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    what to make from many 1/4 yard pieces

    I have just received many 1/4 yard pieces of different fabrics.Some solid, print and some beautiful sceneary (sp) with summer, spring and fall scene.What pattern can I use to make the best use of this? I can not make myself cut those beautiful fabric into small pieces. any sugestions?

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    Use then for a backing pieced together. Then you can enjoy them without having to cut them

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    Several times I have done just that, made a particularly nice FQ into what I call Initial Success. I make a wall hanging that is simply one or more initials on a lovely background. They make great gifts. This one from 2011 is not the best, but it was greatly appreciated by the title company employee who went WAY out of her way to fix problems others had left for me. Without her we could not have sold our property. In fact, I generally have 2-3 FQs in my stash for this purpose.
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    Since 1/4 yard is 9" wide you should be able to get 4 to 5 nine inch squares from each strip. Make a big patchwork quilt.

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    Did you see Sandygirl's quilt? It's an excellent pattern to show off the fabric:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...-t200167.html?

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    i like both QM's and Sandygirl's quilts. of course, the old standard warm wishes is an easy one to focus fabrics. be sure to post when done.
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    What to do with 1/4 Yard fabrics.

    This is great to make a disappearing 9 patch quilt. You use 5 inch blocks and then you have enough to make 2 1/2 sashings and still will have some fabric left for smaller quilts. This quilt was made from all 5 inch blocks. 9 of them sewn together and then cut apart and sewed back together - ya gotta love quilting. Here are pictures:
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    FQs? or SQs?
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    ​Maybe Shadowbox or one of the big block patterns? Warm Wishes with the fancy fabrics as the focal squares?

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    Use the pretty fabrics WOF and then with the others make pinwheels, friendship stars, flying geese or other favorite block as strips between the pretties. Use the pretty fabrics as scenes in an attic windows design.

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    I made a pineapple from nothing but skinny quarters, which are quarter yard pieces cut the long way - 9" x 44". I cut the pieces into 1.5" strips and paper-pieced the blocks. Just separate your fabrics by value.

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    Yellow Brick Road is a perfect pattern for FQs

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    Most any pattern for fat 1/4's can be adapted to 1/4 cuts. Yellow brick road would easily adapt.

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    I make all of my quilts (majority anyway) from quarter yard pieces as that is what I can afford at any one time. The quilts turn out fine, so I suggest you use them to make ordinary blocks - even a sampler - and join them all together in the old fashioned way. Lucky girl!

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    I love Eleanor Burn's Quick Trip Quilts - easy and fun.

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    If you want larger pieces from some, then can you cut 8" squares? You can use the leftovers to make 8" comprised of smaller pieces like 4 patches or maybe pinwheels or some star blocks.

    If you want to leave them as is, then improvise. Maybe put a border around the rectangles of landscapes and then fill in with different block of various sizes. You could even do a long rectangular wallhanging. I'm contemplating one like that to put over my china cabinet to fill in a bit of space between it's top and the ceiling.

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    I think a tumbler or applecore quilt would be a good quilt for those quarter yard pieces. On either of these patterns, you can get templates in various sizes ... Just ask me how I know this!!! Lol.

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    I like the idea of using the Attic Window pattern. You can cut your focus fabrics to any size you wish to show case them.

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    I would use the 1/4 yds to make a sampler scrappy quilt and you can use some of those scenes and put a frame around them to make a quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollyjvan9 View Post
    I like the idea of using the Attic Window pattern. You can cut your focus fabrics to any size you wish to show case them.
    Especially for the scenery quarters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightquilter View Post
    I have just received many 1/4 yard pieces of different fabrics.Some solid, print and some beautiful sceneary (sp) with summer, spring and fall scene.What pattern can I use to make the best use of this? I can not make myself cut those beautiful fabric into small pieces. any sugestions?

    I'm assuming 42-45" wide?

    Find a pleasing arrangement laying the pieces crosswise with the next strip above or below.
    Finish out by adding solid borders---------or maybe even the printed pieces facing the outer edge.

    I can't think who I saw do this, and I can't remember what it was called, but someone (Nancy Zieman is my guess) made a really cute quilt by beginning in the center with a sandwich of fabric, batting, fabric. The next section (up or down) is added so that it's attached with no raw edges along the long side. You will have raw edges along the ends and when you reach the very top and very bottom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    I'm assuming 42-45" wide?

    Find a pleasing arrangement laying the pieces crosswise with the next strip above or below.
    Finish out by adding solid borders---------or maybe even the printed pieces facing the outer edge.

    I can't think who I saw do this, and I can't remember what it was called, but someone (Nancy Zieman is my guess) made a really cute quilt by beginning in the center with a sandwich of fabric, batting, fabric. The next section (up or down) is added so that it's attached with no raw edges along the long side. You will have raw edges along the ends and when you reach the very top and very bottom.

    I take it that you mean "strip quilting"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    I take it that you mean "strip quilting"?

    Not sure your meaning of strip quilting. Yes, the finished product will be 8"+/- wide strips that are WOF. Not little strips that have been cut down from your 9" strips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    I take it that you mean "strip quilting"?

    Not sure your meaning of strip quilting. Yes, the finished product will be 8"+/- wide strips that are WOF. Not little strips that have been cut down from your 9" strips. The following is what I'm trying to explain. I think. My computer is too slow to watch videos, but the finished product seems to be what I saw on TV. (hope the link works)


    http://acuppaandacatchup.com/2011/03...uilt-tutorial/
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    Not sure your meaning of strip quilting./
    Strip quilting is when you take two strips and stitch to the batting and backing.
    Flip out the one strip.
    Then, stitch another strip on, then flip.
    etc. til you are done.

    At that point you might just be adding a binding ... or borders and binding ... or it might get cut into blocks for the next stage of the patter ... or be used in the body of a purse/bag, etc.
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