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TOPIC: February's Four Patches

09 Feb 2009 20:15 #32184

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I tried using a quick flying geese method where you make 4 at once. I made a test block using that method then I made another using Sue's papers and liked her way better.

I finished one sawtooth star before work this morning and was bummed that I started at 7am. Tonight me and the dogs are in the sewing room. Well me and the Westminster Dog Show that is.

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08 Feb 2009 08:33 #32096

Thanks for the info, Margo. I'm going to try your method. Carolyn
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07 Feb 2009 12:15 #32072

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Seesaw wrote:
Margo - I have noticed your spray bottle of starch in your tutorial pictures. Perhaps you have said, but I missed it, what kind of mixture do you use for starch. Thanks. Carolyn in Kerrville, TX

Carolyn, I really don't think it matters what kind you use. Personally, I like STA-FLO brand (blue bottle) and mix it 1/2 and 1/2 with water in a spray bottle.
I find it at WalMart...usually down by the floor, or up on the top shelf! :roll: I've also seen it at the Dollar General Store sometimes.

Sharon Schamber recommends spray starch.
Sue Garman doesn't like any starch.
Ricky uses a spray bottle with plain water and a hot dry iron.

Just find what works for you!


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07 Feb 2009 11:23 #32070

Margo - I have noticed your spray bottle of starch in your tutorial pictures. Perhaps you have said, but I missed it, what kind of mixture do you use for starch. Thanks. Carolyn in Kerrville, TX
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06 Feb 2009 16:27 #32018

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Jimmie, your block looks great!! :D
If you are concerned because it's not exactly straight and square, you might try blocking it to size. (I showed how I did my feathered star in my January tutorial.) Don't trim the floater strips. They will be fine when you add the strips next month! And remember....we are working with fabric here....not tempered steel. There are going to be some discrepancies, but they will all ease together as we stitch more pieces on.


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06 Feb 2009 16:19 #32017

I have just posted my appliqued February BOM in Show & Tell. My pieced BOM is actually finished but it is not the right size. I know the floater strips are suppose to fix it but how can something that is not square be fixed with a floater strip? If I trim the floater strips to make the BOM square - then the floater strips will not be the same width on all four sides or straight. I don't know how to fix it. Jimmie
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06 Feb 2009 15:04 #32016

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Sandy, I am starching before I cut the fabric to size. What you are seeing in my pictures (explained in the captions below the photos) is starching oversized pieces that I have cut from lots of different fabrics. After those pieces are starched and ironed, THEN I cut the sizes that Sue tells us we need. Yes, it wastes some fabric, but I don't want to starch all of my fabric, because I may not want it starched for the next project, so I just starch hunks that are a little larger than the cut size is supposed to be. :D


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06 Feb 2009 14:57 #32014

Margo, I just looked at your alternate block tutorial and I was wondering why you don't starch your fabric before you cut it. Looks like you are cutting the pieces and THEN starching? I have always starched before cutting (helps make the cutting more accurate too), but maybe there's a reason for doing it the other way that I don't know about.

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05 Feb 2009 01:04 #31936

Jimmie, your quilt WILL be perfect--we all sew and press differently and some of our measurements won't be the same as Sue's. That's the real learning curve here--learning what to do to make the pieces all fit. Even in the famous Dear Jane quilt she used floater strips in order to make the border fit. We all will learn things in this process that we'll use time after time. Judy in Torrance
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04 Feb 2009 09:59 #31907

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Glad to help, Dorothy. Just keep trying techniques until you find what works for you! Always more than one way to skin a cat as my daddy used to say!


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Saw Tooth Stars 04 Feb 2009 09:51 #31906

thanks Margo I tried your alternative method for the flying geese with no middle seam and they worked a treat and are lovely and flat. Dorothy
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03 Feb 2009 20:03 #31877

YOU go for it Jimmie!! We are all here with YOU!! It is fun to be able to do it together!!
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03 Feb 2009 17:07 #31875

Thanks Margo - I think I will put it up for tonight and start again tomorrow. Thanks again for all of your help for me and everyone else. Also I would like to say all of the blocks in Show and Tell are beautiful. I know I never dreamed that I could make a quilt like this, but I think it is going to be beautiful not perfect but beautiful. Jimmie
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03 Feb 2009 16:24 #31871

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Jimmie, you figured it exactly right! Cut your strips 3/4" wide. You will need two strips 3/4" x 22" and two strips 3/4" x 21-1/2". Stitch these to the sides of your feathered star, following Sue's directions on the top of page 9 with your 1/4" seam. (Your floater strip will only finish to 1/4" wide, but that will make the four patch units fit.)

Then you will add your 4-patch strips and the next floater strips.

Why don't you just set it aside for tonight, and tomorrow it will all come together for you! You can do this!


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