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Thread: Quilt pattern level of difficulty???

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    Super Member glenda5253's Avatar
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    I would like to hear from you quilters that have made "Grandmother's Fan" as to the level of difficulty. I'm asking because that was the pattern that Mom used whenever a grandchild married. She would find out what the couple's favorite color was and make a queen size quilt for them. Since she passed away two years ago there has been one grandson to marry and another will marry in May. I'm thinking about continuing the tradition only with a scrappy GF from my stash. So how would you rate this pattern, please?

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    I thought it was easy. You just keep making fans (or Dresden plates if you go in a full circle) until you have enough, then machine applique them onto squares.

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    I haven't tried it, but it sounds nice.

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    That is great of you to continue the tradtion. I've never made one so can't answer as to the difficulty. Good luck.

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    I think they are fairly easy, although I hand applique onto blocks. Either way, to make it easier to applique, I like to make points on the ends by sewing straight across the ends of the wedges. I'll post a picture of one I made.
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    rusty quilter - I remember Mom pieced her fans, had not thought of doing machine applique. Thanks for your response.

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    Pamela - Your quilt is beautiful! Another applique, huh? Mom's points were rounded like a half circle and the little triangle was white on white or muslin (I think). Thanks for your response!

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    I like this one with the lace on it.
    http://www.quilterscache.com/G/Grand...sFanBlock.html

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    Glenda, I've made them before with the rounded edges, but making points makes the edges already to hand applique whereas the rounded pieces all need to be turned under before appliqueing. Anything to make less work for myself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I like this one with the lace on it.
    http://www.quilterscache.com/G/Grand...sFanBlock.html
    My first full-size quilt was like this. I made it in the late 80's and hand pieced and quilted the whole thing. Everything looks perfect. Wish I could do that well now! It was an easy pattern that turned out very well.

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