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Thread: Help please

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    I have an alphabet panel, measures aprox 42"x24" that I want to make in to a quilt for a 3yr old little boy, but I am not sure how to go about it! As the letter boxes are not all the same size and they would become smaller as I joined them I don't think that would work. I thought about cutting the strips, each row would then become smaller with the 1/4 seam on all edges. Should I just keep the panel intact? I really do need some help please! And what about the background colour?!
    I though I would back the fabric with cream colour fleece - would I also need wadding? and should I then quilt right through?
    All advice most welcome - thanks in advance!
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    What a cute panel!

    Here I my thoughts on this...I'd cut them apart, arrange them to my pleasing, and add at least an inch of sashing between, making them into a center panel in the size and shape I wanted. Then I'd add some borders, maybe a solid color one first, and some kind of wonky blocks in matching colors... How many and what kind of borders you add depends on how big you want the finished quilt. But, I'd get the middle section arranged first, and go from there.

    If you're using fleece for backing, you probably won't need any wadding (batting) in addition to that. And, yes, I would quilt right through both the fleece and the top after they are together.

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    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.

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    I'd just do borders...a couple of them...stipple quilting and done

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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.
    In case you couldn't tell, I'm with cjomomma on this! ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by azwendyg
    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.
    In case you couldn't tell, I'm with cjomomma on this! ;)
    I couldn't tell at all! LOL!!

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    I would separate the rows WOF and add a sashing. I don't think I would want that little of a block to work with by taking each and every letter apart.. Add a border and go from there. To little of a piece between the i and j for instance. JMHO

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    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.

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    It seems that cutting it up by the letter would break the panel up too much, so I would cut it up by blocks and sash between blocks. For example, "zstlg" would be one block. Using different size blocks would create interest across the entire quilt.

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    I would just add borders using some fabrics with stars or polka dots; something simple like a checkerboard or pinwheels, even friendships stars would be nice in bright colors. I've seen some nice borders on this board of the piano key design.

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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 agree with Julie!

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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
    Agreed! I love the idea of it also being a learning tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel
    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
    Agreed! I love the idea of it also being a learning tool.
    The more I think about it, the more I like this idea.

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    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.

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    Julie in NM is very practical. I agree.

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    I agree to just leaving it as a panel and adding borders- You can always do alot of stitch in the ditch at their block "seams" which would give it more of an apprearance that you pieced it. I'm thinking this would make it pretty heavily quilted, maybe do some of them with decorative stitches -

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    Why not cut it up and find something that begins with that letter.. A- apple B- boat and C- car and so on.. square them up log cabin style or scrappy.. Im not OCD but I really don't like that A isn't first on the top..

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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 thoughts exactly.

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    is the horizontal line printed straight. If so then i would quilt horizontally. If not, then look at it and see if you can do a straight quilting line between the blocks but zig zag down. straight down on one block, across the bottom and then straight.....This is a possibility that might make some interesting dimension to the quilt and preserve the printed panel.

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    so many choices

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt
    Why not cut it up and find something that begins with that letter.. A- apple B- boat and C- car and so on.. square them up log cabin style or scrappy.. Im not OCD but I really don't like that A isn't first on the top..
    I'm with 'luvTooQuilt'. I was also thinking of an I Spy quilt because it would make the letters easier to find. You'll come up with something and can't wait to see the final quilt. Have fun. :o)

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    Hmmm....I'm wondering if you could cut them apart and applique them to random colored blocks. If it were mine, I'd try that...it would be a first time applique for me, but that looks pretty easy. Wouldn't even have to be appliqued "square". I really like this idea...where did you find the panel??

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    I would separate the rows WOF and add a sashing. I don't think I would want that little of a block to work with by taking each and every letter apart.. Add a border and go from there. To little of a piece between the i and j for instance. JMHO
    I like this idea. Would make it less"busy" and give the eye a place to rest. Whether you add wadding or not depends on how thick you want it to be. Nice panel BTW.

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    You could cut apart the letters attach them to steam a seam 2 and apply them to another piece of material(Machine applique) with like A for apple and attatch an apple picture or some thing with the A letter and so on thru the alphabet.
    Or go by row of letters and then under that row for learning possibilites add a row of pictured items that would begin with the letters above for a matching game.
    Many different ways to make it educational too.

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    IF you were to separate the letters into individual letters maybe you could put the child's name in the center? Just a random idea!

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