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What to with over 1000 cut out squares 2.5"

Old 06-24-2012, 11:04 AM
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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.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:19 AM
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I'll admit that most GFG's are done with flowery colors, but there's no rule saying they have to be. I would go ahead and make it with the fabrics you have, and celebrate not following the usual path. Call it "grandmother's fall garden" instead.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:35 AM
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Here is one we made with scrappy squares. We used solids to make the "paths" that go through diagonally. I am drooling at the thought of all your CW fabrics, yum!
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:06 PM
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There's a couple women in my guild doing English paper piecing with civil war fabrics and they are stunning ... Stick with it
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:06 PM
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as stated elsewhere, no rules about color. if you like these fabrics, use them. if you decide you really do not like them for this quilt, then check out quiltville.com. bonnie hunter is the primo scrap user.
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Check out http://www.quiltville.com . You will find a lot of inspiration and free patterns there!
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first off i love cw fabric go ahead and finish that and if you could post pic of it done.and ptquilts love what you did with yours to love love it.
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You could just lay some of the pieces out in approximate positions and see what you think of them.

You can also lay out the hexagons in 'diamond' shapes instead of 'round' ones for a different look.

If the fabrics look nice together - why not?


But on the other hand, if you've decided you don't like the fabrics - for anything - than don't waste your time on it.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:43 PM
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check out the book "Civil War Sewing Circle" by Kathleen Tracy. she does a hexagon flower (print center and six surrounding) then appliqués them onto dark squares. Her quilt is with very small hexagons but the idea would work for any size. I have been wanting to make her design. You may then be able to use your gold as a boarder.
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how about granny squares?

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