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Fastest, easiest, most economical patterns for charity quilts?

Old 09-07-2012, 09:06 AM
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I make lap quilts to give chemo/cancer patients. I don't get many fabric donations, so I buy most of the fabric myself. I try to find garage sales, not too much luck. However what I need are some pattern ideas for quilts about 52 or so by 60 something (can be flexible) that are:
-don't use just big blocks of fabric sewn together
-don't use a million little small pieces
-are quick, easy, and look nice (time is of the essence when I get a name)

-I don't care if the patterns are free or not, I would buy them
After making the same pattern 10 times in a row, I get crazy. Thank you for reading this. If you can recommend something that would fit the bill, I would be grateful.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:18 AM
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I just copied a scrappy pattern from quilters cache page 59 I think, it was the highest number page. The pattern is Nine Patch- Straight Furrows. It is a easy one and you can use a lot of different fabrics.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:22 AM
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check out the Craftsy BOM, its free, I also make charity quilts (9 last month) I did the asterik block mixed with the wonky cut, (3 of those) then I did the wonky star over and over and now I'm doing disappearing 9 patch. These are all fast & easy. Oh of course I make string quilts and have a hanger that I keep adding extra strips to. When I have enough I use them up! Keeps my sewing room organized too
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:32 AM
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The double slice layer cake pattern on the Missouri Star Quilt co. site looks nice and its fast and easy. You could certainly cut your own squares to any size rather than buying the layer cakes.

http://quiltingtutorials.com/all/dou...uilt-tutorial/
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:32 AM
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Disappering 9 Patch is fun and easy: http://quiltsatcs.blogspot.com/2007/...-tutorial.html

No waste flying geese is fun...do groups of four to make larger block: http://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf

and here is a scrappier version: http://thelastpiece.typepad.com/the_...utorial-1.html

and a wonky star block...this this one would be right up you alley: http://thesillyboodilly.blogspot.com...-tutorial.html

Snowball blocks are fun too...use the cut off corners for borders

Hope this helps. I make charity quilts too and always looking for FUN blocks
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:54 AM
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I like the Disapearing Four Patch blocks and they are fast and pretty. I forgot about that pattern until I saw it featured on the quiltingboard Facebook page with star sashing.
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Linda, I forgot about this web site someone shared: http://www.genxquilters.com/p/block-library.html Boat load of blocks there for you to try!
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by crafty pat View Post
I just copied a scrappy pattern from quilters cache page 59 I think, it was the highest number page. The pattern is Nine Patch- Straight Furrows. It is a easy one and you can use a lot of different fabrics.
I am sorry, I don't know how to navigate to the place you said. I tried doing a search for Nine Patch-Straight Furrows, but I could not find it either. Where is quilter's cache?
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:31 AM
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www.quilterscache I believe is the site and I alway click on quilt blocks galore to search alphabetically.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:41 AM
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Patski,
Well, you knocked me over when you said you did 9. It takes me over 2 weeks to do one. Since you make so many, where do you get the batting and fabric because you use so much? Do you buy the batting bulk? I thought I was above a beginner quilter, but I am thinking maybe I am not as I do not have the speed and output. Yikes.
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