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Join us on a TQS exclusive 12-month journey into the land of childhood memory with a charming quilt designed especially for TQS by internationally-known Australian designer Lynette Anderson. Lynette combines simple, unpretentious folk art style appliqué motifs with patchwork blocks for a quilt that will be lots of fun to make. Each month we will provide photos, detailed directions for a portion of the quilt, and full-size patterns. We will once again be offering monthly companion teaching videos as well. It all makes for a year of fun and learning!

TOPIC: Half-Size Measurements

Half-Size Measurements 07 Jan 2015 10:34 #125778

Hi Judy, I have not had any trouble doing the hand stitching through stabilizer and glue. I do use a very fine long milliners needle and a thimble which both help.
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Half-Size Measurements 06 Jan 2015 18:32 #125757

Rita, I was wondering if you are having any problem stitching your applique with the stabilizer and glue on it? Are you doing hand stitching or machine?

Judy
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Half-Size Measurements 06 Jan 2015 09:27 #125731

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Rita, thanks. I watched Becky Goldsmith's video series a couple of days ago and my improvement in needle turn was remarkable as a result (although I prefer to hold my needle as Liuxin Newman does rather than Becky Goldsmith and I still get good results). I also tried Lynette's method with fusible interfacing and the glue stick and did not have a problem with that either (you can also use the two-pronged bamboo party fork/sticks in place of the Appliquik tool). It's just that I don't know, as a first timer, whether I will run into big problems along the way or whether I will get frustrated with the half-size doing needle turn for the first time. However, I'm always good for a challenge! :blink:

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Half-Size Measurements 06 Jan 2015 08:44 #125730

Renata, if you look at the show with Lynette she demos how to turn the fabric with fusible interfacing and glue stick. She uses the Appliquik tool which I don't have so I used two cocktail sticks instead and they worked really well - even for the tiny birds wing. And if you tape 2 cocktail sticks together you will have a pronged fork for holding the appliqué while you use the other stick to turn in the edges. Any rough bits can be smoothed with another cocktail stick like Becky Goldsmith demos on the youtube videos I posted on another thread on the forum.
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Half-Size Measurements 06 Jan 2015 08:11 #125727

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The instructions are fantastic, Andrée, thank you for sharing them with the rest of us. I, too, am calculating the half-size because I've never done a half-sized quilt before, but definitely double-checking the numbers against yours. Also, you provided some very nice hints on how to do things so small! I might have to revert to full-size if this gets too hard (I've never done needle turn appliqué before and the small size might prove a bit difficult first time around). In any event, I'll give it a yeoman's effort! :)

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Half-Size Measurements 06 Jan 2015 06:25 #125723

Thank you Rita. It's raw edge appliqué. The tree trunk was made using 5/8" biais, and folded in thirds. I hand appliqué using silk thread. For the tree branch, I prepared 3/8" biais folded in third, but I might follow the instructions since it's so small.

I'm not sure I will keep my original thought - to make this in Kaffe Fassett florals. All the patches are so small, we won't see the prints really. I may change my colorway. This one will become a cute mug rug! :cheer:

I also plan NOT to make the nine-patches, but instead use graph paper and paper-piece 3 strips for each of the lenghts (as if the nine-patch were sewn together). I'll post my results when this is done.

Andrée
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Half-Size Measurements 06 Jan 2015 05:06 #125721

Wonderfully clear instructions Andrée, thank you, I really appreciate them. I love your fabrics and your lawn is so pretty. Are you doing raw edge applique or needle-turn?
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Half-Size Measurements 05 Jan 2015 22:42 #125718

HOUSE BLOCK
I thought that the roof trim appliqué was too narrow (1/8” at the widest point), so I decided to include this with the roof, and appliquéd the roof to the house.

Trace the trim on fusible web.

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Fuse in place (in what would have been the seam allowance), with the tip ending at 1/4 from the raw edge. .

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When cuting the seam allowance (on each side) cut at what would have been the stitching line.

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Align the appliqué with the stitching line of the house, and fuse in place.

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This should measure 4” x 4-1/2”.

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Draw a diagonal line, corner to corner, on the back of the SKY square 1-1/2” x 1-1/2”. Align each of the squares with each size of the roof (as per instruction) and stitch on the marked line.


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Trim the excess fabric. I pressed the seam allowance toward the roof.

Then, follow as per instructions. When joining the door background to the house’ C squares, and then to the house body, the complete house measures 5-1/2” x 4-1/2”.
When joining the SKY rectangles on each side of the house, this will measure 5-1/2” x 10”.
When joining the SKY strip (with the chimney),this will measure 7-1/4” x 10”.

Then....appliqué.... I’m not quite done yet, and I will not make the sheeps. So I added the LAWN to the bottom of the unit.

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Once finished with appliqué, trim this to 9-1/2” x 9-1/2”.
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Half-Size Measurements 05 Jan 2015 21:58 #125716

Month 1
BLOCK SIZES
House Block: 9" x 9"
Nine-Patch: 1-1/2" x1-1/2"

Patch sizes
A: 1" x 1" (used in the nine-patches)
B: 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"
C: 2"x 2"
D: this is used for heart appliqué background. After appliqué, the patch will be cut to 2" x 2" . I suggest 1/2" extra = 2-1/2" x 2-1/2"

ROOF:
Rectangle 1-1/2" x 4*1/2"

HOUSE:
Rectangle 3" x 4-1/2"
2 squares C (2" x 2")

DOOR BACKGROUND:
rectangle 2" x 1-1/2"

HOUSE BACKGROUND (sky):
2 rectangles 5-1/2" x 3-1/4" ( the 3-1/4" is oversize = finished size is 2-1/2", plus 2 x 1/4" seam allowance, plus 1/4" extra for handling)
1 strip 2-1/4" x 10" (both measures are oversized. Height = 2-1/4, finished size is 1-1/2",plus 2 x 1/4" seam allowance , plus 1/4" extra for handling; Width = 10", finished size is 9", plus 2 x 1/4" seam allowance, plus 2 x 1/4" extra (on each side) for handling).
2 squares B (1-1/2" x 1-1/2")

FRONT LAWN:
rectangle 3-1/4" x 10" (both measures are oversized. Height = 3-1/4 = finished size is 2-1/2",plus 2 x 1/4" seam allowance , plus 1/4" extra for handling; Width = 10", finished size is 9", plus 2 x 1/4" seam allowance, plus 2 x 1/4" extra (on each side) for handling).
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Half-Size Measurements 05 Jan 2015 21:26 #125714

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
Each month, print the pages where you see a 1" square at 50%. Check accuracy: the square should measure 1/2" x 1/2".

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In general, to get the measurements for cutting half-size, you take the finished size, divide by 2, then add 1/4" on each side. That is when the patch sizes do not have extra for handling (when appliquéing for example). Whenever there is extra, I will mention how much is accounted for. That way, if you feel you need more or less, you can change the measurements accordingly. Other times, the patch is meant for cutting biais, or appliqué shapes. The formula doesn't apply in these cases.

Also, when I provide the measurements of a patch or a block, I will try to give the height X the width (as seen when looking at the quilt). Some of the measurements in the instructions are not given that way (usually the shortest measure is first).

I do this for fun. I do not promise that the instructions will be there when the month begins. I do provide these instructions as soon as I make the blocks myself (to make sure I get it right) - so they could be made available sometimes 1 to 2 weeks after the month begins.
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