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ID:	145320Well, I finally did it. LOTS of scraps used, thank goodness for an ugly Christmas charm pack. I'm making a memory quilt for a friend using her grandfathers plaid shirts, and of course, I want perfection. So, I've attached my sample, scraps and pattern. Now to get the shirts out and start cutting.
    Thank you all again for your suggestions and help. Greatly appreciate it.

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    Well I hate to rain on your parade but looking at your sample 4-patch with triangles on the corners, it looks to me like you did not allow for that extra 1/4 inch. So when you sew your blocks together you will lose the points on the four patch as it will be absorbed by your seam. Can you make two sample blocks and sew them together and see if you are happy with it. Not trying to criticize you here, just trying to save you more aggravation. Did you use 2.5" squares on each 4-patch piece and 4" squares in the corners?
    Edit: I just looked at your photo again. The top looks like you have that quarter inch seam but the side, next to the tree print, does not look the same. To me it looks a little short. Your corners need to overlap in the center
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    Check out the recent tutorial - on point.
    Jenny took the center squares, measured one and cut two identically sized background (or in your case it would be red) the same size and sliced them in half.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-uR6pp9kRM
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    This is the chart I always go to. In fact, I keep it on the clipboard in my sewing room for easy reference. Scroll to the bottom of the post for the chart.

    http://www.generations-quilt-pattern...triangles.html
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    This is my favorite calculator for doing the math on these sorts of things.

    http://www.quiltersparadiseesc.com/C...Calculator.php

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    Because I am math challenged, I found that the Perfect Patchwork stuff by Marti Michell really helped me. There are several booklets from basic beginning squares and triangles, to more advanced hexagons and diamonds and they run about $10 each.
    While the books do not come with the acrylic templates that are the easiest way to use the system, they DO come with full sized paper templates printed in the back. There are a bunch of blocks (50+) in each book and they are usually given in several sizes.

    Using this method I became familiar with seeing how things went together in sets and how different pieces need to have that overhanging bit to keep from loosing their points in the seam allowances like JCY was mentioning.
    The books are a pretty good deal as block building references even if you don't end up buying the templates.

    Best wishes sewing on that memory quilt!
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    You ladies are fantastic! I got everything to work out. I first did it all on paper and went from there.
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    So happy it all worked out for you....you're right; smart really smart people here!

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