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Thread: Do you have a suggestion for my next quilt?

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    Do you have a suggestion for my next quilt?

    I am about to finish the binding on my current quilt and have been trying to select a pattern for my next quilt. Do any of you have a suggestion for me? I am an experienced beginner quilter. I have been quilting for two and a half years, and I am very comfortable with squares and rectangles. I have enjoyed making several different patterns, and I am willing to do some half square triangles, as I have done them successfully, but I am not real comfortable with them. I have quilted a lot, just finishing my 41st quilt, but I have a lot of trouble selecting a new pattern...(and selecting fabric, to be honest).

    I don't know the names of all of the patterns I have done, but I can remember Warm Wishes, D9P, Yellow Brick Road, Trip around the World, Take Five, Rail Fence, and Hopscotch. That may give you an idea of my skill level....experienced beginner, like I said...and not very confident at selecting patterns.

    I have geen googling Free Patterns, looking at books, looking at all of the blocks on quilterscache, and looking at quilts in our gallery here.

    Still, I have been unable to get myself settled on a pattern. I envy those of you who have piles of UFO's and stacks of quilt patterns you want to use. I seem to be unable to get into that mindset, and every time I finish a project, I temporarily panic trying to figure out what I want to make next. I guess I am a one-at-a-time quilter.

    So can anyone guide me to a pattern? Maybe a favorite of yours that might become a favorite of mine?

    Thanks for any suggestions.

    Dina

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    Sounds to me like you aren't a beginner. 41 is an enormous amount to have finished. I think you are doing quite well.

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    Let me be the first to suggest something with a curve. Don't be scared, they're not hard. Drunkards path is a nice beginners block for curved piecing and if you enlarge the two piece pattern you can make a huge quilt in hours. I like to lay the pattern out in the Snake in the hollow arrangement. Search it out. It might interest you. It is really something to help increase your skills. Good luck with whatever you choose.
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    Why not take a look at the Quilt Gallery on this site:
    Quilt Gallery

    and see if something piques your interest.
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    If you prefer sticking to squares, try an irish chain (single, double, triple). Make whatever you feel comfortable with and enjoy the process. Forty one quilts is pretty impressive. I've been quilting 30+ and not sure I've done that many.

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    I'll recommend my favorite pattern, Bento Box (it's my avatar). I've made it in these bright Asian fabrics, in subdued chintzes and in solids with black. Very easy, just 2.5" strips, and allows for a lot of creativity in placement and quilting.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I'll second the Irish chain suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Why not take a look at the Quilt Gallery on this site:
    Quilt Gallery

    and see if something piques your interest.
    That's what I was going to suggest. I get lots of inspiration there.
    Bernie

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    Thanks, ladies, for the suggestions. I am writing them down and looking at them. I like all three suggestions. Bernie and PaperPrincess, I have spent a great deal of time looking at the Quilt Gallery, but most seem too advanced for me. I may have made lots of quilts, but I tend to do a pattern two or three times when I find one I like....so I am not as experienced as it may sound.

    I really appreciate the suggestions. I am going to go research each. Thanks again.

    Dina

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    One of quilt patterns on my list is Shadow box. It looks complex but it is really simple. It is rectangle of fabric that you add a dark shadow on 2 sides with sashing between the blocks.

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