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Jul 10, 2012, 10:13 AM
Thank you for the comments, Everyone.
I've had that block on my mind since I got the magazine but I hate a lot of seams and the pattern calls for two cornerstones per petal so I didn't do anything with it. Yeah, I'm odd. Saw the 10-minute block video and figured just 'cuz the directions say I need five squares the same size doesn't mean it has to be done that way.
I used six charms to make the block. Four for the petals, one for the center (subcut to four squares) and one for the cornerstones (background). With the additional cuttings it took longer than 10 minutes, but not much more. Easy and kinda fun.
Oddly enough, placing the cornerstones is exactly the same for both sides of the block when you flip the piece to sew the second vertical seam.
I would not recommend using anything less than the 2 1/2" square for the center, at least not for me. lolllll
Give it a try.
Native Texan...kudos for your flower quilt. Nice 'playing around' you did.This message has been edited. Last edited by: paus4quilts,
Jul 10, 2012, 11:36 AM
If you have a minute sometime, could you do a picture direction-al? OOO that would be so helpful ..I think I follow you but not sure.
Jul 10, 2012, 10:05 PM
Jul 12, 2012, 11:38 AM
Sending UP - this is a really clever idea - looks pretty and fresh.
I cannot change 'things', but I can change how I feel about them. Me.
Sorry, Auntie Reba....it took two minutes. lolllll
There are six blocks of the same size. In my pattern I used 5” charms.
Four charms are of the same fabric.
One charm is for the center. Cut it vertically and horizontally for four equal sized squares. (2 ½”)
One charm of the background fabric was trimmed to 4” and then cut vertically and horizontally for four equal sized squares.(2") A diagonal line was drawn to make the corner triangles for the petals.
Jul 12, 2012, 09:35 PM
Attach the 2” squares, making the corner triangles.
A center square is folded in half Wrong Sides Together with the raw edge at the top and placed at the upper right corner of one of the petal charms which is Right Side Up (RSU). The background triangle is at the lower right corner.
A second charm, Right Side Down, (RSD) is placed on top of these two pieces with the triangle at the upper left corner.
Sew this sandwich together from top to bottom.
When it is opened, the center piece will be attached between the petals on one side ONLY. Fold the piece so that the petal wrong sides are together (WST) and the center piece appears to be a tag with the remaining raw edge to the left.This message has been edited. Last edited by: paus4quilts,
Jul 12, 2012, 09:38 PM
Place a petal RSU beneath the ‘tag’ center and a petal RSD on top. Make sure the background triangles are in the same positions as the first set. Sew together and unfold the just sewn piece.
Take the top two petals and place them RST. The center will fold in on itself and the bottom two petals will also fall RST. Pin the outer edges together at the top and place a pin about midway along the top in each petal group.
Carefully work the center piece so that it aligns with the edges; smoothing out any bunching. Pin in place and then sew across all pieces. Unfold and there will be a flower.This message has been edited. Last edited by: paus4quilts,
Jul 13, 2012, 08:15 AM
WOW Paus thanks! I'd love to try that.
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Jul 14, 2012, 01:53 AM
This was a fun challenge for me. I've already cut the blocks to make a small quilt and am looking forward to completing it.
Jul 14, 2012, 07:13 AM
Paus, what type of program do you use to make these drawings? Such a help to those of us who are "visual" learners!
Thank you so much Paus....I looked at it last night (kinda tired) and then tried to copy and paste it to a word doc. and the pics wouldn't copy so sorry anyone..need a tip on saving her directions. Then I can experiment later.
Jul 14, 2012, 09:39 AM
Oh oh I like it. thanks for the visual instructiions.
Auntie Reba: The best way to save the instructions is by going to the "Tools" button at the top of the thread and click on the "Printer Friendly Format". Save that page to your hard drive. It will be a copy of the complete thread.
Past experience has shown me that that page will NOT stay saved in your file once the thread is deleted from the MB. So you have to cut and paste the instruction posts to a word doc. The drawings will copy over that way. If that don't work for you, give me a shout.
You can also save the photos by right clicking on your mouse, "save the image" and store them in your photo file on the hard drive and then "insert" them to your word document. The above way is easier, I think; well, at least less work.
KC: I have an architectural software I usually use for my drawings. It and I haven't been getting along for the past couple of months so I did these drawings on my Quilt-Pro. QP doesn't have the options the other software has so I use it reluctantly for this purpose.
Today I played around with this one. Stole another idea from 'Simple Quilts','Wonky Pinwheels'. Used the 'Wonky Pinwheel' pattern, added a center and put it together as a 10-minute block.This message has been edited. Last edited by: paus4quilts,
Jul 15, 2012, 08:58 AM
Ok I did it. If I EVER get some time this summer I want to play around with it. I'm pretty sure this is on the cover of Meliss Rae Hawley's book...and that I loved it when a guild member did it in burgundys and white background for our quilt show. SUPer. THanks for all the instructions.
Jul 15, 2012, 05:49 PM
Glad you were able to save the instructions. What I like about this pattern is that because it is done as a 10-minute block, there are only three seams to sew....excluding the corner triangles. Makes it easy and quick.
I like the 'Wonky Pinsheel' pattern because instead of cutting and sewing the pieces that make up the pinwheel, you sew strips together and then cut out the pinwheels. Lot quicker to sew strips than individual pieces, I think. Kinda like cutting out a quarter of the 'Twister' pattern.This message has been edited. Last edited by: paus4quilts,
Jul 15, 2012, 09:10 PM
It's not Meliss Rae Hawley ..it's Pat Speth!!! I wish I was as creative as you to figure out the patterns!
Jul 15, 2012, 09:56 PM
Thanks for posting-- saved the directions to use in the future.