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    Need help for quilt idea

    I work with this great 16 year old girl who is a real animal lover she wants to be a vet someday so for her graduation in two years i would love to make her a quilt she lives on a farm with her five horses has sheep cows ducks cats dogs does anyone have any ideas for a quilt for her i could make? Thanks for any help you can give me . mkay

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    The only idea I can come up with is to make a quilt out of fabrics that are animal prints. Perhaps use a rail fence design - sort of reminiscent of the fences on a farm.

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    Debbie Mumm has several beautiful designs, featuring country animals. The book, I have, is "Quick Country Quilting." Some of the projects are wall hangings but could easily be turned into larger quilts, by adding another row of blocks.

    Here's what the cover looks like-

    http://books.google.com/books/about/...d=OSVuwrpQw68C
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    There has been a couple of farm animals quilt swaps. Do a search and see some of the finished blocks and quilts.
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    A friend is making a quilt for her grandaughter that shows pigs in 4-H.
    It looks like paper piecing, but it's not. If you could find farm animal squares to make and vary them throughout the quilt, that might work. Then back it with some tractor fabric.

    OR, you could make a barn in the middle and surround it with critters.

    Let us know what you end up making.

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    I like the idea given by HillCountryGal......barn as the center block and build around it.
    You could use photos for some of the blocks...perhaps some photos of her animals.....if you can get them.

    Another idea is to use Attic Window blocks with farm scenes for the center of the 'window'.

    I'm sure you'll get lots of other ideas.
    Let us know what you decide. It should be an interesting project.
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    visit 'critter pattern works' they have lots of applique patterns for farm animals & lots of 'critters' along with some good (inspirational) quilt ideas.
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    I love the attic window idea..this way the blocks would be large enough to see the animals. i am afraid if you do a rail fence the animls would get lost in the cutting.

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    They make a pink John Deere fabric if that is helpful

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    What about a barn in the middle and applique animals around it.. maybe make a fenced in area for horses , chicken coop. idea are endless. I have great ideas just not always sure how to do what i see in my minds eye. LOL

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    How about doing it as an adult I Spy??

    ... look for all sorts of prints that are symbolic of what she loves and what she wants for her future. You could even print some photos on some of the blocks to add to the interest in the quilt.

    It'll be the hit of the dorm when she heads off to Univerity ... and something for her to cuddle in when she misses home, her friends ..... and her animals!
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    Pam Bono has a pattern for a quilt with a Western saddle on it. Title is "Saddle's" #7769. Her web site is pambonodesigns.com. Now, if she rides strictly English, this may not be her "thing". I ride English and I am still making the Western Saddle quilt!
    I have lots of horse (and chicken) related material that I have collected for my stash. The Alexander Henry Fabrics Collection "charras" has a nice Western panel. I have coordinating fabrics to quilt around the outside and border.I have other horse panels by Giordano Studios,LLC.. Wild Wings by Persis Clayton Weirs @ Springs creative Products Group, LLC has panels also. They have a lariet print Cp31611. This one matches the above panel of the Alexander Henry fabrics. I know horse shoe patterns, brands, spurs, etc exist. I have collected them all. These were fat quarters with no label on them. I look for a quilt block that have pieces that I can fussy cut the horses on. Have fun! Hope this helps!

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    I think I posted this on the wrong place to start with. sorry if I screwed up!
    Pam Bono has a pattern for a quilt with a Western saddle on it. Title is "Saddle's" #7769. Her web site is pambonodesigns.com. Now, if she rides strictly English, this may not be her "thing". I ride English and I am still making the Western Saddle quilt!
    I have lots of horse (and chicken) related material that I have collected for my stash. The Alexander Henry Fabrics Collection "charras" has a nice Western panel. I have coordinating fabrics to quilt around the outside and border.I have other horse panels by Giordano Studios,LLC.. Wild Wings by Persis Clayton Weirs @ Springs creative Products Group, LLC has panels also. They have a lariet print Cp31611. This one matches the above panel of the Alexander Henry fabrics. I know horse shoe patterns, brands, spurs, etc exist. I have collected them all. These were fat quarters with no label on them. I look for a quilt block that have pieces that I can fussy cut the horses on. Have fun! Hope this helps!

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    This pattern could be adjusted a little to make it more adult looking, I think it is the cutest pattern for animals.
    http://www.quilterswarehouse.com/p-1...ne-design.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfosa421 View Post
    They make a pink John Deere fabric if that is helpful
    I used some of that fabric for a quilt I made for a great-niece. Her dad is a tractor NUT & the fabric was perfect. I was afraid it would be kind of funky-looking but it actually was really cute fabric!
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    An unusual one would be to look up the iris folding sites and do the little animals in material instead of paper.

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    My grandaughter 11 yrs old just made herself a quilt. She loves horses so she started with a yard piece as the center and built around it. It turned out so pretty. Sorry I don't have a picture

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    I made my granddaughter an animal quilt. I used the log cabin pattern. I fussy cut the center with animals and then surrounded it with logs in matching colors and she loved it. She still has it on her bed even thou she is a teenager now.
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    There used to be a really pretty one of stacked animals in the Keepsake Quilting catalogue. Might be a plan to call and ask them. I think they have a toll free number.

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    Margaret Rolfe has some animal blocks that are very nice. They are paper pieced. You could probably enlarge them on a copier if you don't want to make them 4". I enjoyed doing them but you do need to like doing paper piecing.

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    Lisa Moore has a number of patterns that are great for theme fabric - everything from photo album to similar to attic windows, to circles or ribbons surrounding focal fabric. Take a look: http://www.quiltswithatwist.com/

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    I like the idea of the barn in the middle surrounded by squares of farm animals. They could be paper pieced, applique or just animal print fabrics. For accents how about some animal hide prints, you know black and white cows and brown horse etc....perhaps as the borders. I think Eleanor Burns also has a book with nothing but barns.
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    I like Rangers idea of Attic Windows. Other than that no idea of my own but it's very sweet and kind of you to think of her.
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    McKenna Ryan has a quilt pattern called "Back on the Farm" - Just in case you are not familiar with her patterns...they are very detailed applique using batiks that you fuse and then FMQ. Most of her quilts are made up of various size blocks and you can purchase the whole pattern or by the block. Take a look at her Back on the Farm - you might get some more ideas.
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    You could, as Ranger said, make attic windows. If it were me, I'd machine embroider different animals in each window. It would be a one of a kind and she'd love it. I have several animals in my embroidery catalog, so if you are interested in that idea, send me a pm and let me know which designs you need.
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