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Pat - I did an all over meander on a 64 X 72" quilt in 45 min. Then took almost 3 hours to do a Ginko Leaf pano an a 48 X 80. The 2nd had over twice as many stitches as the 1st. And following a pattern always takes longer.
Oh WOW... how I wish I could afford AND had room for a longarm!! *sigh* it ain't happenin'... I could lie to myself and say that I could NOT convert the room we have into a rentable studio and try to make the difference up in quilting fees but let's be honest, I can't keep up with my paying job now. Can you see me trying to take on more??
for Barb, and LK...and anyone else interested how to download Quilters World
Go to QW log in
click on Issues Archives
click on "download" below the picture of the issue you want to download..
a window should open asking what you want to do with the file open save
I clock on open, then click on "ok" button at bottom of window.
on my computer another window opens, which is the "download" window, it shows a little bar inside that gets filled in as download goes...
then another window pops open when the download finishes...containing the file (magazine)
you can now scroll through the pages to view your magazine...
to save it onto your computer you will need to click on the "file" button..on my computer it is at the top left...another window will open, I select "save a copy"
yet another window opens, wanting to know where I want to save. I save to "my documents" then click "save" button at bottom of the window..
when you want to view again you go to your document file on your computer , find the issue you want and open it...
If you want to print something when you are looking through the magazine,
click on the file button (at the top) a window will open,
select "print"...another window opens, choose what you want to print (you can do the whole mag if you want) I use the "current view" button that will print the page you were just looking at...
I set my page setting / scaling at "fit to printable area" unless you are printing a page that has a pattern piece that you need to print to accurate size, like for an appliqué or foundation for paper piecing...then you need to set to "none" or "zero"
click the "ok" button at the bottom of the window.
page should print...windows should disappear...going back to magazine page you were on...
scroll to next page and repeat as needed to print the pages you want...
much easier than it sounds...once you do it a few times it will be "no problem"
another way is log into QW click on "current issue" click on "Flip_E_Zine..."
a window will open with the file of the magazine, under the pages there should be a tool bar...
scroll your mouse over the tool bar, one of the icons is for print, when you click on it a window will open showing "thumbnails" of multiple pages of the magazine, find the ones you want to print, "check" the boxes for the pages you want...scroll up to the top of the page, it should have the words "Generate PDF and Print" click on that and your print window should open, set your page scaling as needed, click the "ok" button pages should print.
there are multiple pages of thumbnails, you can only print from one of them at a time, but you can select multiple magazine pages from one thumbnail page...you will see what I mean when you look at them...
Hope you get it
let me know if it works, an / or I can help further!!!..
I keep the magazines on my computer in my document files for awhile, then I move them onto one of those memory sticks...saves computer space.
I am working on moving most of my pictures over to those sticks too, I am going to keep some on each computer, but store most of them on the sticks...we were putting our photos onto cd's for "back up" but a computer person we know suggested the sticks are much better...cd's can scratch, and warp...the sticks last longer...I sure hope so...we lost a bunch of photo's at one point when we had a "crash" don't want that to happen again!!!!
LOL I just keep switching photos to the newest storage system. Had them on floppys, went to cd's, now going to sticks. I try to keep them in catagories too. By family, by event, and have others yet for old family photos that I have restored. I even scared a phone tech one time. I told him that if what he was telling me to do lost my photos, I would hunt him down.
Thanks so much for the info! I had no idea there were so many back issues I could get to!
Does anyone know anything about external hard drives! I have had this one for a few years and I usually back up all photo's every month or so, but lately it tells me it is write protected, and won't let me save anything? How to I remove the write protection?
I can't help you either but I'll tell Norm about it when he gets home - maybe he will know.
Thank yo so much Thunder for taking the time to print out those instructions. I'm going to print the page and keep it my my computer. Like you said, after I do it a few times, I'll be okay...
You should have a log on to that ext hard drive and most likely need to update the config file.
Or it could be read only if it's full, but that should give a different msg, not "write Protected".
Have you checked to see how much space is left????
I have 75% free space, and it is my own personal photos I am trying to transfer from my computer to the external hard drive. I have never had to log in to use it, and have no idea how to change the write protection.
I had to come home "early" today (LOL, that means I got to leave on TIME!) We were having computer issues and the guru needed to do some maintance on the system. WORKS for me! I got to go home and not feel guilty that I have unfinished work.
I think this 3 cut block would make a great swap sometime closer to spring. If I organize it, it wil be 12 inch. That's the only size of block I have worked with so far and don't want a bunch of different sizes.
Yippee... off to play at making more blocks for the 2011 block swap. AND it looks like I won't have to travel to Seattle this week to testify! ALL kinds of time saving news today.
Qwilter wrote:Pat - I did an all over meander on a 64 X 72" quilt in 45 min. Then took almost 3 hours to do a Ginko Leaf pano an a 48 X 80. The 2nd had over twice as many stitches as the 1st. And following a pattern always takes longer.
yep, the panto I tried was not fun, or as much fun as all over quilting. I found myself hating it about halfway through the quilt but I persevered and got through it. I'm going to stick to my "drunken bees" style of meander as that one I can do well and quickly and it looks pretty.
Thanks, LK. I told my son last night that I would make him a blanket for his bed (we have lots of girl blankets, not many boyish ones). He got all perky, and said Great! Lets go in your room! (that's where I have the sewing machine). I'm thinking of using this pattern, in different shades of blue . . . but I will take him with me to pick out material, so he will feel even more that it's "his" quilt . . .
I was thinking making 6" blocks then those could alternate with the 12" 4 to 1.
If mixing 9 with 12, you could add a strip to 2 adjoining sides of the 9" block. Staggering those up the quilt would then give a stair step effect. Sort of like a log cabin when you just add the strips to 2 sides.
In the book that has the pattern. There is a beautiful one made with batiks, but she has made smaller ones for the border. They are just down both sides, not the top, frames it nicely. Youd could do that with the smaller blocks.
I posted my last 2 comments on the old page so need to copy them over here...
Lesson learned... this will make more sense if you have made a few of these all from the same fabric.
Always start with all the 4 patch centers "in the same position". So fabric A in upper left & lower right.
Then add the side pieces. (Section B)
Make the triangle pieces (secition C & C1).
Then, place those B pieces all lined up the same (fabric A upper left & bottom right).
Then add the C to the "top" of all; then come back and add C1 to the bottom.
Otherwise, somewhere along the line you will turn a couple of the 4 patches that will become the "B" pieces. Then, when you go to add the C not all will "fit" on the top. And then you start scratching your head trying to figure out just what went wrong.
If this doesn't make sense, you have been luckier then me or have made them scrappy, and then you just work by matching fabric.
Also, when you go to "square" these up. you need to make sure that the "X" that is formed through the center, stays at 45 deg as the uneven outer edges are trimmed. I've been using my 8 1/2 X 12 1/2" ruler and lining up the 45 degrees only for the 1st cut. Then, as I rurn the block to trim the other 3 sides, I line up with the straight edge & 45 deg mark.
You will know you've done it correctly when the points at the 4 corners are exact (no extra of 1 fabric to prevent a perfect point when pieces are joined).
Time spent to trim exactly will pay off in the end result.
Qwilter, I love your choice of fabrics for your block. Thanks for sharing. I am working on this quilt, too. I have 72 blocks (8 1/2" each, not 9") made so far and laid out on the bed. I have taken my camera to my quilting room to take pictures but just have not done it yet. I will and will post pictures.
I really like this block. It is so quick and easy. I already have the cloth for another quilt. When I finally take the picture, I'll take a picture of the next quilt to be made from this block.
Pam, it has been too cold and too wet to get outside except for yesterday and today. I feel as if I have to hurry and get this quilt top finished because once the weather gets better, I will be outside as much as I can and there will be no quilting time. There is so much to do to get the daylily beds and everything else ready for spring.
I was actually thinking about you yesterday. Thinking I was glad Im not you ;-O.
I got out for the first time too and it was so overwhelming. All I could think about was that if I had a tour coming, I would be having a nervous breakdown. Of course, you live in a post card and I live on a weed pile lololol.
Pam, I spent Saturday afternoon spraying Roundup on winter weeds in non-daylily areas. We had two really nice days this weekend. The Roundup takes longer to act in the winter, but it will still kill. I hope this will help with the number of weeds next winter and with cleanup this spring. We are back to rain and cold this week. Right now I try not to think about all the work to be done. I am enjoying my quiet time inside quilting. Hope you have a good day!
Here is my 3 Cut Block quilt. It has 80 8 1/2" squares, 8 blocks wide and 10 rows long. Here the blocks have been laid out on the bed. Since then I have 5 of the rows sewn together and will finish sewing all the rows together tomorrow morning. Then I plan to start cutting the fabric for the next 3 Cut Block quilt. I will later put the batting, backing, and quilt top together and put it on my quilt frame for hand quilting as time permits.
Here is the fabric for the next 3 Cut Block quilt. I don't think I have ever made two quilts by the same pattern, simply because there are too many different quilts I want to make and not enough time. However, I really like this block. It is so easy and quick. I also like it because the scrappy look appeals to me.
The fabrics that I have chosen are the colors in this gift bag given to me by my daughter. She gave me some fat quarters and other quilting tools for my birthday in early January. I commented that I really liked those colors together. A few days later I was in our Walmart and happened to go down the aisle where the fat quarters and other quilting materials are. They had all the colors I needed except the brown with the green. I found some acceptable brown with green fabric at Joann's a few weeks later. If the weather stays cold and wet, maybe I will be able to finish making all the squares for this quilt before I have to spend my spare time outside getting the flower beds presentable.
Doris I too tried this block and it is easy and fun. Just love all the colors.What is the length of your floor frame? I cut my rods down to fit twin bed and now I am sorry that I did.I should have left them long. Laura
The rods are 8 ft. long. My quilt frame is adjustable. I can put a queen size or baby quilt on it. The ends can be moved in or out. Also, there are three holes for the rods, so I can have them either 24" apart or about 13" apart. I have them 13" apart and work from both sides, just moving my chair to the side I am working on. It is a homemade job made by a man who did some quilting. I found it advertized maybe 10 years ago. I can post a picture if anyone is interested in seeing the design.
Qwilter, I have been in a dilemma about the same thing. I had originally planned to add a 9th block to the end of the rows. Then I decided that 8 blocks would be enough. Then I thought about adding sashing to make it wider, but I just don't know that it would look right. After I finish sewing the rows together and pressing the seams of the rows, I am going to look at it again. I have 7 extra blocks made and could add a side row without much trouble. But then again, the perfect sashing cloth might look good. The quilt on our bed now is about the same width, and it is OK for us.
I am looking forward to seeing yours. I finally decided to add a 9th block to each row and am glad I did. It is a good width now. I had thought of making the binding from the different fabrics used. I have already started making the blocks for the second quilt. I'll post pictures in a few days of some of those blocks, but we are having nice weather days this week and outside is where I need to be. I hope to do more piecing at night.
Qwilter, I love your quilt. You have finished it! Super! I like how you did your border using leftover fabrics. That makes it even more scrappy. I will have to consider that with mine. I have started making the blocks for the second quilt by this pattern. Now that the weather has improved, my free time has to be spent outside getting the flower beds ready. I will try to post pictures of what each block looks like.
Mittsy, I had this information I had copied to my quilting files--is this the one you might be looking for? Jean had posted this but I failed to get the date.
drum Roll here...
My original guess (equation) turns out to be correct. If you start with 10 3/4" blocks and then leave 2 1/2" for the corners you will end up with a block to trim down to 12 1/2" raw. (I actually used 3" but think that is too wide & the corner triangles too small)
If you tend to be "over scant" with your seams you can start with 11" blocks - still 2 1/2" for the corners
The true BEAUTY of this method is you can start with any size blocks and then the corners/strip width you cut off can also be varied. So, with the original (above) if you'd like larger corner triangles & narrower strips, you can use 1 1/2". Because of the way it's cut, any measurements will work.
I assume that was what you were looking for then. If I don't cut/paste into my quilting file I lose all kinds of information I really want to keep. Just me and my brain that seems to be in non functioning capacity lately.
Have been enjoying seeing your baby quilts that have been being posted as well as the placemats!! Great job.
Marion, your measurements worked beautifully. Made three nice blocks with winter fabric. Love my new 12 1/2" square up ruler, just line up the diagonals and slice off the extra, so easy. Love good tools!
jean, your quilt is just sooo COOL looking - would work here nicely with my colors. Through out the whole quilt did you use the same white? along with the scraps.
I am thinking in my head along these lines.
What happens if one would use only same 3 colors???? Not scraps?
Confused me for a minute! That isn't hard to do these day though.
Jean, I am embarrassed to say I have been in this house 6 years and I still have boxes to deal with and remodeling issues. I plan to sort some of the items in the boxes out during the next 2 weeks PLUS a sewing binge. I still have trouble disposing of some of my late husband's things which is why I still have boxes. It has been a long slow issue for me but I am making progress.
I got all of my late brother's jeans and made my very first rag quilt out of them for my Sister in law. It turned out beautiful and she cherishs it, that was almost 3 years ago now. My sweet Aunt just lost her husband of 60 years and is having a hard time parting with his clothes. I wish I KNEW I could get a quilt FINISHED for her. I am thinking a quilt from some of his shirts would be an appreciated gift.
Pat and Thunder, Ross' clothes which mostly consist of dress pants and shirts I did dispose of shortly after his death. My BIL took them to a VA facility in Orlando where he worked. They were training vets to reenter the work force and many needed appropriate clothes. I have a big box of t shirts and ties which I have great plans of making a quilt but alas slow on opening that box. That is the hard box for me and I haven't a clue why.
Working on a baby quilt today for my DIL's sister. Pat, you are in my thoughts constantly as it is pink and black. Hot pink at that. So far so good...
Pat, I was just reading an article last week where someone made a quilt out of her father's shirts. She cut them into pieces, then arranged them patchwork style. The parts that had pockets, she made into a focus block, said her dad wouldn't wear a shirt without pockets and she couldn't bear to remove them or not use them in the quilt. If I remember correctly, he wore alot of plaids and the finished quilt had alternating pocket blocks and like 4 or 9 patches. It was a very homey, comfy looking quilt.
AWwwwwww... thanks! So you have a bunch of 3cut blocks you are working on yourself and you are varying ONLY the contrast color. It COULD be done if you wanted to complete your blocks and send them with the cut proper size BG so that everyone used the right fabric for you (to save postage).. That's one way. OR simply get blocks for a DIFFERENT quilt, rather than the one you have already going.
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