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Thread: help with selection of a pattern

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    Hi all, I want to make lap quilts for Christmas for my son and his girlfriend. He is a grad student at UCLA and she is a grad student at USC. I have the fabric but need help with a pattern.

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    What type of quilt---applique or pieced or some of both? Try quilterscache or Mcacalls quilting. Both have lots to pick form.

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    Do they like simple, artsy, modern? What is your skill level? Will this be an heirloom quality project, or a knockaround quilt? For wall, lap, or car?

    What one person loves, another won't - you know them, judge accordingly.

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    Thanks I will try that. I like to applique!

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    I just they are more modern. It would be a lap quilt to be used.

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    What about taking their school logo and appliqueing into the center then using their school colors and make patch work blocks. if you could find their school logo then you can just enlarge it to the size that you wanted.

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    How 'bout mixing school colors with batiks in a harmonic convergence quilt? It's modern, classy, adaptable, and best of all - strip pieced.

    By adding borders, you can customize with personal touches - maybe using quilting stitches to add recipient's name, or a pattern suited specifically to them - like pine trees for a forestry major, fish or critters for biology, etc.

    http://www.rickytims.com/convergence_gallery.htm

    Here is a nice one Yvonne made -

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/813.page

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    You all are so creative :D :D :D

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    Great idea!

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    How about getting fabric w/ scholl mascot or something like that? Check with Joanns or other sites that sell fabrics for different colleges.
    You could also have family and friends sign or dedicate blocks and have them be incorporated to your quilt, a tshirt quilt or a photo memory quilt.
    Bebe

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    Quote Originally Posted by bebe
    How about getting fabric w/ scholl mascot or something like that? Check with Joanns or other sites that sell fabrics for different colleges.
    You could also have family and friends sign or dedicate blocks and have them be incorporated to your quilt, a tshirt quilt or a photo memory quilt.
    Bebe
    I got a memory quilt years ago when undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer. Memory quilts are great no matter what the reason. MIne would be a generous twin --big enough to tuck up under my feet at night while watching TV and still can go almost to my chin! All 6 of my siblings and kids signed mine as well as my mom.
    I guarantee whatever you decide, though, they will treasure it always!

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    Good ideas Bebe, I have the fabric. I was thinking of using photos, just not sure of what pattern to use.

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    show us your fabric, Maybe that will help us get a little better idea where you are going. ( actually we just love looking at fabric but dont tell anyone I said that) :wink:

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    I've recently seen USC fabric and UCLA fabric. Both were really cute. You might not want to do a whole lap quilt in them, but with a little imagination I think they could really work.

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    Here is my fabric. I have two yards of each.

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    I agree not to do the whole quilt in the school fabric but to use other fabric with it. I'm new to quilting so I have a hard time "seeing" the finished quilt. Would you do nine patch or rail fence or other patterns?

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    Do the bear paw for the UCLA in the school colors. Look under quilter's cache what else looks interesting for the trojan. Do a star pattern or a maybe a log cabin.Maybe a 6 inch square and make it look like a star.

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    Good suggestions Bebe. Thanks

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    Yup, that's the same stuff I saw. With 2 yards each you could probably do just about anything you want! Be sure to post a pic when you're done so we can see it!

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