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Thread: What to do with 5 inch squares?

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    I have been sewing forever but am new to quilting. The fabric I recently purchased included a lot of 5 inch squares sorted by colors: blues, reds, greens, and yellows, oranges, & browns. What would be a beginner's quilt that could use some or all of these different squares? I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks

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    I make tote bags out of these. They sew together very nicely.

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    Nine patch.. disappearing nine patch, four patch. Rag quilts

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    If there is enough of each color you can do a 9 patch. You need 5 of one color and 4 of another for each 9 patch block. Do a search for 9 patch, you will find many pretty quilts done this way.

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    Most of the block are "one and onlys" with a few that have two of a kind. Thanks for the suggestions. Keep them coming!

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    Scrappy patch :wink: LOL

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    Scrappy single Irish Chain !! can even snowball the full solid blocks so they round into each other.
    Good Luck and Have Fun !!! :)

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    I have been using mine to make blocks for th Farmer's Wife quilt.
    SOmetimes I need two squares of the same fabric so it can be interesting.
    Here's a link for a great way to use them.

    http://www.hgtv.com/video/super-fast...deo/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    Nine patch.. disappearing nine patch, four patch. Rag quilts
    I agree!

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    I had a whole bunch of squares like that and I just counted how many I had then figured out how many rows I coud have,by how many in a row.then just started sewing thwm together in rows,mixed up so hopefully no same colors together.then put the rows together then add a couple of borders,the first one maybe an inch wide the next one 3 inches,it came out really cute

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    I'd do this (below), and make pinwheels with them! :mrgreen:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Missouri.../3/ekYpJzHoW6E

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    Check out http://www.modabakeshop.com and browse "recipes" that use charm squares.

    There are many interesting ideas out there. I am sure you will find the perfect project.

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    I have alot too! I love scrappy quilts, and getting the 5 inch squares means you get a great varity!

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    I am working with 5" squares right now, making half triangle squares HTS
    there are books out working with 5" charm squares, do a google and you should find something, all the group here will give you lots of ideas too, :)

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    Wvdek-Fantastic tutorial, thanks for sharing.

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    there are a couple really good books out there called NICKLE QUILTS...they use 5" squares...thus the nickle :)
    do a search and you will find lots of patterns for nickles...and charm pack books would use the same 5" squares because charm packs are 5" squares.
    have fun, the sky is the limit!

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    oooh a 4 patch like this..its really easy! I'll be glad to post instructions if you want. I have some of these I'm working on to make a couch throw.
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    Pat Speth has 3 books published with quilt patterns that all start with 5 inch squares. They are beautiful.

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    Not a beginner project but I make mine into flying geese units. each 5" block makes two and then it gets real scrappy
    which I love!

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    I would just make a scrappy quilt. It will be pretty and colorful. Keep us posted what you decide to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginnie6
    oooh a 4 patch like this..its really easy! I'll be glad to post instructions if you want. I have some of these I'm working on to make a couch throw.
    That would be great! Thanks

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    Thanks to all for the great suggestions! I will probably need more 5 inch squares to do them all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dyer804
    I have been sewing forever but am new to quilting. The fabric I recently purchased included a lot of 5 inch squares sorted by colors: blues, reds, greens, and yellows, oranges, & browns. What would be a beginner's quilt that could use some or all of these different squares? I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks
    Pick up one of Pat Speth's book Nickel Quilts. She does lots of fun things with 5 inch squares. I have made a couple of hers.

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    Another suggestion is to sort them into lights and darks, and do half-square triangles with them, then arrange them into a pattern that you like. Something like this:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-40862-1.htm

    Put a light square and a dark square together, (right sides together) draw a line from one corner to the other, then draw a dotted line 1/4 inch from each side of the line. Sew on the dotted lines, then cut apart on the solid line. Voila! You have Half-square triangles!
    Now just press them open, and arrange them how you like.
    Best of luck, whatever you decide to do. Make sure to post pictures!! :D

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    I am interested in the Farmer's Wife Pattern. Mariah

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