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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 11

Re: Month 11 30 Nov 2013 00:27 #112950

Hi Ladies,

To answer Susan's question on completion status. I am currently up to the quilting stage. Must say it is a mammoth undertaking, been at it for a few days and probably only a third done, if that. I used Sharon Schambers technique to baste the quilt sandwich using boards and hand stitching with pearl cotton, took me approximately 6 hours. It is great once done, not having to worry about all those pins getting in your way, I think it was worth the effort. If you are interested you can find her technique on UTube. Think it will be quite sometime before I finish quilting. When I first started, I thought this is impossible as the quilt is quite heavy and large as I have wool batting and it is very hot where I live in the sub tropics, but once you have completed stitching in the ditch, it gets easier just concentrating on a small area of quilting at a time.

I'm following the suggested quilting given in the instructions.

Looking forward to hearing how everyone else is going.

Regards Gail
Gail, Far North Queensland, Australia
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Re: Month 11 29 Nov 2013 08:58 #112926

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Hi Two of Us Companions,

My quilt top is assembled, and I am fairly happy with most of it. However, a few of my small orange triangles at the end/beginning of their sections aren't quite the half-triangle they are supposed to be. So the quilt top has been hanging on the wall for a few weeks while I consider whether to try to correct this. My piecing seems to have been a wee off, and it would make for a teeny tiny seam allowance. So I may leave it. But every time I look at it, those short edges grab my eye. :(

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Having whined about that, though, I am in love with this quilt and am so glad I did it.

Now for the quilting. I have 4 quilt tops from this year that are ready to quilt. Eeek.

Barb in Alabama
where it is cold but sunny
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Re: Month 11 29 Nov 2013 07:32 #112924

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I have assembled the top for the wall hanging version (kit fabrics), but still need to stitch the prepared appliques of the last two borders in place
and assemble the top for my red and khaki version.

Like Andrée, I hope to be finished before the end of the year!


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 11 28 Nov 2013 13:01 #112913

Still stitching the month 7 and 8 appliqués... I HAVE to finish the top before New Year!

Andrée
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Re: Month 11 28 Nov 2013 10:58 #112911

I finally started to put mine together today. It has taken me hours to put the first 1/4 together. Matching up cornerstones while trying to avoid stretching all those little triangles in the sashing has been challenging. For those who have not got there yet, it's definitely easier if you put the sashing underneath and sew on top of the centre blocks or side blocks. (I hope that makes sense!) I have also been using Carol Doak's method of using a large stitch to join the points, checking it's okay and then reduce the stitch back down and sew the entire seam. (I hope that makes sense too!) Only 3/4 more to do and then a sashing strip around the whole thing and then the borders - nearly there then. :roll: :lol:
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Re: Month 11 28 Nov 2013 10:42 #112907

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I'm glad to hear an update of Rita and ssgirl on where they are with this BOM. I have just the stem to stitch on the 2nd border, but feel like I'd better get some mug rugs completed before the 3rd or else I'll be disbarred from the Forum.

What's everybody else's completion status?
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Re: Month 11 28 Nov 2013 06:14 #112899

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I hear ya, Rita! And totally agree! I haven't seen Janet Stone's instructions for the 2014 BOM, but I have a feeling that they are going to be really good!! :D


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Re: Month 11 28 Nov 2013 05:55 #112897

Thanks Margo that does help. I knew that each of my pieces were those measurements but I wanted to be sure that I had them absolutely right before putting them together. Wouldn't it have been great if there was a recap in the instructions before assembly so that we could all double check our measurements before putting the top together? Sue Garman would have done that....grumble, grumble, grumble. :roll: :D
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Re: Month 11 27 Nov 2013 18:47 #112885

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Thanks Margo, this will really help!
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Re: Month 11 27 Nov 2013 18:40 #112881

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Rita, the appliqued blocks should measure 16-1/2" x 16-1/2" (unfinished size)
the sashing strips for the top should now measure 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" or 5-1/2" x 16-1/2"(unfinished size)
The arc units should measure 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" or 8-1/2" x 16-1/2" (unfinished size)
The cornerstone blocks should measure 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" (unfinished size)

After I sewed the center of my quilt together, I used the actual measurement to cut my borders, which I had intentionally left a little longer than the instructions specify.

Hope that helps.


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Re: Month 11 27 Nov 2013 18:25 #112879

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I trimmed my blocks as I sewed them and just assumed they would be the correct size as we used templates to construct them. But, perhaps I'm on the wrong track here. I am just finishing up my last border, whew! What a ton of appliqué that was. I just received my backing, the Ricky Tims Fabulous Flowers and it is a spectacular fit for the front of the quilt, so glad I bought it. If anyone needs the turquoise frond for backing, I will part with it for what I paid plus shipping from Canada.
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Re: Month 11 27 Nov 2013 17:23 #112874

I am posting this here because I don't seem to be able to post a new topic for Two of Us.

Why can't I find exact measurements for the individual parts of this quilt. I have scrolled through all the instructions for each month and I can't find out exactly what size the centre squares are supposed to be, the cornerstones, the sashing etc. Has anybody else had this problem?
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Re: Month 11 16 Nov 2013 04:46 #112582

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ssgirl, where did you order this fabric from? Thanks, dixie
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Re: Month 11 15 Nov 2013 15:21 #112567

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Thanks for the picture of the backing Margo, much more exciting than what I have on hand, but I loved the Fabulous Flowers from the same line so ordered it. Will decide when it comes if it is nicer than the turquoise frond fabric that I have on hand.
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