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Thread: Help with 4inch squares

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    I have over 500 4inch squares, gorgeous floral patterns, now what i need if you kind people can help me and tell me what can i do with them, apart from just sewing them together, i'm new to patchwork and quilting so i don't want anything too difficult, but on the hand i want something that's going to look good, at the moment i'm trying to make a quillow to practice with some squares i'd gathered, so hopefully any really bad mistakes will be made on that.
    Thank you everyone for such a fantastic site, every evening i make a cuppa and settle down and look at all the new messages, am so addicted,

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    A trip around the world would be pretty. It helps if you have a place to lay them all out. Then you can pin them into strips if you don't have somewhere to keep them layed out until they get sewn together :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    A trip around the world would be pretty. It helps if you have a place to lay them all out. Then you can pin them into strips if you don't have somewhere to keep them layed out until they get sewn together :D:D:D
    I agree with this....it uses up those blocks quickly and can have quite an array of color design.

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    you could hang a plastic table cloth with the flannel (or whatever it is made of) backing and use the back as a design board.
    Have fun designing.

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    quarter them, combine with neutral background, and make irish chain.

    maybe watercolor if you have good selection of lights and darks, small and large prints.

    edit to add example of watercolor. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-45890-1.htm

    use them for centers of cathedral window.

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    Disappearing 9 patch ? or disappearing 4 patch http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-55564-1.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by cazann
    I have over 500 4inch squares, gorgeous floral patterns, now what i need if you kind people can help me and tell me what can i do with them, apart from just sewing them together, i'm new to patchwork and quilting so i don't want anything too difficult, but on the hand i want something that's going to look good, at the moment i'm trying to make a quillow to practice with some squares i'd gathered, so hopefully any really bad mistakes will be made on that.
    Thank you everyone for such a fantastic site, every evening i make a cuppa and settle down and look at all the new messages, am so addicted,
    Have some fun & play with them. When you sit down w/ that cup of tea, think of how you can have fun w/ your squares.... I find I can lay out a flannel sheet & start moving the pieces around, to see what looks nice next to each other! It's easy to roll up & the pieces stay in place til the next time you want to play with it. You could do a really fast & easy, scrappy-charm quilt, with or without sashing. Or you could make them the feature in the center of an assortment of "sampler" blocks... The sky's the limit -- studying them could help you make up your mind.

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    Got to go with the "trip around the world" idea. It is so much fun to lay then just--then just start stitching.

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    How many different patterns in the 500?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettia
    you could hang a plastic table cloth with the flannel (or whatever it is made of) backing and use the back as a design board.
    Have fun designing.
    What a brilliant idea thank you, you live and learn,

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    I vote disappearing 9 patch. It looks like it is hard but it is super easy and you can use scrappy or planned colors :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by noveltyjunkie
    How many different patterns in the 500?
    I don't know as yet as they have only just arrived and i've not had the time to look properly, will do that when DH is at work, as i have a very small bungalow and need to firtst lay them on the floor, am getting very excited at the prospect of making a quilt,

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    perhaps a D9P, or a watercolor~

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    For something easy where you don't have to match up seams at all, sew them into strips. Once you have as many strips as the quilt width you want (account for losing 1/2" at every seam allowance)
    Then cut 1/2 block off the end of every other row, and sew the rows together. That way the blocks will be staggered.
    When you're done, trim the other end where you have half blocks sticking out past the shorter strips, bind and you've got it.
    You could also make it "quilt as you go" by putting your backing and batting together before you start attaching the strips together. Pin the first strip down the center of the batt. Then lay the next strip, face down, on top of the first strip and sew the 1/4" seam down one side. Fold the top strip over and press. Put the next strip, face down on top of strip #2, and sew your seam. Flip it and press. Continue adding strips until you reach the side of your batting. Then turn the quilt around and start adding strips from the middle out again.
    When you're done, your quilt will be "stitched in the ditch" from top to bottom. You can leave it as is, or add horizontal stitching if you want to.

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    You could also join our group that is making one pinwheel a day starting 2/10 thru 4/30. Go to search & type in "pinwheel to start". Some of the women are using 5" squares for that project.

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    dont know what you should do but sure sounds like fun

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