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Thread: Fastest, easiest, most economical patterns for charity quilts?

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    Fastest, easiest, most economical patterns for charity quilts?

    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.
    Linda

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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!
    If you don't work on it you'll never finish it.

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    Quote 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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    www.quilterscache I believe is the site and I alway click on quilt blocks galore to search alphabetically.

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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.
    Linda

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    Have you done Warm Wishes? That one is easy and goes quickly, yet looks rather impressive. You can make your blocks any size - large or small.
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    I've gotten to like the look of the Mile a Minute quilts. They sew quickly and are beautiful. Just vary the length of the strips. The width doesn't really matter as long as it is consistent.

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    Why not rag quilts!!! They are so quick & easy and everyone just seems to love them

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    Another one that works up quickly is Lucky Stars by Atkinson Designs. I've made quite a few in a wide variety of colorways and it always looks great! I've even used photo blocks for the center squares for something different. The block finishes to 15", so you could do 12 blocks and end up with 45"x60". No outer border necessary as the blocks are bordered. Very pretty!

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    Yellow Brick Road is easy, pinwheels are always nice. Single Irish Chain, Snowball, Nine Patch, and Rail Fence are all pretty basic and easy quilts.

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    Someone had a 'Take Two" quilt on here once and I think the pattern is on kickassquilts.com
    I looked it up and printed it and have made 3 of them so far. I, also, do not have much time to make quilts as I work full time out of the home and I do long arm quilting for customers. So I tend to do the quick quilts but yet don't just want simple squares, as you also said. The "Take Two" quilt is very cut and only requires 2 fabrics. (That also means that if you buy fabrics at Joann's with a coupon--it may be a little cheaper as you need larger quantities of fabric since there are only 2 fabrics per quilt). Good luck.

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    I like to do Disappearing 9 Patch or anything that starts with 6" squares. That is the width of my 24" ruler, so I can cut that size out really fast.

    I also do diagonal string quilts and "sew and flip" to use up scraps.

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    I like the pattern that Quilts for Kids uses...a 4 patch alternated with a same size block. The large block is usually a focal fabric and the 4 patch coordinating fabrics. Quick and easy and lots of versatility. Granted, repitition still can apply but may mix up with others that have been suggested....

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    I average 10 charity quilts a month for Project Linus. I do have a computerized quilting machine which quickly does the quilting. The local Proejct Linus coordinator makes a trek every 6 months to the Warm & Natural factory to load up on mill end batting. When I quilt for myself, I use Hobbs from http://www.longarmsupplies.net/hobbs...umblend96.aspx
    When buying the 96" x 30 yard roll and adding the shipping, the cost is less than $5 a yard and it is delivered to your doorstep.

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    I agree with the Quilts for Kids 4-patch with a focus square, also Warm Wishes, Take Two. Add to that Cheaper By the Dozen - using 12 fat quarters or Cheaper By the Half Dozen using 6 FQs. Turning 12 is another good one.

    Take 2 - http://www.kickassquiltsupplies.com/Share/taketwo.htm
    Warm wishes - http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/d....html?idx=5215
    quilts for kids 4-patch - http://www.quiltsforkids.org/pattern...quilt-pattern/

    The others are purchase patterns. Cheaper By the Dozen works up very quickly and looks great.
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    chinese coin uses all sorts of uglys and small bits looks great and cheerfull---basicly strips sewn together as a column can the put whole strips in between ---but use a light weigh foundation to keep them straight

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    No quilt suggestions, just a thank you to all who make charity quilts for those in need.

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    Go to www.quilterscache.com.
    Down at the bottom of the page click on quiltblocks galore. This will take you to a page full of the blocks in full color. Scroll through all 60 pages and check for the easiest looking blocks. You can make entire quilts from one block, or add more. The block sizes range from 1-16+ inches so it should be fairly easy to figure out how many blocks you need, then borders and binding to get the completed size you are looking for. One of the great things about this site and the instructions, is a drawn picture of a finished quilt using the block, complete with sashings, borders, and bindings.
    And Thank You for giving of yourself to those who need.
    Last edited by NanaCsews2; 09-07-2012 at 08:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lswan View Post
    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.
    Linda

    Find a source for the old traditional patterns. Many employ HST and will be attractive using just one big block then framing out the block in borders. I'd recommend my favorite book "1001 Patchwork Designs" by Maggie Malone, but then I've already done so a few dozen times. (tee hee) I just finished up a couple autism quilts using the multicolored jigsaw fabric (at Hobby Lobby) and gingham checks. One is done in pink and the other in blue using my favorite "Annie's Choice".

    Also, got to the QuiltersCashe site and pick a fairly simple block. Ignore her copyright threats------------she may own a block or two, but most that she uses have been in the public domain since her granny was in diapers.

    Another thing you might do, is just make 16 HST blocks each about 12 inches. Then just lay them out until you find an arrangement you like. You can finish out the size using borders.

    Keep your eye open for sheets, duvet covers and such. I've found items that are next to new and get them for peanuts. One of my favorites was a pretty pink (even though I hate pink) rose patterned sheet. My guess is that it had never been used. So I got what amounts to about 6 yards of fabric for $2 (Goodwill). I also bought a next to new reversible duvet cover in a $5 bag at a rummage sale--------rolled it up good so I had plenty of space for more stuff. I'd guestimate I got around 8 yards of beautiful fabric for about one dollar.
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    The Moda Bakeshop has tons of simple, attractive and free designs.

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