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    Hi All
    I've posted before about how I'm making quilts for my family from my brother's shirts (he passed away 3 yrs ago) I am almost finished w/ the 2nd quilt then have mine to make! Anyway the help I need is with this.......I'd like to take the scraps of the shirts and make a really nice square out of them for each of my mother, sister and myself to put in a frame and display on our wall! My issue is I'm such a square block quilter that I have no idea what kind of square to make! I want something that's not too difficult but that looks nice. maybe something w/ an easy star in it? any suggestions as to where I could look for patterns would be great! thank you all in advance!

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    quilterscache.com - you can even choose based on size of block you want

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rymer
    Hi All
    I've posted before about how I'm making quilts for my family from my brother's shirts (he passed away 3 yrs ago) I am almost finished w/ the 2nd quilt then have mine to make! Anyway the help I need is with this.......I'd like to take the scraps of the shirts and make a really nice square out of them for each of my mother, sister and myself to put in a frame and display on our wall! My issue is I'm such a square block quilter that I have no idea what kind of square to make! I want something that's not too difficult but that looks nice. maybe something w/ an easy star in it? any suggestions as to where I could look for patterns would be great! thank you all in advance!

    If you've been cutting squares you've obviously gathered a bunch of bits------

    Chose one DEFINING scrap for each person----------use it to make the center of crazy quilt square

    DEFINING: Mom's favorite robe, Dad's favorite work shirt

    edited to add new thought. How about having a snapshot of each printed onto a good piece of cotton and using that for the center piece of the crazy block.?

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    oh thanks ladies!!

    yes lots of bits! a lot of them are hawian print so I can probably focus each square on one certain shirt and go from there.

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    Try the 10 minute square, it uses 5 different fabrics and you can put your brother's picture in the middle. It can be made with any size squares. I have used 4" 5" and 8". Look at this quilt for the 10 minute square. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-110564-1.htm

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    That sounds like a wonderful idea, would love to see pictures when you're done.

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    If you are framing these, find a good picture of your brother and place that in the center of the block.

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    You could make the state block for the state he was born or lived in. Here's the link.....http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art23676.asp.

    If you want to use a photo of him, you could find a picture frame with a mat already inside and cover the mat with the fabrics. Maybe even embroider his name on the fabric beforehand.

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    A star block was mentioned, Ohio Star is easy to do and looks good done scrappy and you can put a picture as the middle square. Look for the pattern in Quilters Cache. Looking forward to seeing all the finished quilts and framed blocks.

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    An Ohio Star is very basic, and you could add sashing.
    There are other star blocks too that would be easy and look very nice. The suggestion of Quilters Cache is a good one, their blocks are listed with the level of difficulty too :D:D:D

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    How about a men's shirt block? or Wonky Stars. There was a nice example of scrappy Wonky Stars on the site this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    Try the 10 minute square, it uses 5 different fabrics and you can put your brother's picture in the middle. It can be made with any size squares. I have used 4" 5" and 8". Look at this quilt for the 10 minute square. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-110564-1.htm
    ooo, I really like that idea!

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    thanks everyone! I spent a great deal of time on quilterscache today....that site is GREAT! I will for sure find something on there to do! Oh I'm so excited. I love this board! I will post a picture of one of the quilts I am about to finish. I need to put on the border. Saturday would have been his birthday so I will be presenting my sister with her quilt then. I gave my mom her's on Mother's day. (yes I'm quite slow w/ quilting!)

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