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Thread: Need help picking a quilt pattern

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    Hello everybody,
    I have been collecting firefighter fabric and have around 8 different patterns that I would like to use in a quilt. I am having trouble finding a pattern that I can use using 8 or so different fabrics. I need a pattern that isn't really hard to do. I want it to be challenging but not real hard. I don't want it to take a real long time to make. I would love to hear ideas from all of you.

    Thank you,
    Judy

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    Hi and welcome. How about a D9P or a railfence

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    I will try to post a pic of the fabrics I have. I think I need something with bigger pcs. Most of the fabric has bigger print than I would want to use in a D9P or railfence.
    Judy

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    how about a 9 patch pizazz. you use a large scale, a medium scale, and 2-4 small

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    I vote sampler.. with 12" blocks.. the options are unending.

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    what about this one - definitely easy and will really showcase the fabrics well:

    http://www.modabakeshop.com/

    It's the very first one of the page

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tippy
    I vote sampler.. with 12" blocks.. the options are unending.
    I agree with a sampler. You can start with more simple blocks and move on to more complicated blocks. I started quilting about a year and a half ago with no real sewing experience at all. I took a class at my LQS and made a king sized quilt with twenty five 15" blocks. I'll list the squares I did and the technique used as best I can:

    Straight seam block: Patience Corner - Alabama

    Triangles : Churn Dash - Old Maid's Puzzle - Ohio Star - Card Tricks -
    Geometric - Pinwheels and Squares - Jack In the Box

    8 Point Centers: Spider Web - Kaleidoscope

    Here are a couple of pics:

    Strips: Log Cabin - Bright Hopes - Over the Rainbow - Bricks

    Applique: Dresden Plate - Grandmother's Fan

    Curves: Sunflower - Love Ring - Fools Puzzle - Rob Peter to Pay Paul

    Just some ideas on how you can start out really easy and expand. You gain LOTS of experience and confidence this way!
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    We call these Happy Blocks. They are a 4.5" center square, with a 2.5" by 4.5" strip on each side. Then an 8.5" by 2.5" strip on top and bottom. Very easy to make and can show off fabrics by fussy cutting. It makes an 8" finished block.



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    All of these ideas are awsome. Now to decide what to do. lol I have some fabric with flames on it that I could probably use as a sashing between blocks. So much to think about. I think that is the hardest thing for me..... trying to figure out what block or pattern to use.
    Judy

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    Quote Originally Posted by judy_68
    All of these ideas are awsome. Now to decide what to do. lol I have some fabric with flames on it that I could probably use as a sashing between blocks. So much to think about. I think that is the hardest thing for me..... trying to figure out what block or pattern to use.
    Judy
    Sometimes that is the hardest part. Sometimes the fabric tells you how it wants to be pieced. :lol: I hate it when the fabric isn't talking.

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    Coordinating colors and picking patterns is very hard for me, it always has been. That is probably why I like to make scrap quilts so much.
    Judy

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    How about the quilt by sewnsewer2, ( I hope I got your name right). I have made that quilt 4 times, it is a large quilt and goes together really fast.

    I don't know where to locate it it the posts.

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    I vote for billswife99...Happy Block. That would be wonderful. I can picture it in firefighting fabrics...OOOOh awesome!

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    I agree...it would be awesome!

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    I vote for Happy Block. I made a similar quilt for my Dad with novelty fabrics that reminded me of him - firefighter, hunter, bowler, etc. Because the novelties were so many different colors, I tied them all together by putting a cream tone on tone in all the blocks. I made my Mom's quilt using a slightly different pattern that also worked well with the novelty fabrics.

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    Beautiful! You've given me some great ideas for using up scraps from other projects!

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    Judy, try the Turning Twenty Pattern. Just pieced together one & I'm about to start another. It has 1-10 1/2 by 10 1/2 block, one 6 1/2 by 16 1/2 and 1-6 1/2 by 10 1/2 blocks. You move them around to achieve different patterns. It works real well for scraps too. Let me know & I'll tell you more about it.

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