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Thread: Another member needing some pattern suggestions

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    Super Member Rachelcb80's Avatar
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    I am going to be making a quilt for my dad this year (hopefully by Father's Day). I've found three fabrics so far that I'm going to use in it and I plan on adding a few more. It's going to be kind of scrappy, in a masculine way. :) He's a car guy and loves his Harleys so I'm putting together some fabrics that go with those interests. One of my fabrics (as you can see in the picture) has a bigger pattern on it that you really need to cut bigger to see and enjoy the random pattern. I don't want to do something as simple as plain squares for my quilt, but I don't want something so complex the pattern takes away from the fabrics. I was thinking just half square triangles all over, or maybe even hourglasses. Anyone care to share some suggestions?

    Regarding the fabrics, I plan to add a flame print one (getting some orange color in there) and hopefully something with some blue in it. I have enough black/grey already with the three pictured.

    Edit to add: Eek! Sorry for the poor picture quality. I just snapped it real quick with the camera. My settings must be off.
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    Power Poster MadQuilter's Avatar
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    I would do a square in a square using the large motif as the center point.

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    Senior Member patty48's Avatar
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    I made my husband an attic window quilt with motorcylces in each window. Flames on the back....he loves it

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    Super Member wesing's Avatar
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    The alternating 4-patch like the Downy quilts is a good way to showcase a fabric with a large pattern. We made 2 that way with 4.5" squares and 2.5" 4-patch squares. To provide some variety you should use at least 5 or 6 different fabrics for the 4-patch squares.


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    Moderator tlrnhi's Avatar
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    Yellow Brick Road would work for it. They are big blocks that are put together that would show alot of the fabric detail.

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    Super Member Oklahoma Suzie's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I would do a square in a square using the large motif as the center point.
    great idea.

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