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Thread: Quilts for Kids - Have you changed up the pattern?

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    Super Member Elisabrat's Avatar
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    I received four packages of the Q for K quilts. All are the four patch, one large patch design. With the kits you received did you maybe sew it together differently than the design? leave some strips some patch? I made one it is very cute (pic to be added) and was thinking it would be fun to mix it up a bit.. but how?? Also, my first kit was cut "wonky". The four patches made 6 1/4 not 6 1/2 like the big patches so after I stupidly sewed the rows together amazingly.. the corners did not line up so I had to take it all apart and start over. (lessons learned about measuring).. secondly the border one of the strips had a huge v cut out of it, lucky for me it was on the part I had running over (part to cut) but didnt notice it until I cut it.. so with your kits. Measure everything and also.. check the squares and strips before you sew. I will be fine toothing the new kits.

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    Here is a pic of the quilt top I just finished.. gearing up to finish it (ugh the dreaded quilting part of quilting!)
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    I had the same problem with one of the colors for the four patch cut short but was able to trim them even and then made the square to match. I thought about making different patterns but was worried I would run out of a fabric and it's not from my stash so I made two extra quilts from my stash in a D9P and a windmill pattern to change it up. My granddaughter Ashley loved this project and is looking forward to using grandma's longarm to quilt them. It's a great project and a worth while cause.

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    My first kits pieces were a bit wonky, so I cut them down to match and then I added a small border from my stash to bring it back up to size. I would think you could change the pattern if you have enough fabric or have some to add to it. :D

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    I thought I was the only one with wonky cut strips and blocks! I didn't want to say anything but glad others have. One of my quilts kits was way off, but I made it work, so far.

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    Maybe we overwhelmed them and they are rushing!! Mine was right on. Not quilted yet, I am scared!! I don't want to mess it us.

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    My squares were off also. Thought it was just me. Its a fun quilt tho.

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    My kit was great. Perfectly cut pieces. I've already made and mail back two. I was quite surprised today when I got an email thanking me for my quilts, and asking me is I wanted another one.

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    The kit I just finished seemed to be ok. the big block fabric was a little wonky, but I thought it was because it wasn't the weight as the other fabrics and maybe I was stretching it out of shape

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    Oh, I better check mine out....just got it yesterday and haven't had time to start, quick glance it looked good, cute material.....got batting today....

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    I just finished one of their tops 2 days ago. Some of the 3.5" strips were cut badly, but fortunately they were too large in areas, so I was able to trim them down. They probably have different volunteers doing the cutting, and some are more accurate than others.

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    yes ive changed and added to material they dont care. i just go 3 kits yesterday cant wait to dig in

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    Mine was absolutely perfect! Guess I was lucky. Finished a second quilt from my stash,getting ready to quilt them! Wish me luck, I'm new at the quilting part! Gona do something VERY simple.

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    I am finishing up my third one and they have all been four patch. I was hoping for a DNP or a Pinwheel. I tried it with the binding this time. I like the double binding and this is just a single. Won't do that again. I suppose the best bet is the pillowcase style! If any of you got the frog one the backside is adorable. I am now starting on the cowboy cows.

    I do have to find a cheaper way of sending these quilts. I can't afford to send them as often as I would like to make them. Any suggestions??????
    Post Office charges $7.02 to mail one! I thought I had read somewhere that you could mail in two for the same price as one! Did I dream that?

    I am having fun with these, but it is getting hard to send them at that price.

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    i would like to send cheaoer too but dont know how

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    I have done 3 all four patch and one more to do. When I send my own I do a different pattern. I mailed three out today (I could have fit four maybe five and really should have) in a priority box to recycle the box I had, it cost $12.70....... If I had used a plain box it would have been $10.50. It could be more cost effective if you are sending more than one. My kits have all been measured and cut pretty close so no problems there.

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    Take heart! I also started Q for Kids and mis-read the directions, and had used all of the border fabric in the process. I called and they said not to worry about it; just make it and it will be okay.
    They said the only 2 problems they have are people who get a kit and don't return it, and using too heavy a batting.
    So, I am finishing mine with the wrong blocks sprinkled in the quilt, and it is okay. I am using double flannel sheet, which isn't as heavy as the batting, but I didn't have the right size, and our Wal-Mart was low on everything in batting, and didn't have the weight they mentioned.
    So, don't worry about it, as it will be fine!
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    I finished piecing a quilt kit from quilts for kids, and then dug into my stash for appropriate fabrics for more quilts. The fabric they sent was a little off in size, but not so much as to make a difference. I am ready to quilt - the real challenge, as I hand quilt most of my projects. But I couldn't resist the chance to help out.

    Edit - Thanks, Marta, for the idea of flannel for batt. Our local store is out, as there has been a sale recently!

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    I'm hoping to find a more economical way to ship them also. I sent 2 yesterday and it cost over $9.00. That was for Priority mail, which was only 50 cents more than parcel post.

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    I just finished a quilt for kids kit. I followed the pattern they wanted. My pieces were cut exactly as they should be.

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    No problems here... fabric was cut great, I am quilting it now ... will post picture when I am done.



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    I finished my quilt. Just need to wash and send off. I hope to do more after the holidays.

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    I misplaced the web address for getting kits Anyone have it.

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    WOW!! Your quilt is beautiful!! I love our arrangement of colors. That is where I am always confused. But I love the hand quilting! Beautiful job!!! Charlotte

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    My two were cut pretty good. I noticed the strips dipped a bit in the middle, probably because they are stack cutting. They are sewing together great! I am making the kits as they send them and using my creativity on the extra quilt each time. Looks as if we all got the same prints this go round!

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