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Thread: What do you do with blocks you love- but you dont like pattern when its all put together?

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    Is that where sample quilts come in? I found a block that I think is fantastic, but when you see the sample of the finished quilt- I don't like it.
    What do you do with them?

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    Is it something where you can easily rearrange the pattern? I had one where they set the thing on point, which involved cutting up a bunch of blocks to make it square. I de-pointed it and I like the look better. Perhaps sashing between might help. Or make half that block, half a complementary block... can you show us the picture? That might help

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    Have you tried a different setting or adding another block or changing sashing and borders or other ways changing the quilt pattern? If you love the blocks and hate the quilt, just change the quilt. The hard part is already done! :D What block is it?

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    I'd incorporate them into another scrappy quilt.

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    If it's totally finished and I hate it, I pass it on. There is always someone who appreciates it. Charity quilts - there are people on the QB who would gladly take it off your hands.

    If it isn't finished, try adding an alternate block or a different setting.

    You didn't say what you didn't like.

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    Save the blocks up for the next block swap. Then others can share your beautiful work. :-)

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    Super Member ghostrider's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by imjustme
    Is that where sample quilts come in?
    What do you mean by "sample quilt" please?

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    Use it on the back! Either a whole pieced unit or individual blocks along with some yardage would look great! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Quote Originally Posted by imjustme
    Is that where sample quilts come in?
    What do you mean by "sample quilt" please?
    I think she meant a sampler quilt which is made of many different blocks and usually includes sashing. It's meant to showcase the piecing or applique of each block. I enjoy them, especially when there is a unifying color scheme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Use it on the back! Either a whole pieced unit or individual blocks along with some yardage would look great! :)
    That's a great idea too! I am tempted to try more "sample" blocks if I know the blocks can be utilized in some manner. At $9 or $10/yd, fabric is dear!

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    Moderator Jim's Gem's Avatar
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    Sometimes just using sashing between the blocks can make a difference too.

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    I'm not there yet, but my style would be to design the whole thing on paper first so I could see where it's going before I start quilting.

    What I'm wondering is, could you tell us what the block pattern is or show us what you have and what you dislike? Then it might be easier to offer suggestions.

    One thing I can think of is making alternating blocks. You can either put block-sized squares between each of your blocks to break up the pattern, or alternate yours with some other block.

    Or maybe make a medallion quilt with a central block surrounded by concentric borders, where each is a different block design.

    If you look at the Pictures section, people have made quilts with different blocks running through them, often not in a specific pattern. So you may see four Friendship Star blocks in random places on the quilt, 5 nine-patches, etc. Here, Quiltgranny's avatar is a great example of what I mean. http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/26181.page

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    I was also going to come back and say you can alternate the blocks with another one, it can totally change the look of the finished quilt!

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