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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.

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Re: Month 3 Arcs 08 Mar 2013 17:01 #98477

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Zarah wrote:
Margo if your keyboard is like mine, you have a key to the right of the + key. If you press that first and then the e key you get é

Well shucks! That didn't work for me either! :? I get Andr=ee!! At least I can manage to get Andrée right in Word and copy/paste from there! :D
And Renata, that is a great idea!

Thanks for all the suggestions!!


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Re: Month 3 Arcs 08 Mar 2013 15:51 #98474

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Margo wrote:
Thanks Andrée!! Using MS-Word works for me, but I hope you have an easier way to do it each time you write your name!! :roll:

Margo, I have MS Word. You can type the word Andrée and then do a spelling check. Since MS Word dictionary only has André in it, when you do the spelling check on Andrée you will have the opportunity to add it to your dictionary. Then you won't have to worry about looking around in "symbols" for "é" if you use the name Andrée a lot. :D

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Re: Month 3 Arcs 08 Mar 2013 15:42 #98470

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Margo if your keyboard is like mine, you have a key to the right of the + key. If you press that first and then the e key you get é

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Re: Month 3 Arcs 08 Mar 2013 15:35 #98469

Sorry Margo, it's the old Mac/PC problems again.
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 08 Mar 2013 14:09 #98461

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Margo wrote:
I'm with you Andree! BTW....a technical question for you!

How do you get the accent mark over the e in your name?? I've never figured that out! :?
I have my keyboard configured in French. However, whenever I want a character that is not "standard" (english or french in my case), I open MS-Word, and in the "insert" tab, under the "symbol" menu (other symbols), there I usually find what I'm looking for, (the "e" with the accent is there too), I select it and I click on "insert". Then, it's just a matter of copy-paste into the text I want.

Hope that helps!

Andrée


Thanks Andrée!! Using MS-Word works for me, but I hope you have an easier way to do it each time you write your name!! :roll:
Rita, the Alt key does nothing for me. :?


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Re: Month 3 Arcs 08 Mar 2013 12:50 #98456

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I just had a "Well, DUH!" moment, and will share in for those who haven't gotten this far yet. After sewing my first two arc/quarter-round units with the extension table on my sewing machine, I had a moment of clarity and realized that I should try the free arm. The curvy shape just hugs the free arm, keeping excess fabric out of the way. See photo.


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Re: Month 3 Arcs 08 Mar 2013 11:00 #98455

Margo wrote:
I'm with you Andree! BTW....a technical question for you!

How do you get the accent mark over the e in your name?? I've never figured that out! :?
I have my keyboard configured in French. However, whenever I want a character that is not "standard" (english or french in my case), I open MS-Word, and in the "insert" tab, under the "symbol" menu (other symbols), there I usually find what I'm looking for, (the "e" with the accent is there too), I select it and I click on "insert". Then, it's just a matter of copy-paste into the text I want.

Hope that helps!

Andrée
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 08 Mar 2013 10:47 #98454

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Reetzbobeetz wrote:
Margó, on my laptop you hold down the alt key at the same time as typing the letter. :D
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 08 Mar 2013 10:43 #98453

Margó, on my laptop you hold down the alt key at the same time as typing the letter. :D
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 08 Mar 2013 09:12 #98452

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I'm with you Andree! BTW....a technical question for you!

How do you get the accent mark over the e in your name?? I've never figured that out! :?


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Re: Month 3 Arcs 08 Mar 2013 09:09 #98450

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And ANOTHER Margo question: Did you starch the background fabrics (the quarter-round and concave pieces)?

Great question! I starched the quarter round (red dots if using the kit) fabric because I knew that fabric would be laying flat on the feed dogs.

I did NOT starch the arc shape (light tourquoise solid) fabric because I knew it would need to be manipulated to fit the curve and I thought it would be easier if the fabric were soft instead of starched. Now that I am finished, I wish I had gone ahead with the starch because I don't like the feel of limp fabric. I will probably add some starch to the assembled units before joining them to the sashing so that the "hand" is consistent over the entire quilt top.

Has anyone else tried it both ways? Did one work better for you than the other??
I starched all fabric - I think for the arcs, it makes the points more "stiff" and holds better. As for the 1/4 round, it holds perfectly. I used a gazzilion pins, and stiched VERY SLOWLY - this is not a race! I still have 32 units to do... :wink:
I thought that the Drunkard path method looked quicker and will definitely try it, but not on this project! I was afraid of the "pull" on the triangle unit, and would make them uneven... too many things to watch for.

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Re: Month 3 Arcs 08 Mar 2013 08:54 #98448

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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. 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


I'm glad you were successful with that technique Rita! I didn't have luck with the first one I tried then chickened out for the rest and reverted to a bazillion pins. :roll:


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Re: Month 3 Arcs 08 Mar 2013 08:41 #98446

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
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Re: Month 3 Arcs 08 Mar 2013 07:56 #98441

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gynconnie wrote:
And ANOTHER Margo question: Did you starch the background fabrics (the quarter-round and concave pieces)?

Great question! I starched the quarter round (red dots if using the kit) fabric because I knew that fabric would be laying flat on the feed dogs.

I did NOT starch the arc shape (light tourquoise solid) fabric because I knew it would need to be manipulated to fit the curve and I thought it would be easier if the fabric were soft instead of starched. Now that I am finished, I wish I had gone ahead with the starch because I don't like the feel of limp fabric. I will probably add some starch to the assembled units before joining them to the sashing so that the "hand" is consistent over the entire quilt top.

Has anyone else tried it both ways? Did one work better for you than the other??


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