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Thread: Weekend's Worth of Cutting

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    Weekend's Worth of Cutting

    A few months ago, my aunt gave me a bag of cotton fabric scraps from projects she'd been working on. Much to my surprise, the colors were right up my alley! Lots of purples, greens, pinks, blues... a bright and pretty bunch. The scraps were a variety of sizes, most between a quarter and half a yard. They've been sitting around until I could get to them. This past weekend, I spent maybe eight or nine hours just cutting away! (My back was screaming by the end.) And there's still a lot more left.

    I ended up with scraps of varying sizes, but I was shooting for a bunch of 4-1/2" x 8-1/2" rectangles so that I could make some brick quilts.

    Besides a standard brick/subway tile pattern, does anyone know of any other patterns that use a lot of this particular size?

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    Oh my those are pretty fabrics! Off the top of my head, I can not think of any patterns....sorry. I do know what you are talking about with the pain, I have been doing the very same thing with three totes filled with fabric and scraps that a retired quilter recently gave to me. I will be working on them for quite awhile.
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    Well... I keep trying to post a picture of a baby quilt I made apparently I'm not computer savy enough!
    Think the pattern was called rail-fence.

    You could also treat the blocks like a jellyroll pack. Maybe shorten a few strips every now and then. Whatever you decide, let us know what you ended up with.

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    those look like some bright, pretty fabrics. I'm sure you will come upon just the right pattern. Have you considered a braid? I think those dementions would probably work for one of those. And they are soooo pretty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HillCountryGal View Post
    Well... I keep trying to post a picture of a baby quilt I made apparently I'm not computer savy enough!
    Think the pattern was called rail-fence.

    You could also treat the blocks like a jellyroll pack. Maybe shorten a few strips every now and then. Whatever you decide, let us know what you ended up with.
    Oh, a modified rail fence would probably be perfect for these blocks! If sewn together in pairs, they would end up as an 8-1/2" block... and I definitely have enough greens and purples to make that work. That's exactly the sort of inspiration I needed! Thank you!

    I'll be playing with layouts and whatnot during my lunch break. I'll try to snap a few phone pictures to show some potentials.

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    Go to Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville and look at the pattern bricks and stepping stones (I think it is the name, but you will find it) It uses bricks and 4patchs. I just finished one and I really like the way it looks. You can adjust the pattern to whatever size bricks you have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennalyn View Post
    A few months ago, my aunt gave me a bag of cotton fabric scraps from projects she'd been working on. Much to my surprise, the colors were right up my alley! Lots of purples, greens, pinks, blues... a bright and pretty bunch. The scraps were a variety of sizes, most between a quarter and half a yard. They've been sitting around until I could get to them. This past weekend, I spent maybe eight or nine hours just cutting away! (My back was screaming by the end.) And there's still a lot more left.

    I ended up with scraps of varying sizes, but I was shooting for a bunch of 4-1/2" x 8-1/2" rectangles so that I could make some brick quilts.

    Besides a standard brick/subway tile pattern, does anyone know of any other patterns that use a lot of this particular size?

    oops, didn't mean to copy the picture again. Just this morning, I was watching a tute on FIVE MINUTE BLOCKS. I think that is the size blocks she used. I want to try that one.It's like the ten minute block but the result is awesome. I think it was Suzanne McNeal.
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    A quick mock-up of a scrappy rail fence I can make with these rectangles (minus the very bottom row that wouldn't fit on the wall). It's going to be zingy and perfect for one of my cousins! We're both big purple 'n green fans. I hadn't expected to have enough squares to coordinate the lines, but there were juuuust enough of a couple fabrics to make the coordinated lines!


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    Ooh , put jennalyns rails on point and get a zig zag, very cool
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    Someone posted a a"S" quilt pattern by Kaffe Fauset (sp) that would work well with your rectangles. You could also add a focal square to them for a Warm Wishes quilt. Bento Box or Square in a Square would look nice too.

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    Terrific fabrics!! Perhaps you could check out www.quiltville.com. She has lots of great free patterns!
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    what about a friendship braid
    and I made my grand daughter a brick throw and put black motar stips between and it really turned out nice

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    Beautiful fabrics, have fun... quiltville is an excellent site for Scrappy Quilts!! Your rail fence looks great too... have fun with it and all your beautiful scraps.
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    Just a tip that might help your achin' back--If you cut on a table that has metal legs, consider bed risers or pieces of pvc pipe to raise the table to a more comfortable height. Also, the quilt police do NOT swoop in if you sit and cut!
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    You could also match up two rectangles, sew, cut in half and much up when they are sewn and turn to make squares.
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    A Take 5 Quilt is always nice and easy - uses squares and rectangles. Also Yellow Brick Road which is a brick pattern. Have fun with all these great colors!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    You could also match up two rectangles, sew, cut in half and much up when they are sewn and turn to make squares.
    Oh hey, that's really simple but probably perfect for these scraps! I bet I could also cut them in half on the diagonal, since they make perfect 8-1/2" squares sewn together, and that would be pretty striking.

    *rubs hands together* You guys have given me so many good directions. I'm getting all my sewing done during lunch at work recently, so it's somewhat limiting, but I also have room for the design wall in my office. And Miss Anise the Featherweight is perfectly portable! Hopefully I'll have the first top from these completed today (minus borders).

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    go to http://www.modabakeshop.com/ tons of patterns there under RECIPES
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    You can use the rectangles to make a quilt in strips with sashing around them. Cut some in half or thirds and sash and then join them into rows, either horizontal or vertical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolynjo View Post
    You can use the rectangles to make a quilt in strips with sashing around them. Cut some in half or thirds and sash and then join them into rows, either horizontal or vertical.
    I'm trying to visualize this but I'm having a little bit of trouble. Do you happen to have a link to any examples of this style?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillCountryGal View Post
    Well... I keep trying to post a picture of a baby quilt I made apparently I'm not computer savy enough!
    Think the pattern was called rail-fence.

    You could also treat the blocks like a jellyroll pack. Maybe shorten a few strips every now and then. Whatever you decide, let us know what you ended up with.
    this is the one I thought of too. It could be a big rail fence block. I love strip quilting. smile.

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    I ain't know, but they sholy is pretty fabs!
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    I took a class where we used a rectangle followed by a square about 1//3 of the width until we got to the end of the row. Next row we started out with the square followed by the rectangle and continued on until the quilt was done.

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    depending on how creative you feel, you could try making something similar to HSTs but using those rectangles. Might make an interesting block.
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    Have fun. It's looking good.

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