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    Blue and white quilt ideas

    Hi all,
    I am working on two quilts right now, and also want to start a blue and white for myself. I like stars, but am still pretty much an advanced beginner, don't want to paper piece, and I get BORED easily! Do you know of any samplers that are not too hard and I could do in blue and white? Also, it is always hard to tell in pictures, but in most traditional blue and white quilts, are there shades of blue? They often look like one shade of blue.
    Thanks,
    Nancy
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    I definitely would want shades of blue. The first ones I though of were Log Cabin and Double Irish Chain, but neither has stars, though a LC can be laid out to resemble a Lone Star. A Carpenter Star is not hard. I haven't done smaller stars like the Ohio Star, but they aren't complicated. If you get bored easily, as I do, then look into a Carpenter Star.

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    They're gorgeous! I just can't tell what ones are doable by relative beginners!
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    Thanks, Irish rose! Will do!
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    mostly, i just wanted to show you that working with shades of blue is quite lovely. Click on a few that appeal to you. you'll find out a lot more that way.
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    Here you go. look at her others listed on the left side, too.
    http://www.maryquilts.com/carpenter-star/

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    This one doesn't have stars, but I was pleased with it. It has the blocks set on point, which was new to me. Other than that, it is a nine patch and a fence rail, alternating. I consider myself an advanced beginner, and that sort of matches what you were saying about yourself.

    I am sending this, just in case it is something like what you are looking for

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    Thanks, Debra K, I get it now! And thank you, Dina, I like that a lot! Irish Rose, I love her stuff! Beautiful!
    Nancy
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    the 'Alex Anderson's Keep on Quilting' book is a great sampler style star blocks book- i did the quilt once in all creams/whites- it came out so great- i bet in blues & white it would be stunning- it is a great book for a (fairly new) quilter- one of our lqs' used it as a 'saturday sampler' program one year & none of the newbies had any trouble completing their quilt - yet those of us who were more advanced really enjoyed it too- i highly recommend it for anyone looking for a sampler style quilt- & stars.
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    Thanks, ckcowl! I will go,check it out!
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    That google search of blue and white quilts.....aren't they spectacular?!!!!

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    I love blue and white after seeing blue and white quilts, Jan! I never did until I saw some gorgeous quilts online on Pinterest, now I want to do my entire house in French blue and white!
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    http://quiltville.blogspot.fi/2005/0...ue-heaven.html
    I'm making this one in blues and naturals - mostly off-white- for my nephew for Christmas. As a matter of fact, Bonnie Hunter's quilts are easy and you can always substitute your own colors and they are never boring!

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    I did a Star Sampler once. You can go to http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html and find star blocks suitable for your skill level (there are tons). It turned out to be the best quilt I've ever made.
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    I agree Jan - those quilts are amazing!! Thanks DebraK for the link!

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    Thanks for the links, ladies! I am off to explore!
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    I have done several blue and white samplers by simply browsing through books of block patterns and picking the ones I like. "Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks" are also good. I have made samplers that include a variety of sizes as well as those that are all the same size. "Sylvia's Bridal Sampler" and "Dear Jane" both use smaller blocks, and I did a DJ variation in blues and white. I like a mix of blues from dark/navy to light to turquoise to gray/blue.

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    All I can say is WOW, they are all beautiful. I could not decide which I liked best.

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    omg! so many beautiful quilts
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    DebraK,

    Thank you for the blue page! WOW! Also I love your PEAR quilt.
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    The awesome thing about quilting is that there are so many options and variations available to us, regardless of skill level. You can take any pattern in 2 colors and change it up by using many fabrics and shades of the 2 colors rather than just the 2 original fabrics and it will still be beautiful and striking. This is a great way to use up scraps too! I saw a quilt, here on the board I think, that was amazing. It had 2 colors, scrappy, and was stars set in an Irish Chain. The stars were sampler, each different, and scrappy. The background was offwhites and pale neutrals, also scrappy. The chain was done with darks of the main color, but scrappy. I just loved it. I am thinking it may have been a blue and white/neutral but am not sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    WOW! What a beautiful site! Thanks for sharing the eye candy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nancylee View Post
    Hi all,
    I am working on two quilts right now, and also want to start a blue and white for myself. I like stars, but am still pretty much an advanced beginner, don't want to paper piece, and I get BORED easily! Do you know of any samplers that are not too hard and I could do in blue and white? Also, it is always hard to tell in pictures, but in most traditional blue and white quilts, are there shades of blue? They often look like one shade of blue.
    Thanks,
    Nancy
    My first quilt was the Ohio star, which I did in 2 colors...Mine was solid yellow and a small blue flower pattern...

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    Oh my Gosh, that was serious blue and white quilt overload! Thank you for that. It is wonderful. Never knew one could do that with Google. Learn something new every day.
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