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    With someone so picky I would not enjoy making her a quilt and rather than spending hours working on it and holding my breath how she might like it, (probably not). I would buy her a gift certificate to fit in a nice card and be done with it. LOL

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    She has given you a color suggestion and you have chosen the fabrics for their quilt very well. It will be beautiful. I think since she knows the quilt work that you do she is not commenting on the pattern you choose because she does not want to stifle you in your design choices. That's why she is leaving it up to you. I would choose a pattern that appeals to me made in the colors she loves and I think they will be very pleased with the outcome of the quilt. What a generous gift you are giving them!!

    PS...I don't see her as picky or demanding in the least. You asked for suggestions and she gave them to you, you should be pleased that she's left the designing process up to you so you can do what you do best. Make her a beautiful quilt and feel good about what you've made. I think it will all turn out great in the end.
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    As others have said, Keep it simple. The fabrics you have chosen are beautiful. I know that whatever you do it will be great. When you know each other better maybe then she will let you know in more detail what she likes. BrendaK Please show us when you are finished.
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    I would do a Yellow Brick Road or Take Five. They are both quick and have a very nice finished look.

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    I agree with all of the above. The simpler, the better and let the quilting itself shine.

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    Your fabrics are gorgeous! I would just get the measurements for the pictured quilt and make it that size. 10" squares sewn together and quilt it with the same straight lines. Im sure she'll love it. If she doesn't I'm sure you won't have any problems getting someone to take it off your hands. Put me on that list...LOL

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    I like the fabrics you have chosen and think they are very close to the picture. I would do a D9P or some other pattern the emphasize the beautiful fabric in large blocks.
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    I agree with the majority of comments. Make it simple and the larger blocks and the way you would like it. That is how I buy gifts or make them; if I like them it is good. Your future niece - n-law probably is not used to homemade quilts or has no knowledge of quilting. Enjoy making what you like and it will be beautiful. Teresa

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    The fabric you picked out is lovely! I would also do a 10' block and sew it like the pb quilt. You could applique something on teh blocks and do some nice quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
    I would go with the 10 in. blocks also. Your fabrics are beautiful, and the large blocks will do them justice. From what you said I think she is more interested in color and the designs on the fabric, then she is in the actual pattern of the quilt.
    Whatever you do, Im sure it will be gorgeous. Please share when your done.
    That's my opinion, too. She evidently likes a "simple" design so why tie yourself in knots trying to please her? When I'm making a gift for someone I don't know well (like a far-flung relative or somebody from my DH's work), I usually make something simple & scrappy. That way I hit all the bases color-wise. For the borders, I use what-ever color they have for their wedding (hey, if they use it for their bridal party, they mist kinda like it at least). That's just my two cents worth. I don't know which is harder... people who don't know what they want or those who know EXACTLY what they want. LOL! Please post when you're done, OK?
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    I agree with the others that have supported your fabric choices but suggest that you keep it simple. If she likes the look of 10" blocks, go with it. Use your own creativity in the actual quilting to make it your own style. I love the fabrics you've chosen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SueJ View Post
    Those are gorgeous fabrics you have picked out! Can you give me the name & manufacterer? I need to make a quilt to be auctioned off in Nov. & I think the fabric you have chosen would make a fast & beautiful quilt! Thanks.
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    The line is Moda 3 sister Etchings. I got the batch from Hanncocks but they're not stocking it now. They had cancelled a backorder so I had to search to relpace it. I did go to 3 sisters web site and there are a few people in their area that are still carrying it at about $10 a yard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I really like the red and blue fabrics and the country cottage style. I agree that it would be best to keep it simple and let the fabrics speak for themselves. The quilt in the picture is quite beautiful, not sure why you don't think it's a quilt.
    I guess it's style reminds me more a a duvet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by runninL8 View Post
    You have a beautiful selection of fabrics! How about 10 inch blocks, like suggested in other posts, with more intricate machine quilting? Let the machine quilting highlight the blocks.
    That's my thought exactly!
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    Maybe you could invite her to an 'I'd like to meet you/get to know you lunch' also invite your sister along. Have ready some pics of quilts/patterns that you might like to make a quilt out of using those beautiful fabrics and ask her if there's any she likes. If she's not a sewer/quilter maybe she just doesn't have a clue what to tell you. When my daughter was pregnant and I asked her what kind of baby quilt she would like. Her reply was "something cute". She never had an interest in sewing except to bring me pictures of clothes and say can you make me that? I once used my wooden spoon like a magic wand and waved it over her head and said, "You are that." She said, "oh, so NOT funny mom!"

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    Cannot speak for future neice, but when my nephew got married they were offered a handmade quilt, or cash, and they chose the money. Didn't know what color they would be using. I think you have chosen beautiful fabric, and it should make up beautifully.

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    Make what you love. Your fabrics are gorgeous so I think I am safe in saying, "anything you decide to do will turn out beautifully". Good luck.
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    Have her send you 4 or 5 paint chips from the hardware store and have her mark them 1-5, #1 being the dominate color she wants. Then you can use them when you shop for the fabric and the pattern. This way she'll be able to make some plans for decorating the bedroom also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    I also agree with the suggestions for a 10 inch block. She probably has the picture in mind and anything that goes too far off her mental picture, no matter how beautiful, might disappoint.
    Buy the quilt from Pottery Barn for her and make one for yourself with those gorgeous fabrics you bought. She's not going to appreciate all the work and $ that go into a handmade quilt. Just sayin'

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    It sounds to me that she isn't quite committed to the guy she is going to marry. If she was, she would be more into what the soon-to-be Inlaws were doing, and care a little more. This is her way of not hurting anyone's feelings. Go ahead and make your quilt, or what you should like, if it doesn't work out between the couple, the you made something for yourself. Good luck.

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    Make what you would like, maybe she is trying to say that she will love whatever you make, and wants it to be something that you choose, which would make it special. The fabrics are beautiful!! I have said that a lot myself because I don't like to tell anyone what to make for me.

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    Those are beautiful fabs! I would just do what I wanted, I bet they'll love it!
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    You did a great job on matching the colors she likes. I'd do a pattern that includes the large blocks she was drawn to. Pick out something you'd like to make and enjoy the process. She probably is not aware of what is involved in making a quilt or in the difference between what she saw in the store and what you do. Maybe this quilt will be the beginning of her love of quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryKatherine View Post
    I'm happily committed to making a wedding quilt for a nephew whose girl friend I've never met. She very strong minded and decisive according to my sister, her future in law. But I can get no information from her reguarding her quilt.
    I've posted her quilt preference from the Pottery Barn cataloque, but it's not a quilt in my opinion.
    I can get no information whether she wants it Puffy, comforter or duvet style, or a proper quilt in those colours (It took me 3 months to hunt suitable fabrics close to her choice), blocks or pattern. Her only response is "I'll leave it up to you". I'm driving myself crazy here trying to decide how to approach this. She's seen my work so she does or should know the difference between her Pottery Barn picture and my style of work.
    Help me decide.
    I think you have done the HARD part (finding the fabric). Could not tell from the picture, but I would cut my blocks out to be about the same size (8, 10 or 12 inch). From the picture she wants something more on the simple side (large blocks), but is using the RED as the BOLD. Also from what I can see in the top picture, the blocks are quilted in a simple straight or cross hatch pattern. She might not know how to put into words that she wants it to look like the picture (or close to it). Some times with all the STUFF!!!!! going on with weddings, it's hard to let everyone know what you have your heart set on. DON'T make it any harder on your self than you have. Just enjoy your quilting. Happy sewing.

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    Have you asked her directly if she wants you to "make a quilt" for them?????? Perhaps she is not a "quilt person"...that would be my question to her since she seems so vague about the details.......

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