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quiltee
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Linda
Terrell TX
USA
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Posted - Aug 30 2016 :  4:35:06 PM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message
Each month a new block (or more) will be posted and a new thread will begin for each new month. I hope many of you will join in and we will have a lot of new quilts in 12 months or less.

You can join in at any time. We'd love to have you!

This month 4 blocks are here, but you can do one or none of them. Your choice. These blocks will be yours, so choose your fabrics and quilt away.


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I am posting the September blocks a bit early because I am going out of town and may not have access to Internet.

This month Julie (Nikki's Mom) chose our block(s) for September. You can either do one or more of them. Both blocks have been around for a long time. She originally chose 2 other blocks and I will call them this month's Challenge Blocks. Challenge blocks have more pieces and seams, and therefore are a bit tougher for beginning quilters.

Remember to always use scant 1/4" seams when making these blocks.

For the beginner quilters she chose Woven Ribbons, one that is very easy, and looks great. This will work very easily with stripes and plaids. There are no triangles in this block - it is very easy.
Here is the link:
http://www.quilterscache.com/W/WovenRibbonsBlock.html

And the other block is called Bear Tracks.
http://www.quilterscache.com/B/BearTracksBlock.html

Helpful Hints for Woven Ribbons:
No triangles. The pattern doesn't say clearly, but the 4 "ribbon" pieces are 10" x 3-1/2". You can make the 10" length a tad longer to be sure both pieces, when cut, are the correct size. Then they are cut into a 3-1/2" square and a 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" piece.

Helpful hints for Bear Tracks:
This block is similar to those we have done with half-square triangles. The pattern says to cut the squares in half diagonally, but I suggest you make the half-square triangles as we have done on a couple patterns so far. You can cut 3" squares of each of the fabrics you use instead of 2-7/8" and do not cut into triangles. Draw a line down center of one of the 3" squares for each pair and stitch two squares together using a scant 1/4" on each side of that line, and then cut on the drawn line. After the half-square triangle squares are pressed, square them up to 2-1/2" to go around the larger square.

The challenge blocks are Rocky Road to Dublin
http://www.quilterscache.com/R/RockyRoadtoDublinBlock.html
and
Wampum Block
http://www.quilterscache.com/W/WampumBlock.html

Julie's comment on why she chose these blocks was: I have chosen two blocks: Wampum Block (for my nod to my Huron heritage) and Rocky Road to Dublin (a nod to my Irish heritage).
What a super way to choose blocks with a special meaning to you.

Both these blocks use more triangles but be careful - not all are sewn together in half-square-triangle blocks. Layout the pieces before sewing because sometimes these blocks can be tricky.

Your blocks should measure 12-1/2" square when finished.

As always, have fun with these blocks and please post your blocks so we can all see what fabrics you are using. It is amazing that a different fabric choice or placement of light-dark fabrics can often really change the look of the blocks.

If you have any questions about the instructions, please ask here or email me and I will try to help you.

Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."

Edited by - quiltee on Aug 30 2016 4:40:12 PM

quiltee
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Linda
Terrell TX
USA
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Posted - Aug 30 2016 :  4:45:04 PM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message
Here are my versions of the first two blocks. As you can see - stripes and plaid fabrics work well due to having no triangles. You do need to be careful to cut them straight with the design of the fabric.


Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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Denise Ann
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Denise
Shoreview MN
USA
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Posted - Sep 01 2016 :  04:22:20 AM  Show Profile
Your blocks look great Linda!

Denise Ann
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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

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Linda
Terrell TX
USA
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Posted - Sep 01 2016 :  05:42:56 AM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message
Thanks, Denise. I can't wait to see your blocks! :-)


Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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forgetmenot
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Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
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Posted - Sep 01 2016 :  08:12:27 AM  Show Profile
Julie, I really like your choices.

Linda, the challenge blocks are also some I can't wait to try!
I also can't wait to see your commpleted R,W and B quilt!

Farmgirl sister #3926

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the belief that something is more important than fear." Ambrose Red Moon
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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

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Linda
Terrell TX
USA
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Posted - Sep 01 2016 :  09:38:53 AM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message
Aren't these blocks FUN? I can't wait to see the quilts, wall hangings, or table runners made with these squares. Since you can make as many or as few of the blocks as you want, the sky is the limit to what we can make.

The challenge blocks are fun, too. A bit more difficult, but who doesn't enjoy a challenge?

Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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sweettea59
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sherry
Longview Texas
USA
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Posted - Sep 01 2016 :  7:04:37 PM  Show Profile
I've printed my patterns now to work. Linda your blocks are always great

Farmgirl Hugs & May all your Wishes come true.
Sherry
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NikisMom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Julie
Framingham MA
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Posted - Sep 03 2016 :  2:45:55 PM  Show Profile
It is so nice to have a long weekend and to be home. Thanks Judith, I love the variety and getting out of my comfort zone to learn something new. So here are the first two, on to the others.

My bear paw is a little wonky.
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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

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Linda
Terrell TX
USA
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Posted - Sep 03 2016 :  8:32:42 PM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message
Good blocks, Julie! Love the use of plaids and stripes.

Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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NikisMom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Julie
Framingham MA
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Posted - Sep 05 2016 :  12:05:38 PM  Show Profile
Thanks Linda, I think I will take my bear paw apart, it is driving me crazy
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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

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Linda
Terrell TX
USA
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Posted - Sep 05 2016 :  2:57:59 PM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message
I have done that many times. Some blocks have a learning curve. Have you ironed it? It may flatten it out if you iron it. Check and make sure all your seams are 1/4-inch; you may only have to take apart some of it and not all of it.

Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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Christy925
True Blue Farmgirl

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Christy
Midland Michigan
USA
476 Posts

Posted - Sep 06 2016 :  03:50:15 AM  Show Profile
I made a Bear Paw Quilt about 20 years ago for a cousin. I can't tell you how many times I tore those blocks apart :( Finally came together and turned out wonderful. Anxious to make this one. Great choices.

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NikisMom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Julie
Framingham MA
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Posted - Sep 11 2016 :  2:17:53 PM  Show Profile
Good points Linda, I will check when I take it apart. I did iron. Hmmmm....if I don't fix it, I forever will gravitate to it.
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Sep 16 2016 :  8:03:51 PM  Show Profile
Niki,,, luv the color combo of your 'Bear Tracts'...

>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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NikisMom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Julie
Framingham MA
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Posted - Sep 18 2016 :  1:29:41 PM  Show Profile
Here is one of the challenge blocks. I really enjoy sewing the variety of blocks
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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

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Linda
Terrell TX
USA
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Posted - Sep 18 2016 :  6:19:01 PM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message
Nice job, Julie.

Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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Denise Ann
True Blue Farmgirl

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Denise
Shoreview MN
USA
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Posted - Sep 29 2016 :  05:01:12 AM  Show Profile
Julie thats a cool block.

Denise Ann
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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

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Linda
Terrell TX
USA
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Posted - Oct 03 2016 :  10:26:52 AM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message
October block links have been posted. Enjoy your quilting.

Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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Christy925
True Blue Farmgirl

476 Posts

Christy
Midland Michigan
USA
476 Posts

Posted - Oct 09 2016 :  7:02:36 PM  Show Profile
Put together my Bear Tracks today. It's a tad wrinkly but I'll use it anyway.


Farmgirl Sister #2315
http://www.etsy.com/shop/WildThymeCreations?ref=pr_shop
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marketwoman45/albums

Edited by - Christy925 on Oct 09 2016 7:04:00 PM
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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

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Linda
Terrell TX
USA
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Posted - Oct 09 2016 :  7:15:16 PM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message
I love it, Christy!

Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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Christy925
True Blue Farmgirl

476 Posts

Christy
Midland Michigan
USA
476 Posts

Posted - Nov 13 2016 :  1:11:42 PM  Show Profile
Sewed my Woven Ribbons today. I'm not good at the "scant" 1/4". So my blocks are all 12".
I'm liking my blocks...just picking whatever fabric grabs my fancy for the day. It's going to be eclectic :)



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forgetmenot
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
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Posted - Nov 13 2016 :  3:35:20 PM  Show Profile
Your block looks great, Christy! Your "woven ribbon" pattern really shows up with those fabrics!

Farmgirl sister #3926

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the belief that something is more important than fear." Ambrose Red Moon
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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

6895 Posts

Linda
Terrell TX
USA
6895 Posts

Posted - Nov 13 2016 :  7:50:19 PM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message
Christy - love your blocks. I'm glad people are having fun with these quilt blocks. Can't wait to see all the quilts or wall hangings when they are done.

Farmgirl hugs,
Farmgirl #1919
Farm Girl of the Month August 2015
Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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Denise Ann
True Blue Farmgirl

831 Posts

Denise
Shoreview MN
USA
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Posted - Jan 15 2017 :  6:28:50 PM  Show Profile
It took a while but now they are done.
Denise Ann
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Christy925
True Blue Farmgirl

476 Posts

Christy
Midland Michigan
USA
476 Posts

Posted - Jan 16 2017 :  02:22:36 AM  Show Profile
Very nice. Pretty colors

Farmgirl Sister #2315
http://www.etsy.com/shop/WildThymeCreations?ref=pr_shop
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