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« Reply #40 on: March 07, 2005 09:59:07 PM »

For the diagonal flannel part, there is a much easier way of creating all those diagonal rows than by cutting each square and then resewing.  Instead, cut a whack of strips the same width as one side of a square, then sew them in rows, as if you were making a rectangle version of your first column of squares.  For example, the one shown above would be a beige rectangle sewed wide edge together to a light green rectangle, whose other wide edge would be sewn to the yellow rectangle, down to the dark green, and repeating on until you have enough for the entire column.  Then, you sew the top of the first piece to the bottom of the last, making a big tube of fabric.  Cut this tube into pieces as wide as your squares, creating short fat tubes with all your rows in them.  Unpick the top seam for the first column, then the next seam for the second column, etc. so that the squares form a diagonal; sew together each column and voila!
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« Reply #41 on: March 08, 2005 09:35:22 AM »

Hey crazy_bc_jen.  Thanks for the tip - I used the strip technique for my first quilt (pics on my blog).  The difficulty with doing it that way for this kind of quilt is that the top and bottom of the quilt are sewn together at the same time (i.e. square by square, flannel and denim), and the top of the quilt (diamond) doesn't match the back of the quilt (diagonal stripes).  Every sewn seam contains all four layers of fabric, which then fray and are displayed on the outside of the quilt (in this case).  So, I can't sew strips of the back togther and then cut them to make rows of squares (unless the front and back were to have the same pattern, and if I weren't using blue jeans for the front).  If I were making the top of the quilt and then the bottom of the quilt, and then putting them togther, your strategy would work brilliantly.  But, due to the construction method for this quilt, you have to do each square one-by-one.  Did that make sense?  It's a pain, but it does save time on piecing and quilting.   Wink

« Reply #42 on: April 29, 2017 12:05:54 PM »

I really wanted to see these quilts. The photos are gone as well as the first link. Sad(

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