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Thread: Need help with design of scrap quilt

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    I've heard it said that a little knowledge can be dangerous. Well, I know a little about quilting but have decided I know "enough" to make a scrap quilt for my DS who will be 21 in April. (Hope that's enough time to do this!) And now that I've gotten into this...I'm wondering if I've bitten off more than I can chew! Help me please!

    I decided (in recognition of his love for recycling/reusing) to use his old shirts (and some of Dad's and a couple from Goodwill) to make scrap blocks. I did buy some yardage. I really need some input at this point before I go much further since I don't have stash so to speak of (too new at this to have acquired much at this point) and finances are really tight so I don't want to make mistakes that would require me to go by more stuff.

    Here are my questions:

    1) Overall, do these 9 1/2 inch blocks look good on point?

    2) On point (or not) I've tried numerous designs to decide what to put in between the blocks including making connector blocks but it all seemed too busy. (The scrappiness seems busy enough). So I'm thinking of just using the dark denim sashing between each block. I think this sets each block up to be enjoyed on it's own merit and yet a good part of the whole. What do you think?

    3) Currently I have a lighter blue denim in the center of the sashings...which would provide a lighter blue throughout the quilt to tie in the lighter blue of some of the shirts and not take away from the blocks. BUT it does tone down the quilt a bit. Is this still a good idea? 3 other options would be: 1) put in the deeper brick red fabric in all the corners, 2) make the corners scrappy, 3) put in the blue paisley fabric in all the corners... not as bold as the red but more interesting than the lighter blue denim. Ideas?

    4) One note of concern...the deeper brick red is bought yardage and the softer red plaid is an old shirt. They're in the same color family but their intensities are different. Does this matter since it's a scrappy quilt? or should I forego the red plaid...I do like richness of the brighter color.

    ANY and all thoughts or ideas you all have would be greatly appreciated before I go any further. Thanks so much, Karen

    I hope the pieces of dk. blue are enough for you to get the idea of the sashing around each block...didn't want to cut them yet until I know for sure what I'm going to do.
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    I think it's great. You're off to a wonderful start and I like the color choices. It's "manly". I personally like the red colors and I think you should try to integrate them into an outer border to tie it all together.

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    I love what you have done so far! The dark color sashing makes your corner blocks disappear. I would use a red for the sashing. It would really pop the colors in your blocks! I think this is going to be a wonderful quilt! Keep us updated as you go along! :thumbup: :D

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    Since you are new to quilting have you done a quilt on point before? They are a bit tricky because you need to figure out the size for your setting triangles. Also did you pre wash our fabrics that you bought with a color catcher? Red especially will more than likely bleed. I am speaking from experience. I love the reds you are using because color popping all over sprinkled through out the entire quilt adds dimention and movement. There are so many ways to sash the blocks. I really like the block that alternates with what you have . I am not sure of the name but it is like a chain and striking to look at and I think it would be wonderful in this quilt without making it too busy.
    You are on a great start I think your son is gonna love what you are doing! Be patient and take your time. It is gonna be awesome!!! :thumbup: :D :thumbup:

    I hope I have helped you out!
    Have a great day :D

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    I think the idea you have layed out is perfect. I think the light blue looks good and will make a nice tie-in. Really nice blocks by-the-way, love the look!

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    You know, so much of thi

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    I'm a newbie, but what a great idea!! It will be a treasure, a reminder of days gone by, but so masculine and awesome! Love the blocks on point. I agree with the red -- use it to pop out those awesome blocks you have! Keep up the good work -- looking forward to seeing the finished quilt!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskasunshine
    Since you are new to quilting have you done a quilt on point before? They are a bit tricky because you need to figure out the size for your setting triangles. Also did you pre wash our fabrics that you bought with a color catcher? Red especially will more than likely bleed. I am speaking from experience. I love the reds you are using because color popping all over sprinkled through out the entire quilt adds dimention and movement. There are so many ways to sash the blocks. I really like the block that alternates with what you have . I am not sure of the name but it is like a chain and striking to look at and I think it would be wonderful in this quilt without making it too busy.

    You are on a great start I think your son is gonna love what you are doing! Be patient and take your time. It is gonna be awesome!!! :thumbup: :D :thumbup:

    I hope I have helped you out!
    Have a great day :D
    No, I have NO CLUE how to do a quilt on point...just thought it might be a good idea and figured I'd figure it out soon enough. Is there a resource I could read to see how to do it?

    I thought of making a block that would kind of give this an Irish chain kind of look...but I kept getting bogged down in what colors I would use and it just seemed like it would be too busy...so you're thinking maybe it wouldn't be? What colors might I consider? The dark denim would definitely be one.

    And YES, everything is prewashed multiple times. I'm allergic to the chemicals used in making fabric so I have to wash a lot to get the sizing out, etc. so that I can even handle it without ill effects.

    Thanks so much for your help! Karen

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    Ok, here is my two cent's worth! I think the dark blue makes your cornerstones disappear so I would try the light blue as the main sashing and use the dark as the cornerstones - just opposite of what you have! Or you could alternate the dark blue with some red!

    I love the blocks and am sure whatever you decide will be gorgeous!

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    You have a great beginning there, keep going.

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    Oh ,I like this a lot!

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    I also think red sashing would look fabulous. It would give definition to your blocks.

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    At first I agreed w/Ditter on the red sashing but then read what MTS said and went back and looked at the navy again. I like how the navy sashing with the navy corner blocks creates another "block". How about using the red for the centers instead of light blue? Please keep sharing pics of it with us!

    Diannia (pronounced Diana)

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    Quote Originally Posted by karenm36
    Quote Originally Posted by alaskasunshine
    Since you are new to quilting have you done a quilt on point before? They are a bit tricky because you need to figure out the size for your setting triangles. Also did you pre wash our fabrics that you bought with a color catcher? Red especially will more than likely bleed. I am speaking from experience. I love the reds you are using because color popping all over sprinkled through out the entire quilt adds dimention and movement. There are so many ways to sash the blocks. I really like the block that alternates with what you have . I am not sure of the name but it is like a chain and striking to look at and I think it would be wonderful in this quilt without making it too busy.

    You are on a great start I think your son is gonna love what you are doing! Be patient and take your time. It is gonna be awesome!!! :thumbup: :D :thumbup:

    I hope I have helped you out!
    Have a great day :D
    No, I have NO CLUE how to do a quilt on point...just thought it might be a good idea and figured I'd figure it out soon enough. Is there a resource I could read to see how to do it?

    I thought of making a block that would kind of give this an Irish chain kind of look...but I kept getting bogged down in what colors I would use and it just seemed like it would be too busy...so you're thinking maybe it wouldn't be? What colors might I consider? The dark denim would definitely be one.

    And YES, everything is prewashed multiple times. I'm allergic to the chemicals used in making fabric so I have to wash a lot to get the sizing out, etc. so that I can even handle it without ill effects.

    Thanks so much for your help! Karen
    Hi Karen,
    I looked and looked for the quilt that was posted here on the board and I can not find it :? Maybe someone here knows where it is if so PLEASE send a link. What I am looking at is a Black/White and Bright sample quilt that has those "chain" blocks in it it is just a wonderful quilt and I think it would really help Karen out with her design delima. HELP all you awesome computer searchers!!!!

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    the blocks are just great

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    I have some deep concerns regarding your use of used or worn clothing . Many years ago I had to line a dress for a daughter after only a few washings the lining frayed out and my work was in vain .I understand your need to be frugal but often the fabric does not have much left in it .I think your color choices are really great and sashing with cornerstones look good .It also stablizes the block so you do not have along run of sashing that can ripple on a new quilter. What you have done looks very accurate to me .Have fun and go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat75
    I have some deep concerns regarding your use of used or worn clothing . Many years ago I had to line a dress for a daughter after only a few washings the lining frayed out and my work was in vain .I understand your need to be frugal but often the fabric does not have much left in it .I think your color choices are really great and sashing with cornerstones look good .It also stablizes the block so you do not have along run of sashing that can ripple on a new quilter. What you have done looks very accurate to me .Have fun and go for it.
    Thanks for that insight. I have made sure that the shirts I have chosen are still sturdy and not thread bare. Also, I think since the pieces are small and there will be a lot of stitching around them and also through them when I quilt that they will be okay. There is a lot to consider isn't it? But it's beginning to take shape and this whole process is exciting!

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    I am still worried .Where the fabric let go was at the seams .It was as if it had been cut and just pressing a seam flat after the fabric that was in the shirt had no seams in it was more than it could do and it was not thread bare.You are a very great beginner .I just want that quilt to last and after all there are no quilting police so just enjoy .

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    I've used cotton men's shirts from the Salvation Army and they seemed to hold up OK. If you are concerned make a mini quilt or placemat and launder it. I would definately pre wash any new fabric. The older stuff is not going to shrink so you're ok there. Given your excellent work on these blocks, you should be able to handle assembling the quilt on point. Finally, I like the dark blue sashing. I like how it makes the secondary squares with the cornerstones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat75
    I am still worried .Where the fabric let go was at the seams .It was as if it had been cut and just pressing a seam flat after the fabric that was in the shirt had no seams in it was more than it could do and it was not thread bare.You are a very great beginner .I just want that quilt to last and after all there are no quilting police so just enjoy .
    Well, thanks for your concern. I'm going to my LQS tomorrow (weather permitting) and will take my blocks to this one person who has helped me in the past. Hopefully she'll be able to look at them and help me determine if the material is strong enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat
    Ok, here is my two cent's worth! I think the dark blue makes your cornerstones disappear so I would try the light blue as the main sashing and use the dark as the cornerstones - just opposite of what you have! Or you could alternate the dark blue with some red!

    I love the blocks and am sure whatever you decide will be gorgeous!
    I agree with scowlkat.
    You are doing a great job designing this quilt!! I can't wait to see more :D:D:D

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    Here's one...not sure if it's what you are looking for but it does have a chain block.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36389-1.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackers
    Here's one...not sure if it's what you are looking for but it does have a chain block.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36389-1.htm
    Thank you! I actually drew out several designs and this was one of them. Just find it so difficult to decide!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    I've used cotton men's shirts from the Salvation Army and they seemed to hold up OK. If you are concerned make a mini quilt or placemat and launder it. I would definately pre wash any new fabric. The older stuff is not going to shrink so you're ok there. Given your excellent work on these blocks, you should be able to handle assembling the quilt on point. Finally, I like the dark blue sashing. I like how it makes the secondary squares with the cornerstones.
    I put all the blocks on top of a big piece of the navy...and it really makes them stand out so nice...and does create another block without it being so busy. Then red for the centers or even using a variety of the colors for the centers...this is where I'm leaning right now. Thanks for the insight on the secondary squares.

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    think it looks great!

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