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The Quilt Show presents A to Z for Ewe and Me, the latest quilt in prizewinning quilter Janet Stone's 26-quilt alphabet series. Designed exclusively for members of TQS, the 69"x 82" quilt is a playful yet sophisticated sampler. Each letter in the alphabet has its own panel, where it's combined with a related pieced or appliquéd block. Make one for the child in your life, or make one for the child in you!

TOPIC: Half-size measurements

Re: Half-size measurements 03 Feb 2014 20:58 #115222

COLORADO BEAUTY :
That was a much easier block to figure out than the basket was....

Cut squares of 2" in selected colors.
Background fabric - cut 3-1/2" x 3-1/2".

After sewing the HST, trim them to 1-1/4"

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Step 2 - I did exactly as per instructions. That was so easy with the seam "locking"!
Step 3 - I did one thing different. Instead of pressing the seam open, I pressed to one side, and opposite on each row, so that when I sew them, the seam would "lock". Each row should measure 1-1/4" X 3-1/2".

Step 4 - The block should measure 3-1/2" x 3-1/2".

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Step 5 - The completed panel should measure 3-1/2" x 6-1/2".

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Last Edit: 15 Nov 2014 20:46 by AndreeBergeron.
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Re: Half-size measurements 03 Feb 2014 20:42 #115221

QuiltedRose wrote:
For applique thread, you might try Invisifil by Wonderfil. It's 100 wt polyester - much less expensive than silk, available in single spools or packs with coordinated threads, and available online. You can use a 60 sharp needle with it. Susan Cleveland recommended it to me, an it's beautiful stuff!
I didn't think of that, and it's a great idea. I'll try it - I usually use this thread for paper piecing -since it so thin, but still strong, as well as bobbin thread in embroidery.

I'll let you know how it comes out... The other thing, it's the color... I don't know what to choose!!! :?

Andrée
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Re: Half-size measurements 03 Feb 2014 19:32 #115220

For applique thread, you might try Invisifil by Wonderfil. It's 100 wt polyester - much less expensive than silk, available in single spools or packs with coordinated threads, and available online. You can use a 60 sharp needle with it. Susan Cleveland recommended it to me, an it's beautiful stuff!
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Re: Half-size measurements 03 Feb 2014 16:41 #115207

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Thank you Andree!
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Re: Half-size measurements 03 Feb 2014 08:28 #115147

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Another great tute, Andrée! Thanks!


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That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived !
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Re: Half-size measurements 03 Feb 2014 07:08 #115144

mellymoo wrote:
Andree, thank you for the great instructions and all your hard work in working all the maths out for this tricky little block. Your a genius and much appreciated.
Thank you. :oops:

Can't wait to see yours!

Andrée
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Re: Half-size measurements 03 Feb 2014 06:33 #115141

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Andree, thank you for the great instructions and all your hard work in working all the maths out for this tricky little block. Your a genius and much appreciated.
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Re: Half-size measurements 02 Feb 2014 22:26 #115137

Well, after a little correction on the background fabric measurement, I was able to finish (almost) that block tonight.

After Step 5 and 6, The basket part should measure 1-7/8" wide. Then at step 7, align the 1-3/4" mark on the center to trim. At step 8, trim the other side so the block is 3-1/2 inch.

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I made the basket handle with 1/8" bias: I cut the fabric 3/8" wide (about 5 inches long), and fold into thirds.
I thought the blanket stitch would be too wide, so I chose a small zig-zag (width = 1.0, length = 1.5).

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The letter should be positioned at 3/4" from raw edge (top and sides).
Here is my "almost" finished panel (still missing the stitch around the letter - not sure about the color):

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Last Edit: 15 Nov 2014 20:55 by AndreeBergeron.
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Re: Half-size measurements 01 Feb 2014 20:01 #115073

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Andree...Thanks so much for the math work ! :D I'll have to wait 'till first of the week to try it out.
Have not had much time to sew but will get with it soon. Finally have backround and letter
fabric. Still waiting on Thread from Superior. Out of town tomarrow.
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Re: Half-size measurements 01 Feb 2014 19:15 #115071

I did the math for the basket block, but didn't make it yet - I need to chose my fabrics. But I want to share what I have so far.

The finished size must be 3" x 7". So the top of the basket is a hypotenuse of a half-square-triangle, which should measure 3". The side of the basket should be 2-1/8" - not convenient to divide by 3 (for the 3 squares). If you round up, you will have a hypotenuse of more than 3" - the points of the basket will get caught in the seam allowance. If you round "down" - then you will have a little bit of background fabric showing between the side seam and the basket - which is what I prefer...about 1/8 of an inch on each side.
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So, if each square in the basket is 5/8" finished, you need to cut your squares to 1-1/8".

From the background, you need a 2-1/2" square on points for the background of the basket - that should be enough.
Then a rectangle of 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" ( background of the handle and flower)and a rectangle of 3-1/2" x 4-1/2" (background of the letter "B") ******CORRECTED!!!!

The basket handle should be made with 1/8" bias maker.

Hope that helps. Can't wait to do this one...

Andrée
Last Edit: 02 Feb 2014 16:33 by AndreeBergeron.
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Re: Half-size measurements 01 Feb 2014 09:32 #115045

Andrée, if you are using a fine thread like a 50wt or thinner you could use a Microtex 70/10 needle. Good luck with the 1/2 size this month. :D
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Re: Half-size measurements 01 Feb 2014 08:43 #115043

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How on earth do you half size the basket block? _ i have managed the other two blocks but really struggling to work out the maths around this one. Any suggestions would be most welcome :?

I will work on it today, results tomorrow (hopefully)

Andrée
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Re: Half-size measurements 01 Feb 2014 07:48 #115041

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How on earth do you half size the basket block? _ i have managed the other two blocks but really struggling to work out the maths around this one. Any suggestions would be most welcome :?
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Re: Half-size measurements 27 Jan 2014 17:49 #114910

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I have done a very small single blanket stitch on my letters. It seemed to work well. This is how my blanked stitch goes: stitch, stitch, stitch to the left, stitch back to center, stitch, stitch. The stitch length and width are 1.5 mm.
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