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Thread: The beginnings of my next quilt, advice on the pattern?

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    Talking The beginnings of my next quilt, advice on the pattern?

    I've decided that my next quilt will be for my boyfriend's grandma that just moved to a retirement community. I want to make her a lap quilt. She's Mennonite, so I want to do something that uses a more "classic" quilt block that might be seen in an antique quilt with a modern twist.

    I came upon this tutorial to do 3-D pinwheels and thought I would use it as my blocks (although make mine bigger, somewhere between 8"-12". http://www.youcanmakethis.com/articl...-pinwheels.htm

    What do you think of this size? Too big? Should I cut off a column to make it smaller? I usually do at least 3" borders because I do the cheater binding and don't want to cut off any of the pretty blocks.

    Anyway, tell me what you think!

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    The "stars" in my pattern are where I want to put the pinwheels. I plan on using buttons instead of tying or quilting. I don't know colors yet as I haven't gotten to digging though my stash.
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    If your squares are 12" that size would be a twin. Five blocks long would be more of a lap quilt size. If your blocks were 8" then your quilt would be only 32' wide. But at 8" blocks you could do four by five blocks and add a border to get the extra width.
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    Going to be lovely - I am sure she will appreciate it!

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    I like to do lap quilts. Usually the quilts end up being around 50"x70". If 12" blocks are used it's 2x3 blocks plus some type of border. If it's on-point, then it's a 2x3 block set with attached border. Good luck.

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    Is she in a wheel chair? Something to consider. Make sure there is a LARGE label on the back in case it " roams".
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    Nice design.
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    I made for elderly relative it was weight she didn't won't. The pattern is lovely you could put it on point keeping the design.
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    Don't forget to label. My neighbor's niece labels according to the recipient of the quilt. She's very clever how she does it. She will show a small printed label that is stitched on a separate piece of material. Then she stitches along and throughout the quilt other information not noticed by a layman. For a wedding quilt she put the bride and groom's dates of birth then the wedding date around one of the hearts in the quilt. The other information was on an actual label with a pocket insert. no label is the same with her.

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    also you might put her name in several of the squares. quilts and other things go "missing" in homes. just saying...

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    Good ideas about the labels guys. I'm glad I showed this to you. I think I will label it in a couple of different places just in case someone "borrows" it. Maybe a nice embroidered label in the front and a stitched on patch in the back.

    I have decided that I will cut off one "column" from my design She's not in a wheel chair, although she does use a cane, so I want to make sure it's not too heavy for her. Do you guys think the regular poly batting I use will be okay for weight? Does cotton batting weigh less or more?

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