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    Fun project for 2018

    What would be a fun project for our small quilt group, of ten women, to do this year?? We meet weekly at my house. And are looking for ideas of what others do as a group.
    We did a shoe box quilt last year and that was fun. The year before we did a mystery quilt. So something along those lines would be great. Any ideas would be very much appreciated.

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    how about string blocks, maybe with the same fabric kite center... usually makes a stunning quilt and will help with all those scraps we seem to have.
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    There are eight ladies in my group, one year we decided to make a "house" quilt and swap blocks with each other. So I made 8 blocks with the same pattern but colours that I thought each person would like and added embellishments. A few people asked for one colour sky and they gave each of us a piece, I decided to give everyone a piece of the grey mottled fabric to include a small piece at least in each of the blocks. It was fun, one lady made an outhouse, one lady a log cabin; one has 3 birdhouses in it; one is a barn, one is an old school; the bottom row has quilt shops. The ninth block we got our group picture and transferred it to fabric and I appliquéd our little logo of a ladybug crawling out of a thimble. Each of us ended up with a similar but unique wallhanging. Here is mine. Name:  Thimblebug Hometown002_edited (Small).JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    how about string blocks, maybe with the same fabric kite center... usually makes a stunning quilt and will help with all those scraps we seem to have.
    This would be my suggestion to, as it is on my list to make and I love using up my strings.

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    Another year we decided to make blocks for each other. We each chose what pattern and colours we wanted; then we chose names to see who would go first, etc. I chose the Jewel Box pattern in greens, reds, lights -- all scrappy. Here is a picture of mine. Name:  P1010910 (Small).JPG
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    One lady chose the Dresden Plate, so when it was her turn we all made blocks for her. We decided how large of a quilt we would make and then asked for that many blocks from our friends. We all made large quilts.

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    embroidery blocks, something fun. Pick a theme and colors.

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    On a slightly different note. The group I just joined, all the ladies have Singer Featherweights so they each made a quilted carrying case for them last year. I just saw the pattern the other day but I can't remember where.

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    Very pretty quilts thimblebug6000.
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    One of the groups I am in is doing a traveling quilt...each person started with a theme and a notebook about what kind of quilter they are...modern/traditional and colors they enjoy etc... We each made our first block and then passed it onto the next person. It has been a lot of fun to see what has been created each month to the quilts and it has been a great way to get to know the group.
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    It's beautiful-Thanks for sharing Thimblebug.

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    Jmoore-That's what the shoe box quilt thing is all about. We each picked a focus fabric, then 3 coordinates, put them in a box with our name on it and passed it around. Each person in our group made a 12 1/2" block of their choice to put in the box . In the end you get all these unique blocks, made by your friends, with the colors You chose. Now we are looking to do something different, but similar as it was Sew much fun.
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    I've wished I could be a part of a group quilt of an image. Scroll down to "a street in Ireland"
    http://www.whyquiltsmatter.org/welco...arketfestival/

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    Our small group at a shop met monthly and made quilts for a local homeless shelter. They always need twin size comforters. So, if you picked a specific pattern that perhaps builds skills, it is a win-win.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
    I've wished I could be a part of a group quilt of an image. Scroll down to "a street in Ireland"
    http://www.whyquiltsmatter.org/welco...arketfestival/
    I agree the slice quilts are a lot of fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charleen DiSante View Post
    Our small group at a shop met monthly and made quilts for a local homeless shelter. They always need twin size comforters. So, if you picked a specific pattern that perhaps builds skills, it is a win-win.
    We did that too about 3 yrs ago-(made wheelchair quilts) we also made 72 pillowcases for donating.every yr our group makes charity items at Christmas. I was looking more for something we could do for each other

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    My former guild did something like the slice quilt. It was called a river runs thru it. We all made a block. We were given the river fabric. We were told where the river should enter and exit the quilt. Other than that we did whatever we wanted. It was something like this. I can't find the pictures of ours. https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...h-t143524.html

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    The group I belonged to before moving did block exchanges several times a year with everyone making the same block and and exchanging them. We also worked on doing projects such as wheelchair blankets or gowns for pediatric heart surgery patients. It was a lot of fun.

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    Here's something interesting I found at a Guild show in Anchorage, AK. It's called A Garden Party. Participants were asked to bring in an assortment of pre-fused fabrics. They were given one hour to create flowers in a vase from their supplies. The project was slice in quarters, and participants were asked to trade with three different people, keeping one section of their own. Homework was to bring the pieces together by using thread play, embellishments and more fusing. Participants done by the next meeting received a prize. You would not believe the results. Amazing!

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    I did this by myself, but it can be done by a group. Each person can be responsible for a row.
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    Our local shop has a sew in night every month. One year they did a pizza party, were supplied with new, clean pizza boxes (kind of like the shoebox idea) and brought their own fabric for a quilt. They drew numbers and passed the boxes to the next number (one gave her box to two, etc) that person made a center square of whatever size they chose. Then the next month the box was passed to the next number and that person added a border (could be pieced or not), etc. At the end the quilt was finished or nearly so. I think they were able to add additional fabrics if they wanted. The recipient got to see it at each meeting, but had no input! Every one was pleased!

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    there are so very many fun things for a group to do but 2 that I enjoyed the most took creativity and lots of thinking one was a round robin you make the center block and then it goes around to each member to add a border your choice if to add fabric or they use their own another was to take a word or group of words and make a quilt fitting to those words all was kept secret until our final meeting with a pot luck those were both so much fun

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    I am liking the Round Robin idea & using our own fabrics. It seems when others add to it, sometimes is not what you would choose. (if you know what I mean). Anyone else have input on a round robin quilt? Thanks you guys for all your ideas so far. This is fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda8450 View Post
    Our local shop has a sew in night every month. One year they did a pizza party, were supplied with new, clean pizza boxes (kind of like the shoebox idea) and brought their own fabric for a quilt. They drew numbers and passed the boxes to the next number (one gave her box to two, etc) that person made a center square of whatever size they chose. Then the next month the box was passed to the next number and that person added a border (could be pieced or not), etc. At the end the quilt was finished or nearly so. I think they were able to add additional fabrics if they wanted. The recipient got to see it at each meeting, but had no input! Every one was pleased!
    I like this idea!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fallonquilter View Post
    What would be a fun project for our small quilt group, of ten women, to do this year?? We meet weekly at my house. And are looking for ideas of what others do as a group.
    We did a shoe box quilt last year and that was fun. The year before we did a mystery quilt. So something along those lines would be great. Any ideas would be very much appreciated.
    Looking for quilts other than donation (we do this already) or 1 quilt made buy the whole group. More interested in ideas similar to the Round Robin or shoe box ideas if possible. Thanks again. You guys are awesome.
    Last edited by fallonquilter; 12-25-2017 at 12:54 PM.

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    Perhaps they would like to share the pattern info with you.
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