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Thread: Odd size blocks

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    Has anyone made a quilt or wallhanging with different sized blocks. I mean ones that are MEANT to be different sized - not ones that ended up different, but weren't supposed to be. I'd love to have ideas for setting. Thanks!

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    I have = used scraps and orphan blocks to do a quilt for a niece. Turned out really nice. What questions do you have?

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    I made a kite quilt about 28 years ago, using a butterfly quilt on the front of Quilter's Newsletter as inspiration. My then-3yo DD helped choose the kite pictures, as the quilt was for her first twin bed.
    As I remember, blocks were all multiples of a common rectangle -- some two high, some two wide, some two x two, and the largest 3x3.

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    Yep, I just sash them out to to fit, I sometimes do them all sashed to one uniform size, but I often just lay the blocks out the wat I like them and them just sash them together.

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    yes a couple of them...i love quilts put together this way best! see if i can put a couple sample pics up...maybe ones in the works but you will see the idea.
    my favorite one i do not have a picture of...probably why in my mind it is the best quilt i ever made...it was a santa clause quilt with all different sized blocks...gosh that quilt turned out magical! anyway...off of that and onto sampler pics :thumbup:

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    another sampler in the works
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    this one came to a screeching halt 4 years ago
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    All blocks need to have a home and it is't that hard to lay them out the way you want them, then decide what size sashings and stips you need to make the pieces whole.

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    About 7 years ago, my friends and I did a Round Robin inspired by the book "Setting Solutions" by Sharyn Craig.

    The rules were kind of convoluted, but at the end of 5 rounds, there were 14 blocks of all sizes for each participant - 4 made by the owner and the rest by the group. Mind you, the group only got to see one of those 4 original blocks when making theirs.

    The point was to have 14 blocks of different sizes made by 5 people, and the only thing they had in common was ONE fabric, which they had to use - even if just a smidgen - in the blocks they made.

    Like I said, convoluted.

    The last round - well, the last person in the rotation had to make a quilt top - a finished quilt top (with borders, not quilted).

    It was great fun, and a fabulous learning experience as we all had not been quilting very long.

    Here are the quilts , picture taken on the day of the big reveal: (there are 7 so give me time to upload them_

    I made the Lone Star for one of the participants, and I received the Dark Blue Graphic quilt. I was one happy camper
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    And I can't stop recommending the book "Setting Solutions" enough. It's the only quilt book I actually read.
    She has a fabulous example starting on page 79(?) about starting with blah blue and white star blocks. Meh.

    And then what she does with them. It doesn't matter if it's your taste or not, the way she transformed those blocks into a fabulous quilt was amazing.

    One of my all time favorite quilt books. Worth every penny.

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    I've made several that way . . . I love quilts with different size blocks.

    Here is one from several years ago I did (Fons and Porter Americana Sampler), and the poor thing is still sitting here with no binding. I am ashamed. :oops:
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    cute pictures thanks for sharing

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    Everyone of the quilts above are GORGEOUS! Wow. Thanks for yet another item on my to-do list!! Yep, gonna get the book, thanks MTS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphire_Rae
    Everyone of the quilts above are GORGEOUS! Wow. Thanks for yet another item on my to-do list!! Yep, gonna get the book, thanks MTS.
    Thank you on behalf of the group. I always say if there is ever a fire here, the 2 quilts I HAVE to save are the one above and the one in my avatar (which was from our first Round Robin).

    You understand there are no patterns in the book, right? It's all about coping strips, and creating secondary patterns. We had to come up with those crazy settings to make things work.

    And even though some of them are still grid-based, you can see all these other things going on ....and it's not like you needed great technical skills. It was a lot of basic sewing, just being a bit adventurous. I have such fond memories of the whole project.

    I wish I had $1 for every one of those books I've helped sell over the years. There are other authors that try to cover the same subject, but I think SS is the best one.

    I look forward to seeing your future "solutions."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktbb
    I have = used scraps and orphan blocks to do a quilt for a niece. Turned out really nice. What questions do you have?
    Whether to add just larger or smaller sashing as needed, or pieced sashing or extra blocks. Just wondered how others handled it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    yes a couple of them...i love quilts put together this way best! see if i can put a couple sample pics up...maybe ones in the works but you will see the idea.
    my favorite one i do not have a picture of...probably why in my mind it is the best quilt i ever made...it was a santa clause quilt with all different sized blocks...gosh that quilt turned out magical! anyway...off of that and onto sampler pics :thumbup:
    LOVE the quilts! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    About 7 years ago, my friends and I did a Round Robin inspired by the book "Setting Solutions" by Sharyn Craig.

    The rules were kind of convoluted, but at the end of 5 rounds, there were 14 blocks of all sizes for each participant - 4 made by the owner and the rest by the group. Mind you, the group only got to see one of those 4 original blocks when making theirs.

    The point was to have 14 blocks of different sizes made by 5 people, and the only thing they had in common was ONE fabric, which they had to use - even if just a smidgen - in the blocks they made.

    Like I said, convoluted.

    The last round - well, the last person in the rotation had to make a quilt top - a finished quilt top (with borders, not quilted).

    It was great fun, and a fabulous learning experience as we all had not been quilting very long.

    Here are the quilts , picture taken on the day of the big reveal: (there are 7 so give me time to upload them_

    I made the Lone Star for one of the participants, and I received the Dark Blue Graphic quilt. I was one happy camper
    GREAT quilts! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltbugs
    I've made several that way . . . I love quilts with different size blocks.

    Here is one from several years ago I did (Fons and Porter Americana Sampler), and the poor thing is still sitting here with no binding. I am ashamed. :oops:
    Fun quilt! You'll get the binding done - what with the storm coming and all! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    yes a couple of them...i love quilts put together this way best! see if i can put a couple sample pics up...maybe ones in the works but you will see the idea.
    my favorite one i do not have a picture of...probably why in my mind it is the best quilt i ever made...it was a santa clause quilt with all different sized blocks...gosh that quilt turned out magical! anyway...off of that and onto sampler pics :thumbup:
    Wow, your quilts are beautiful

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    playing with different size blocks is a great time for a design wall, but if you don't have one just lay them out on a bed or the floor...when i did my first one i simply layed all of the different size blocks out, on the floor and started rearranging them with gaps here and there...when i liked the way they were i looked at the spaces around them that needed to be filled, then i made some blocks for some areas, like small pinwheels in a strip; some checkerboard squares, piano keys, flying geese, a couple plain squares...just ...'built a quilt' it was wonderful creative fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    playing with different size blocks is a great time for a design wall, but if you don't have one just lay them out on a bed or the floor...when i did my first one i simply layed all of the different size blocks out, on the floor and started rearranging them with gaps here and there...when i liked the way they were i looked at the spaces around them that needed to be filled, then i made some blocks for some areas, like small pinwheels in a strip; some checkerboard squares, piano keys, flying geese, a couple plain squares...just ...'built a quilt' it was wonderful creative fun!
    I had thought about checkerboards, but not pinwheels or piano keys. Good ideas - thanks!

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