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Thread: Habitat for Scraps Quilt / Any ideas for a habitat?

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    Red face Habitat for Scraps Quilt / Any ideas for a habitat?

    The 2013 Guild Challenge is to make a quilt that must have a minimum of six, 6 1/2" blocks that must be a habitat of some kind. (houses, pond for fish, chicken coup for hens, anything you consider a habitat.
    Each member was given a different fat quarter that must be in one or more blocks. Mine was blue with tiny flowers. We are encouraged to use our stash to make the six blocks but may also use new fabric if need be. Any style of quilting is acceptable.

    If anyone has any ideas/links to help me decide on what my habitat could be, please send them my way.
    Thanks for letting me pick your brains and have a happy quilting kind of day! Copycat

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    I think "birdhouse". That's what came to mind when I read your fabric is now with flowers.

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    Google house quilt blocks...you will see images for house blocks, and you can click on each one to get to the original site...you will be overwhelmed with possibilities!

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    First thought, off the top of my head, would be an appliqued farm theme. You could do a block of each animal in its shelter, pasture, corral, bees buzzing around flowers, moles tunneling through the ground pushing the grass up (think I've had a mole problem?), field mice entering the house through a small hole in the foundation, etc.

    I have a whimsical streak in me and think this would be a fun theme to pursue. Of course, not everyone has my sense of the 'silly', but it could be a fun quilt to make. In fact, I think I'll put this idea on my list of 'someday' quilts--when I finish some of my UFOs.

    Let us see the progress of the quilt while you're making it. And of course the finished product.
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    you can do a 'timeline' of abodes from caves to our present houses.
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    Birdhouse, Butterfly house, Fairy house.
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    You might want to consider a dog house, a bird's nest, a tent or teepee, a camper or RV, a boat, a tree house, and a toad "abode."

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    What kind of blocks do you plan to make? Pieced or applique? I think it would be fun to look for unusual houses like igloo, teepee, tree house, space ship, house boat...

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    expend your thinking from "houses" to other kinds of habitates.......isn't a flower pot a habitate for flower seed and the growing flowers" - a vase is a temperory habitate for a group of flowers? A window sill box with growing flowers.
    Think beyone the obvious

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    I will most likely do pieced and applique blocks after deciding on a theme. Thanks to everyone for their input.
    2 heads are better than one and I appreciate your great ideas to consider.

    The challenge is due in July so I have time to dream after looking through my scraps.
    I do like the advice to "think beyond the obvious" such as flower pots and window sill boxes as habitats for flowers. What fun ideas you smart ladies have given me. thanks. stay tuned!

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    When you get right down to it, our sewing rooms are our habitats. Maybe you could find a fun way to put that in there. It should get some smiles from the other quilters.

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    You could use a home as a theme, and then showcase 6 habitats in your home. Ex. sewing room is a habitat for a sewing machine, garage is a habitat for cars/tools/boxes, closet is a habitat for clothes. Or you could pick different rooms as habitats for the different members of your family (where they spend most of their free time). This could be a really fun challenge.

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    Fantacy; toad stool elf houses, Smurff house, pirate ship...

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    I love this idea!
    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    When you get right down to it, our sewing rooms are our habitats. Maybe you could find a fun way to put that in there. It should get some smiles from the other quilters.

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    how about a "virtual" abode? the computer!

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    Small scene in a log cabin block........ 2 for 1
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    An old English village. Houses shops churches etc. or houses I the world. Igloos, houses on sticks . From different countries and cultures or religious houses home of god.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    There's always "Habitat for Humanity" that could be used as a creative theme...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    When you get right down to it, our sewing rooms are our habitats. Maybe you could find a fun way to put that in there. It should get some smiles from the other quilters.
    Ha! how cute. Each 6 1/2'' block has to be a habitat, so......pin cushion for pins, Thread on a spool, shelf holding fabric, books holding quilt patterns, cutting table top showing tools,mat, and for me my curious cat! A large block in the center could be the sewing machine.

    Does anyone know of a link to free applique patterns that they have tried?????

    Is there a website for free applique patterns that anyone has used????????

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    Chinese cricket cage, hole in the baseboard (mouse habitat) bird nest, hermit crab shell, oyster shell, worm in apple,hornet nest, wasp nest, spider web,

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