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Okay, I finally finished my pickle dish block.  One photo shows what happened when I followed the photo and the other the words.  I know this block seems difficult but truly it wasn't.  I did end up adding  the eye and the background using a method that they taught us 100 yrs ago.  I folded the eye and background piece  in half...marked the half points, then folded the fan in half and marked the middle of it.... Then I matched them to each other and pinned.  I sewed from the center out.  With this method I only used 1 pin and this sewing method helps to keep   the block square.  I know you think I'm nuts for doing this pattern but I picked it because so many of my scraps are left over binding strips and with only a 2" wide piece I was able to get the fan template to fit.  Yes, I do love the 9-patch and I could have done that but what can I say  other than "I'M NUTS!"

pieced, following the picture & her method        ....Yikes!

There is no way I can square up this block or have a 1/4" seam alllowance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pieced with the directions, sort of......using my fold and pin method.  Finally a square block and a 1/4" seam allowance.

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Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on March 10, 2013 at 11:01pm

I can even smell the coffee!!!!  Debbie this is one of the most gorgeous blocks I have ever seen.  The colors, everything.  You have made the perfect block.  I kid you not.  I can't imagine what a quilt made from this would look like.  You did an awesome job on this, your creativity is endless. 

Hugs to you lady!!

Comment by Irene Gallway on March 7, 2013 at 12:01pm

It's a beautiful block and you did a very good job on it. I love the colors. 

Comment by Billie Blakeney on March 7, 2013 at 5:15am

A potholder? Oh well, I suppose doing this multiple times in a quilt would drive many cuckoo!  Nice job and I like the colors! Nice job! Hope you're doing well healthwise..Surely this will keep you from thinking about health issues. Blessings!

Comment by LKC on March 6, 2013 at 5:06pm

Add a brown center and it could be a football! Does look neat. Love to make a few and clean up my mess.

Comment by Terry F on March 6, 2013 at 4:09pm

You are doing great Debbie!

Comment by Janet/MO on March 6, 2013 at 12:55pm

I think your DILs will love these potholders.  I too love sewing curves and they are not nearly as difficult as a lot of people think. 

Comment by Barb/WI on March 6, 2013 at 9:18am

Beautiful fabrics, I see why you wanted to use them in a way that would showcase them (and your talents).  So glad you figured out how to do it the "right" way.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on March 6, 2013 at 8:56am

First off - love the fabrics in them! Glad you figured out how to get them made despite the instructions. They may be potholders, but they may also be wall art!

Comment by Barbara Graham on March 6, 2013 at 8:51am

It's a great potholder! I am very impressed by the difference in the blocks created by the photo vs instructions. It's a good reminder to all of us that sometimes WE are not the problem.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on March 6, 2013 at 8:28am

Well, I'm impressed!  Forgive me for doubting you, Debbie.  (I still think it's a little difficult for a potholder, but carry on!)

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