Thursday, June 30, 2016

Churn Dash Block

The good thing about making a mistake is that it is a lesson learned.

I remember that when I read through the class instructions, Kathy mentioned to be sure to pay attention to VALUE when selecting your fabric.

I remembered reading that....AFTER I laid out the completed pieces when I was getting ready to sew them together.  I didn't want to remake the pieces so I switched them around to get the "Churn Dash" motif.  Like Kathy told me when I posted it to the class blog...I won't ignore value again!!  My block is NOT wonky.  I don't know why I can't get a good pic of my blocks.  They all look crooked and off in the pictures, but in reality they aren't!  I probably need a design board but I have no clue on where I could put one.

The next class is the Card Game Block.  I have seen it called the Card Trick Block too.  I first saw this block when Cathy  (Cathy's Crazy by Design) posted the one she made a while ago.  I was so excited to see it is a block I am going to learn how to make!  Today, I will be looking for just the right fabric to get the next one right!!

15 comments:

  1. I love the fabrics your using. I don't have a design board but what I did was buy a piece of foam board that I use for small projects. It's the stuff that architects etc use to make model buildings. You can get it in various thickness at an office supply store. I don't know if Michaels sells it as I've never looked. It's small enough to stick in a cupboard or behind a set of drawers.

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  2. Did a comment then lost it. Here we go again. Your blocks look good, Carol. More important than value to me is contrast. You have a lot of that. I like doing Churn Dash, but Card Trick? Not so much. I find that one, errr...tricky! Go for it!

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  3. You are progressing beautifully with the quilt blocks, Carol! I now feel I need a cup of coffee.....which may not be a wise idea seeing it's almost 10.30pm here!

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  4. Your block doesn't look wonky - it's just that the edges haven't been trimmed. Having said that, however, mine usually look wonky even when I trim and press. I think that the white spools in your brown pieces "read" as part of the churn dash (and vice versa with the dark beans). There's nothing necessarily wrong with that - some people try for that look. Just depends on how traditional you want your contrast. I thinks it's a great effort. The Card Trick block has more than one method of assembly, but overall I think you'll enjoy it!

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  5. I've seen some that blended far worse than this one. At least there IS some contrast here. Could you attach some batting to the back of a door to display a few blocks, or the pieces of a block? I have a bare wall and I pin directly into it, but it's my house and a little spackle and paint will fix that when the time comes. =)

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  6. When I take pictures they sometimes seem wonky too. I think it happens when I'm not straight on whatever I'm taking a picture of. If one part is closer to the camera lens, it looks bigger, so it doesn't look square. Does that make sense?

    Card trick is one of my favorite blocks! I can't wait to see how yours comes out.

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  7. That is funny..but lesson learned...I just remember my lessons and do it all over again!!! Have a good 4th!

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  8. It must be the colors that are making it wonky lol sometimes a good visual is the best teacher at least that is the case for me. what I did for a design board is I put in big grommets on one side of a quality flannel backed tablecloth-which are hard to find nowadays it seems-and then I have those plastic coated wire shelves in my craft room so I took big hooks that close and placed them on the shelves and then hooked the tablecloth through the gromments. then when not in use I take long shoe laces and tie up the rolled tablecloth so it is out of the way but always right there when I need it. I learned about using the flannel backed tablecloths from my Mom. she had double doors in one room and just put the tablecloth over the top of the door-worked perfect that way too. It is amazing how well the fabric pieces stay in place on the flannel

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  9. This is another lovely block. I find it hard to take pictures square on too. My camera has a grid, which helps but I'm never very accurate :)

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  10. Hi Carol, just caught up on your blog, sorry I haven't visited in awhile. You have been busy I see! I love your pond, I can imagine how peaceful it is (now that the hardest work is finished) to sit near it and enjoy the fruits of your labor. We love sitting on our deck in the late afternoon/evening and relaxing, looking out over the garden and fields, surveying the bounty. I love that you are learning to make quilt blocks now too! They look marvelous, I hope you will continue. One day you will look back and realize you have made many quilts and it will be so satisfying. Personally I like to make quilts that people will use and not worry about ruining their perfection. Some people like to make precise quilts with perfect seams and matched corners and that is wonderful! I admire that work. But I don't worry so much about that. I stretch a seam when I need to make it fit, or ease it in if one side is a smidge too long. I recently gave my sister a new quilt and she returned her old one to me for repairs. I love that it needed repairs because that means she has been using it instead of keeping it on a shelf! I use double fold binding and it was worn away in spots, I replaced it. My seams were intact but there were worn spots on the quilt that I had to cover. I hope you will continue to make quilt blocks and quilts and not worry over much about perfection, unless that is what you are striving for. Good luck! Hope your summer is going well.

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  11. The flannel that kathy suggested does help keep the block in line, but my camera never cooperates when taking a picture of a block so most of my blocks look wonky anyway. :) Squaring them up helps.

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  12. This is coffee themed so of course I like it (not that I'm a coffee drinker or anything!!). As for value, I know it has value (hah hah) but it's just one of those things about sane quilting that I can't wrap my head around. Never mind - I like your block no matter the values!!

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  13. I love your fabrics! It looks great!

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