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    can't decide on a pattern

    This summer I have family coming in from Europe to visit. My cousin's granddaughter is coming with them. She is 10 and I was thinking I would like to make a quilt to take home with her. I can't decide on a pattern.

    Everyone here is so good with ideas I thought I could just ask you guys for ideas.

    I am thinking of a not so difficult pattern so I can get it done fairly quick. I don't want to buy anymore fabric - I have bills to pay

    I have these fabrics that go together nicely that I bought and then changed my mind.

    The blue cuddle on the bottom is for the back. What do you guys think? What pattern should I make ?Name:  100_6667.JPG
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    Beautiul colors. The first thing to come to mind would be a DP9 or a simple 9-Patch. Both of these are my go to patterns for quick and easy and simple and cozy.
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    Warm wishes always looks good to me.

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    Is this something she could make with you? Keep her busy, and make a memory? Maybe a rail fence she could cut and layout and stitch.

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    Warm Wishes is my go to quick quilt!!!

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    DP9 with the star pattern in the center, the blue as the side pieces and the tan in the tiny square. It will look great.

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    Are you making this or do you intend for her to do it with your help? It depends on her interest and skills. Even a simple quilt made of alternating squares can be fun for a beginner. There would be very little matching of seams but the order of the squares can make an interesting design, such as Trip Around the World. It could be tied--another technique for her to learn and do on her own.

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    I might use the 3 fabrics for the MSQC Strip Butterfly pattern. Another good one is the MSQC Pins and Paws cat pattern in just the 2 blue fabrics. They are both easy patterns and I find young people like an easily recognizable pattern.

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    I'm from Germany, and you may find that European tastes are different than American. I would wait until you meet her - at that age she already knows what she likes and may not be a fan of blues but instead would like animal prints or a modern purple graphic. If you're going to have her help, perhaps a string quilt would work - it's what I usually use to teach a beginner.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Carpenter's star is a free pattern and very quick, I think it would be lovely with your 2 blues for the star and the white
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    thanks everyone - warm wishes and DP9 patch. Those would be quick


    DP9 with the star pattern in the center, the blue as the side pieces and the tan in the tiny square. It will look great.
    How would I make that work? I have never made a DP9 honestly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I might use the 3 fabrics for the MSQC Strip Butterfly pattern. Another good one is the MSQC Pins and Paws cat pattern in just the 2 blue fabrics. They are both easy patterns and I find young people like an easily recognizable pattern.
    that butterfly one is cool... I've never made that one before ....

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    [QUOTE=meyert;8076502]This summer I have family coming in from Europe to visit. My cousin's granddaughter is coming with them. She is 10 and I was thinking I would like to make a quilt to take home with her. I can't decide on a pattern.

    I'd be inclined to go for a panel that depicts an area she will be visiting.

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    If she doe not like your color choice, maybe the cousins would purchase her choice at your favorite fabric quilt store...and everyone helps make it as a group project. Eleanor Burns book Still Stripping is full of strip ideas or look up Quick Quilts in a Google search. Teresa down under has free video patterns, www.quiltcache.com has over 1600 free patterns. Moda and other main fabric productors have free patterns on their web sites. Some are always for the beginner quilters for quick quilts. I do agree with the others on their ideas, and tutorials are available on QB section of tutorials.

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    What a lovely thought! A quilt would be a wonderful gift.
    A consideration would be the extra weight for the return trip. Airline weight limits can add to extra costs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by institches33 View Post
    What a lovely thought! A quilt would be a wonderful gift.
    A consideration would be the extra weight for the return trip. Airline weight limits can add to extra costs.
    my sister in law has already volunteered to ship it via Fed Ex they would rather do that than pack it

    thanks for all of your thoughts and suggestions. I hope to get started this weekend (at least a little bit of a start )

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    I think your fabrics would make a great rail fence. If you cut the strips a little larger, it will go faster and you would need fewer blocks.
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    A rail fence with diamonds was posted in the Pictures section today. You have just enough colors for it.

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    I don't believe I've seen the DP9 with star in center. Pattern? Thanks

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    Walkabout by Ann Lauer of Grizzly Gulch Gallery is an easy quilt that looks harder than it is. I have done a Carpenter's Wheel, and it's a good easy pattern, but Walk About is easier. It can be done with 3 main fabrics that contrast with each other. If I was going to attempt either of them with an new quilter, I'd have her cut the squares for the half square triangles a little larger than needed and she could sew around them and learn to cut the diagonals, and then learn how to square them up.

    Do you speak their language? If not, you may find your young visitor eager to practice her English on you. Many Europeans are required to learn it in school. The neat thing about quilting is that learning it is mostly a visual process, and you can both teach and learn a lot with no words.
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