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Thread: Can anyone identify this?

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    Hi all, I am new to the forum, and not an experienced quilter.

    I recently had a difficult hip surgery and my Physical therapist (and his wife to be!) have been extremely helpful to me. (I am a long distance runner, so it was a big big deal...)

    I want to make this quilt for them as a wedding gift (October-so I have time to make errors and fix them!). They are cyclists and I think the circle pattern resembles bike wheels, but it stylistic enough to just look nice.

    I found this photo on the net but with no info about it. I am hoping someone knows the name of the pattern or has a good idea about how to find the pattern....
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    I'm no help but it is a great pattern

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    Welcome to the board!
    I don't think I've ever seen this pattern. I hope you out the name. It will make a beautiful quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizunogirl
    Hi all, I am new to the forum, and not an experienced quilter.

    I recently had a difficult hip surgery and my Physical therapist (and his wife to be!) have been extremely helpful to me. (I am a long distance runner, so it was a big big deal...)

    I want to make this quilt for them as a wedding gift (October-so I have time to make errors and fix them!). They are cyclists and I think the circle pattern resembles bike wheels, but it stylistic enough to just look nice.

    I found this photo on the net but with no info about it. I am hoping someone knows the name of the pattern or has a good idea about how to find the pattern....
    I will look for the pattern for you, but beware, this is not for an inexperienced seamstress. Not a beginner quilt..But I would be happy to help you along if you really want to do it.

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    Never saw this pattern before. It's sure to be applique, because piecing that would be difficult.

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    Looks like a wagon wheel to me. Thy Marcha Hohn's free block site. She has hundreds of blocks and it is all free. This would be a good pattern for someone recuperating. IMHO

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    It actually looks "old." Maybe it was an image from one of the quilts at the R&W show in March. I'll see if I can find it on the cd.

    But it would be relatively easy to reproduce. It's only made of two blocks. The Wagon (or Bicycle) Wheels and the Flying Geese.

    The Prairie Points would be optional. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    And it could be done with modern techniques - fusing, machine applique, etc.

    Take a red circle and fuse the white parts to it. One finished wagon wheel block. Done. :mrgreen:

    Obviously, I'm simplifying it, but it doesn't have to be a chore.

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    Thanks for the offer of help! I really really want to do this. I actually want to change it a tiny bit, using green background and then doing the wheels in two shades of dark blue, and then instead of triangles, turning then around to make diamonds (we use the diamond in our town to signify the bike lane.)

    It is such a nice, clean pattern. I was trying to avoid too much "flowery" stuff as it is primarily for a man...

    I think, let me know if I am wrong...that getting those circles to look all the same and actually ON the quilt will be the hardest part. yes?

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    thanks Quilter. It does look like some sort of wagon wheel pattern. I'm headed over to the site you mentioned to look and look. I'm so glad I found this site!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizunogirl
    I think, let me know if I am wrong...that getting those circles to look all the same and actually ON the quilt will be the hardest part. yes?
    Not really. Depends. Like I said, you're looking to make a really cool contemporary quilt for your friend, not a heirloom quilt with perfect applique that's going to hang in a museum. Doesn't mean it won't last as long.

    Have you ever done machine applique before? Do you like hand applique? Ever work with fusibles? Any paper-piecing?What method are YOU comfortable with.

    There are many, many different ways to do these blocks.
    Once you figure out the plan, the sewing is pretty repetitive.

    You've already figured out your desired color scheme. That's usually half the battle.

    Just a note: if you reverse the triangles, you get a square on point in a square. Do you want that shape or are you looking for a 45 degree (or 60) diamond shape instead? They wouldn't be any more work.

    How big a quilt are you planning?

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    Sorry wish I could help you out with the pattern. Im sure someone on the QB will be able to help you. Welcome to the QB.

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    MTS, and Everyone! thanks!!! Sometimes you post on a forum and get no replies, but you all are really so helpful and encouraging!

    Yes, I want a quilt that can be used, and I would love to do a contemporary version of this. I would love to dig up a little history on it so I could share that with the recipients.

    I am thinking it should be big enough for a king sized bed, not the California King, just a regular King. Which is pretty big...but I do have time.... I used to spend at least 2 hrs a day running, and now I can barely walk! (though it is getting much better...and my PT will get me running by October!)

    Ohhh adding in. I have never done any machine applique, I am Ok with hand applique, and I have no idea about fusibles, though that may be the answer for getting the wheels on the quilt neatly.

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    "but beware, this is not for an inexperienced seamstress. Not a beginner quilt..But I would be happy to help you along if you really want to do it."


    I agree, this would not be an easy quilt to do for the beginning quilter.

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    I know it isn't the easiest thing, but none of the easier sort of blocky quilts seem to really reflect these people. I expect to make a lot of mistakes, waste fabric and such, but in the end I think I can probably get it done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizunogirl
    I know it isn't the easiest thing, but none of the easier sort of blocky quilts seem to really reflect these people. I expect to make a lot of mistakes, waste fabric and such, but in the end I think I can probably get it done.
    You go Girl!!!!
    You will probably do a great job on it if it is something that you really want to do!

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    Or, LOL, it will look awful and I will have to scrap it, but...I actually like to hand applique, and now that I've looked at the fusing materials, I think that would make the hand finishing so so easy....

    I have not been crafting much as I was doing a lot of running, but now...I have the time, looks like i have a lot to learn!

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    Best of success to you, in both of these challenges! You could consider something smaller. The colors that you are talking about sound beautiful. You might find that making a throw quilt (like for over the couch) or maybe a wall hanging might be a little less daunting, but still very personal and thoughful for a wedding gift. You could include a hanger, if you made a wall quilt. Then include a very nice label on the back, or even a picture of you and them printed on fabric, with a written part about how they helped you and how you are thankful. Just a thought. Best of success to you in your recovery and your quilt...OH and welcome to the board! Keep us posted on your progress on both!

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    Welcome from SW Florida, and it looks like a wagon wheel to me also. I'm guessing machine or hand applique

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    I found several different wagon wheel blocks -- these two links are the closest.

    Here is a link that has a similar pattern -- the wagon wheel.
    http://www.blockcrazy.com/Free%20Pieced%20Blocks.htm The templates are to the right of the block.

    http://www.patternsfromhistory.com/p...rns/wagonw.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnLady1
    I found several different wagon wheel blocks -- these two links are the closest.

    Here is a link that has a similar pattern -- the wagon wheel.
    http://www.blockcrazy.com/Free%20Pieced%20Blocks.htm The templates are to the right of the block.

    http://www.patternsfromhistory.com/p...rns/wagonw.pdf
    Great sites - thank you! Especially the patterns from history makes great reading.

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    Here is a cool "wheel" quilt.. perhaps we could help you draft one like it. http://quiltindex.kora.matrix.msu.ed...g1-a_21104.jpg

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    I don't know the name of the pattern but I think it is neat and really seems to fit the couple you are making it for. I do like your idea of using diamonds instead of the flying geese. I think that would look great.

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    Welcome to the board and good luck on your quilt.

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    Oh Quiltn Lady, that pattern shows me exactly how I can make this quilt. Thank you so much. I am thrilled! Now, I need to go pick out some fabric today and get started cutting out the pieces and learning about fusibles. In addition, it appears my iron has given up the ghost, soooo, new iron for me too!

    I may make a pillow out of the pattern first, so I can get the hang of getting the circle appliqued on without issue. (thats how I usually do something hard...though I gotta admit, I am not a big fan of throw pillows!) I could make a bolster though...

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    oops, Old swimmer... I love the idea of putting some sort of thanks in Fabric on the back, maybe in a corner. I've going to go fabric shopping today after therapy, if I have the strength!

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