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Date: 3/5/12 5:18 PM


We started the class with the piecing instruction sheet. We always start out with something written down, so we can go back to it. We are making a notebook for later use.

We will use the fabric strips we cut last week.
From Fabric A (pink) we cut 4 strips at 2 1/2 inches.
From Fabric B (green) we cut 4 strips at 2 1/2 inches and 2 strips at 3 1/2 inches.
From Fabric C (yellow) we cut 2 strips at 3 1/2 inches.

We will be learning the 4 patch using the yellow/green. Then we will learn the 9 patch using the pink/green.

There are 7 students in this class and all of us chose fabrics much different from each other. While the quilts will be made the same, but they will be so different. It is now becoming intersting to look at the other students fabric choices and watch how they come together.

The 4 patch:
We started with the 4 patch. We used our yellow and green 3 1/2 inch wide strips that we cut last week. We sewed one yellow and one green together along the long side. Next we set the seam, then we opened the fabric and finger pressed as we pressed with the iron, making sure the seam allowances on the back are toward the dark side. Then we cross cut into 3 1/2 sections. We need 24 of these. I think I have 12 so far.

We will then match opposite colors and stitch the 2 sections together into a 6 1/2 inch square. We need 12 of these blocks. I have completed 5 so far.

She tried to teach us to do a neat little trick on the back of the 4 patch so the seams are not too bulky. I still do not get it,but I will try it and eventually get it right. What this does is make the area where all the seams join less bulky, by forming a mini 4 patch in the center. It is really cute when it works.

The 9 patch:
We will work with the 2 1/2 inch strips we cut last week. For me, those are in pink and green. We sewed these on the long sides.

Pressed the seams and pressed open, with the sa going toward the darker color. Next I added another pink to the opposite side. I ended up with a long strip that was pink, green and pink. This is the A-B-A pattern I will work with. Remember pink is A and green is B from above.

Now we do the green, pink, green version. This one is called B-A-B. Green is B and pink is A. I hope you remember this better than most of us did! (Some of us have oranges and blues, or pinks and purples!)

When we finished sewing both groups of 3 strips, she taught us to lay them right sides together on top of each other. We had to match the seams--by "feeling" them blend together. We ran our fingers over the seam from the wrong side and if it "felt right" we could continue. We were feeling for lumps and bumps and only 1 row of seams and not 2. If they were not laying on top of each other, sometimes you could feel it, as it felt "wonky". I still do not have this down right, but I am trying. Sometimes I would get it and the next time, nope. If they were not close to each other, it left a ridge you could not miss with your fingers. Why did we do this, you ask? So we could lay 2 layers down and cut both at the same time. This will take some practice, I think, for me to get the hang of it. Often I could not tell if the 2 sewn seams were laying on top of each other or not. When we were sure it was ok, or the teacher ok'd it, we cross cut them into 2 1/2 inch strips.

I sewed them together in pink/green/pink or green/pink/green. We made our 9 patch. Some of the students accomplished making more 4 and 9 patches than others. We all did at least one of each.

I have homework to do this week. I need to finish cutting and sewing. I am not sure how much more I need to do, but a couple of hours worth is my guess. I am not fast, but I am happy with the results.

*** Before the class was over, the teacher showed us a quilting magazine. In it was an article showing an award winning quilt. Not sure who made it and no idea of the magazine. Anyway, in this closeup of the quilt, you can clearly see the quilt maker did NOT match up some seams perfectly. The teacher said "if this person can do this and get an award for her quiilt, do not worry if yours is not perfect. Hers was not either". What good news to hear!!!

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Date: 3/5/12 5:20 PM

4 and 9 patches

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I really enjoy quilting. I love to play with fabrics, colors and pictures. I recently discovered how much fun applique can be. As I love making pictures, landscape quilting can be challenging, but seeing the picture come to life is so rewarding.
Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
Babylock Molly
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Date: 3/5/12 5:42 PM

Love that brown fabric!

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Date: 3/5/12 6:23 PM

You guys give me such inspiration to finish my sisters quilt

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Date: 3/5/12 6:38 PM

That fabric is GREEN, my friend. See the picture from weeks 2 and 3 and you might get a beter idea of the color. I can try again for a better color picture.

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Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
Babylock Molly
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Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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Date: 3/5/12 7:36 PM

Nice work, Learn! I thing your quilt is going to be stunning. I like the fabric choices you made and see them together in blocks makees it really come together. You are right about how everyone can choose such a different palette. If near the end if the class, try to get photos of the other students work.

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Date: 3/5/12 7:37 PM

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Date: 3/5/12 8:07 PM

Looks great. I too think this is going to be stunning!

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Date: 3/5/12 8:15 PM

Nice work!

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Date: 3/5/12 8:31 PM

Looking really good!

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