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    nervous about starting new project

    My post master, she is such a wonderful lady. She asked me to make her a child sized quilt using a hand embroidered dresser cover(I'm not sure what the real name of it would be). It has a few animals and her daughters name on it. It's very pretty. She said that it made it through a housefire years ago with only a little stain they couldn't get out. Her daughter passed when she was young and she doesn't have alot left that was hers. She gave me freedom to make her the quilt with anything I wanted and however I wanted. I told her that I'm to afraid to cut it so I'm just going to add it in without cutting it at all.
    I'm so nervous because she doesn't have alot of her daughters and I want her to be happy with it. I just worry sometimes that it won't be good enough. She wants this to use on the back of her chair for a while and when her granddaughter is old enough, she will pass it on her her. I have one chance with it and I hope I can make it perfect. Wish me luck!!!

    Would you think 30's repro's would be appropriate to put with it???
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    How sweet - Heather you can do this - I have pure confidence in you. This will be a beautiful quilt.
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    I think 1930 reproductions would be pretty with it. Something with soft colours as not to over power the embroidered piece. I would add a nice fabric border to the original piece leaving the original intact. I would then sew quilt blocks to go around it to make it a lap sized quilt or baby sized for the grand daughter. How flimsy is the fabric? It might need a light weight fusible on the back to prolong it's life in a quilt.

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    You could treat it as you would a log cabin. Using 30's would be perfect. You could also use the around the world pattern idea using a different color for each round. Long strips to each side, shorter to top and bottom. Good idea from Tartan to reinforce the center panel with fusible or just layer a piece of white behind it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflies5518 View Post
    How sweet - Heather you can do this - I have pure confidence in you. This will be a beautiful quilt.
    I sure hope so!!! I'm not feeling very confident today. I will take is slow so I don't mess it up at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I think 1930 reproductions would be pretty with it. Something with soft colours as not to over power the embroidered piece. I would add a nice fabric border to the original piece leaving the original intact. I would then sew quilt blocks to go around it to make it a lap sized quilt or baby sized for the grand daughter. How flimsy is the fabric? It might need a light weight fusible on the back to prolong it's life in a quilt.
    yes, the fabric will have to have a stabilizer added to the back. It is pretty thin. That way I know it will last for many many years. I've gotta do some errands, but I will try to pick some fabrics tonight for the audition to see how well they go.
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    that is darling. it's just perfect for the center of a quilt. from looking at your previous pictures of your quilts and your quilting, there's no doubt that this one will turn out just terrific.
    Nancy in western NY

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    I agree that the 1930s soft colors would be a great choice.

    I'd back the center panel with a washed muslin instead of a fusible, mainly because I wouldn't trust a fusible to last forever. I would probably use a dissolvable thread to baste the panel to the muslin.

    I like the idea of bordering the panel before adding blocks. This frames the panel, plus you can make the bordered size a good one for adding blocks.

    Not sure I would go the log cabin route for this. Perhaps some kind of star blocks? Or perhaps pinwheels.

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    You might consider showing your post master what you have come up with before you actually start sewing it. I suspect you would appreciate the input and she would appreciate your thoughtfulness. Plus you would feel more confident with what you are doing. I have made quilts for friends, but with their input, I think we were all happier.

    The dresser cover is so sweet.

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    Oh that is really a nice piece she has for you to use in the quilt. I agree I think the 30's prints would look really good with it. Your work is really nice, you can do an excellent job on this, she will love it!

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