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This is for Stu - Re: triangle squares. Use two fabrics that contrast in color...
Method One: Use two same size squares to make ONE triangle square.
To determine what size square you need to cut, add 1/2" to the desired finish size of the triangle square. For ex: for a finished triangle square that is 2 1/2" square, use 3" squares.
Draw diagonal line down center of lighter color. Sew just to the right of the line. Trim to 1/4" seam.
2 1/2"(finished size) plus 1/2" = 3"
Method two: Use two same size squares to make TWO triangle squares.
To determine what size squares you need to cut, add 7/8" to the desired finished size. For ex: for a finished triangle square that is 2 1/2" square, use 3 3/8" squares. Draw diagonal line down center of the lighter color. Sew 1/4" on both sides of the line. Cut on drawn line.
2 1/2"(finished size) plus 7/8" = 3 3/8"
Method three: Use two same size squares to make FOUR triangle squares.
To determine what size squares you need to cut, mutliply the desired finished size by 2, then add 1 3/4". For ex: for a finished triangle square that is 2 1/2", use 6 3/4" squares.
Draw diagonal lines on the lighter fabric both ways forming an X. Then draw top to bottom and side to side through the center to form a +. Sew 1/4" on both sides of both DIAGONAL lines. Cut top to bottom through center and side to side through center. Then cut triangles on diagonal line...
2 X 2 1/2(finished size)=5 plus 1 3/4" = 6 3/4"
I hope this is what you've been looking for. Please let me know if it helped you.
Barb, you are an angel!! Thanks for the info. I hope to get back to my machine before much longer...first to catch up on swap items that were put on hold. If you are one of the people I owe blocks to, thanks for your understanding and patience. It is much appreciated. Now with the ability to see so much better and not having to be down south all the time, I think I just might join the human race again. LOL
Somethime this summer, I'm going to take blocks in half inch increments, sew around the edges using 1/4 inch seams and then cut across the diagonals to see what the size of the resultant individual tiangle-paired squares wind up. I've done the method 1 that barb gave in sewing on the diagonal and cutting off half, then folding up to make flying geese. But, for some reason, I don't like (yet) the sewing on either side of the line. Maybe with some more practice. I don't seem to get the margins right and the blocks wind up not being equal. I can cut on the diagonal in the paired block method for the pinwheel from You Tube. I just line up to bisect the corners of the seams. Also saving Barb's notes to my computer. If that ever gets done, I'll post a list of my findings.
Stu - do you use a 1/4" foot on your machine? If so, when sewing the seam, use the guide on the foot on the line you drew. Your seam will be 1/4" away from the line. OR there are rulers out now that are 1/2" wide and have cut outs down the center of them. You line the cutouts with your diagonal and mark down the outside edges. These lines are now your stitching lines... Just a thought...
not sure if any of you watches the Quilty clips with Mary Fons, but she demonstrates their triangle ruler on the newest video. One side is marked with the size strip you need to cut, the other side is marked with the finished size you end up with...
geez what happened to just plain sewing things together?
i was one of those "Sound of Music" girls that wore the curtains. I was ten after the war. In my case Fabric was shipped to us from my aunt in the USA for a dress for me,was too much yardage so MOM made curtains too..
man Barb, feel better, I did add this to my "become accomplished quilter" list.
I went with my dad to buy his cow feed so I could make sure we had 2 o3 bags that matched so I could make dresses. Lasted forever and the color just never seemed to fade. Try buying some real feed sacks now. Expensive!!!
We had a pet rabbit, I could buy 4 or 5 lbs of rabbit pellets for a quarter. With 30 cents, I could ride the bus 8 miles to town, go to the show, have a snack, and ride back home. To think it was safe for me to do this alone when I was 10.
I read a book on textiles and feed sack history awhile back, pretty interesting, all the companies that went from paper to cloth sacks. Says they boiled them to lift the dye out, to get rid of the company name/logo..
Mom always tells the story of living around Cincinnati when she was young. Gpa and Gma would have card parties on Saturday night and would send Mom and my uncle down to the corner tavern with a small bucket to carry fresh beer back to the house. She was only 12 or so.. About 8 yrs ago, the last time she had one of her Ladies Group parties, they walked down to the local tavern with ice buckets and asked the bartender if he could fill them up for them... LOL When he told her he couldn't do that anymore, she said that since she was a senior citizen, she was legal to drink and wanted fresh draft.. He laughed and bought them all root beer on the house. She and Gma was always telling us kids stuff they did growing up, but then told us that we weren't allowed to try it!
Kiz/ Kathy I have written down as many of those memories as I can that my Gpa & Gma, parents told me about their childhood and mischief. I have sometimes given those kinds of things to family members for Christmas combined with special session just for them, stories about THEIR childhood they might want captured on paper to not be forgotten.
good idea Pat! Mom keeps saying she's going to write a journal, but hasn't yet, seems to find time for everything else... Of course, being married to someone who actually takes her places, laughs and keeps her under control (at least tries to..LOL), unlike my father, when Charlie says 'do you want to go for a ride, or out to eat', she would rather do that! And I'm happy that they get along.
I have started one of my own on my computer, and try to add to it when I remember something, but it's hard to sit down and write diary like stuff, when there's so much going on at DGs or 'the other place'.. FB, Email, etc, etc... easy to get sidetracked!
Just fine Helene. I've a bit of a black eye but that's nothing, I have to do the drops and wear the dark glasses for a while but I'm doing great. I'm amazed at what I can see without the lens in my glasses. They popped it out of the side I had done. Right side will be done in two weeks. And I'm NOT afraid this time since I know what to expect. I think I was scared because it had been 30 years since I had an operation!!!!
What this swap has given me thus far, besides some beautiful blocks and a sense of welcome, is that I can do more than I let myself. Now, looking back at the posts from the different type of block swap, I feel that I can challenge myself the next time a swap like that takes place. OK, still not into applique or blocks with curved pieces, but with others...
I know that the place mat and pot holder swaps have been taking place, but think I'll stay with the unfinished blocks right now... sorry to say that I rarely cook with something without a handle to use the holders and we aren't placemat type of people (usually, we eat at the couch which we find relaxing and, OK, we're still guys). But I love to follow y'all with tose swaps.
Betty, thanks for the block it arrived yesterday after being forwarded from Cocoa Beach to here. I have the camera charging and will post pictures a little later. It's beautiful and has lots of lovely BLING!
hey Doc,, can you put the" list" in up at the top of the page?? I can't print anything right now, and it would be most convenient for me to be able to refer to it from my lap top, without having to look for the other pages...thanks.. :)
a woman who is set out to make a wedding dress - perhaps a senior moment.
I had a senior moment with my german guests and they just loved the phrase. been repeated many times. Actually what I said was "I have a senior moment" LOL
I guess it's a good thing the wedding was returned to the original date. Give me time to get this all out of my system.
I truly tried so hard I shopped and shopped for that fabric just so I would have the trees for your block, Pam.
I found it! My sister-n-law is BarefootT (Thunder). I would like to get in on this block thing. I am new, but my sister-n-law can fill me in, lol. I would like Funky Christmas - Anything Cool and Unique, just no country, Retro is good, as is bazaar and unusual, lol. Bev
Bummers, my sister-n-law just said apparently this one is full. I just got so excited when I found the posts that I posted a message, I want in, lol. Ok, next block thing someone let me know about it. :(
Welcome to the quilting group Sweetie.
I am working on an ongoing project of making 4 Christmas quilts for my grandchildren. I need lots of blocks 12 1/2" so I will swap with you. Others might be willing, too. I like bright and unusual so I'll dig through my northern Christmas stash and see what I can come up with.
Sweetee, if you were a paying member you would go to "extras" up above and get addresses there. Instead, you will go to "Mail" and exchange information in the form of like email, only it's D-mail. I'll send you a D-mail so you can get the hang of it.
I highly recommend you take the time to do the guided tour of the site so you can begin to take advantage of all the MANY features that Dave's Garden offers. Some forum are limited to paying members, certain features are a litte restricted, however you will have plenty to keep you busy. I don't think you can get a "thumbnail" picture to enlarge unless you are member, I could be mistaken. Speaking of which, MY membership expires today and I'll have to renew it!!
I'll send some of mine Marion..but must say, we are getting equal amounts of rain and sunshine..gardens aren't what they were last year though, perhaps flowering will be late..so much is on the ground because of the torrential rains..hosta's almost as big as the house, not quite but humungous..
Well we traveled in rain all day today but arrived home to a dry yard!!! I could not believe it. We must have had some bad winds as I have a huge limb down just missing the carport. Will check it out tomorrow to see where it came from.
Hope it doesn't involve a lot of work Marion, you wouldn't want to be out in the heat of day doing hard labor..
Are your gardens doing ok Marion?
Drizzling again this morning, sunshine for the rest of our long weekend
Should be sewing but think I'll wait for a rainy day..let's see, I have 5 blocks to do and we've what??? Lol went to top of thread to check due date and not listed, if it's Aug 1st then not many days left, better hope for a rainy weekend !!
We finally got rain during the night!!! The limb will wait until the yardman comes as there is no way I can do anything with it. Several more are down but why is it that it is the green ones that come down and not the dead limbs?
Great pictures of your garden Betty. Mine is doing so, so. Stu how are yours doing? I know you have a very large area you are working with.
Very slow to start, Marion, after the second long hard freeze in two years. Lost a palm we planted 2 yrs ago and several perrenials. Many of the pernenials are just coming back, as are some of the more sensitive woody plants like the dwarf hummingbird (firecracker) and dwarf Allamanda bushes. Not to mention that I had ordered a fair amount from Bluestone Perennials to get more freeze-hardy perennials. So the delay of the rainy seaqson and record highs of may and June didn't help at all. I've noticed tha FINALLY the nusery buyers at our Lowe's in Spring Hill are getting in plants that are ok from below freezing. They had some, like Speedwell (Veronica) come in at fall and those wintered over well for the most part. Now to keep the new plants going until established. But I can grow weeds like there's no tomorrow.
LOL, I don't know about the weeds. I thought I was the only one who could grow them...well more like Virginia Creeper and Poison Ivy. Neither very welcome around here. I have been amazed that some of my more sensitive things have survived. I think it is the heavy layer of leaves that I have during the late fall and winter. Not complaining just happy they are growing. My current ordeal is getting rid of the nandina that the previous owner had planted. Now it is cropping up everywhere. Tons of Jewel of Opar also.
Did you know Marion (learned this from a native neighbor) that whatever poisonous weed there may be the healing plant is nearby!
You say you have jewel weed!! Answer to your prayer..if it's young open the stalk and rub it on poison ivy, best cure ever..if jewel weed stalk is mature, no juice/gel then I cut up the stock.leaves and flower. With a little bit of water cool and use on poison ivy..not quite as good but better than any medicine the doctor could give you!!
I have been busy this weekend and have several blocks ready to mail. Maybe with some luck I'll have more ready by Tuesday. Not all by any means. I have guests coming on Sun the 10th and need to get this room cleaned up so I'm trying to get as many blocks done as i can.
So I'll be mailing on Tues.
JoAnn was having a big sale this week and I went a "little crazy". I am so grateful that my sweet husband doesn't resent my hobby. I found a pink fabric with white, black and darker pink oblong designs randomly sprinkled over it. Made it look like those sprinkles on cupcakes, donuts or cookies. It is soooooooo cute! I threw it in my pink & black collection.
Laura,congratulations...I started well but went astray..going to have to get back at it..today I went to the Liquidation store at lunch and the had a shipment of sewing machines, wish I had a young granddaughter to teach to sew..one was $39.99 and the other $44.99. Both with variable programmer stitches..can't imagine even the cheapest of machines being that price!!
Barb I had to shut everthing off and sew,sew,sew till I was done.
I seem to find other things to do when computer is on.
But that is just me . And you still have plenty of time and need to rest your eyes.
Betty these aren't due until August!! But between baseball and horses this summer I need to get as much done as I can when I can.
Still have a charity applique block to do for the other building, a set of placemats for here and I want to make a placemat for Mittsy's Mom. I have Brandon's quilt that needs the binding sewn down and I haven't even started on Sean's!!! Add to that, I have a 50th HS reunion the week before we head up to your house that I promised to make something for!!! So I just need to keep going! Oh and Sean's b'day is the 30th of July as well!!!! So, I sew sew sew sew sew...
Wow that's one heck of a sewing schedule..I'm giggling, you Make August deadline sound like there is all the time in the world...lol not more than weeks away, ok, maybe close to 4 but it will be here soon enough...
I'm going to hide my sewing machine to you won't be tempted to use it..ahhh but then we've got victorian santa's to make right??? hmmm
That's right and I'm so looking forward to it. I have so any things bouncing around in my head that I want to talk with you about. I best get a pencil and a pad of paper and write as I think of them! I'll be talking your ear off and you'll probably be glad to see me go!!!!!
OH QUILTERS!! I got the package today in the mail from "Mystery" and she sent some beauties!! As I finish up my blocks I'll be passing her's on to you clearly lableled, "Mystery" or "Psychw2" so you know which is which.
I can't wait to start sewing on this one. I need to finish 2 more on the other swap and then it's THIS swap and I am really looking forward to it!!
if I can get my buttt outta this chair, and into the sewing chair..I will finish the other swap blocks today, then I can start diggin for fabrics for this one!!! is the due date end of August??? I am gonna try very hard to get back on track!!! and be on time!!!
first I have to send my Momma an e mail with some of my photos from the Sailors day!!!
Love those. What is the name of that block and how big are the pieces used in the 16 patch in the center? I might have enough tiny scraps to make the centers anyway while here with no stash to speak of. I dread the time when we stop driving as then i won't have a machine and will have to borrow or rent one.
Mittsy don't know the name of the block but the center pieces measure about 3/4" so guessing they started at 1 1/4".
That's the bad part of our up-coming move, I figure I could be a month or more with no sewing. It's been a very long time since I've had such a long dry spell.
LOL.. Karen those are not your Winter blocks but you are welcome to use them any way you see fit. Did I get mixed up? I thought you were also making placements and needed ANY size of block for them. That's why I sent the extra coordinating fabrics.
Me too!!! Barb the fabric is sooooo pretty! The turquoise with the deeper green combined with that beige background pine cone print is OUTSTANDING! wish I could post a picture so everyone could see the block, it is WONDERFUL!!
I agree Betty. I've digging thru my Christmas fabric this weekend. I have the Winter, Scrappy & a few of the others done and I'm now matching up more Christmas combo's. I have something different in mind for Thunder...
You are right Pat and I think that is what I was thinking. But----I had already cut the pieces for a nine patch and I had forgotten that they had to be bigger to allow for the extra seams in a D9P. I'm sure Thunder will be able to use it somewhere even if it's just a pillow!!!!
THIS one... I still have Thunder to do on the "Different kind of swap" one. AND I am ready with the Charm swap in time. I those all cut waiting to mail out when I get Elen's blocks. Anybody who is in one of the other swaps, I probably won't wait & mail their charms with this block.
I know, I'm terrible. I'm in several swaps at a time. The "Different" swap is the first time I've been late in a couple of years!
It happens my friend. I wasn't sure about doing much sewing with my eyes but they have healed so well and so quickly!!! I've gotten a lot done sooner thatn I expected. Now I'm off to get the 5" squares done...
It was fun designing one for thunder, don't think she posted a photo?? Think she got it..old age, can't remember much..only way I know how many more I have to do is the left over painted envelopes, not sure where I put them
My accuquilt has strip cutters but this looks as thought you could just throw it in the sewing box, not large or bulky...but Laura, you know how some of these 'as seen on tv' products are, never work..although this is a different company for what the are charging you just have to wonder?
Got three blocks in today's mail and thrilled with them all. They will work perfectly in my 'vintage' quilt. They are so well done, that they make me a bit embarrised by the ones I made. But they do inspire me for the next block swap :)
The Carpenter's Wheel is from me and I'm finding these blocks in the Underground Railroad make great learning tools. I'm having fun with it and I'm glad I was able to make one of the blocks for a swap...
Karen included in another swap three finished blocks that she was gifted and thought would go well with my Vintage quilt and I wanted to share them here with you. I am honored and humbled by her generosity and that of all of you. These are phenominal. My camera didn't find it necessary to flash so I know that the pics don't do them justice. Thank you so much Karen