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    How would you finish this?

    A friend gave me this hand-pieced patchwork units and I'm kind of fascinated with doing something with them. They are very inconsistent in size and I really don't want to hand applique them to a base fabric. No way to I want to try to make inset pieces either. I thought maybe I could cut them up into some other shape and sew them together with some muslin background fabrics. Any suggestion as to where to start cutting them. I have no idea who pieced them, so the work has no sentimental value to me. I just like the challenge of not letting them go completely to waste and I like the old fabrics. (Grrr! I'll attach pictures as soon as I can remember how to size them.)
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    Hope you can get a picture to load but cutting them and using them will be better than them sitting in a box somewhere.

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    Okay, is the size of these pictures okay? I've taken notes so I will remember next time.
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    I would probably sew them down onto something and call it a day. i wouldn't line them up either. i would toss them about like bouncing balls, but that's just me ;-)
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    I would not cut them up; too much work has already gone into them. This is a perfect opportunity to practice the curved sewing. C'mon! You can do it! There are great tutorials out there.
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    Your pictures are fine. What size are the 'blocks'?

    They're saying table runner to me. If you turned four of the segments round the other way, you would have a petal shape.

    Alternatively you could use the oval shapes joined at an angle like so ()()()()()()()() Good luck!
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    there is so much work involved in a double wedding ring. so much of the work has been done already on your pieces. i'd take the time to applique them onto a background. in any case, show us later what you've done with them.
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    They are about 13 in. square. Each "football" is about 9 in. from point to point. But they are so irregular in size! I'm guessing that's why they ended up on someone's UFO pile and, ultimately, abandoned.
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    I would find a great background color (or colors) that work with the pieces (they are wonderful). I would applique the pieces to the background -- I would use the floor or a design wall to figure out how I want to lay the pieces in the block). Then I would assemble the block. You could either do hand applique, or some version of machine. I think this could be a great quilt.
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    I would machine applique them using black thread and blanket stitch. Use fusible or 505 spray to baste it in place. Do you have a large piece of fabric left over, maybe some backing fabric not used. Maybe you could just make a whole cloth sandwich then be quilting and appliqueing at the same time.

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    Now that I've seen them, I would sort them by size. If I had enough of one size, I would appliqué(in whatever method you like) to background fabric for a bed runner (2rows?) or table runners (1 row). They are great blocks but I wouldn't want to tackle a whole quilt with the variety of sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Now that I've seen them, I would sort them by size. If I had enough of one size, I would appliqué(in whatever method you like) to background fabric for a bed runner (2rows?) or table runners (1 row). They are great blocks but I wouldn't want to tackle a whole quilt with the variety of sizes.
    Good ideas. Thanks!
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    I'd cut muslin blocks (or a background color of your choice -- solid red and/or blue?) about 15" square. Then use the suggestion to spray baste the blocks to the background fabric and buttonhole stitch them, using your machine. You'd protect the beauty of the "finished" blocks you have, they'll float on the background fabric so size differences won't be as noticable. What fun you'll have. The finished blocks will make a lap throw about 45x60 before you add borders. If you can find a couple fabrics similar to that in the blocks then sew a narrow (maybe 2") and a wider 4" border in another color. A narrow black border on the inside would be a great way to have the colors stand out too. The blocks will tell you want they want you to do.

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    I would applique them on to squares the size of the largest one , put a sashing between them and sew them together into rows, put a border on it, quilt it up, bind it and call it done. Washing and drying after it is done will hide lots of things. Just my opinion.
    By the way, the pieces are great.
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    How many block do you have? I would pick out my favorites and applique them (by machine, using a blanket stitch) to a background. All in a row and hang them. You might do two (2) of them and stagger them on the wall. They are nice blocks.

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    The way you have them laid out in the picture, that's how I would just sew them down onto a nice colored background. I'd keep the edging as is....and put a nice back, border, and edging....to match! they are gorgeous

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    I've made several double wedding ring quilts. To turn these into a DWR is probably more effort than its worth. As long as they don't have sentimental value, set them aside and forget about them. In a couple of years if no one has come forward that wants to play with them or use them for something else, then pitch or donate.

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    I'm a newbie so it looks overwhelming to me!

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    lay them out as you have in the pic. draw out the middle add 1/4 and sew them together. do the same for the corners and make it a square.

    You can applique it to a piece of materia.
    good luck. I know it will be wonderful.
    no don't cut them up.
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    Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. I've got some ideas rolling. I think there are 27 complete units, so I could try a variety of things. I don't think I'll make a big quilt, maybe a couple smaller projects. Okay, y'all have convinced me not to cut them up. I'll post pics if I ever get around to actually doing things with them.
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    Too pretty to cut up but would use applique paper backing and applique them to a foundation fabric.

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    I think these are called pickle dish........a smaller more intense version of dwr....the many ideas offered here are all good possibilities.......let us know what you finally decide what to do

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    I really like the work already done. I think the idea of table runners is a great idea. I don't think you would have to hand applique them, but I would sew them to a background fabric and use it as a great throw.
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    Please do not CUT.
    They are tooooo nice to do that to them.
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    I agree with AlienQuilter - hers was also my first thought....blanket stitch individually - using black to show or med gray/brown to not show so much -- to a nice background fabric - scattering them around - it would have a primative look - and would preserve what was obviously someones very earnest efforts in making these.

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