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Need help, please - finishing old blocks just found

Old 06-22-2013, 09:15 AM
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I hope you can help me find a way to finish a stash of blocks I found in my mom's house. She passed away last July and I found a few dozen blocks she apparently made and hand quilted in a "quilt as you go" fashion. So, there are 14-16 inch blocks quilted through the 3-layers (not trimmed). How to I connect the blocks? Sorry if it is a lame question, but I am a not-very-experienced quilter when it comes to techniques. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:25 AM
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Depends on whether or not they are compatible and all the same size, and howmany, and what style they are. A photo might help. Do you want sashing? or Not?

There are QAYG methods with sashing, and without.
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This graphic may give you some ideas of a methods you might use. Please think outside this box and come up with alternatives that suit your process.

You could piece all the blocks together with either method, then apply the sashings as long strips. Or do individual blocks with sashings on two sides, then add long sashing to join the rows of individuals together.

You may even come up with another way to hasten your process or one that works better for you.

I envy you the chance to work on your mom's blocks. I taught my own mom to quilt and I was the first quilter that we know of in 5 generations of my family; no unfinished treasures to love and cherish.

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Jan you graphic skills are amazing
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Originally Posted by Maggie_Sue View Post
Jan you graphic skills are amazing
Thank you, Maggie_Sue, but this is a really easy accessory program that comes on most PCs, called Paint. I can do wonders with squares, rectangles, and triangles, but the curves and squiggles are a bit more trouble.

Anyone can do this! I just happen to have the time and do it often.

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Another possibility would be making a "potholder quilt" where you first bind all the blocks separately, then sew together. I have only seen one of these type of quilts, but did like how it looked.
Here is link to an article on the Marcus site about this type of quilt.

http://www.marcusbrothers.com/featur...l#.UcYkvPnVCS8

And another one...says they were made civil war era

http://jomaj.wordpress.com/2011/04/1...lts-seriously/

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Wonderful to know they were so advanced quilters in those times. I'm 68 and first I've heard of a potholder quilt.
I learn so much on this board all the time. Thanks for the link.
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Why not make plain blocks to fit between the ones you have to make a say 20 block quilt. You possible need to square them to same size.
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Originally Posted by DOTTYMO View Post
Why not make plain blocks to fit between the ones you have to make a say 20 block quilt. You possible need to square them to same size.
That sounds like great idea to me. Plus, then it'd be a "mother-daughter" project, even though your mom's no longer living. I have a few projects my mom & I have done together that I will treasure when she's gone.
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Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
Thank you, Maggie_Sue, but this is a really easy accessory program that comes on most PCs, called Paint. I can do wonders with squares, rectangles, and triangles, but the curves and squiggles are a bit more trouble.

Anyone can do this! I just happen to have the time and do it often.

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I was wondering what you use! great job and very helpful to everyone
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