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Thread: Advice on a Block

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    I'm looking for a quilt block/pattern that will showcase a fabric that has a larger print on it (it has baby jungle animals). I want to use it without distorting what the print is.

    Any suggestions on blocks that might work or have worked for you in the past? I'm looking for something in the 6"-8" range, finished.

    Kristy

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    http://www.claudiasquiltshoppe.com/photogallery.htm

    If you peruse these gallery pictures, you will notice that sometimes, there are big blocks with patterns in between. There are many galleries and Claudia always has a free block of the month project that is part of a bigger quilt. I don't know if you enjoy exploring websites, but if you do, this is a site worth studying. I don't know how big your pictures are in your fabric, but with fussy cutting, you can really make an impressive quilt with the focus subjects and some strips, squares or triangles.
    Be sure to be ready to post a picture of some of your work :P for inspiration for others.

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    Really big disappearing 9 patch? If you put the animals where the hearts are http://blocksnswaps.blogspot.com/200...g-9-patch.html, and then a complimentary fabric for the strips that get cut up, it will show your animal print. Plus this pattern makes such a cool quilt when it's done. As long as you start with all equal size squares, you can do this in any size you want

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    Most warm wishes patterns call for a 6 inch focus block, but I would think with a bit of math you could up the size.

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    The BQ quilt pattern has an option for a 6 inch block and is great for a fabric you want to showcase.

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    I have made a 9-patch and alternated it with a square of feature fabric. I made sure that the color in the 9-patch included color from the feature fabric and fabric that contrasts.

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    Thansk everyone for the help. I'm still debating on blocks but I spent some quality time with EQ6 last night and I've narrowed it down. Once I get a test block done this weekend, I'll post it to show the results!

    Kristy

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    Looking forward to it!

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    So, I put together a few blocks and I'm relatively happy with the way they came out. I'll need to be careful of how I cut the centre block to make sure I get the animals in it, but you get the idea.

    There are two different block colourings. I'm hoping this will give it more of a plaid type look.

    There are pictures attached.

    Kristy

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    Four blocks together
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    I LOVE IT!!! That is going to make an adorable quilt :D :D :D Good Job!!!

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    What a fun design ! Great for a baby :lol:

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    good choice ..!

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    That is adorable!! Center those babies and it's A+++++++++!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Someone mentioned in another thread that to fussy cut blocks it works well to cut a "frame" from cardboard with the size block you want. Then you can place it around on the fabric and really see what you can get.

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    Super cute!!!

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    I read somewhere that you needed to cut the center out of the cardboard template 1/4" seam allowance, then you can see exactly what will be left when you put the seams allowances around it ... is that part of the viewing system? Or did I just make it more difficult? Cereal boxes are a good weight cardboard and cutting that center out with that nifty craft knife (can't remember what it is called :oops: ) should make quick work of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    I read somewhere that you needed to cut the center out of the cardboard template 1/4" seam allowance, then you can see exactly what will be left when you put the seams allowances around it ... is that part of the viewing system? Or did I just make it more difficult? Cereal boxes are a good weight cardboard and cutting that center out with that nifty craft knife (can't remember what it is called :oops: ) should make quick work of it!
    I think it's called an xacto knife? I think it's that kind that eddie used when he was showing us how to make the name plate quilts.

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    That would be the one! LOL Thank you!

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    Great job and welcome from Maine.

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    That's going to be so cute when you finish. Please show us pictures when you're finished.

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