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Thread: *HELP* Block and Layout Suggestions

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    :roll: :?: :!: I am stumped, I think I have quilters block or whatever you want to call it. I started this over 7 months ago and have never had one stump me this long. I bought the fabric at Hancocks when they had they big blowout sale for $2 yard. Immediately thought of my sister, her favorite flower is the iris.Okay , here is what I do know:
    1.I want this to be lap-size.
    2. I want iris' somewhere on it.
    3. I don't want heirloom quality, just so she can curl up and watch tv.
    4 I want to use the colors below

    Now here is the whishy-washy part, Do i want:
    1. Large center applique w/ classic blocks around it.
    2.individual flower blocks w/ several borders.
    3. to use the other three flower in the fabric for blocks also.
    4. Scrap the applique and just make classic blocks and use the focus fabric as my border.

    I have searched google photos,the QB, my magazines & books,ordered books from Amazon. Nothing ! The Fabric part came easy this time, I collected it in three seperate shopping trips, but the pattern or layout part has me bumfuzzled.
    Here are the inspirational pics. and the part of the problem too.
    http://www.quilterscache.com/I/IrisWreathBlock.html
    http://www.quilterscache.com/D/DaffodilWreathBlock.html Make a tulip and whatever the other flower is to go with these. And then there is the Amish quilt site here: http://www.amishcountrylanes.com/PHP/Tour2007.php #'s 476 & 634 enter one less and it jumps to the next. Any suggestions or picture would be great! Thanks

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    I would do a simple bargello with the top fabrics and use the iris fabric for the border.

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    I would copy the larger picture substituting iris everywhere you see the tulips. That would give you two large blocks with large iris, and several small iris mixed in with the smaller multi-colored blocks of color. That one is unusual and very pretty. With your fabric It shouldn't be hard to do in a lap size. Good luck.

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    Look up 9 patch pizazz - you can then focus your iris without having to do applique. I also like the picture with the applique.

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    The fabric is pretty. I agree substitute the tulips with the iris.

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    I would use the iris print for a border.....pretty fabric btw

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    I love the colors you chose, I would make 9 patch blocks around several large iris flower prints with a small green inner border, wider green/purple border and a purple binding, using the rest with maybe 2-3 inch 9 inch stripes for the back. Make sense??

    check out this one, almost the same colors.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/PINK-PURPLE-...item4841783ca4

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    Quote Originally Posted by tealfalcon
    I would use the iris print for a border.....pretty fabric btw
    Thanks. That was my initial thought. I will probably do that. Now to figure out the rest. Keep the ideas coming

    :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmabby
    I love the colors you chose, I would make 9 patch blocks around several large iris flower prints with a small green inner border, wider green/purple border and a purple binding, using the rest with maybe 2-3 inch 9 inch stripes for the back. Make sense??

    check out this one, almost the same colors.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/PINK-PURPLE-...item4841783ca4
    Ohh, pretty! thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I would do a simple bargello with the top fabrics and use the iris fabric for the border.
    I have't done a bargello yet , are there any free patterns on the web. Are they simple to piece? Thanks :-D

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    here's a free paper pieced iris. Maybe do the first quilt example you have, use the PP iris for the 2 large applique block, then use the rest of your fabrics for the squares.

    http://piecebynumber.com/iris.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    here's a free paper pieced iris. Maybe do the first quilt example you have, use the PP iris for the 2 large applique block, then use the rest of your fabrics for the squares.

    http://piecebynumber.com/iris.htm
    Oh, that's gorgeous. I have not seen this one. Thank you.Definitely saved to favs.

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    Check out Mountain Peek Creations website for lots of patterns that use a focus fabric as a large blocks with other blocks around it.

    http://www.justitdist.com/mountainpeek.php

    You will need to scroll about half way down the page to start seeing patterns that would work for this - - i.e. Spot Light, Sidelight, Center Stage, Grand Stand, Arcadia, Times 3 are some that might work for you.

    These would be simple quilts to do and would showcase your central fabric.

    I would not use the iris fabric as a border fabric because the "blocks" on it are staggered so, to me anyway, the border would look "catty-wampus". I would use the iris fabric as my central/focus fabric in a large block or blocks.

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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Iris-Blossom...item1c044cfc56

    Here is a source for an embroidered iris if you would want to do that for your block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PWinston
    Check out Mountain Peek Creations website for lots of patterns that use a focus fabric as a large blocks with other blocks around it.

    http://www.justitdist.com/mountainpeek.php

    You will need to scroll about half way down the page to start seeing patterns that would work for this - - i.e. Spot Light, Sidelight, Center Stage, Grand Stand, Arcadia, Times 3 are some that might work for you.

    These would be simple quilts to do and would showcase your central fabric.

    I would not use the iris fabric as a border fabric because the "blocks" on it are staggered so, to me anyway, the border would look "catty-wampus". I would use the iris fabric as my central/focus fabric in a large block or blocks.
    Very nice quilts,like your suggestions. I didn't think about the catty-wampus effect on the border. Thanks. See, this is why I love this place. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Iris-Blossom...item1c044cfc56

    Here is a source for an embroidered iris if you would want to do that for your block.
    Beautiful. Thanks :D

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    I just saw a gorgeous quilt the other day. It was a log cabin with some broderie perse applique to accent it

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-153855-1.htm

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    Beautiful fabrics. If you want her to curl up on the couch with it you may want to limit the amount of applique you put on it. Your sister may not, but some people treat applique quilts as delicate and fragile and store them away. I would hate to see that happen to such a pretty quilt.

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    I like the picture of the little quilt underneath your fabric. I think I would fussy cut as many irises as possible for the small blocks and replace the tulips with the iris wreath pattern you gave the link to. Everyone has great suggestions, and with that goregous fabric, anything you choose will be fabulous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Iris-Blossom...item1c044cfc56

    Here is a source for an embroidered iris if you would want to do that for your block.
    wishing I now had an embroidery machine :cry:

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    You I like your theme, looking to make an Iris quilt one day myself :)

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    You want a throw around quilt, not heirloom. So then why not just use the Iris fabric as the whole center as the focus? Add borders and then quilt it around all the different size boxes and around the flowers.

    I'm not one that believes that every piece of fabric is made to be sliced up. Some say, just use me. :D

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    I really like the Nine Patch Pizazz idea.

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    In the Spring 2010 Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts there was a pattern for "Sunny Day" that would make up quick & would look very pretty with your focus fabric for the long strips joining the pieced strips rows. I used it as a pattern for a quilt top for my grandson using Hungry Caterpillar fabrics & it turned out really cute. Very easy to do & you could even work in some large squares of the focus fabric. You could probably find a picture of it at FonsandPorter.com. Good luck, pretty fabrics!

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    WOW! Lovely fabric, the floral is stunning.

    several suggestions.

    Is there a "natural" block in the fabric that you can cut without losing too much detail? a 12" or 16" or 25" or whatever? Cut there & then alternate with 4 blocks that total that square, made up of your coordinating fabric.

    Fussy cut the floral & border them with your coordinating fabric. 1 border or 2, bringing them to all the same dimension.

    Use all the flowers. They are stunning, and even tho sis loves irises, they go so well together, will add much interest in the quilt. :-)

    Use the floral as your center panel, just quilting around each element. Make the border sampler blocks, a variety of dif blocks that you enjoy making, or want to try.

    If that is too much work, narrow inner border, chinese coins, then wider outer border, all out of your coordinates, still with the floral as your panel.

    ...(keep me in mind for your leftovers, love love love that floral, me green with envy!)

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