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Luvsquilting



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PostSubject: Help needed for block search   Sat 30 Jul - 8:19

I'm making a valance for my daughter's kitchen window. I'm making it similar to a table runner with 3 blocks. I could use an 8 inch or 9 inch or 10 inch block. The fabric has a coffee theme and I want to have the center to be a focus of the block because I want to fussy cut the fabric to fit the center. I found Aunt Eliza's Star on Quilt Blocks Galore, but I'm just not 100% sure that's the one I want.

Here's that block: http://www.quilterscache.com/A/AuntElizasStarBlock.html

Any thoughts or ideas?
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Luvsquilting



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PostSubject: Re: Help needed for block search   Sat 30 Jul - 8:24

By the way, this is the block that gave me the idea, but this particular block is a 12 inch and that would be too big for the window width.

http://www.quilterscache.com/F/FourPatchFox&GooseBlock_Page2.html

This was one of June's BOM Quilt Along selections.
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FiberBabble
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PostSubject: Re: Help needed for block search   Sat 30 Jul - 10:20

Well, here's what I have to say:

If you like the Fox & Goose block, make it. You can make it in 8" or 10" very easily. Additionally, if you're going to make a valance, consider making it in rows, rather than blocks. This will avoid quite a few half square triangles.

Make a row of flying geese, a row of square-in-squares, then 2 more rows of flying geese (I'm referring to the picture on the pattern page).

The thing you'll have to math about the most is the central square-in-square components. I'd do stitch & flip, but if you want to cut those corner triangles, there's math for that.

And probably if I weren't still on my first cup of coffee, I'd be able to tell you all about that math. coffee8

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TxMaryQuilts
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PostSubject: Re: Help needed for block search   Sat 30 Jul - 10:24

Yeah, what she said. lmao

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Luvsquilting



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PostSubject: Re: Help needed for block search   Sat 30 Jul - 10:29

I was doing a little math and think that I could get away with a 12 inch block if I didn't have any sashing, which is what the Fox and goose did. I would put a border on the top and bottom and then an additional row at the top and bottom because I have a coordinating coffee fabric that is in rows. I don't mind making HST's. In fact, I live for making HST's.

This would work because the window casing to casing measurement is 33 inches, but actually there is about 3 to 5 inches on each side of the window before the cupboard starts. Also, there is nothing above the window until the ceiling which is a 10 foot ceiling.
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Luvsquilting



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PostSubject: Re: Help needed for block search   Sat 30 Jul - 10:34

I see what you mean as far as saving making extra HST's. I was thinking of making the outside corners just plain squares, but changed my mind because I like the additional color fabric in the block.
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BearFoot



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PostSubject: Re: Help needed for block search   Sat 30 Jul - 12:33

Luvs, would you like me to resize this block for you in EQ7 and send you the info by email?
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quiltermarynel



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PostSubject: Re: Help needed for block search   Sat 30 Jul - 12:51

That will make a splendid addition to the kitchen!
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QBee - Mary Ann



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PostSubject: Re: Help needed for block search   Sat 30 Jul - 13:50

I really like the Fox and Goose block a lot!! I frequently use the copier to reduce/enlarge. Here's a chart for that process: http://www.thequiltedsnail.com/scale.html ('cuz I'm not a math nerd, er I mean genius. like someone here! lmao
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Luvsquilting



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PostSubject: Re: Help needed for block search   Sat 30 Jul - 15:10

I'm actually pretty good at math ratios which would be what you'd need to reduce a block.

Tracy, I had to reread your post about 4 times before I got what you were talking about. Guess I'm good at math, but not English! I would be easiest that way and reduce the number of seams between blocks. If you look at the block with more than one together, different fabrics make a star depending on how you look at it.

I think I'm going to use the 12 inch block because I need the center square to be that 4 inch square to pick up the fussy cut I need for the motif in the fabric. 4 inches is about the minimum.

3 blocks would work because there are 3 different coffee pots in the fabric, so I can do one of each.
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memaw4



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PostSubject: Re: Help needed for block search   Sat 30 Jul - 17:33

You just learn everything! Thanks QBee for your added info. I made a copy of it for my files in my sewing room. I can't tell you how much paper I've wasted trying to make things smaller or larger! Now I know thanks to you and your chart.



I just may make new kitchen curtains for my little window too for Fall/Winter. Never gave it a though about quilt blocks. I don't think to much about doing things like that on windows or for shower curtains or at least valance. That would be cute too. With matching seat, lid and tank cover.



I think I'm thinking "out of the box" here! This could be very scary ladies!
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QBee - Mary Ann



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PostSubject: Re: Help needed for block search   Sun 31 Jul - 11:17

Joann - even I can do ratios. . . but I have a gadget with the calculations all ready to use which makes it really quick.
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Luvsquilting



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PostSubject: Re: Help needed for block search   Sun 31 Jul - 13:03

Except it would take me 30 minutes to find the chart.
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Luvsquilting



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PostSubject: Re: Help needed for block search   Sun 31 Jul - 14:04

Finished the fussy cut square in square portion of the block. 5 of them. Found out I fussy cut them going the wrong direction. Guess they are going to be table runner or placemats now. Need to go buy more fabric to start over.
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Luvsquilting



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PostSubject: Re: Help needed for block search   Sun 31 Jul - 14:05

The thing is that I don't really care for the red I used. Now I get to pick a different red.
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memaw4



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PostSubject: Re: Help needed for block search   Sun 31 Jul - 15:08

Good thing you made that mistake then huh? I hate nothing more than getting something made only to fine I don't like the colors I picked thinking at the time I did.



Have fun REshopping and I can't wait to see the finished product.....Bets it's beautiful like all your stuff is.
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QBee - Mary Ann



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PostSubject: Re: Help needed for block search   Sun 31 Jul - 22:27

Joann - I keep my little recalculating tool hanging on a hook right by my cutting table. I frquently resize designs I want to use for applique. I'm sure I can use the little gadget faster than pencil/paper/calculator. Sorry about your fussy cutting. Goofs are frustrating. But, at least you got far enough to figure out you didn't like your red.
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Luvsquilting



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PostSubject: Re: Help needed for block search   Mon 1 Aug - 15:36

I just wanted to use my stash, so the red worked, but had gold stars in the fabric. I didn't really like those, but thought it would be okay. Now I got to choose another one.
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