: April 03, 2006 12:47:44 PM »

Those are awesome!  I love all the contrast.  I like the way they look with the border - I think I might copy you and also use a 10" base.

About how long did it take you to make them?
« Reply #174 on: April 03, 2006 03:35:27 PM »

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About how long did it take you to make them?

2 1/2 hours!

There's so many steps and so much ironing involved that I found it rather slow going.

« Reply #175 on: April 04, 2006 05:19:17 AM »

Homerof2 I love your stars Grin  So grateful you posted the size of square you started out with.  I might go alittle bigger but I'm not sure.  I have to search for my cutting mat( a small one  Cry )

I'm so not going to enjoy pressing Tongue
« Reply #176 on: April 04, 2006 05:23:45 AM »

bc jen and fort loop thanks for your post( hardcore..maybe .........crazy ..definitely)BTW fortloop I like the blue and yellow in your block for march.
« Reply #177 on: April 04, 2006 06:48:30 AM »

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I have to search for my cutting mat( a small one )

My rotary cutter is broken and right now I don't want to spend the money to replace it, so I did all the cutting with scissors.  I just marked the line I wanted to cut and then cut it and I think it worked out fine.
« Reply #178 on: April 05, 2006 04:04:43 PM »

i made the stars block a while back in red, white and blue, I thought they were easy because you didnt have to cute before, and it didnt matter where you cut it would turn out as a star.  Looks great...Chris
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« Reply #179 on: April 05, 2006 07:37:38 PM »

hi everyone, nice blocks. once i finish my swap i will make some of these.

fortloop if i was you i would reinforce that block with some interfacing before  you join to other squares in your quilt, it will strengthen it. It looks nice. 100% cotton is terrific for quilts, it gives a bit and lasts longer when you wash the quilt, you dont want one block to fade quicker than the rest. quilts take a lot of work and usually last many years.

hope this helps cyndi

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