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Introducing the 2013 TQS Block of the Month designed by Sue Nickels and Pat Holly! It's called "TWO OF US" and was created by the two of them. The quilt measures 79" x 79" and was completed just in time for Houston.

TOPIC: Month 3 Arcs

Re: Month 3 Arcs 28 Mar 2013 20:06 #100077

I am glad it's working for you too Susan. I found I got the pieces done very quickly without pinning - not that it's a race, but it did mean I had time to do lots of other things this month. I am looking forward to seeing the instructions for the applique. But I am thinking of coming up with my own design for these centre pieces...maybe.
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 28 Mar 2013 16:14 #100054

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I starched both fabrics. I also tried sewing with the corner piece up and down but it was all those pins that drove me crazy. So I went back to Susan's link to sewing drunkards path without pinning. :D


I tried with the pins and without. I was just nipping the point on a couple so, when I trimmed the next arcs, I cut just outside the black cutting line. I'm now sewing without pinning...4 stitches at a time and realigning the edges, per the video. I use sharp tweezers to hold the bottom layer in place so it doesn't get stretched. Very slowly, but still faster and more accurate than my pinning. I'm using a quarter inch foot and scant at that, since we are squaring up. This isn't as bad as I expected :D
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 28 Mar 2013 01:08 #99989

Thanks, Margo. I'll make the rest,

Carol
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 27 Mar 2013 20:14 #99973

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Margo,

Thanks for the video on paper piecing the arcs while not sewing into the paper. The arcs came out great and sewing them to the center was easy (once the pinning was completed). I now have pinned 12 arcs to the two types of light turquoise shapes and then pin 8 final arcs and I am done for this month. I enjoy paper piecing arcs and find the results satisfying. Looking ahead to next month, I can see I have a lot more arcs to do.

Carol
36 total... :) I still have mine to finish, I doubt i'll find some time before Easter... oh well, I'll try to catch up, but... "this is not a race!" :D

Andrée!
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 27 Mar 2013 19:48 #99971

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CZALON wrote:
Margo,

Thanks for the video on paper piecing the arcs while not sewing into the paper. The arcs came out great and sewing them to the center was easy (once the pinning was completed). I now have pinned 12 arcs to the two types of light turquoise shapes and then pin 8 final arcs and I am done for this month. I enjoy paper piecing arcs and find the results satisfying. Looking ahead to next month, I can see I have a lot more arcs to do.

Carol

Carol, you need to complete a total of 36 arc units for this month. Sixteen of the completed arcs will be set aside to be used in Month 4 on the four central applique blocks where we are instructed how to use Sue and Pat's technique for raw edge applique.
(Page 5, third paragraph)


It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter
That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived !
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 27 Mar 2013 19:36 #99969

Margo,

Thanks for the video on paper piecing the arcs while not sewing into the paper. The arcs came out great and sewing them to the center was easy (once the pinning was completed). I now have pinned 12 arcs to the two types of light turquoise shapes and then pin 8 final arcs and I am done for this month. I enjoy paper piecing arcs and find the results satisfying. Looking ahead to next month, I can see I have a lot more arcs to do.

Carol
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 19 Mar 2013 17:49 #99170

:D :D :D
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 19 Mar 2013 17:22 #99167

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Reetzbobeetz wrote:
Yes postage to Ireland from the USA has become very expensive too :(
And for Canada too, not to mention the duty ! :(

And we need to save our postage money for mailing mug rugs! :D


from the Piedmont of North Carolina
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 19 Mar 2013 15:48 #99158

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Yes postage to Ireland from the USA has become very expensive too :(
And for Canada too, not to mention the duty ! :(
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 19 Mar 2013 14:53 #99153

Sue, I cut out my corners from 5" squares. I made them slightly bigger - just like Margo did, so the arc was the right size but I left the two sides bigger so that I could square them up later with ease. I used a slightly smaller than the default stitch length - my default stitch length is 2.20 and I used 2.00. I definitely advise that you try a few samples first until you are confident that you can stitch without pulling the corner arcs because that will stretch it. Good luck. :D
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 19 Mar 2013 14:15 #99141

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Thanks, Margo!
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 19 Mar 2013 14:04 #99140

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No Susan. Please check pages 5 and 6 of your instructions. In month 3 you are to make 36 arc/quarter round units and assemble them into:

4 Arc Corner Blocks with an arc and background E

8 Arc Half Blocks with an arc and background F

and save the remaining 16 assembled arcs with quarter rounds to use in month 4. (Read on page 5 - third paragraph)


It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 19 Mar 2013 13:05 #99137

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Dumb question time, are we just stitching 2 section 3-F's together for the 4 middle sqares, background for the flower applique?
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 19 Mar 2013 12:59 #99135

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Reetzbobeetz wrote:
I starched both fabrics. I also tried sewing with the corner piece up and down but it was all those pins that drove me crazy. So I went back to Susan's link to sewing drunkards path without pinning. I practiced a few times until I was pretty sure I could do it and that's what I did for the rest. A few ended up not right so I just ripped them out and did them again. I think the trick with this method is to hold the corner piece LIGHTLY on top and away from the bottom piece, and to focus on the bottom fabric always going straight under the 1/4" foot. If you pull the top fabric at all it goes wrong. That's how I got them done so quickly. If anyone is going to try that method, please, please practice it first until you are sure you are getting it right. :D

Rita, did you cut your quarter rounds exactly before you sewed? What stitch length did you use?
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