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    Searching for a fast but impressive looking quilt pattern

    I want to make a quilt for a friend who just found out that her mom is in the last stages of brain cancer . My friend is having such a hard time right now so I thought I would surprise her with a quilt. Her favorite colors are black and tans/ gold so I thought I would use several of these colors. Does anyone have or know of a commercial quilt pattern that goes together fairly quickly but still looks impressive? I would like to use mostly small-patterned solids so I do not want to use a "Just can't cut it".

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    The disappearing 9 patch looks like it took lots of effort, but is so easy. And it would look yummy in the black/tan/gold color scheme. I'd probably put the black and gold in the four corners and the tans in the rest of the squares(which will get cut up)

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    I agree with Jennie and Me - DP9 would be my suggestion as well.

    Here is one that I did with three colors - In the nine patch before I cut, I put the Browns in the four corners the golds in between and the orange in the center. It was quick and when done looks more complicated than it really is.
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    Single Irish chain goes together really fast.

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    ​I think Magic Squares from MSQC would be great in your colours. Jenny has a nice tutorial up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by germanquilter View Post
    I want to make a quilt for a friend who just found out that her mom is in the last stages of brain cancer . My friend is having such a hard time right now so I thought I would surprise her with a quilt. Her favorite colors are black and tans/ gold so I thought I would use several of these colors. Does anyone have or know of a commercial quilt pattern that goes together fairly quickly but still looks impressive? I would like to use mostly small-patterned solids so I do not want to use a "Just can't cut it".

    Thanks in advance,
    Elke

    My suggestion as always is WARM WISHES. Pick one large print for the framed square, pick a second matching but a bit smaller print for the un-framed square. The chose two of the darker colors for the sides of the rail fence block and a neutral for the center rail. I also prefer teeny tiny prints or tonals for the rail fence blocks.

    Google "warm wishes quilt pattern" and you'll get plenty of info.
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    I've made this one twice! Goes together fast, easy and fun. Think it would look great with black background and a mix of golds/tans.

    http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransso...ice-quilt.html

    Heres a link to one that I made.

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    I like that one too.
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    So sorry to hear what your friend and her mother are going through!

    I had just sorted through some patterns last week and came across a few I am no longer interested in. I am selling this for $3.
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    I like the Boxed Squares from Quilters Cache. It's simple, cut a 2 1/2 in square and the boxed it in with anorth color, square on top and bottom the rectanles along the side. go one more them around to make it larger. You can use lots of different fabrics or a few, just mix them up.

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    Here is another quilt that goes together easily - it is called Bailey's quilt. I'm not ready to let go of my pattern, but I can direct you to a store selling it.
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    Sorry, I'm not sure where you find the pattern for the boxed squares, I change this from Marys Quilts to Quilters Cache, but didn't find it either place.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_MO View Post
    I like the Boxed Squares from Quilters Cache. It's simple, cut a 2 1/2 in square and the boxed it in with anorth color, square on top and bottom the rectanles along the side. go one more them around to make it larger. You can use lots of different fabrics or a few, just mix them up.

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    My vote goes to Carpenters Star. It only needs 3 colours & goes together quickly. All you need is a light coloured background, a medium colour & then a co ordinating dark colour. The pattern I found online says you can make the top in 4 hours (not counting the cutting) It is made with half square triangles & a very easy pattern with fantastic results (if you pick the right colour combos). Just google carpenters star &look for the 4 hour one. Hope this helps & prayers out to your friend & her dear mother.
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    So sorry to hear about your friend's mom. A quilt for your friend is a wonderful idea.

    I agree the D9P is very attractive, easy & quick. Here is a pic of one I made for my GS
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    Another fast & easy quilt is the tube quilt from MSQC. Here is a link to the tutorial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOWSp0mTTqE And a pic of one I made for another GS
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    Thanks everyone so far for the ideas I like your D9P, Gail, it is my favorite so far. I can see using a gold for the smaller squares and a black instead of your light with tans for the blocks. I also have a Hoffman Bali Pop Cappucino jelly roll and some jelly roll patterns I need to look through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    I've made this one twice! Goes together fast, easy and fun. Think it would look great with black background and a mix of golds/tans.

    http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransso...ice-quilt.html

    Heres a link to one that I made.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...y-t201820.html
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    My vote is for the Carpenter Star. Its simple cutting, sewing is HST and squares sewn together, straight forward sewing and they always look very nice. Can be made in 3 colors as well as scrappy and can be made in many different sizes.

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    I made this one of Bonnie Hunter's last week and was really impressed. Bricks & Stepping Stones
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    Check Quilter's Cache for Floating Stars - It has an optical illusion and all you cut out are 2-1/2x2-1/2" squares and 4-1/2x 2-1/2 rectangles. Fast and easy. I am making mine with 216 squares of each, cut the 2-1/2 into triangles and sew them to the 4-1/2x 2-1/2. It will be about 52x80 (give or take) and makes a lovely throw. All you need is two colors - a background and whatever you want for the triangles. Edie
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    I made the 'giving quilt' by Jennifer Chiaverini, one of my favorite authors. It went together very fast and looks teriffic. Here's the link for the free download.
    http://elmcreek.net/gallery/patterns/the-giving-quilt

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    The Jelly Roll 1600 quilt goes together quickly. No cutting. I would choose bright colorful colors to cheer her up.
    The colors you listed look like they would remind her of death instead of living...
    Theres a large assortment of jelly rolls available to choose from.

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    How about Cocouts by The Peaceful Quilter ! It is rich looking and easy to put together, you could randomly add the gold. I made two of these for Christmas gifts, and both were well received...... It was a kit (You could make 2 for a larger quilt!
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    Love 10 minute squares!!
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