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Thread: Ideas for Kindergarten blocks!

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    Question Ideas for Kindergarten blocks!

    Here is a picture of my design wall. which I need back!! I have had these up there for a while, thinking I would get some idea of what to do with them. Small crazy quilt? Table runner? placemats? yuk.

    Generally, before I am comfortable with a new block or technique, I practice. I always used the same fabrics. Problem is, I have improved considerably, and it is hard to go back and sort out how to use these, when they aren't technically 'correct'.

    I am just stumped. I do have some extra of the bold bright blue, which isn't used much here, but no yardage of anything else.

    should I bundle it up and chunk it all at Goodwill?

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    I would use the bright blue to pull it together and finish it. You have done such a good job with the blocks you shouldn't give up at this point! Show a picture when you have it done.

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    Can you arrange them for a kitchen set? Table topper, hot pads, place mats, oven mitts, coasters, appliance covers? Maybe finish with bleached muslin or prequilted fabric? Package it up in a basket for a gift or raffle item for your local school?

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    you could sandwich like you would make a quilt and practice free motion quilting if that interests you. i think you have too many variations on the sizes of the blocks to put into a quilt. consider them practice for the real thing. you could also include them in a table runner, pot holder, pin cushion or other small project. but, then again, you could just toss them and move forward with your newly acquired skills.
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    I agree.. Even if you are not fond of the blocks right now, they will make a good lap quilt for someone in a rest home.

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    Start with your pretty star and add in sections to go around it. Pair up blocks that are close to the same size and add the blue where you need it until you have another section the same size as your star and so on. You will be pleased once it is all pieced into a top.

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    I found this at connectingthreads.com http://www.connectingthreads.com/pat...__D991504.html

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    I wouldn't chuck it. I would put the lone star in the center. I would consider taking apart the large block in the upper right (into 4 blocks) and using the individual blocks or use it as a row. Square up the hexagon flower and the lone star. Then use light blue, darker blue, and white as borders around the rest of the blocks. They'll need some sort of transition from one to another, and maybe border strips between the blocks.

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    if you are going to chuck it send it to me I will pay postage

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    I would put some sort of blue sashing between the blocks and if you still don't like it there are so many places out there to donate it. I take my orphan blocks and add some borders or add a couple of blocks together and make doll quilts. I use them to practice new FMQ techniques and then I give them to the local Salvation Army. The post here gives out about 700 dolls and doll quilts at Christmas. They are beautiful, please don't throw them out.

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    Just saw Gypsy Sampler at http://www.calicocarriage.com/ . It reminded me of your design wall. It may give you some ideas.

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    Thanks so much! What I will do is pick ONE thing to do to that wall, like yall have suggested. I LIKE the idea of kitchen stuff, but it would be great for me to practice some quilting too. I have at least six tops that need to be sandwiched and quilted. I actually got batting and thread for two of them today at hancocks, with a great sale and a coupon and some birthday funds! =))

    SO . . . those two will be my carrot and that wall will be my stick. I'll take those big four apart, and blue-up the lonestar and hexagon. then look again!

    I am waiting on those two links to load to see those ideas!!

    LOVE this board, and all of you ladies!! =))

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    ok . . Newbee, I did pull some of them off the wall. the mostly pale colored blocks, and one that was not pictured, because it isn't quite sewn together! It was so 'off' I thought I would 'fix' it, but . . . . some of the material that matched those that was on the wall is off, and in that pile also. the four blocks in the corner are down, and deconstructed. Three of them are in that pile. The darkest one is all I had of that dark, so I need to hold it for a bit. I do have more material that matches stuff than I thought. Thank goodness, because it is a mess! I added corners to the star, and it is so NOT square!! You ladies that do hexies have even MORE respect from me. Wow. No more Y seams for me. I can do them, but not for fun!! Newbee, the cubed bit is in your pile too!! I re-arranged the wall, trying to get the star in the middle. I'll take another picture after lunch. So far, it has not been fun. =//

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    ta da! here is a new picture. see anything that just needs to come down? anything that just doesn't blend in?

    I do not have any white. Should I get some for the background for all of this?

    Should I separate the pinwheel clusters at all?

    thoughts?
    thanks ladies

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    I see the star as a separate item - maybe a table topper, either as it is now or with the 'squaring up' removed. With that out of the picture, the rest could be worked into a sampler quilt.

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    Irishrose, I think you picked it. When I had the star off my wall, the rest looked better somehow. And, if I take the 'squaring up' off, and make it a table topper, I'll be trying a new kind of corners with binding it! That fits the whole 'practice' thing, doesn't it? =))

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    Awesome idea to do your samples in all the same fabrics. I'll have to remember that. It really makes a nice sampler.
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    Kathleen, let's hope so!! =)) lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Start with your pretty star and add in sections to go around it. Pair up blocks that are close to the same size and add the blue where you need it until you have another section the same size as your star and so on. You will be pleased once it is all pieced into a top.
    I agree! Good idea!!!!!!!!

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    I love that star! Looking forward to seeing your end results.

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    Oh my goodness,
    These are gorgeous! I think they would look wonderful as a sampler quilt!!! I LOVE them!
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    I would put a darker sashing around the star & then add the pinwheels around that. Even if you had to put in spacers to make the pinwheels fit all the way around Then another sashing around it & just keep building in that order with the other blocks. I think it would make a wonderful quilt.

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    I looked yesterday at the blue that I had added to the flower garden block and it is awful! Now I have to take all of that off!! and, I want to play with the fake cathedral, and the paper pieced star. SO . . . maybe more 'orphaned practice blocks' for that wall!! thank you ladies, I do feel better about all of it than I did! ;0)

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    lovely blocks
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    Have a great day and happy sewing !

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    center the big star and then fill in around it. Keep it at your home.
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