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Thread: Help with 2nd block

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    I am making this quilt for my mother in law. I love the Fons & Porter ruler and have made these with 3.5 strips. The blocks I have are about 18.5 inches which is a bit big but ok. I am planning on 6 of these (4 of which are done) and something else to alternate with them.

    I want to keep the other blocks also pink and white but maybe a little more scrappy. I also want to use the 3.5 strips I already have cut. . . I have the flying geese ruler also - but they seem to big. Any idea's? You EQ quilters out there always are a huge help! :)

    I think I would be better off with a block not quite that big - then put a white boarder around it. I have to admit I am still not very consistant with my sewing.
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    Very pretty !! ;-)
    What about a scrapy 9 patch or maybe that would make it too busy looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAB55
    Very pretty !! ;-)
    What about a scrapy 9 patch or maybe that would make it too busy looking.
    Ooooh, I love that idea!

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    HOw about the snowball with maybe a small design inside of snowball.... :) nice quilt

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    maybe also a snow ball about center with plain pink above and below. trying to explain what I think I am seing. :) your block... then a block that has top (pink) middle ? snowball. under snow ball (pink) or house a white snowball with a pink square? hmmm lol have fun

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    I would be inclined to do scrappy squares in between. I don't think it would be too busy as the ribbon squares are quite simple in design. I don't have EQ but I am sure one of the EQ'ers may oblige.

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    I was thinking a scrappy 9 patch - but then thought that would be to busy . . . .I just don't know!!! :)

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    Sorry about the post and run.

    OK. Essentially, you're working with a 36 patch block. So to keep that grid, if you did a 9 patch, each of the patches would be 6" square. That's a big "splotch" and would overpower, I think, your ribbons (which are supposed to be the stars in the quilt, right?).

    Also, you said you wanted to use the strips you've already cut, which makes perfect sense.

    Here's two versions of using a scrappy block for the alternate in your quilt layout.

    The first is a 36 patch scrappy. It's okay, but at some edges it butts up against the ribbon, and that really bugs me. :roll: I don't why, but it does.

    The next pic uses 25 patch, using your cut strips, but surrounds the block with a 1.5" (finished) strip of the white. That does a couple of things. First it won't touch the ribbon (see above). And secondly, you can make it a bit bigger and then trim the block down to exactly 18.5", as you mentioned you were still a little unsure of getting a perfect 1/4" seam. Nothing wrong with that. I do it all the time. And in the end, your blocks will go together much easier.

    I tried it with a 16 patch surrounded by white but it wasn't symmetrical - and I'm in a particularly anal mood, so that also was bugging me.

    As you can see, I also only used 5 ribbon blocks because of the symmetry - but that's just me. You do what you want.

    This quilt, with a 1" white border and 3" pink border, measures 62" square.

    Wait, the pictures aren't working. I'll put them in another post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    9 patch would be too blocky.
    Give me a couple of minutes and I'll show you.
    Holding my breath . . I am so excited. . .!! :)

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    This better work. And remember, this is quick and dirty.

    36 Patch Scrappy Alternate
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    25 Patch Scrappy Alternate w/ white border
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