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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help with my first quilt project on: June 06, 2009 06:54:18 AM
Not quite sure what you're asking, the pattern tells you how big to make each of the cuts and how much you will need - click on the "instructions" tab at the bottom of the link you posted. 

Its a darling pattern!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / math - bears paw doesnt add up :( on: May 10, 2009 01:27:11 AM
I want to make a bears paw quilt for my son.  I have made myself confused with the HSTs. 

I looked at this pattern.....


but there seems to be a discrepancy in the claws.....especially when you look at this pattern, where all the measurements are the identical.....except the initial square for the claws.  (2 7/8 vs 3.5)


The unsewn HST block needs to be 2.5", (2 inch block plus 1/4 seam allowance).  So is this what you would add your 7/8ths to?  making an original square of 3 3/8ths ?  which would make the second link correct (albeit a tad generous)

or do you take the mesurement of 2inch block plus 7/8ths? in which case the former link is correct.

im confuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuused! Huh

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilt basting slightly easier on: April 28, 2009 02:36:35 PM
ive used this method the last couple of quilts Ive made - allows you to pick up and go!

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: fast piecing HSTs? Best way? on: March 24, 2009 11:56:35 AM
why is it that quilts are done in inches, not centimetres  Angry
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ack! Quilting first quilt, why is it snarling every time I pivot? on: March 24, 2009 11:55:35 AM
is your bobbin thread breaking? 
Is your top thread threaded correctly ? (my machine makes big loopy snarls when the top thread falls off the thread take up.)

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / fast piecing HSTs? Best way? on: March 22, 2009 08:57:33 AM
What do you think is the best way to piece a bunch of half square triangles?

Ive tried a number of methods and I always seem to botch them...

Ive tried the strip method, the grid method....

I just cannot seem to get the measurements right and either get a mass of trimming to do or the squares end up too small. 

Tell me your secret to perfect HSTs - Please!  Im embarking on a bears paw project, so Im going to need a million of them!!

Im begining to think simple square divided in two is the fastest and least hassle - esp if I chain piece them.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / ANother stacked coins - 1st attempt at machine quilting on: March 17, 2009 03:44:19 PM
This is my latest project - a stacked coins quilt for my DD.  It was my first attempt at machine quilting.

She wanted something bright and not too "girlie"  She also had some fabrics that she wanted to be inset bigger than other fabrics - so while most of the colour strips are standard 2" from various jelly rolls, some pieces are larger.  This threw out my neat horizontal lines.  Embarrassed

Next, I decided to try machine quilting.  Heres a close up of the sashing:


And for the borders, a continuous heart patterm.  I did struggle with the fluidity of the curves and the stitch length, TBH, but Im still pleased with the result - it will of course look better one I have washed it to remove the quilt marker pencil! (couldnt wait to post Cheesy)

The back is plain scarlet sheeting.

I learned that I need to baste more securely when machine quilting with an open foot, as I ended up with a couple of creases at the back. Grr!  Roll Eyes  But I enjoyed the machine quilting and starting to feel much more adventurous with it now  Smiley
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stacked Coins quilt - advice needed on sashing color (very pic heavy) on: March 12, 2009 01:32:35 PM
Id go for neutral cream - it will work with more modern decor, and is more versatile.  Green is a real love it/.hate it colour, as is red.  Very limiting if you want to change your decor. Black too harsh for your fabrics.

As an alternative, a rich Chocolate brown would look nice....
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Walking foot or not.... on: March 07, 2009 02:15:17 PM
....and I just screwed it on and slipped the forked part over the other screw thingy that sticks out and off I went...

I love technical quilting talk.  Grin And the great thing is....we all know EXACTLY what she means and would have written it the same way! 
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / folds and creases when machine quilting on: February 26, 2009 05:45:50 AM
I normally hand quilt, or restrict myself to quilting in straight lines.  But I was inspired by some machine quilting vids on yourtube, and decided to try out a 1-2-3 pattern....

I basted my quilt well, with no creases or tucks anywhere, and managed really well with the machine quilting.  Yet when I turn over the quilt, there are quite a few creases sewn in. 

Any ideas onb how I could prevent this in the future, as I am now a little in love with machine quilting!
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