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Thread: Beginner looking to make non-traditional quilt.

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    Beginner looking to make non-traditional quilt.

    Hello All!

    I just joined and will get right down to business! I did a quick search to make sure that I'm not being repetitive but, didn't find what I was looking for.... so I guess what I'm doing is truly unique. I'm casting a wide net for this question across the web on other forums as well.

    I want to make a quilt for a California King size bed. The twist? I want to to be an overall non-traditional shape. No squares or rectangles. Another twist? I've only made one quilt before but, I will have help getting the back and binding on. And I don't really want to buy a whole lot of equipment to complete this (money honey). By this, I mean like special rulers, scissors and such.

    I don't mind if it's not really functional. I'm making it as a gift for my husband who I have been separated from for a year because we're going through the immigration process. So, if there's a way I can fit something Indian on the quilt, that would be nice too... I might just do it in the colors though.

    To get an idea of what I'm talking about, I've found this quilt on someone's blog: http://seamstresserin.blogspot.com/2012/08/my-hexagon-quilt-is-quilted.html

    I want this, but kookier.

    Thanks for reading my life story. Haha!

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    That looks like tumbling blocks which is actually traditional. I made a king sized quilt that you might like because there aren't squares or rectangles. . It is made with batiks (from India I believe... Which is how you can toss a touch of India in). PM me if u are interested in this pattern.

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    Hi! I saw your post on FB, too, and didn't have a chance to respond. You know, your fabric choices can add the twist you want to a traditional block. You can also arrange blocks in any way you like, so it won't end up as a rectangle at the end. Have you seen any other examples of things you like?

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    I think I've got something that will work. I'm looking for a tutorial right now, but can't find it. I'll try and discribe the method:
    Cut 9 squares of fabric, 14 inches. Make a stack. Make 4 cuts through all the layers, 2 vertical, 2 horizontal, sort of like a tic tac toe grid. Don't make the lines parallel, make them slanted, in different directions. Leave the stacks the way you cut them.
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    Now shuffle the fabrics.
    Take the first fabric from stack 2 and put it on the bottom.
    Take the top 2 fabrics from stack 3 and put them on the bottom.
    Take the top 3 fabrics from stack 4 and put them on the bottom.
    Take... well you get the picture.
    Now sew the squares together using a 1/4" seam. Trim them all down to 12.5".
    Depending on the size of the quilt you want, you will need to make several of these stacks. You can make a pattern of the lines and cut them all the same, or cut each stack a bit different.
    Although this results in squares, when you sew the squares together, match the colors on edges to the ones in the adjacent block and the squares will blur.
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    What about a bargello, I did one as my first big quilt and they are not as hard as they look. All strips.
    http://www.lockwoodquilts.com/store/...lo_quilts.html
    This is just one designer, there are others out there, just do a search on Bargello quilts
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    Looks like this would make a GREAT crazy quilt pattern, think of all the embellishments you could put on it!
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    i would do batiks. find the colors you love then look for a pattern. there atre tons of patterns out there that are traditional that look modern in batiks. its all about color and pattern opp lacement. sorry placement. all you need is a good ruler matt and rotery cutter as well as a decent sewing ma hine. machine. i love batiks and find that they make traditional patterns look and feelndifferemt. you should hit the gallery here in the pictures section. look for something that speaks you and hubby. good luck and post pics of what you find.
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    PaperPrincess, here is the fons and porter video for the one you have described. I've made several donation quilts with this method.

    http://www.qnntv.com/videos/1040_blo...-cray-9-patch/
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    This looks fun. Thanks for sharing.
    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    I think I've got something that will work. I'm looking for a tutorial right now, but can't find it. I'll try and discribe the method:
    Cut 9 squares of fabric, 14 inches. Make a stack. Make 4 cuts through all the layers, 2 vertical, 2 horizontal, sort of like a tic tac toe grid. Don't make the lines parallel, make them slanted, in different directions. Leave the stacks the way you cut them.
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    Now shuffle the fabrics.
    Take the first fabric from stack 2 and put it on the bottom.
    Take the top 2 fabrics from stack 3 and put them on the bottom.
    Take the top 3 fabrics from stack 4 and put them on the bottom.
    Take... well you get the picture.
    Now sew the squares together using a 1/4" seam. Trim them all down to 12.5".
    Depending on the size of the quilt you want, you will need to make several of these stacks. You can make a pattern of the lines and cut them all the same, or cut each stack a bit different.
    Although this results in squares, when you sew the squares together, match the colors on edges to the ones in the adjacent block and the squares will blur.
    Murphy1
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    I watched and want to try with some of my stash. Always looking for ways to use my stash.

    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid View Post
    PaperPrincess, here is the fons and porter video for the one you have described. I've made several donation quilts with this method.
    http://www.qnntv.com/videos/1040_blo...-cray-9-patch/
    Murphy1
    For our wonderful Golden Retriever adopted in March of 2010.

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