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Are you ready to start another new day with a new pattern? I hope so – life is great and affords us many opportunities to start fresh and new – and today is a great day to start making a new quilt: Ruffled Roses. Each month, you will find the pattern for part of this quilt online. Just print the instructions, cut, stitch, press… and before you know it, time will have passed, and you will be ready to enjoy your own Ruffled Roses quilt. What a wonderful way to start each month!
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TOPIC: Month 2: Floaters/Slats Border

Re: Month 2: Floaters/Slats Border 28 Feb 2011 14:11 #59207

Can understand too Jo Jo, so my wish for you is some lovely days ahead of happy sewing while you fix this all up.


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Re: Month 2: Floaters/Slats Border 28 Feb 2011 12:19 #59193

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It doesn't show in the photo, but I understand what you are saying. It's better to deal with it now, and love every inch of the project when you are done!
It won't take long. I thought you were going to re-do all the lattice! :roll:


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Re: Month 2: Floaters/Slats Border 28 Feb 2011 12:02 #59191

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Margo,

The pretty golden fabric on each side of the black is distorted. I loved this fabric but didn't have enough to cut it on the straight of grain so I starched it heavily thinking it would stablize it enough but unfortunately it did not. I've already started unpicking it so I wouldn't just settle for it that way. It is really noticeable. I found a local store that has some of that gold fabric left so I'm leaving in a bit to go buy some so I can cut it properly.

It's discouraging when this happens but once I get over the unpicking and start resewing, I'll feel better. Right now, it's really disheartening.

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Re: Month 2: Floaters/Slats Border 28 Feb 2011 11:48 #59188

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ladyquilter wrote:
Well, hubby asked me to sleep on it before I made a decision about the borders and I did and I still hate it so today, I'm unsewing everything I did and starting over. I figure if I'm going to be working on this for the next 10 months, I'd better not start disliking something this early in the process.

WHAT???? :shock:

What is it that you aren't happy with JoJo? It looks wonderful!!


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Re: Month 2: Floaters/Slats Border 28 Feb 2011 11:42 #59186

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Well, hubby asked me to sleep on it before I made a decision about the borders and I did and I still hate it so today, I'm unsewing everything I did and starting over. I figure if I'm going to be working on this for the next 10 months, I'd better not start disliking something this early in the process.

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Re: Month 2: Floaters/Slats Border 28 Feb 2011 08:39 #59173

Margo--IMHO, Just like you did, eighths and unfinished sizes is the only way to calculate. Adding in the 1/2" for the seam allowance is automatic thinking for me. I seem to have to adjust something in this fashion quite often.
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Re: Month 2: Floaters/Slats Border 28 Feb 2011 02:12 #59153

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For me coming from Denmark, where we use cm and meters to measure,in the beginning it was a real challenge to work in inches. I like math and have been wondering how you all do the math as I thought there might be a better way than mine. I make everything to 1/8's to figure it all out and now I can see that's what you do too. With the quarter inch foot it's more easy to work "in English" than it is to work "in Danish"

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Re: Month 2: Floaters/Slats Border 27 Feb 2011 17:06 #59106

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ladyquilter wrote:
Oh Margo, I think you're just 'shy' cause your math is perfect! Thank you for helping me.

I may have figured this one out, but math makes my head hurt and my belly ache!!! :oops:


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Re: Month 2: Floaters/Slats Border 27 Feb 2011 17:02 #59104

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Oh Margo, I think you're just 'shy' cause your math is perfect! Thank you for helping me.

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Re: Month 2: Floaters/Slats Border 27 Feb 2011 16:59 #59103

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Ritzy, the second number 21-1/4 reflects the finished size which would be 1/2" off the unfinished size of the center which was 21-3/4.

Did I mention that I really am not comfortable with math??? I'm not going to try writing directions for any more quilts! I'll leave that to the trained professionals!! :roll:


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Re: Month 2: Floaters/Slats Border 27 Feb 2011 16:27 #59100

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The only thing that I noticed is that you said Jan. finished at 21 3/4" and then further down you said 21 1/4". If you took 21 3/4" and took the 1/4" off that does it work? I didn't figure it I just read what you had written.
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Re: Month 2: Floaters/Slats Border 27 Feb 2011 14:14 #59088

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You all just made my head hurt!! :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Re: Month 2: Floaters/Slats Border 27 Feb 2011 09:07 #59061

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Thank you Jill and Margo. There is a reason you know why people are not supposed to drive a car when you are sleepy! :( Same goes with trying to do math way past my bedtime.

Margo, working in 1/8ths is a great idea and makes it so much easier. I've cut and pasted your comments above so that I can refer back to them on other projects.

Okay, must watch Sunday morning, have my one cup of coffee I'm allowed, and then to work on my block. :)

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Re: Month 2: Floaters/Slats Border 27 Feb 2011 04:57 #59048

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OK....I know that you are going to want to fire me from doing the pattern proofing, but I have to admit to you that I am seriously deficient in the math department!
(Please don't tell anyone!)

This is how I work it on paper...I convert the numbers to 8ths and work with finished sizes then add the last seam allowance back in the formula.

3/4=6/8 minus 4/8 (seam allowances) =2/8
1-3/8=11/8 minus 4/8 (seam allowances) =7/8
3/4=6/8 minus 4/8 (seam allowances) =2/8

So the finished size of the 2 slat borders should be 11/8 x 2 = 22/8 = 2-6/8"

Add the finished size of the 2 slat borders to the finished size of the center. 2-6/8 + 21-2/8 = 23-8/8 or 24"

ADD THE 2 OUTSIDE SEAM ALLOWANCES THAT WERE SUBTRACTED = 24-1/2" finished size.

With that said...I usually skip the math part and just make my fabric fit. For next month it's really easy to adjust the background fabric to make it fit!

I'm going back to bed now!


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