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Thread: At a loss..

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    Fabriclovr
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    At a loss..

    Hi Everyone,

    New to the board, but not new to forums. Been quilting for over 30 years and think I am pretty good at it, but my daughter has thrown me for a loop this time.

    Small background, my daughter is in the Navy as is her friend whom just had a baby girl. Her friend and hubby are into the great outdoors. She requested a baby quilt made out of Real Tree Camo fabric http://store.realtree.com/realtree-c...-the-yard.html from another person and does not like the way the quilt turned out, apparently it has too much pink in it and they don't want any pink in this quilt for this baby girl (wait, it gets better)

    So my daughter pipes up and says "well, I havn't gotten you anything for the baby, what if I ask my mom to make you a baby quilt out of the camo fabric with no pink?" Ugg, I said ok, only because it's my daughter making the request.

    This fabric is a bottom weight twill, not quilting cotton AND she also wants me to incorporate the bright ORANGE fabric which is ok, but no pink! (told you it would get better)

    So anyway, that brings me to you. I have made a couple of quilts out of denim from new jeans and that was tough, but the fabric that I used with it, was the same weight. Now I have two different weights. I was going to do a log cabin and put a small pink square in the 'heart' as I think that will be acceptable, but on the other hand, it might stick out like a sore thumb and all you will see is pink dots all over this quilt.

    Any suggestions as to what block you would suggest I attempt. I have two yards of both and they are both 60 inches wide.

    Thanks for your help!
    Susan

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    i would not incorporate pink if they requested no pink-
    if the other fabrics are a lighter weight you could add a medium weight fusable interfacing to make them closer but often they turn out with different weights- a raggy quilt might be a good choice- with prehaps 4=patches-
    or the log cabin might be ok- if you interface the lighter fabrics- use the orange in the center-not pink-
    or a rail fence- or an eye spy--you could use the orange for the center bars on a rail fence- or do a log cabin with oranges on 2 sides & the camo on the other 2---there are lots of options- but a raggy may really be cute
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    If they have vetoed the pink, then I would leave it out. I would put a fusible innerfacing on the orange fabric if it's flimsy. A log cabin with the orange in the middle would look fine. Someone on here just did a lone star in camo and it looked amazing. There is also another quilt in Real Tree Camo on Qb. Try putting Real Tree Baby Quilt in the search feature.

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    No Pink, means NO pink!
    I'd follow the request. And keep to JUST the "official" orange addition.

    Keep it simple ... leave the camo as is, for the front or back of the quilt. with orange on the flip side. Then bind it in an orange. Then do your quilting in the orange .... perhaps that's where you could "baby-ify" it ... do the quilting in animal shapes? alphabet? baby's birth info (eg. date, weight, height, city, parents names)? etc?

    Re Log cabin etc. ... I think you may be frustrated with the work you put into it, and then it not showing, when it's all the same fabric.

    Good Luck!
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    I did the search on the Real Tree Baby Quilt as suggested by Tartan and I really like it! I don't do applique, so I would have to come up with something else, but I really like the concept. I have camo print fleece for the back, but I may forgo that and just use the orange on the back and do a wrapped binding.. that may work.

    Any other suggestions?

    Oh, I have also looked in the main forum where I posted this and I can not find it. I had to do a search on my name to be able to find this post.. why or what am I doing wrong?

    Susan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabriclovr View Post
    I did the search on the Real Tree Baby Quilt as suggested by Tartan and I really like it! I don't do applique, so I would have to come up with something else, but I really like the concept. I have camo print fleece for the back, but I may forgo that and just use the orange on the back and do a wrapped binding.. that may work.

    Any other suggestions?

    Oh, I have also looked in the main forum where I posted this and I can not find it. I had to do a search on my name to be able to find this post.. why or what am I doing wrong?

    Susan
    I would just do a rag quilt - maybe back the camo with the orange and alternate them checkerboard style so that the camo and the orange show on both sides? If you wanted, you could do something other than the usual "X" to hold the squares together.

    Definitely stay away from any and all pink. I know it's hard, but use only the camo and the orange requested.

    As far as the main forum, this probably dropped down from the first page. How many pages did you look back? It's showing in the main forum for me.

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    OMG ... I didn't know what the Realtree Camo was .... and thought camo was camo!
    I really like this stuff and would like to see it IRL ... though, yes, I would think of it as being somewhat dull for a child.

    Did you see this thread here on the Board?
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/pictures-f5/real-tree-baby-t171990.html


    You mentioned fleece ... what about using orange fleeve for the backing? and skip batting?
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    I thought about the rag quilt as well. I did one with the denim jeans and it was great. Did the quilting on the blocks before I put them together and then washed the H*** out of the quilt. Made a big mess, but what was fun is that I took it to the local Laundromat to use their large washers (it was a queen size quilt) and when I took it out of the washer, I knew what to expect with all of the strings, but the guy that was standing there (yes, it was a guy) turned white and said, OH MY GOSH, you have ruined you quilt! LOL I didn't have the heart to tell him it was supposed to look that way and just told him I would have to fix it.. LOL

    I am leaning more towards this type of quilt, a thin layer of warm and natural and then the orange on the back just might do the trick! Easy and quick and VERY warm AND they can throw it down on the ground and let the baby play without hurting the fabric.. Good idea, I think the answer is "Rag Quilt!"

    Thanks everyone!
    Susan

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    Yes QuiltE, I did see the picture and I think it is wonderful. Did you check out the link that I put in my 1st post? It has the orange fabric and I am not sure which pattern they are sending, it should be here sometime this week.

    I thought camo was camo till my daughter went into the Navy. She has everything from the standard issue green camo, sand camos to what they call 'blue diggies'. google blue navy digital camo and you will see what I mean. She has to spend a fortune on new uniforms every time someone changes their mind or she changes locations, (currently she is in Cuba) not to mention her dress blues, her cracker jacks (what everyone thinks of when you see someone in the navy, they are also know as dress whites) and her working uniform and her flack vest. Yes, she has to buy all of them, she does get reimbursed for some, but not all of the cost as they allow her 2 sets, she usually buys 3.

    Ok, I am ready to get to work on this, wish I knew when the mail man would be here! LOL
    Susan

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    I made a couple of changes to my profile and just wanted to see how they looked.
    Thanks to all for your suggestions.
    Susan

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