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    If this will help , I love the quilt, but if your not happy with it , then maybe you can make an OBW out of it ..just a thought..

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    Another idea: cut it into "big" blocks that have several letters per block. You could alternate the letter blocks with another fabric, perhaps one with pictures (toys, animals, outdoors ... whatever is of interest to the child)

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    No way would I go to the trouble of cutting that up. I'd use another design--maybe a row of pinwheels or checkerboards?--to make that panel bigger, border it and call it good. If you put another design with it, you might want to divide it to put the extra row between the letters but the 3 yr. old won't care what you do. He'll just love that you did it for him.

    Since you have 24", you could cut that into 12" blocks and use alternating blocks as previously suggested. Any left-overs could be used as cornerstones in the quilt border or the border on a matching pillowcase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Personally I think the randomness of the letters is a good learning tool, sort of a "where's waldo" kind of thing; I'd leave it as a panel.

    You might make one narrow "stopper" border of white or black, then a border of random lengths of strips of fabric similiar to colors in this panel. A piano key border would work well, too.

    Jan in VA
    I agree with Jan. Little kids like to "search".

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    Why waste the fabric between the letters by cutting it up? If it's for a 3 yo, just put an inner border (black, 1" fin.) and outer border (Choose a color, 3" fin.) and call it a day. For the backing I'd use fleece and no batting. Fleece washes well and quilts well, and is practical for a child. Good luck!

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    For a 3 year old, toddler quilt, the random panel is cool. If you want it larger, cut it into 12" blocks, use sashing and borders. Looks like a good nap quilt to find the letters before nodding off.

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    I use fleece on a lot of my crib and baby quilts. I think they are thick enough and don't use batting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Personally I think the randomness of the letters is a good learning tool, sort of a "where's waldo" kind of thing; I'd leave it as a panel.

    You might make one narrow "stopper" border of white or black, then a border of random lengths of strips of fabric similiar to colors in this panel. A piano key border would work well, too.

    Jan in VA
    I'm with Jan (and Julie!) on this! I would leave the panel intact, do a show-stopper border, and quilt it with variegated thread. If you find a border fabric with stars, for instance, you could quilt stars and loops all over it. It will probably get laundered frequently, so go with something that stands up to a lot of washing. A stipple would be great, too!

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    I wouldn't cut it up, but leave as a panel. Add batting and backing. It is really cute. Could tie it or machine stitch.

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    I like Jan's idea of a learning quilt.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Personally I think the randomness of the letters is a good learning tool, sort of a "where's waldo" kind of thing; I'd leave it as a panel.

    You might make one narrow "stopper" border of white or black, then a border of random lengths of strips of fabric similiar to colors in this panel. A piano key border would work well, too.

    Jan in VA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie in NM
    I'd just do borders...a couple of them...stipple quilting and done
    I'm with you

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    I agree with just adding borders-a striped fabric would make it look more complex. All of my cancer quilts are backed with fleece and quilted and they look fine-you don't even have to do a lot of quilting because you don't have any batting to shift!

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    I like the panel and would leave it whole. I'd add a small bright border and then another wider one of a cute print, meander quilt it, bindit, and be done. I think it will make a very cute quilt. If you use fleece, I don't think I'd add any batting. I like the variety and different sizes of everything, but understand that every one can't handle that! And that's okay, God made everyone different and special for which I am thankful.

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    Another idea; Use them in a I Spy quit...

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    I'd leave it as a panel and add fussy cuts of items that start with the letters around it with sashing inbetween. It definitely could be a learning tool.

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    I like the "wonkiness" of the material. I agree with the "Where's Waldo?" type of educational aspect. I would use a solid border then finish as normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose_P
    I agree with Julie and Jan . Also, the design is not planned with enough space around the letters to allow for 1/4" seams to be taken away. The letters might looked cramped. A little tyke might love his quilt to pieces, literally, so fewer seams could be a plus in this case.
    I agree with Rose, Julie and Jan. The panel looks great the way it is and a lot of cutting would make the blocks too small. A narrow and then a wider border should finish it nicely. :)

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    Just a comment on the backing. You are talking about a quilt for a 3 year old. I would not use anything light as it will show dirt, food, etc. I would take a color such as the red and back it with that.

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    That's really cute fabric. i think that I would use it as a center pannel. But if you could, I would cut out some of the letters of the name of the child & put it in a border.

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    I think it is cute as a panel and would also make a cute quilt if you used them individually. If you decide to cut them apart it might be fun to put the boy's name in the middle of the quilt.

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    just a thought you could possibly cut it up and spell his name if there are enough letters and that of maybe a pet or your name. Another idea into the mix

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    I would cut the blocks up or maybe 3-4 blocks,(letters) together and add sashing inbetween. I would use primary colors. Bright, bright colors.

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    I love the fabric, if it was me making this quilt I would find in my Ispy bin things that would go with A eg: A Apple B Bear make them into larger blocks of course you are going to end up with A larger quilt then I would use a bright multi strip fabric cut on the cross for the binding
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    I need help too. I can't find any Chicken blocks to make for my DH. We live on a very small farm and have even check out the local library 15 miles north but nothing to show color. I saw the chicken quilt t while back on here and have been looking ever since. Please help me if you can. Shirley Anne in Alger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    If it were me I would have to cut it up because my OCD would not allow for the randomness of the letters. I think if you will not lose any of the lettering cut it up and add different color sashing to each block to make them all the same size. I have 1 of these panels and that is what I will be doing with it.
    My first thoughts mirrored yours! ABC order and same size blocks! OCD; a blessing and a curse! :lol: :thumbup:

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