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Thread: What to with over 1000 cut out squares 2.5"

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    I say go for the CW GFG...and let's see a picture!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustAbitCrazy View Post
    Are you familiar with the pattern "Jack's Chain"? It is the one which uses small squares to make nine patches which are then arranged in a circular pattern very similar to a Double Wedding Ring. The nine patches are joined with triangles inbetween, so the entire quilt is constructed with Y seams, but it's a gorgeous quilt. It is the last pattern in the book "101 Nine Patch Quilts", by Marti Michell.
    "Jack's Chain" is a fabulous pattern! So is "Yank's Chain" which is sort of a scrappy-esque Irish Chain kind of deal (nothing like being definite... LOL!). I made one eons ago (& sold it so I can't show you a picture of it) & it was kinda cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djrl View Post
    Here's a nine patch using small squares: http://www.fonsandporter.com/content...PatchRings.pdf
    What a fabulous pattern! THANK YOU for the link!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by burchquilts View Post
    "Jack's Chain" is a fabulous pattern! So is "Yank's Chain" which is sort of a scrappy-esque Irish Chain kind of deal (nothing like being definite... LOL!). I made one eons ago (& sold it so I can't show you a picture of it) & it was kinda cool.
    I looked on line and found the Jack's Chain quilt pattern, but I didn't find anything when I googled Yank's Chain pattern. Is it possibly known by a different name?

    I basted some of the hexigons with the CW fabric. I took some pictures. I will try to download them and post them shortly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rrhaigh View Post
    I cut out around 1,500 squares 2.5" to make grandmothers flower garden quilt - I was feeling very ambitious. My mistake, I think, is I used Civil War fabrics in reds, blues, greens, golds, tans, browns and a civil war yellow for the center. I have a creamy/goldish muslin for the paths (not cut out yet). Now I am thinking it will be too dark for a grandmothers flower garden quilt and think I should do something else with all these 2.5" cut out squares.

    Any suggestions or pattern ideas to use up the 2.5" squares would be greatly appreciated!!!

    Or, if you have seen or made a grandmothers flower garden quilt out of Civil War fabrics, please let me know your opinion on how it looks with that type of fabric. I am worried to put that much work into it and not like it.
    Here is a picture showing some Civil War hexigons I basted to see how they would look in the GFG pattern. What do you think? Are they too dull?

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    Quote Originally Posted by margecam52 View Post
    ok, my question is, "How do you make a GFG from squares?" I thought they are cut from hexigons.
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    Me too.
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    I wish I could do Y seams. I love hexagon quilts. I just can't seem to get the Y seams right.
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    Postage stamp would be great! They are fun to make.

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    That shape was popular as a pattern piece in the 1820s, and then again in the 1880's - so in theory could have been made with Civil War in the 1880'.s I cannot remember the name though - maybe just 'octogon.'
    Just stick with it and make what you want. It is a great portable project.

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    You can still do hexagons with no set in seams. If you look here: http://www.kayewood.com/pop.php?f=/i...ngstarsbig.jpg you can see that you can sew it in rows. Each row is half of a hexigon: one with the wide end faceing down, and the piece next to it with the half hexi facing wide end up, like a "boat" shape. You can make the hexis solid or with paper piece designs in the center. These whip out very fast on the sewing machine. Give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoppe View Post
    I wish I could do Y seams. I love hexagon quilts. I just can't seem to get the Y seams right.
    You can still do hexagons with no set in seams. If you look here:
    http://www.kayewood.com/pop.php?f=/i...ngstarsbig.jpg
    you can see that you can sew it in rows. Each row is half of a hexigon: one with the wide end faceing down, and the piece next to it with the half hexi facing wide end up, like a "boat" shape. You can make the hexis solid or with paper piece designs in the center. These whip out very fast on the sewing machine. Give it a try.

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    Stunning. I love it
    Quote Originally Posted by rrhaigh View Post
    Here is a picture showing some Civil War hexigons I basted to see how they would look in the GFG pattern. What do you think? Are they too dull?

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    Quote Originally Posted by margecam52 View Post
    ok, my question is, "How do you make a GFG from squares?" I thought they are cut from hexigons.
    Marge
    It is actually English Paper Piecing. You cut squares of fabric and form the squares of fabric around the paper hexigon. Fold over the excess fabric to the back side of the paper hexigon and baste through the fabric and paper. Then you whip stitch one hexigon to another. When one flower is completed you take the basting stitches out and remove the paper hexigons. It is really simple. There are many free tutorials out there - I didn't purchase a pattern. I got a free pattern and instructions from the Connectingthreads.com web site. They are addicting to make. No Y seams at all. Simple.
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