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Wow!!!! Those are awesome blocks and a beautiful quilt!! I love it too!
Here's my first block. Not bad as even though she says beginner quilters can do this, it is a very hard and time consuming block. Chris Michelle I'll send you a pm.
Oh, my, Chris Michelle, I thought I recognized some of those fabrics. LOL. I know that I have quite a bit of the French General left. Probably about 5 yards! Maybe I can mix in some other fabrics and finally use it up in this project. (I over bought just a little). Ha! I'll let you know if that is what I do. Right now I'm finishing a Judy Martin "Star Happy" quilt. I love her designs.
Thanks Rogue and Ethelda. I am using some French General Petite Prints Deux for this quilt. I bought them for another project when I saw this quilt being quilted on Judy Madsen's site. Your 365 challenge quilt made me fall in love with the fabric line and I bought as much as I could find of this line.
I have searched Judy Martins page and could not find anything that helped with the seam allowance issue. I also sent her messages on FB explaining what I was doing and she said she couldn't figure out why it is coming out wrong since I was following all of her tips and using her templates. You can't really cut these over-sized, as the block is assembled in a spinning motion around the center hexagon, not in squares...I did find a blog where the woman was making this and she noted that the blocks went together much better when she followed the author's tip to finger press and not use an iron until the final block is assembled. I have not tried that yet but I plan to work on this quilt all weekend and hope that it helps get the blocks correct. I will let you know how it goes.
Ethelda, her designs are done to be scrappy and use up fq's etc so I think you will love the book and find many patterns you can use to do scrappy or stash fabric projects. I am in love with this pattern and the fabrics I chose. I hope I can figure out my issue on these blocks as it is very frustrating to do everything right and still not get the results you want. Show me some photos when you get yours going. Maybe you will have some tips that can help me get mine right!
oh yes, ethelda!! in fact ill find the search page i was cruisin' earlier today and see if i can post the link here ..there were a few versions of this quilt done scrap style w what looked like batiks.
I'm with you Rogue, I love this! I'm trying to use my stash only and this will work great with my batiks.
sorry .. :)) just have to post this. still wandering & loving blogs of making this quilt & looking at images of this quilt, kyoto gardens, finished. here is an image on judy martins' site. done in scrappy style ... this is an awsome awsome pattern! i love it!!
...and wow!!!! thank you! aqs for making the comment boxes so useful while posting from a ipad! :))
i don't have the book ..so did a web search for info about the pattern. here is a help article by judy martin re: getting the 1/4" outside seam allowance. hope thi helps...now to go do image search to see what the quilt looks like :))
After seeing these blocks, I ordered the book yesterday. I like rogues suggestion of cutting the background oversized. Love your fabrics. You do such great work!
i haven't done this pattern, but have done a lot of patterns w stars or blocks where points need to be exact 1/4" from edge in order for seam connect to next block keeps the points intact. not easy ..tho w my working w scraps and every single little cm is important if i want to get needed patches for whatever design i'm working on ...i think if i was working w purchased fabric like you seem to be, i would cut background patches slightly over large then trim down to perfect 1/4" seam allowances. there's a member here on mqp named rhonda who has done tutes w this method in another forum & on her websites ..
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