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  • Quilt Lakeside
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    Originally posted by jjkaiser View Post
    I downloaded a pattern from Fons and Porter called Circa 1852 Scrap Quilt Project. I have so many charm packs collected of repro civil war prints that I want to use. The pattern calls for using FQ and cutting center squares 6-7/8" then doing triangle hst on the corners. Is there any way to reconfigure the size of the corner triangles pieces so I can use 5" squares for my center blocks? I am at a loss trying to figure this out. Basically the pattern does not look too hard once I figure out the math. Thank you!!
    If I'm doing the math right, the 5" charm pack square will finish at 4.5" on point. That means that the corner HSTs will have to finish at 1 5/8" inches, which would mean that you would cut the squares at 2.5" and use the traditional method for HSTs. You could actually use two matching dark and two matching light 5" squares to make the entire block. One of the 5" squares you would save for the on-point center, and the others you would cut into 2.5" squares. You will have two extra light and two extra dark 2.5" squares. After work today, I may have to try this to see if it works!

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  • toggpine
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    The Hourglass that you see is a secondary pattern that occurs when the blocks the Seaturtle sketched are joined without sashing. When you double check them, they are made of more than one color where the corners join.

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  • MRoy
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    Google "Birds in the Air quilt block". The "solid" squares in your quilt pattern have 1/2 of a version of the "Bird in the Air" block attached to each side. The 5" side of the charm square is only 0.05" longer than the diagional seam in a 3 1/2" unfinished Birds in the Air block. Here's a link to a tutorial that gives measurements for the components of different sized BIA blocks including 3" finished (3.5" unfinished). Good luck!
    http://www.generations-quilt-pattern...ilt-block.html

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  • seaturtle
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    Yes, that's the other block.

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  • Claire Hallman
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    Originally posted by seaturtle View Post
    Is this the one?
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    Looking at the picture in the bottom right area I see a large plain beige block them above it a block with an hour glass center, flying geese, with hst in each corner, maybe I am crazy????

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  • seaturtle
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    Originally posted by jjkaiser View Post
    Thank you for taking the time to draw this out. It makes sense. Now I just have to fiddle around with my measurements a little, as the test sample I made I cut off the points of the geese when I sewed the seam and it was not pretty. Sometimes quilting is not for sissies! It takes a lot of concentration to figure out what mistake you made in the process and then figure out how to fix it.
    Flying geese are not my favorite. That's why I initially said it could be done with HST. Two HST sewn together make one flying geese. I seem to have better luck on my points that way.

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  • jjkaiser
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    Originally posted by Claire Hallman View Post
    Isn't the center square an hour glass unit?
    Now you have ME confused. I don't see an hourglass in there anywhere. It is the photo that seaturtle posted about six comments ago.

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  • Claire Hallman
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    Isn't the center square an hour glass unit?

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  • jjkaiser
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    Thank you for taking the time to draw this out. It makes sense. Now I just have to fiddle around with my measurements a little, as the test sample I made I cut off the points of the geese when I sewed the seam and it was not pretty. Sometimes quilting is not for sissies! It takes a lot of concentration to figure out what mistake you made in the process and then figure out how to fix it.

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  • seaturtle
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    Sorry if it looks confusing. Here's another picture with it drawn out. The center top can be a flying geese unit or 2 HST. Then you would sew it together like a 9P. When it's together, it would look like the block in the quilt. Hope this helps.
    FullSizeRender 3.jpg

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  • just4me
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    Oh jiminy...my brain is hurting trying to understand this!

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  • seaturtle
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    Now that I'm looking at it, you could do a center 5" square with flying geese units (5" long) and add HST to the ends - same difference.

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  • seaturtle
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    You could also do a center square and surround it with HST instead.
    File Nov 05, 11 14 14 PM.jpg

    Sorry about the quick scribble, but do you see what I mean?

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  • seaturtle
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    You could also do a center square and surround it with HST instead. Let me see if I can take a pic of what I mean.

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  • jjkaiser
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    No it's similar but not the same one. Thanks for trying though. I might just experiment with Karen's measurements and see how close I can get.

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