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Thread: Easy but pretty pattern question

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200
    I hope I can find someone to go shopping with this weekend. I have a really hard time differenciating between the pinks, corals, and melons. They all look the same. I don't want to get a bunch of fabric that clashes instead of complimenting eachother.
    There should be a worker, if you go to Hancocks or Joanns or a lqs. They should be willing to help you pic some out that doesn't clash. I've even asked a fellow shopper or two if they thought the fabrics blend well. When I went to my lqs, I could not find anything that remotely matched the fabric I wanted. So I asked one of the workers. She pulled about 15 bolts that looked great. I still wonder where she got them from because I looked for 30 min and didn't see one! Don't be afraid to ask someone to help you.

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    http://www.quilterscache.com/L/LogCabinBlock.html

    There's the pattern for a 12" log cabin from Quilter's Cache. Instead of cutting indivdual pieces, cut strips. But---you only want one square, so I'm not sure it's worth it. But I sew the middle fabric strip to the first piece, then cut into segments and iron. Then I put the next strip under the machine and lay the sewn pieces onto the strip and do a continuous seam. Then I cut them apart and iron, and keep repeating. Just keep track of what side is up--usually the "handle" or last piece you added is on top, but not always.

    Is that at all understandable? :D

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    Melissa, we have the same situation. My MIL also broke her leg (she's 89), has Alsheimer's and is currently in the hospital. I made her a quilt. Take a look, it was easy:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/13083.page

    Another quilt pattern you might consider is Railroad Tracks. It goes together quickly. Good Luck.

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    Melissa, this is how you can do a log cabin. To make it easy, you can use just two fabrics. Lets say one fabric is white, and the other is floral. Ok, this is how you can do a 12" block. Cut a 3 1/2 inch square of floral (it will finish at 3 inches) Then, cut a couple of long strips of white fabric, 2"'s wide (these will finish at 1 1/2" strips) Also cut a couple of long 2" strips of floral fabric. Now, lay down your 3 1/2" floral square, right wide up, and lay a white strip along one edge and sew 1/4" seam. Then cut the white strip even with the bottom of the square. Now finger press open. Now, rotate your square, so that the small white strip is at the top, and to the right of that, sew another white strip, trim and press. Then rotate so second white strip is at the top, and sew a floral strip, trim and press, then another floral strip, then two more white strips, then two more florals, then two more whites, and two more florals, and you're done :) By the way, i've just been doing my first log cabin ever. I thought it would be so hard, but it is so easy, you will love it

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    As for the triangles, take a look at a tutorial posted by ShellyQ. I hope this will make that block easier!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/8342.page

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    Grandmothers fan and Dresden plate are 2 of my favorites. I always seem to keep going back to those patterns when deciding on a pattern for a new quilt. Good luck! Can't wait to see pictures!

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    Quiltwoman--wow, that quilt is beautiful! I bet your MIL loved to have it!

    I bookmarked the tutorial about half square and quarter square triangles a long time ago. I love it. I have used that trick with a few triangles I've had to work on and it was great.

    Barb-thanks!! Thanks for coming up with those measurements for me and the proper way to sew them. I've never made anything like it, but I think the finished product is sooo very pretty!

    That Log Cabin star in red and green was gorgeous! What a beautiful wall hanging to put up during the holidays where everyone can see them!

    I'm going shopping Friday morning for fabric. I'm hoping to get some help at the Hancocks. I just get nervous monopolizing the time of the person who works there. Sometimes, colors play tricks on me and there could be 4 different shades of peach/pink or pink/orange and they all look the same to me.


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    OKAY...ladies,

    It's time for the dreaded conversation about interfacing/webbing. I almost dread bringing it up since there are so many people who swear by it, and other's can't stand it. It's like going to Dallas and talking about the Kennedy assassination.

    So...since I've decided to put a dresden plate and grandmother's fan in the quilt, I remember liking applique', but it's been so long since I've done it, I don't remember how I did it. So...with these two blocks interfacing/webbing or no interfacing/webbing....that is the question.

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    picked out my fabric today. Hope to take a picture....but my camera.....broke. :?

    While I was planning on pastels for gramma, the rest of the family thinks that she can't see pastels and brights are better on her eyes. The sampler is a surprise for everyone so I didn't tell them I was making a quilt....but I think I just got roped into sending her flowers!!

    Picked two medium prints...one multicolored petunias and a psychedelic purple/blue flowery stuff. Then some small prints and tone on tone prints in purple, pink, green and blue. Then a solid yellow. Will post pics when I can. But these colors sure are interesting!

    M

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    Dear Melissa, so many ideas !! I like your idea of a sampler, especially if Grandma appreciates quilts. Also it will be a good learning experience for you. I'm the same as you when it comes to buying enough fabrics to use in each of the blocks. No one has ever really given me an answer, so I just but a lot. :lol: It can always be used on something else later.

    Have fun making this for Grandma and God Bless You, Grandma, and her caregivers.

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    Thanks. I hope to be able to take some pictures soon!

    M

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    Make one with fusible and one without...its all what YOU like. Everyone gets to pick :wink: :wink:

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    I made some applique for a quilt last year and didn't use ANYTHING but the applique and the quilt. Never again. I just wasn't sure the difference between fusible interfacing and fusible webbing.

    I went to my local places and I could buy a big container of it, or buy a small amount off the bolt. I think I'll go off the bolt, so we'll see what happens.

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    I started a thread that will include pics of the blocks as I made them. I thought the best way to thank you for your suggestions was to post pics as I went.

    Thanks so much everybody!!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/l...07.page#246791

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    If you want to send me your address, I'll send you cambells labels. My neice is too old to use them and I don't know anyone else who needs them.

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