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    Super Member wildyard's Avatar
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    I need an idea for a 6" quilt block that would represent dancing. It's the last square I need for my 50th anniversary wall hanging. They love to dance, and I'd like to represent this by a square. I just can't come up with an idea that I have the skill to carry out.
    Any suggestions anyone???
    I thought up and created a Happy Home block and a Coffee Break block, so I need two more.

    Another question. They have lost one daughter to illness. I have two thoughts on how to represent this. One is to have an angel square. The other is to have the word "FAMILY" quilted on a square, and to have the outline of an angel represent the letter L. Would that be ok do you think? Or would it be tacky to include it?
    I helped my friend build a memorial garden for her deceased daughter and she has many angels in the garden.

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    I made my parents a 50th anniversary album quilt. It included their 4 children and 9 grandchildren who each wrote sentiments in a block. I had a brother who was stillborn and wanted to include him so I appliqued an angel on the back of the quilt with his name and date.
    Mom and Dad loved it :)
    So of course I don't think it's tacky at all !! It's a life that, in our case, was almost, but a little baby nonetheless and loved by us.

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    It sounds like the angel would be a nice thing to do. Good luck!

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    As far as the dancing couple, here is a link to a dancing couple clip art. Could you either print it on a block or cut it out of black fabric and applique it on a block?

    http://www.clker.com/clipart-9349.html


    I think the angel idea is wonderful also. Do you have an embroidery machine? Embroidery Library has some beautiful angel designs.

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    If the family is open and talk about their deceased daughter, a block with an angel on it and her name embroidered on it somewhere would be an idea.

    How about a block with the words "dance the night away" on it? It could be embroidered in a swirly movement. Maybe add a few musical notes on it too?

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    I love the black applique couple idea!! and I could still add dance the night away to it!! I don't have a machine but I could do it by hand, I have fabric that has music notes on it that I could use.

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    I can see cartoon type dancers...thin like Olive Oil with her leg flipped up in the air and her partner Popeye type but not as muscles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard
    I love the black applique couple idea!! and I could still add dance the night away to it!! I don't have a machine but I could do it by hand, I have fabric that has music notes on it that I could use.
    there was a quilt on this board that someone had done and it had a black applique dancer on it and it looked really good (i dont know who did it and cant provide any other details..sorry :oops: but maybe someone else could help)
    There is a saying and again I dont have it..it has the line dance as if noone is watching..it has more lines than that but surprise, surprise I dont know that either!
    It is a lovely idea and I think they would like it if you included their little angel on it too. Please do show pics once you have done it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blahel
    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard
    I love the black applique couple idea!! and I could still add dance the night away to it!! I don't have a machine but I could do it by hand, I have fabric that has music notes on it that I could use.
    there was a quilt on this board that someone had done and it had a black applique dancer on it and it looked really good (i dont know who did it and cant provide any other details..sorry :oops: but maybe someone else could help)
    There is a saying and again I dont have it..it has the line dance as if noone is watching..it has more lines than that but surprise, surprise I dont know that either!
    It is a lovely idea and I think they would like it if you included their little angel on it too. Please do show pics once you have done it.
    I have already posted some pics of some of the blocks I've done, and I will be sure to post the finished project!! Thank you all for helping me and sharing your brain power!!

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    [quote=JudyG]As far as the dancing couple, here is a link to a dancing couple clip art. Could you either print it on a block or cut it out of black fabric and applique it on a block?

    http://www.clker.com/clipart-9349.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyG
    As far as the dancing couple, here is a link to a dancing couple clip art. Could you either print it on a block or cut it out of black fabric and applique it on a block?

    http://www.clker.com/clipart-9349.html


    I think the angel idea is wonderful also. Do you have an embroidery machine? Embroidery Library has some beautiful angel designs.
    The dancing couple clip art is what came to my mind as well. Please post pics of your finished quilt!

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    Sounds great...and I don't think the angel idea is tacky...look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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    Interesting...as I was reading about the deseased family member I was thinking and angel too. What a wonderful quilt that will be when it's finished.

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    My sister had her "angel" tattoed on her breast. I think the angel is a wonderful symbol. As for the dancing - how about a pinwheel block?

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    Oh wouldn't a mini 5" dresden kaleidoscope block look wonderful for dancing??!!! Too bad you can't make just one. LOL. I glanced up at those in the sample boxes just above this window and thought boy, those look dancy. Especially that last one. I do love the clip art idea, just not sure my skills are up to that level of applique. I tried to find a more basic one but no luck so far.

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    If anyone in your family is artistic, have them draw a simple outline on some paperbacked fusible and you will have an original block. Maybe do the same way with the angel.

    Would love to see a picture when it's finished.

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    I like JudyG's clipart idea.I Think your ideas are wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard
    I need an idea for a 6" quilt block that would represent dancing. It's the last square I need for my 50th anniversary wall hanging. They love to dance, and I'd like to represent this by a square. I just can't come up with an idea that I have the skill to carry out.
    Any suggestions anyone???
    I thought up and created a Happy Home block and a Coffee Break block, so I need two more.

    Another question. They have lost one daughter to illness. I have two thoughts on how to represent this. One is to have an angel square. The other is to have the word "FAMILY" quilted on a square, and to have the outline of an angel represent the letter L. Would that be ok do you think? Or would it be tacky to include it?
    I helped my friend build a memorial garden for her deceased daughter and she has many angels in the garden.
    Dancing could be represented by using footprints and diagrams for a dance, with embroidered dotted lines to show movement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlienQuilter
    If anyone in your family is artistic, have them draw a simple outline on some paperbacked fusible and you will have an original block. Maybe do the same way with the angel.

    Would love to see a picture when it's finished.
    Here is my angel, can you tell that's what it is? LOL
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    [quote=Ramona Byrd][quote=JudyG]As far as the dancing couple, here is a link to a dancing couple clip art. Could you either print it on a block or cut it out of black fabric and applique it on a block?

    http://www.clker.com/clipart-9349.html

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    Here is my finished block! Thanks so much for your help. I did modify the couple a bit to make it easier. LOL.
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