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Thread: Easy but pretty pattern question

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    Super Member mpeters1200's Avatar
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    I need your help.

    My gramma is in her 80's and has just been placed in a nursing home. She shattered her leg and has to recuperate there for 3-4 months. She also has Alzheimer's and she may not get to come home...but I'm not thinking about that.

    I consider myself a beginner. I hate triangles, but will do them if necessary. I am trying to find a pattern, that is easy to do, but pretty. I've seen patterns that are easy but cute...good for juvenile prints...but I wants something pretty. I'll probably make it with florals and pastel solids. I want something that an older lady will delight in, but easy enough for me to get done.

    Do you guys have any ideas? I don't have a stash to speak of, so I'll have to go purchase fabrics. Purchasing fabrics off the bolt is usually cheaper than fat quarters, but it depends on how the pattern is written. I can't seem to calculate yardage/fat quarters well. If yardage is given, I get that, if Fat Quarters numbers are given, then I get those. I can't seem to go back and forth between the two.

    I'll be hand quilting it and it will be a lap or slightly long lap size.

    Any ideas?

    Melissa
    p.s. I was thinking about a sampler, but I've never done one before and wouldn't even know where to start.

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    http://quiltmaker.com/patterns/patt4/

    I have made this several times. It is really easy, can use all sorts of prints and goes together quickly. I've made it in twin, as in the picture, and also in a lap quilt size.
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    bowtie blocks are very pretty, old fashioned, easy, and fun. You can do them scrappy or planned.

    http://quilting.about.com/od/blockof..._tie_quilt.htm

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    Here is a 4 patch variation that looks quite easy

    http://www.geocities.com/quiltfrenzy...edfrenzy2.html

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    The yellow brick road pattern is a great one. If you search yellow brick road you will find lots of pictures of ones completed by people in the board.

    Don't let the yardage vs fat quarter thing confuse you. Every two fats is 1/2 a yard off of the bolt.

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    Log cabins are easy and you can arrange in a lot of settings.

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    Oh--I was thinking of the same pattern as LoriJ--but I used 4 fabrics for the strip block... here's mine. Boy--this is easy and fast! :D I made my Grandmother a Friendship Star....but it was scrappy, so hard to do without stash. I made her a Log Cabin wall hanging--that's pretty fast too. But the one below is the quickest! The most challenging part is choosing fabrics! :wink:
    I sold the Sunflower one--but Sunny Day is all mine. :D
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    What about Puss-in-the-Corner? http://quiltzine.com/printblocks06.html there aren't any triangles and it looks a bit more spiffy than a regular nine patch.

    Thanks to my Secret Santa I also have a beautiful pattern for a Churn dash, but mine seems to be different than the free patterns I'm seeing online.

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    What about a rag quilt. They go together quick and you would not have to quilt it. I made one for my GM who is also in a nursing home and she loves it. Here is the pic of her with it.
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    ccbear--that's a great idea. I call them a "HUG-TO-GO"!!! :D

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    You mention the idea of a sampler quilt... heres a link to the one I made my Gran for last christmas
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/5324.page

    I was able to choose the blocks so they had a special meaning. The first quilt I did was a sampler, on a course.

    I dont know if theres a quilt shop local to you that could advise you, or maybe someone on here lives close to you?

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    This probably isn't what you want but I made a fleece cut and tie for my aunt in the nursing home. She loved how warm and snuggly it was. She took it everywhere with her. She was 101 when she finally passed and she wanted to be buried in it. Made me feel good that she loved it so. What ever you decide to make for her, she will love!

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    So many things to choose from!

    I won't make Gramma a fleece no sew thing. I made one for my mother. She was in a nursing home for years before her death. She loved hers and it kept her warm, but Gramma has an admiration for quilts. She's never made them, and didn't even see one until someone for the ladies aide made a Lonestar that hung in my mother's room.

    I like the rag quilt, but I've never made one before. I also like the first pattern where there were 3 different pictures to it. The sunflower one was really pretty.

    Looking at the sampler though, most of the same blocks I had set aside in case I ever made a sampler. They are so beautiful....I think I'd like to make one like it.

    Now the hard part...picking out the blocks and how much fabric to get to make 6-9 different blocks. It only needs to be lap size and she's short. Different blocks I could quilt different ways. I bet it would be cute on the back.

    Thank you every one so much. Now...I have to get out my graph paper and start measuring stuff....

    M

    ps I picked 9 blocks. Now I need to decide on size of blocks. I've picked, in no particular order:

    1. Grandmother's Fan
    2. Chimneys and Cornerstones
    3. Maple Leaf
    4. Patience Corders
    5. Grandmother's Choice
    6. Friendship Star
    7. Log Cabin
    8. Fancy Stripes
    9. Dresden Plate

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    Melissa, that sounds wonderful what you've picked out. I'm wondering, with 9 blocks, that would make your quilt square, right? If you do 12 blcoks, it would make a rectangular quilt. What if, you took one of the blocks, and made 4 blocks, and put one on each outside corner? That's just if you would like it rectangular. If you do 12" blocks, you would do 3 blocks by 4 blocks, and if you do a 2" sashing between all blocks, and for a border, your quilt would measure 44 x 58, i think :)

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    Barb I was looking at either a finished 2 in or 3 in sashing. I'm tossing around the idea of using the same fabric, or a contrasting fabric for a border. I got approx 44 x 58 in my measurements too. My gramma is very short and is still shrinking. She didn't start out very tall, but she's just a shade over 4 foot now. My 7 year old is almost her height. I want to make sure it's not too big and bulky or she won't be able to manipulate it over herself without causing pain or injury. Lap size is good as her lap is smaller than others and it would fit her good.

    I'm hoping to go fabric shopping one of these Fridays coming up...but I hate to go out in that Christmas shopping crowd.

    Normally, my shopping is done by November 1st so I don't have to deal with the crowds. I hate crowds. This year, I'm STILL not done. So, the kids will get a few things from Santa this year and everything else mommy and daddy will get them AFTER Christmas. If I'm going to wait out the crowds, I might as well wait until the after Christmas sales start!!

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    Does anyone know patterns for the following squares that involve strip piecing? I've come across patterns for each of these blocks, but I'm sure some of them can be done with strips instead of individually cut squares/rectangles.

    Fancy Stripes (I just don't want to cut all those triangles individually)
    Maple Leaf
    Patience Corners
    Grandmother's Choice
    Friendship star
    Log Cabin.


    Thanks!

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    I've always thought that Quilters Cache has the easy way to do the block if your only doing one or two of each.

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    I'm definitely only making one block of each kind. I should just keep looking at and reading over the patterns until I'm comfortable cutting all those pieces.


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    You can do it!!!!! Just take a deep breath and CUT!!

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    Thanks for your vote of confidence. I'm hoping to have a little left over from the budget this week to go get some fabric. Originally, I was going to get some pastel solids off the bolt and floral FQ's, but I may have to get it all off the bolt. Hancocks is having a 50% off sale and I want to make sure I get some fabric.

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    It might be cheaper to get your fabric off the bolt. I feel lucky when I can get fat quarters for $1 so anything that is priced less $4 a yard is saving money off FQ sale price.

    I think you should tackle each block one at a time. Start with an easier one like your Chimney's and Cornerstones, or your log cabin. Cut the fabric you need for just one block sew and then move on to the next one. That way if you decide one is going to be a problem and you need to change some things around a bit you will have flexiblity to do so.

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    That's a great idea! I wouldn't have any idea into which order to put them, but I definitely want to do one at a time. It's easier to keep all the directions together. I have horrible visions of cutting for Pattern A and then following the sewing directions for Pattern B.

    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.

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    Log Cabin is easily done in strips!! I lay strips out and just keep adding each block....

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    The pattern for the log cabin that I have is paper piecing. So I'm actively seeking out a different pattern. I'm already going out of my norms to do a sampler, I don't want to implement a ton of new piecing techniques into it.

    Are there hard and fast rules about assembling a Log Cabin? I'm not talking about color or history as that's a different thread, just how to put it together. What size are these strips supposed to be? How do I lay out the strips to make sure the lights are on one side and the darks on the other. I think I should go google Log Cabin and see what I can find. I want the finished size to be 12".

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    http://mccallsquilting.com/golden/mg38_pattern/

    Check out this log cabin star using strips--very easy! I used $1/yard sale fabric since it was a wall hanging. Did not take long at all. I omitted the stars in the corners and just bound the big star. It's hanging in my family room as we speak. :wink:

    Log cabin star w/ strips--super easy!!
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