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Thread: Quilt pattern level of difficulty???

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    I would like to hear from you quilters that have made "Grandmother's Fan" as to the level of difficulty. I'm asking because that was the pattern that Mom used whenever a grandchild married. She would find out what the couple's favorite color was and make a queen size quilt for them. Since she passed away two years ago there has been one grandson to marry and another will marry in May. I'm thinking about continuing the tradition only with a scrappy GF from my stash. So how would you rate this pattern, please?

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    I thought it was easy. You just keep making fans (or Dresden plates if you go in a full circle) until you have enough, then machine applique them onto squares.

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    I haven't tried it, but it sounds nice.

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    That is great of you to continue the tradtion. I've never made one so can't answer as to the difficulty. Good luck.

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    I think they are fairly easy, although I hand applique onto blocks. Either way, to make it easier to applique, I like to make points on the ends by sewing straight across the ends of the wedges. I'll post a picture of one I made.
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    rusty quilter - I remember Mom pieced her fans, had not thought of doing machine applique. Thanks for your response.

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    Pamela - Your quilt is beautiful! Another applique, huh? Mom's points were rounded like a half circle and the little triangle was white on white or muslin (I think). Thanks for your response!

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    I like this one with the lace on it.
    http://www.quilterscache.com/G/Grand...sFanBlock.html

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    Glenda, I've made them before with the rounded edges, but making points makes the edges already to hand applique whereas the rounded pieces all need to be turned under before appliqueing. Anything to make less work for myself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I like this one with the lace on it.
    http://www.quilterscache.com/G/Grand...sFanBlock.html
    My first full-size quilt was like this. I made it in the late 80's and hand pieced and quilted the whole thing. Everything looks perfect. Wish I could do that well now! It was an easy pattern that turned out very well.

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    Oh! I do like the lace trim. Thanks for the link SadieMae.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I like this one with the lace on it.
    http://www.quilterscache.com/G/Grand...sFanBlock.html
    That's the way I made mine as a gift for my daughter, and I thought I was being so creative! It turned out beautifully if I do say so myself. I made it in shades of rose, moss green and cream, and used colored lace to match one of the rose fabrics. The background was a cream-on-cream print. I machine-pieced the fan, but hand-appliqued it and then hand-quilted the fan inside and out. The background was quilted in a fancy curlie-cue pattern. My daughter just loved it. (Boy, was I glad - it was a lot of work, but fun.)

    OK, I'm done bragging now - somebody else's turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol's Quilts
    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I like this one with the lace on it.
    http://www.quilterscache.com/G/Grand...sFanBlock.html
    That's the way I made mine as a gift for my daughter, and I thought I was being so creative! It turned out beautifully if I do say so myself. I made it in shades of rose, moss green and cream, and used colored lace to match one of the rose fabrics. The background was a cream-on-cream print. I machine-pieced the fan, but hand-appliqued it and then hand-quilted the fan inside and out. The background was quilted in a fancy curlie-cue pattern. My daughter just loved it. (Boy, was I glad - it was a lot of work, but fun.)

    OK, I'm done bragging now - somebody else's turn.
    You've all got a right to brag!

    I believe GF is a relatively easy pattern to put together, and I do know that there are patterns for the background/fan joining that are pieced, not appliqued (I hope that makes sense...). You may need to check an older publication for one of those if you don't already have the pattern.

    Otherwise, why don't you put one block together and see how it comes out? That way you don't get too involved in a project you may not care for and that may not work for you in the long run.

    Best of luck and happy sewing!

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    So...do you think it would be easier done as applique or as a pieced pattern?

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    Now that I look at the pattern more...I guess she did applique the completed fan onto a square block - DUH. :oops: I'm hoping she left a pattern in one of the many pizza boxes that ended up at my sister's house in KY. When we go in I have to go thru all those boxes to see what's there. Everytime she would start gathering for a new quilt she would start a new pizza box. I would say my sister has 20-25 pizza boxes stored. :shock:

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    I think if you make them with the pointed edges and use the ruler it will be rather easy. Definitely applique them on.

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    I only made one block on my first quilt that was a sampler. It wasn't hard but it wasn't an applique either. Not pointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenda5253
    So...do you think it would be easier done as applique or as a pieced pattern?
    Again, I'd say whatever you are more comfortable with will work for you. Give it a shot ... you won't know until you try it.

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    i pieced mine it was not hard used yellow for the half circle prints for the fan and muslin for the large around the top of the fan

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    I am making one as we speak. I had some nickel packs that I had ordered from Clotilde and just started cutting out blades. I have completed thirteen(sp)dredens in just two evenings while watching TV with my DH. easiest block I have ever made. The only thing that has slowed me down is that i ran out of the nickel squares and I am waiting for the order that I placed yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenda5253
    I would like to hear from you quilters that have made "Grandmother's Fan" as to the level of difficulty. I'm asking because that was the pattern that Mom used whenever a grandchild married. She would find out what the couple's favorite color was and make a queen size quilt for them. Since she passed away two years ago there has been one grandson to marry and another will marry in May. I'm thinking about continuing the tradition only with a scrappy GF from my stash. So how would you rate this pattern, please?
    I have made one it is not really that hard and I am not an expericend quilt maker either.

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    Check out the Meet Me IN Paris Quilt!!!! Just google it and take a look!!! Someday I really want to do this!!! :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenda5253
    Now that I look at the pattern more...I guess she did applique the completed fan onto a square block - DUH. :oops: I'm hoping she left a pattern in one of the many pizza boxes that ended up at my sister's house in KY. When we go in I have to go thru all those boxes to see what's there. Everytime she would start gathering for a new quilt she would start a new pizza box. I would say my sister has 20-25 pizza boxes stored. :shock:
    maybe you will be lucky and one of those pizza boxes will hold the beginnings of the GF. wishful thinking maybe

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    My avatar is a grandmother's fan. It wasn't that difficult. It isn't appliqued.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenda5253
    Now that I look at the pattern more...I guess she did applique the completed fan onto a square block - DUH. :oops: I'm hoping she left a pattern in one of the many pizza boxes that ended up at my sister's house in KY. When we go in I have to go thru all those boxes to see what's there. Everytime she would start gathering for a new quilt she would start a new pizza box. I would say my sister has 20-25 pizza boxes stored. :shock:
    well lucky you to have some pizza boxes to go thru! and it will be a wonderful thing if you are able to continue the tradition. Good luck and enjoy the learning curve!

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