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    need help deciding on surrounding blocks for panel

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    What block pattern would you use for blocks surrounding this panel? I need suggestions please. I have thought of using 4" or 6" blocks of various patterns and colors (to accent or pick up the colors in the panel) and turn them on point per block. ANY ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated! If you have photos of what you have done, I would love to see them.

    The panel looks crooked however it is not, is just the way it is on my design board.

    Panel measures 35" x 42" roughly. I want to make a quilt for a farmer, the farm scene is perfect for him.
    I have looked at many blocks online, but not sure what would fit the theme. This will be a queen size quilt.
    Thanks in advance.
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    I think that I would make flying geese in a rich tan to go all around then use about three borders of solid picking up colors from the panel till it was correct size. Make the borders different widths like 1 1/2, 2 1/2, and 3". I am sure your 'farmer' will love it.

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    Whole in the barn door. By other names It's either a shoo fly or churn dash

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    Flying geese were my first thought (rich tan good color choice). But those plus a churn dash/hole in the barn door border might be nice. You will need multiple borders to "grow" this lovely panel into queen size.

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    What about adding a log cabin block to include the traditional red center square?
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    I'd suggest Hole in the Barn Door
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    Any 2 colour pattern blocks would look good surrounding the panel. I would use that barn red of the panel border and a warm cream.

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    The first thought I had was a nine patch. I think it would frame it beautifully.

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    I started a thread about panel quilts. Maybe you can inspiration there.(link below)

    https://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f...s-t293378.html

    I am inclined to agree with the others who suggested Hole in the Barn Door.
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    It is going to need several rows of blocks to enlarge this panel. Just choose colors from the panel and most anything will work.

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    I was thinking churn dash too. It's such a traditional block but not so busy that it will detract from the panel. Be sure to show what you decided when it's finished!
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    equilter.com offers a lot of free patterns that use panels. I've gotten tons of ideas for borders looking at the free patterns.

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    My thought would be that if you cut it up and made attic windows blocks and then it would look like someone was looking out the kitchen window watching the farmer work. I saw a tutorial from MSQC and that is what she did and it looked really nice. Whatever you do I am sure it will be nice. Please share with us when you decide.

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    Love this panel..it is so cool and what a neat gift. I like all the ideas given but I would probably do flying geese. I just did a panel quilt using a braid border around panel that turned out cool.... You can't go wrong with whatever you chose.

    attic window idea would be way cool, too.
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    My thought was pinwheels to represent water windmills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandrab64 View Post
    What about adding a log cabin block to include the traditional red center square?
    I was going to suggest this, also.

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    What about Corn and Beans?

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    panel border

    Quote Originally Posted by gramajo View Post
    What about Corn and Beans?
    If you want to use several colors a braid border would look nice
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    Farmer's Daughter?

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    I'd incorporate the fabric that looks like bandana handkerchiefs. Most farmers carried that kind of handkerchief. I like the suggestion of deep tan, as well, but bandana, too. Lots of ideas for blocks here. Love the panel!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    I'd suggest Hole in the Barn Door
    This was my first thought too. Done in red with various beige to gold backgrounds behind them.
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    I made this tractor quilt for an auction on my church. Everyone told me the chevron border looked like tractor tire tracks.Name:  tractor quilt.jpg
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    This is a great one!!

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    I would use 1/2 square triangles in tan/green, then border with dark red, then 1/2 square triangles in red/tan, finishing off with a brown or rust colored border. Depends on size you want to achieve. Also a 4 patch blocks all around would look nice incorporating colors in panel.
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    I just finished a deer panel with French Braid to surround, it turned out beautiful. I am going to post it now in the pictures section

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