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Thread: Help in a hurry.... how to use large prints in a quilt

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    Junior Member coffeebreak's Avatar
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    Help in a hurry.... how to use large prints in a quilt

    My grand daughter, age 6, loves horses so that is what the quilt I am making her for christmas will be themed. I am going to store tomorrow...I have to catch the fabric with 50% coupons otherwise I can't afford this kind of fabric

    What I need is suggestions for a block or style that uses large prints. I have looked at the horse (real looking horses) theme fabric and it is beautiful, but...cutting it for HST's or FG's or 3x3 sqs etc... you wouldn't be able to see much of the horse...eyes and nose or back legs and tail....I want to be able to have a whole horse in a block or piece of block.I can cut them down to just the horse in a square or maybe just the face, depending on the fabric...but...other than just "charm" size squares sewn together...any suggestions on a block or style to use this kind of large print fabric?

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    How about using the horse fabric whole in a block, say 8 x8, and alternating those with another block made with coordinating fabrics. Even simple rail fence block/4 patch?

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    How about Attic windows or D9 P

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    BQ springs to mind. Maybe because I cut a few blocks yesterday. Experimenting with 8.5" blocks that have sat in the cupboard for several years. Happy Quilting.

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    I helped my granddaughter make her 4-H quilt years ago with a horse fabric. We had 9" blocks of the pictures (there were several horses that we fussy cut). Then, we alternated those with a 9-patch of 2 coordinating fabrics. If I remember correctly, one of the fabrics was horse shoes, the other was a deep red that brought out the red in the horse pictures. We did sashing between the blocks and bordered it with the same fabrics as the 9-patch ones. It was a beautiful quilt (don't have a picture, sorry) and she won a blue ribbon for it. She's married now with a toddler of her own and she still has the quilt. Her husband couldn't believe she did it when she was 12.

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    I really like the Warm Wishes pattern. I think you could make the blocks any size you wish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    I helped my granddaughter make her 4-H quilt years ago with a horse fabric. We had 9" blocks of the pictures (there were several horses that we fussy cut). Then, we alternated those with a 9-patch of 2 coordinating fabrics. If I remember correctly, one of the fabrics was horse shoes, the other was a deep red that brought out the red in the horse pictures. We did sashing between the blocks and bordered it with the same fabrics as the 9-patch ones. It was a beautiful quilt (don't have a picture, sorry) and she won a blue ribbon for it. She's married now with a toddler of her own and she still has the quilt. Her husband couldn't believe she did it when she was 12.
    This might work! I am anxious to get to the store tomorrow! thanks! And maybe horseshoe fabric for the border...Thanks!

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    You could always use the horse fabric as the backing of the quilt so that it had two sides that could be used. Sometimes those large prints just look better when left in one large piece. When my daughter was a college freshman, she picked up this cute shirtless cowboy print for me to make her curtains. I had a huge piece of it left over and just made her a minky fleece quilt leaving that cowboy fabric intact. She loved it. One side was cuddly minky, and the other side had all of her cute shirtless cowboys on it.

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    I do love the BQ patterns and they would work with horse fabric but because most of the are directional fabrics you have to be very careful how you put your blocks together to make sure all the horses are right side up.

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    2 more easy patterns using big blocks of focal fabric are" The Big Block Quilt" by Black Cat Creations and "Just Can't Cut It" by All Washed Up pattern company.

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    I'd keep as much of the picture as possible, and add a border around each block. If you alternate a horse block, with a solid colored block, I think this would be nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlanoDebbie View Post
    You could always use the horse fabric as the backing of the quilt so that it had two sides that could be used. Sometimes those large prints just look better when left in one large piece. When my daughter was a college freshman, she picked up this cute shirtless cowboy print for me to make her curtains. I had a huge piece of it left over and just made her a minky fleece quilt leaving that cowboy fabric intact. She loved it. One side was cuddly minky, and the other side had all of her cute shirtless cowboys on it.
    That's true.. I might go that way so she can see all the horses. Hadn't thought about that. Thanks!

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    I have made a couple of quilts where i didn't want to cut the fabric too small - this is one:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...p-t199198.html it's the top teal/brown quilt (free pattern) and one i'm finishing the binding on at the moment is another free pattern by bernatex - i don't have pics of it yet - just google 'bernatex tempo de novo' and you'll see. It seems like there are some of the de novo patterns made up on this forum too. Good Luck! And do post pics when its done

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    I have seen quilts with large print fabrics and they used a length of fabric about 22"x30" and then a border and then blocks around it with coordinating colors or fabrics. This was a child's quilt, but for a bigger one, just make the center panel bigger. Is this confusing? Sorry. I know there was a pattern for the one I saw , but i don't know the name. I will try to find it.
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    Dnp

    I made my grandaughter a quilt with the dissapearing 9 patch pattern. I placed the horse pics in the corners where they wouldn't be cut. I will try to attach a pic. This went real fast. the horse pics were appx 8", so the blocks were appx 24" square.
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    A simple 9 patch alternating with the focus fabric always looks cool and to make it even cooler without much more work, turn it on point!
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    I'm currently making a farm animals quilt with the animals in Attic Windows. You can make the windows whatever size your horses are and it's a really easy block to make. Google has some great images to give you ideas.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    My sister found these 2 tops at a thrift store and gave them to me to see if I could do anything with them. I had to take apart every seam because through out the whole top the seams ranged from 0" to 1/2". I cut them all the same size, and put them back together.

    These are simple quilts, but I like them. I have yet to sandwich them and quilt them.
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    Beautiful quilts!

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