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Thread: Sampler Quilt Brainstorming

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    I hope some of you out there could help me with a little sampler quilt I want to teach this coming Fall.

    I am in the process of coming up with block ideas that will teach my students various quilt block techniques. I plan to have 20 blocks. This will be a 12 week class and of course there will be homework where they may have to do some blocks at home.

    Anyway, I need your help brainstorming some techniques in blocks i can teach. So far I have hand and machine applique, working with templates, working with the rotary cutter, Celtic knots, Paper piecing, English Paper Piecing.

    All ideas are welcome! I really want to get started designing this quilt and having it ready for September 15th!!!

    Cheers!

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    Curves?

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    Crazy?

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    Triangles - tips on how to make them, different techniques used to make them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Curves?
    I thought I would use a dresdan plate for this one so they can learn that technique as well as a little bit of applique for the center piece

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Crazy?
    added to the list.. THANKS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearpaw
    Triangles - tips on how to make them, different techniques used to make them.
    I was thinking of putting in a couple of star patterns where they can learn rotary cutting and perhaps templates too

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearpaw
    Triangles - tips on how to make them, different techniques used to make them.
    Oh yes - a block that uses HSTs and QSTs - good one! :D

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    How about some dimensional inserts? They are just so cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222
    How about some dimensional inserts? They are just so cool.

    hmmmm interesting.. have you any links to some ideas for me? Please and thanks???

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222
    How about some dimensional inserts? They are just so cool.
    oooh, what are those Red? Love the lilies in your avatar BTW! :D

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    Seminole piecing, perhaps for borders
    flanges and piping
    Y seams

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilting Aggi
    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222
    How about some dimensional inserts? They are just so cool.

    hmmmm interesting.. have you any links to some ideas for me? Please and thanks???
    cathedral window

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    oh, thanks KLue - They're my next thing to try, didn't know they were called that as well - learn something every day on this board!

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    you could also teach them how to do a flange or piping along the sashing strips and you could do continuous prairie points along the binding.

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    A block with Y seams :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    A block with Y seams :wink:
    oh, yes, people are so scared of y seams, excellent idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    A block with Y seams :wink:
    A good one for that might be Attic Windows.

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    I think that the most challenging (and aggrevating) block is half and quarter triangles. Also the half square triangles that border an on-point quilt. I think that they should be introduced slowly and the 3/8th and 7/8th measurements stressed. They add so much to the quilt yet they are so intimidating. Good luck and hope the result is many great quilts.

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    I guess maybe this time I should talk a little louder, eh? :oops:

    Partial seams is another technique, as used in Bright Hopes.
    Also, Inner City is a good block for Y seams and is not often taught.
    Be aware that flanges and piping added to interior seams, like sashing, are a bear to avoid if the sampler is to be machine quilted. You might want to stick with the outside edge for a learning project like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilting Aggi
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    A block with Y seams :wink:
    A good one for that might be Attic Windows.

    Good one. I was going to suggest it.

    Can I come up and take your class. :D

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    Rag quilt techniques??? Maybe the curved piecing like on Quilter 1962's Mexican Star quilt??

    And I wanna come take your class too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewsewquilter
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilting Aggi
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    A block with Y seams :wink:
    A good one for that might be Attic Windows.

    Good one. I was going to suggest it.

    Can I come up and take your class. :D
    Absoutley!! yourself and Sandpat come on up!!! I am getting new track lighting installed this afternoon so there will be a ton more light!

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    Getting outta this heat for ANY reason sounds great just now...It sure would be fun to make a sample quilt for your class in that wonderful new room of yours!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Getting outta this heat for ANY reason sounds great just now...It sure would be fun to make a sample quilt for your class in that wonderful new room of yours!
    Thanks Sandpat!! I am having alot of fun in my new room. I'll have even more fun tonight when I get my track lights put in and a lot more light!

    As for the heat, well you should DEFINETELY head up here.. we are having a little cold spurt right now. I think it was 8 degrees celcius around 6am this morning when I took Alexi out for her pee. I think it will be going only to 17 today. brrrrrrrrr... It's suppose to rain tomorrow afternoon so I don't think I'll be taking in any of the Canada Day festivities around here. It might be a good day off to start working on that sampler!

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