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TOPIC: Help with Pniwheels

02 Apr 2009 20:25 #33983

:oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: I must have been really tired when I measured my blocks. I was so sure my 1 inch square measured 1 inch so I went down to check it out again. It was an inch so I measured my blocks again. A perfect 4 1/2 inches. I usually recognize when I'm not functioning 100%. Blew it on that one :lol:
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Re: Help with Pinwheels 02 Apr 2009 16:58 #33978

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Margo, thanks for advising me to cut down my pinwheels. I'm still working on them! They are turning out to be a near perfect 4 1/2"!

Joyce in MI

Glad it's working for you Joyce!


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Help with Pinwheels 02 Apr 2009 15:58 #33973

Margo, thanks for advising me to cut down my pinwheels. I'm still working on them! They are turning out to be a near perfect 4 1/2"!

Joyce in MI
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01 Apr 2009 06:46 #33907

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Linda is exactly right! If you made your pinwheels with the PP technique they should have measured 4-1/2" square if the scale was right. If you have finished all of the pinwheels you can either make a whole new set or add some spacer blocks to fill the length so they will fit the center and then use wide floater strips to make the next border fit.

Another example of precision!! It pays to MEASURE as you go!


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31 Mar 2009 21:47 #33893

GloriaH wrote:
OK I know no question is ever a dumb question but I think I may have one. In looking at the directions for the pinwheel borders, they are saying they should measure 4 1/2 inches by xx length. My pinwheel blocks (which I did using the paper peicing and I checked my inch measurement) are 4 inch blocks. What happened? Gloria
Gloria, I wonder if your printer was set to "scale." Did you check to see if the 1" square was actually 1-inch? That would make a big difference, I think, with so many pieces.
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31 Mar 2009 20:03 #33890

OK I know no question is ever a dumb question but I think I may have one. In looking at the directions for the pinwheel borders, they are saying they should measure 4 1/2 inches by xx length. My pinwheel blocks (which I did using the paper peicing and I checked my inch measurement) are 4 inch blocks. What happened? Gloria
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29 Mar 2009 22:02 #33835

Nancy, I've learned alot about floater borders, too. I've never used them before and didn't know the formula. I've always wanted to make a medallion quilt, too, so this will be a tool I'll use in the future for sure. Judy in Torrance
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Re: Help with Pinwheels 28 Mar 2009 19:59 #33817

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Margo, I hope that you can help me. Amongst and between Sue's pattern, her video, and your photo tutorial, I got really mixed up. My pinwheel blocks are 6" square! I was trying to do these without paper piecing, because I wanted to save on paper. Now I have blocks too large, but I don't want to waste the fabric by cutting them down. I don't have much fabric to work with as it is. I'm just hoping that what I have will be enough. Is it going to look way out of proportion to try to use the 6" pinwheels? Or is this "creative design?" Joyce in MI

Joyce, if you use the six inch pinwheels you will have to make MAJOR adjustments to every other border that you add. I would suggest cutting the pinwheels down to 4-1/2" (unfinished size) so that the rest of the borders will fit. Maybe you can add some scrappy fabrics in the rest of the blocks to make up the difference that you loose by trimming the blocks down.


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Help with Pinwheels 28 Mar 2009 10:22 #33812

Margo, I hope that you can help me. Amongst and between Sue's pattern, her video, and your photo tutorial, I got really mixed up. My pinwheel blocks are 6" square! I was trying to do these without paper piecing, because I wanted to save on paper. Now I have blocks too large, but I don't want to waste the fabric by cutting them down. I don't have much fabric to work with as it is. I'm just hoping that what I have will be enough. Is it going to look way out of proportion to try to use the 6" pinwheels? Or is this "creative design?" Joyce in MI
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Re: Having trouble calculating filler border 25 Mar 2009 13:54 #33735

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Margo..having problems doing the calculation of the next filler border. My Feb. block is 29 in. square. Short pinwheel strip is 31 inches, and the long ones are 38 1/2 inches. These are way off from what the finished strip is suppose to measure. Help, my mind is blank this morning. What should it do??
Pat

Pat, just fill your measurements into the chart that Sue gives on page 7. That will give you the width to cut your strips.

The length will be the length of your Feb. Block and the length of your shorter pinwheel borders.

According to my calculations it looks like you need to cut 2 strips 1-1/2" x 29" and 2 strips 1-1/2" x 31".

Please check to see if you can come up with those numbers when you fill in the chart. This is the way that all of the floaters will be calculated.


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Having trouble calculating filler border 25 Mar 2009 09:22 #33724

Margo..having problems doing the calculation of the next filler border. My Feb. block is 29 in. square. Short pinwheel strip is 31 inches, and the long ones are 38 1/2 inches. These are way off from what the finished strip is suppose to measure. Help, my mind is blank this morning. What should it do??
Pat
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Floater borders 24 Mar 2009 14:54 #33698

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This 2009 TQS BOM has so many techniques for quilters to learn. There's even some new/better techniques for the more experienced quilters, especially if they use the forums in addition to the pattern instructions.

So far, my favorite new technique learned was how to measure and use floater borders to connect borders that wouldn't otherwise fit.
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24 Mar 2009 12:40 #33693

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Don't feel dumb...feel SMART that you've figured it out and have learned a good lesson! There will be lots of floaters in this quilt, and it's a great tool for other quilts when things don't fit quite right!
GOOD FOR YOU!!


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pinwheels 24 Mar 2009 10:46 #33689

I found my error after much thinking and fussing. Was putting the floaters in the wrong place on the outside of the pinwheels instead of the inside. DUH. Do I feel dumb. Oh, well its a learning experience. :oops:
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