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Thread: Help with Blocks made by Grandma

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    Senior Member luvnquilt's Avatar
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    I've recently come into possesion of these cute blocks that I believe were made by my Grandma. She's 93 and afflicted with Alzheimer's so I can't actually verify that she made them. I was hoping to get a few suggestions for a pattern to make with them. There are 12 blocks about 8" square.
    I've bought some red, pink and off-white fabric with heart theme and looking for suggestions that have minimal piecing. Thanks in advance
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    I personally would put a nice sashing around each block (perhaps black if you want to really make the red hearts stand out)....then I would find a really nice black and red print floral to make a large outside border.

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    Yes, a nice shashing (maybe red, since all the hearts are red and white) and a red print border-do you have any of the red and white scraps???? If so, you could use them to make a scrappy binding. The black sashing would look lovely too and give it a bit more modern look.

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    Stashing around the blocks. If you need more blocks, alternate the blocks with red or white blocks.(your call)

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    Definately!!! Frame out each square and then sew together. Add either a single or double border (depending on the size you want) in a complimentary color and your done!!! Good luck!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueDor
    Stashing around the blocks. If you need more blocks, alternate the blocks with red or white blocks.(your call)
    that was similar to my thoughts on it with a nice red/print border to finish it off

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    Like others said, I would use your red fabric for sashing between the blocks then maybe a narrow border with the pink and if you have heart themed print use it for an outer border. Bind with red or pink depending on your outer border. Glad you got those blocks. That is so neat that you have something like that your Grandma did.

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    When finished, take it and show it to her. It just might bring her back for a few moments. I used to take plants to my DH when he was in the nursing home to identify, and sometimes his mind would snap back and he'd give me the latin name, common name and how to grow it. He was always pleased to see plants at any time. He was a nurseryman.

    Maybe your Grandma will remember these. Maybe not. But it is a bit of your family's history. Be sure to put a label on it for future generations.

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    I agree.... sashing would really emphasis each block.

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    What a treasure you have found. I agree with the others that sashing around the blocks and then a heart themed borde would really show them off.

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    I agree, try taking them and show them to your Grandma, it just might bring back a memory for her. Even if she doesn't speak, she would surely like to see them. They are a treasure, especially being from your Grandma.

    Mama couldn't speak or communicate, but sometimes there were things that would just cause you to know she remembered. One time, before she stopped speaking all together, she heard a truck running in the parking lot outside her window, and she said, "That sounds like Earl's truck." That was her son and my brother. He had been dead for a few months.

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    Thank you all for the suggestions, I hadn't even thought of taking the finished product to her. She could be a challenging person at times but has actually been almost sweet in her dementia. I saw her a year ago and am planning a trip probably next month. She doesn't remember any of us now but as long as she's not stressed it's ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monstookie
    I personally would put a nice sashing around each block (perhaps black if you want to really make the red hearts stand out)....then I would find a really nice black and red print floral to make a large outside border.
    That would be the perfect thing!! Good luck!

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    This is just my opinion, but I think sashing would be really unique if you would make it NOT red. Black or even something dark blue. With the old material that does not look like today's cottons, I'm wondering what some light-weight denim would look like! I know I don't usually think of a quilt and denim material together, but that's what struck my fancy as I looked at your patches!

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    Jill, the last pic is fabric I got in the late 70's. I love it!!
    Glad you have them :)

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    Those are so awesome! I like the sashing idea with some black in it to really make the red hearts stand out. Have fun and enjoy!!

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    I agree not to use red. I would make a border around each block and do something with each individually, maybe pillows or pillow cases, and give them to family members as a treasure of Grandma.

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    Cute! I don't have any suggestions for them, but what a sweet remembrance to have of your grandmother. (Also, I know how it is not to know EXACTLY the story on inherited quilt stuff - I have a quilt my aunt swears was made by my great-grandmother, but my grandma swears that she didn't quilt. Don't know who to believe)

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