Beginning Quilting: Let’s Talk Scale

05.02.2020   /   byFree Designs Admin

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hey this is Phoebe from quilted Pig and
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today we’re going to talk about the
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scale of the design on your fabric and
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how that works on your quilt I’ve got
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some quilts here that I have pieced over
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the years some were very successful in
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my opinion and others really maybe but
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let’s talk about them and why this scale
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makes a difference this first one is a
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pattern that I’ve done several times it
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takes two inch strips and then these are
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four inch squares so the goal of the
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pattern itself even though color wise
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this one may not have been successful
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the goal of the pattern itself was to
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have the fabric that the squares are
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floating on be a small enough print that
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as it looks together they look like
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they’re floating you don’t see where a
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small cut would happen and do that
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across that that kind of thing doesn’t
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show up and then the actual squares
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themselves appear to be floating on the
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top other than you know the colors kind
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of a situation on this one but this one
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is actually the first one that I made of
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this pattern and it’s actually one of
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them my very first quilts that I ever
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made
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again it’s got a very small motif small
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little morning-glories they kind of mesh
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together as they go along and the vines
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that go through the mesh together the
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squares appear to be floating on the
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quilt now something like this we need a
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small-scale print for this if you look
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at different prints perhaps some from my
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stash here’s one this is almost too big
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compared in size to this size flower
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which are less than a half an inch this
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size they’re more like an inch and
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they’re almost too big if I go and slice
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that into bits you’d be able to see like
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where it cuts the flower off and it
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wouldn’t necessarily look good but this
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would be about the biggest I would go
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you look at these bunnies right here and
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those are definitely too big for this
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this kind of scale and as another
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example think about these large poppies
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this fabric is beautiful gosh I love it
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I’m still haven’t found the perfect
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place to use it because it is such a
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large scale it really needs to be a
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focus print within a quilt and it would
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not be great for this type of pattern
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but let’s go ahead and talk about
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another pattern where you can use a big
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skill you can use a small scale and you
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can even mix them up a little bit here
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is a different pattern also I’ve got a
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couple of samples to show you now this
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one uses both large scale this pink is
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technically a fairly large diamond
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fabric and then it also uses some small
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to medium scale it’s got some very solid
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something that looks washed some batik
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s– all of those things mix and again
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even though the colors are a little bit
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garish the scale of the fabrics
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themselves actually meshes well and it
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gives you a good variety of things
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here’s one same pattern done with not so
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wild fabrics that uses actually several
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from the same line as well as some that
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I added in so you have some extremely
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small dots here followed by some small
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flowers and things like that you’ve got
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jacks these are starting to as far as
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for this grouping of fabrics go these
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are starting to get into the medium size
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you’ve got some medium sized dots now
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consider if we were to use this fabric
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in a quilt like the ones that I just
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showed you if I were to cut this into
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those two-inch pieces some pieces would
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have these daisies others would have
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circles it just wouldn’t be the same
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same thing with these larger flowers
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here but on this quilt because the
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blocks themselves the cut the actual cut
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pieces are bigger you can see the full
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design of of those now I want to show
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you an example of
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a pattern that I originally thought was
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going to look great with a certain
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fabric and now I’ve since preparing for
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this video I think I’ve decided on
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something else this is a really cute
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pattern that I bought several years ago
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it’s called French rosebuds
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it’s a beautiful raw edge applique
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pattern and so when I purchased a
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pattern I also purchased this fabric for
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it so this really super cute yellow with
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little berry girls and then I had a pink
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and a blue and these are both small
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small-scale prints and then I had this
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peach color that in person it reads as
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almost a solid but when I looked on my
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camera you can actually see the little
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designs going on on it I thought was
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pretty too uh however as I was looking
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at my pattern I looked at it and
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realized that you don’t see any large
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portion of the Rose at any one time so
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if I’m going through here and cutting
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this to make these little French
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rosebuds I think the biggest one is
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maybe five inches if I’m going through
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and cutting that some of these girls are
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gonna lose their heads and so I didn’t
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like that name so I looked at this one
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now again this is the same as that hot
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pink that I showed you a minute ago and
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it has these bigger diamond shapes
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however it’s very muted it’s a very low
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volume so that when I put it together
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the scale isn’t going to be so important
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versus these little fairy ladies if
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their heads are chopped off and stuff
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they they lose some of their cuteness
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but I still think it’s a darling fabric
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I wanted to show you a few examples of
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scale that maybe wasn’t quite as
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successful as others this is from
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actually a kit that I purchased and even
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though I love love love love love the
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colors I just yeah this tone is really
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pretty some of the fabrics in the kit
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just really weren’t a good scale so if
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you look at like most of it you look
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through this and they’re a smaller scale
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of flowers smaller scale
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a different kind of scratchy looking
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print small Paisley’s things like that
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but then there are some where the
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flowers are actually so large they’ve
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been cut up by putting them into the
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blocks this also is kind of a low-volume
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quilt and so it really doesn’t bother me
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I think it’s beautiful and someday I’ll
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get around to quilting it but I thought
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this was a good example of why you want
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to consider how big are the prints in
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your thing that’s especially true if
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you’re doing novelty prints or if you’re
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doing any kind of fussy cutting and we
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will get into fussy cutting later so my
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next one
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I consider this successful even though
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it’s not fantastic as far as scale goes
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my next one um this was a actually just
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a pillow project that I did and I used
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this jinglebell fabric and I had this
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Center motif and I wanted to use it I
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actually stitched the wrong size so I
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thought well I’m gonna use that make a
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cute little pillow so I did that and
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used my Center block so I used this has
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got a little Swiss dot in it so I knew I
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wanted to repeat that in the border
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around the outside of the pillow and
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I’ve got a green a lime green that
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matches well with these jingle bells and
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then I use the jingle bells on these
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four places now the jingle bells are a
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great scale for this however they’re so
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far apart that for these little bitty
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blocks it doesn’t show up great and so
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you they look a little awkward but it’s
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a cute project anyway but where it
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wasn’t successful was I used a different
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fabric this for the back and I use that
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in the four corners and the corner
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blocks because they’re cut it just
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really chopped those circles right on up
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and to me I don’t consider that very
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successful but it’s a good example and
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still a cute pillow I just wanted to
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give you some ideas about scale and how
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that can affect what your quilting this
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will be part of my beginning quilter
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series and so we will have some others
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about fuzzy cut
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things like that coming up soon and it
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just gives you a way to think about
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what’s your scale yeah does it look like
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when you cut it what how will it look
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will is something to consider anytime
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that you’re planning a quilting project
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any questions that you have regarding
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scale and how to maybe make a judgement
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of whether something is the appropriate
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scale for the size of blocks that you
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have because you can see even in for
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example this block here this patch
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versus this patch here the same fabric
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but they look very dramatically
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different if you compare the two to one
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another same thing this fabric where you
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can see several whole flowers versus
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this one where all you get is stems
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because it’s I think this is probably
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started out life as a two and a half
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inch block and this one probably started
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out as a three again if you have any
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questions or comments go ahead and post
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them below and I’d be happy to answer
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thank you and have a good day bye bye
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you