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Thread: Help! What should I make with this?

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    Super Member no1jan's Avatar
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    I started my first quilting class on Tuesday which I bought fabric for a lap quilt which I am to design by next week.

    I picked out 3 fabrics. The problem is the main fabric has a design which I can't figure how to put in a quilt block.

    I am not sure how to add the pictures of the fabric. The last one is similar but I couldn't find an exact match. It is a very light tan with a small flower blend (the flowers are not seperated) with a little light mauve and a little green.
    I hope the pictures work as I copied them into paint.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Just remember I am VERY NEW to quilting and have to finish everything within 4 weeks.

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    BEAUTIFUL FABRIC!! MAYBE DO A QUILT WITH THE LARGE PRINT AS A SOLID BLOCK AND THEN USE THE OTHER 2 FABRICS TO MAKE 4 PATCHES TO GO ON EITHER SIDES. ALTERNATING

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    That is beautiful fabric. Hope someone can give you some help so that it can be used in a quilt.

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    Oh...that is gorgeous fabric! I would definetly fussy cut it and use some of it in large blocks to show it off. The complimentary fabric can be used in very simple blocks to alternate with the larger blocks.

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    I am what I call a lazy quilter. I usually just have 3 materials. I use a rectangle in the center (like your green), then strips on the side & top of the rect. with the next color (maybe the red), then strips on the side & top again with my 3rd color. Then I repeat strips beginning with the center color. I will then use a different binding color to compliment or the center color. Hope this is helpful. I figure out my center and strip sizes by determing how big I want my quilt & then work backwards.

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    That red would make a great kaleidoscope block which is easy. I did that for my first quilt and then you could use the green for a thin border or accent blocks. The book "One Block Wonders" describes the pattern.

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    Cool, the red looks similar to the fabric on my dining room chairs and the green is the color on my dining room walls. Want me to pm you my address so that I have a new wall hanging for the dining room? :roll: :lol:

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    well depending on the size of the lovely print in the first one, you could cut that one for focus squares. meaning the design would be your focus. say it's 4 inches, you could cut strips across the print and then cut those out. use the rest in the quilt somehow. waste not! something simple since you said you are just beginning.
    if this is a class, ask your instructor what to do with it. that seems best.

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    I agree with fabuchicki, the red would make a fabulous "one block wonders" or the one I did was called "4-Patch Stacked Posies". Using the green for sashing and the red also for border. The pattern website is (www.hddesigns.net).

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    Yes, I think it would be a great kaleidoscope too.

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    That red fabric is awesome. I would not cut into that fabric to make pieces, if my life depending on it. I would use one yard of the fabric: 36 x 45, and center it for a whole quilt with a pieced design around it. It would be beautiful with squares of red, black and a third color alternating them around it in a pattern. Quilt it around the design of the red fabric and around the squares, then bind it with a red matching the center fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrs theo
    Cool, the red looks similar to the fabric on my dining room chairs and the green is the color on my dining room walls. Want me to pm you my address so that I have a new wall hanging for the dining room? :roll: :lol:
    :-D Maybe after I get a few quilts under my belt. I'm sure I'll make many errors.

    Thanks you to all for the ideas.

    I will post when I finish the quilt.

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    Oh Jan, that fabric is gorgeous. You have lots of ideas there! I can't wait to see what you do with it. Most of all, have fun!
    Hugs, Ruth

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    Quote Originally Posted by STAR
    BEAUTIFUL FABRIC!! MAYBE DO A QUILT WITH THE LARGE PRINT AS A SOLID BLOCK AND THEN USE THE OTHER 2 FABRICS TO MAKE 4 PATCHES TO GO ON EITHER SIDES. ALTERNATING
    I agree with this, beautiful fabric.

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    LOVE this idea!
    Quote Originally Posted by fabuchicki
    That red would make a great kaleidoscope block which is easy. I did that for my first quilt and then you could use the green for a thin border or accent blocks. The book "One Block Wonders" describes the pattern.

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    Well, I would use the beautiful red as one piece, the backing, and I would find two more pieces in a kinda salmon/pinkish color, a red to match the dark, and maybe a dark tannish/olive green . You could use an "around the world" pattern. Cut six inch squares, put a row of six red in the center, straight in a row, or however, an d then surround that row with any of the other materials you have, and just keep alternating the design to please yourself. No borders. when you have the size you want laid out then you sew your squares together in rows and then you sew the rows together. You can label you different fabrics A,B,C,D,etc. Sandwich the finished top and either have a flat end where the quilt top meets the backing or allow enough to bring the backing over for a border, which I really like, because then you bring it all together. Or just arrange the squares however you want and have fun! Remember, everything can be fixed! You can always buy more material and it's only money. So be creative! don't worry about perfection or what somebody else thinks. You just follow your own instincts, learn, create, and have fun as you go. Quilting should be enjoyable and relaxing! So goo with the flow.

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    How about this -- click on the BQ2 pattern. I am trying to do the same thing with a showcase pattern.

    http://mapleislandquilts.com/quiltpatterns.asp

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    I think twisterstitcher's idea is a perfect showcase for the red.

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    I would use the first fabric as the border and then pick out different fabrics in colors that are in the border fabric. A rail fence quilt block is easy and only needs 3 fabrics. Goggle it and you'll find the pattern and pic's to help you. Good luck!

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    My idea would be either a stack and whack fan or fussy cut triangular shapes at 60 degrees and put them together. If you wonder about either of these, look them up online to get a visual. Neither of them are too hard and are stunning when done. Have fun, whatever you do!

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    I would look into Jinny Bayer instructions. she uses fabrics like that and turns the most beautiful quilts just by knowing where to cut. I will search some more and post again if I find it.

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    You can check this out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILhIT...eature=related

    In the video the designer used border fabrics, but I believe your fabric calls for that style.

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    you could also do a fussy cut block with that red fabric

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    Hey Girls, She's just a beginner and starting off with diamonds may be too much for her. lol

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