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Thread: need ideas for 16 patch

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    Super Member SaraSewing's Avatar
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    I have a stack of 16 patch blocks (4 across, 4 down) all made from darker multi colored scraps. I lost the pattern that I was going to use them for. I have searched for ideas, and so far haven't found anything that would work. Each little square is 2 1/2 inches, making the square 8 1/2 now, (8 inches finished). Does anyone have ideas?

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    Here's one I made, no pattern just scraps, it might give you an idea.

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    Wow thimblebug -- that is a pretty quilt!! And all those HSTs.....remarkable!

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    Ohhhh, I like that!!

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    I am wondering if you hadn't planned on putting a snowball block in between each of your sixteen patch blocks.
    WIth the border around the blocks, that sort of changed the direction you may have been heading toward.
    As the quilt is currently, I think you might want to put on one more border around it and have a very colorful, scrappy quilt ... that is one good job of piecing ... quite inspirational, actually!
    Thank you for sharing your creativity with us, and congratulations on getting a WIP closer to goal.
    just thinking .... you could even make the quilt bigger, if you want to, by putting novelty fabric blocks in between ...
    I have also seen quilts that used half square triangles, alternating directions to create what looks to be a square framing each block that looks like it has been turned on point.
    A snowball block would also acheive that with the size of the points on the side of your blocks poking out into the light background large or small depending on the size of your corner squares for your snowball ...
    is that all about as clear as mud?

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    That is a beautiful quilt. So bright and inviting. Great job.

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    Great job thimblebug. I'm afraid of doing scrappy but this looks like an organized scrappy. I do believe it is doable for me. Thanks!

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    Yes I do!! Let me see if I can find the picture!

    You make four blocks to counter the 16 patch. Isn't it beautiful? Better Homes and Gardens _ American Patchwork and Quilting August 2008
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    Thimble, I really like the way you did your quilt. I like that you have hst's here and there throughout -- and I love the alternating borders around the 16 patches. Looks very inviting and comfortable.

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    Mamagus shows a really pretty and quick quilt that goes together wonderfully. Someone else posted a similar one when I posted mine. Is a real nice looking quilt, I used the pattern from the mag. that she shows. Different color options sure make it look different. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluebird
    Mamagus shows a really pretty and quick quilt that goes together wonderfully. Someone else posted a similar one when I posted mine. Is a real nice looking quilt, I used the pattern from the mag. that she shows. Different color options sure make it look different. :D
    Nice, Bluebird!! I really want to do this one in pastels so I still have to do some collecting of fat quarters since i usually don't buy those shades!

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    Bluebird and mamagus, that idea is the one I'm thinking that I may use. However, when I see the pattern, it is only 4 patch's, then a square with opposite corners in patchwork. I got this pattern from #1piecemaker just last week, and I'm thinking of working those 16'ers into it.
    Thimblebug, yours sure turned out pretty. It gives me motivation to just use the 16'ers as they are. You did a great job.

    When I get home, I"ll post the ones I have finished to give you more ideas. (shhhh, don't tell my boss that I'm playing with all of you during work!)

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    I don't think this is the one you're looking for...but it's a really nice free download pattern. Scroll almost to the bottom of the page called Scrappy Star...

    http://www.quiltinaday.com/eleanoran...y/freepattern/

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    I like the quilts!!!

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    Another scrappy one I've started with the 16 square center is from www.quilterscache.com and then do a search on the 12"block for Sunny Lanes

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    Another scrappy one I've started with the 16 square center is from www.quilterscache.com and then do a search on the 12"block for Sunny Lanes
    Wow, Sunny Lanes is great! I have so many random scraps that I will probably try this one too. Thank you for the idea.

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    I LOVE it!!! What a wonderful and beautiful way to use up little scraps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbsstrawberry View Post
    I don't think this is the one you're looking for...but it's a really nice free download pattern. Scroll almost to the bottom of the page called Scrappy Star...

    http://www.quiltinaday.com/eleanoran...y/freepattern/
    I like Eleanor Burns' pattern. I have never seen that Flying Geese method.
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    The pattern shown by Mamagus is called Arkansas Crossroads. I just finished one, and it went together pretty quickly. Also, on the QB just the other day was one done with the X-blocks in a pinkish color, done by the husband of one of the members.
    I also like the one pictured above, by thimblebug. Very creative, and doesn't require a pattern purchase. Her sashing alternates green and cream, but you could make your sashing any color(s) you choose.

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    You can cut them along the diagonal in each direction and make disappearing 9 patch. Here's a good example of what I mean.

    http://www.sewwequilt.com/2011/03/di...-16-patch.html

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    And here's a nice idea from someone at THIS board:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...s-t113220.html

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    VERY NICE layout thimblebug6000 !! I like the colors that you picked to surround each block. JOB WELL DONE !!
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    The back of this quilt was made with similar blocks. The quilterscache pattern calls for 2" squares but I just adjusted my other measurements because I prefer 2 1/2".
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...e-t192881.html

    edit: Whoops, I see some already suggested Sunny Lanes. Ah, well, great minds think alike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbsstrawberry View Post
    I don't think this is the one you're looking for...but it's a really nice free download pattern. Scroll almost to the bottom of the page called Scrappy Star...

    http://www.quiltinaday.com/eleanoran...y/freepattern/
    Thanks for sharing!
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    I like both the ones with the border around the block and the X block next to it.. Both are simple, but look great. I have a number of 16 blocks, which are just made into a postage stamp quilt. I like that one, too, but no photo of it yet.
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