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Thread: Help with "fill-in" blocks

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    I am learning to quilt and have learned so much from you guys. I have made 2 quilts (lap size) and I am working on my third. I am doing the "Sister" block. I want to do this for my adopted sister and while I am pleased with the block (even though it has it's share of mistakes) I am overwhelmed by the number of pieces in this block. I tried to resize it and that didn't go so well either. The block is 17" LOL. I have 5 blocks made. I would like to put one in the 4 corners and one in the center. I am hoping for something simple to "fill-in" the rest. I do not want to take away from the blocks but really don't want to make more either (Is that being lazy?) Can anyone suggest a simple plain block that I can make for the alternate squares. My "quilting" abilities so far are stitching in the ditch, so I am thinking a plain block that big will not work. I would like to add, my 1st 2 quilts were 4 patch and I went with 4" squares. This block is a little advanced for my abilities but I loved the story behind the block and decided to try it. I think my sister will love it so that was my motivation to give it a try.

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    Please reconsider and make four more blocks. You will get better with the practice and have a better appearing quilt.

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    You could make the four blocks from the yellow/cream and quilt the star in them??

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    You're doing great ... just keep with what you're doing and you'll have a beauty. It maybe seems like a lot now, though later, you will be glad you did!!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cherylsea
    You could make the four blocks from the yellow/cream and quilt the star in them??
    Great idea!

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    I think you will be happier if you make more blocks.

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    Nice looking block! If you want simple, I think I would look for a large print fabric that uses the colours from your block and put them in between.

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    I have this book in my quilt library (Marsha McCloskey's Block Party) and I refer to it quite often to find a coordinating block. I thought this might get your design juices flowing. If you don't know how to draft, I have EQ5 and could do a draft with finished size. Setting a block on point is a little more difficult but once you have the measurements, it is rather easy. A nine patch is a simple block but you can see how it compliment the Sawtooth star Hope this helps.... I have also included two other blocks that I have BOTH used. GOOD LUCK :)

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    Puss in the Corner or Stepping Stones
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    Just playing - and I'm not sure of the measurements of your block so the proportions might be off a bit.

    Kind of has a plaid thing going on.

    I guessed the inner block was 15" and the sashing was 1" finished.

    ANd my bad - I only should have the 9 blocks. Sorry.
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    Here's the same layout with just the 9 blocks:
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