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debbieann
Posted 2010-12-04 10:06 PM (#53684 - in reply to #52409)
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Wow Ladies a very good idea. Alas I'm not going to get to these pretties til I get back. Have fun sewing andf can't wait to see one.

Hugs and stitches

Debbieann
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Quilt Mama
Posted 2010-12-04 10:29 PM (#53687 - in reply to #52409)
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Recycle bin is a good idea only after you consider the type of ink used. I use laser printer for all regular printing and the toner can act like carbon paper. I have had some real messes with the heat and printed paper combined. If you want to feel good about recycling your shredded paper see if your local animal shelter has use for it.
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sew__n__so
Posted 2010-12-05 10:47 PM (#53763 - in reply to #52409)
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Have you thought about going to your local newspaper and buying an roll of newsprint paper?? I bought 1 a couple years ago for around $3 and have a lot left still. It's the end of the roll, but there was plenty of it on the roll (probably 3/4" thick at least)-- it works great for copying patterns that are larger than standard paper.

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scraphappydenise
Posted 2010-12-10 12:03 PM (#53942 - in reply to #52409)
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Step 4 us up! and I only have 10 of 60 completed string squares from step 3 done! Luckily step 4 will be easy and quick once the cutting is done....

I am still wondering how all these different components are going to go together..... it is a mystery indeed!
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MsMeow
Posted 2010-12-11 8:25 AM (#53967 - in reply to #52409)
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I think I have 14 of the string blocks done. Hoping I feel like sitting up and sewing today!

At least the step 4 pieces sound like they'd fit with the step 1 pieces...I wonder if eventually we'll sew the "extra" green squares into threes and make nine patches?
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MsMeow
Posted 2010-12-17 9:54 AM (#54146 - in reply to #52409)
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HAVE YOU ALL SEEN STEP 5!!!!???? It's 600 (yes, SIX HUNDRED) half square triangles!


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misisipimenace
Posted 2010-12-17 9:59 AM (#54147 - in reply to #54146)
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now y'all remember . . . bonnie said . . . and i quote . . . "NO WHINING" . . .

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MsMeow
Posted 2010-12-17 10:54 AM (#54150 - in reply to #52409)
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Cindy, I wasn't really whining....

I'm hoping JoAnn's has a great after-Christmas sale, 'cause I'm pretty sure I don't have enough neutrals or reds to get through all these steps...maybe Santa will bring me a gift card!
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debbieann
Posted 2010-12-17 5:35 PM (#54162 - in reply to #52409)
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Hi All......
my thoughts exactly Donna......................600...............lol................I thought a typo.

Silly me......Well I have made my 1st string block. I can see where you can end up talking to yourself, lol, even harshly. That would be when the silly piece isn't as long as 1st thought. They are unique thingys.

Trying to figure which will take longer 600 - HST or 60 string blocks. lol

Hugs and stitches

Debbieasnn
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scraphappydenise
Posted 2010-12-18 1:05 AM (#54181 - in reply to #52409)
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I know have 47 string blocks done, and the last 13 are within just a few strips or corners of being complete....

I think I have enough neutrals... but I hadn't picked my constant yet... was thinking cheddar yellow, but some of my neutrals are darkish and on the gold side, so I'm thinking I really need to do the HST in red..... that is my problem.. I don't have that much that will work for this...... need to go shopping.....

I still need to do step 4.... so will think it through..

On the yahoo group for quiltville, a math geek has figured that over 90% of the top is accounted for with this step of 600 HST!

I'm not whining yet either, but.... I don't have that bag laying around with nearly 600 HST all red/neutral just waiting to get used in a project. Nor any other color combination for that matter. LOL
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MsMeow
Posted 2010-12-18 9:17 AM (#54188 - in reply to #52409)
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LOL, Denise! I discovered I have a bunch of HSTs, but they are blue & white, and there are maybe 30. I have some reds, but not many, so I'll have to either pick a different constant of go shopping, too. And I probably don't have enough neutrals.

I'm disliking the string piecing so much that I've decided to put that step away and go on to the next 2.
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debbieann
Posted 2010-12-18 10:03 AM (#54190 - in reply to #52409)
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Okay not sure what I'm going to do....... I wasn't fussy about the "red" effect so i got a fabulous deep antique g0ld....it looks awesome with it all. My neutrals are not really into the goldies, maybe a couple.....suppose it might work.

As for hidden HST's - lots but nowhere near this colouring. lol . batiks/neutrals, blue/blue, black/brights..... everything but....

As for those stringy thingys - still 1 made. I think that everything else will be done and they will still be waiting patiently. lol

Hugs and stitches

Debbieann
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scraphappydenise
Posted 2010-12-18 11:48 AM (#54195 - in reply to #52409)
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The string blocks are "mindless sewing"..... I have a bag of neutral strips. I pull a handful and lay them next to the machine then I just pull one and stitch it on.... I only stop to see if it isn't already on that block..... if so, I grab the next one. When that pile is down to shorter strips (about 9"), I sort through the pile until I find the blocks that can use that strip to it's best use, until I get to a crumb size piece left. When the pile is finished, I grab another handful. This means that I have some blocks with only a few strips, some about 1/2 covered, and some nearly finished. I do press after I have 2 strips on each block. AFter 10 are done, I stop, starch, iron, pull paper, re starch and iron, and then trim.....

It didn't seem like it took too long to do this way, a few each evening...

I did the scrappy strip block exchange on BC this last year, we only have a few members left to send to at the beginning of 2011, but I went through a lot of scrap strips doing all of those.... they were all on muslin foundation instead of paper.

I used the scribble pads from dollar tree, but coloring books have the same weight of paper in them. a slight tug diagonally through the block and the paper pops in the middle, then it tears easily when i fold it on a seam and slide my point turner underneath and run the length of the seam. No tiny pieces to pick up... I would say that 99% of all my paper came off in the size of the strip it was behind. easy! I will definitely use that paper again.

Don't let this step throw you off.... on the yahoo chat group, one person made log cabin blocks instead, and some others are planning on using solid blocks..... another said she was waiting to see how they went together, and was considering scrappy 9 patches instead.....
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scraphappydenise
Posted 2010-12-18 11:54 AM (#54196 - in reply to #52409)
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I've decided to do my reds, scrappy with about 5 prints... mostly small florals ( almost calico type) from my stash.... I have another piece of red with a tiny white twig/berry pattern that I think they still sell at Joannn's so when that is finished if I still need more I can finish up the count. I think 125 of each print. I'll randomize the neutrals between them all. Since i have a 1/2 yard or so of most of them, I'm thinking I might do the grid thing, instead of the ruler thing..... or.... I might do the method that Jess taught us using 2 squares, stitch around the outside and slice twice diagonally. (I think this method has the least amount of squaring to do.....) I'll have to play with the size of squares needed to get my 2" unfinished HST and see how it works.....
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MsMeow
Posted 2010-12-18 5:01 PM (#54207 - in reply to #52409)
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Well, I got step 4 done today! It was pretty easy. And I pulled out my tub with reds and discovered a yard of one and a half yard of another that coordinate pretty well. I pulled some smaller pieces that also coordinate, so I think I'll have enough.

On the Yahoo group yesterday I read an HST method I had not heard of before. I just tried it out and made 8 HSTs in nothing flat! To end up with the 2" we need, you cut 3-1/2" squares of the red & neutral (you can go down to 3-3/8 and not have to trim). Put a red & a neutral right sides together, sew a 1/4" seam all the way around the outside, then cut it diagonally twice. You get 4 HSTs, just like that! So now I only need to cut 148 more squares of each color and that will make all 600 HSTs.

Edited by MsMeow 2010-12-18 5:02 PM
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