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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkys_mom View Post
    LOL! That was my reaction, too. And I haven't finished going through it yet, either!
    This was just what I was thinking!!!!
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    Thank you for starting this topic. I am getting a few orphan blocks of my own collection... and I insist "a few" loll I hope you keep us posted as what you will come up with for those ones! It is always inspiring to see what others do! I'll be watching loll

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    What a wonderful pile of possibilities.
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    How did she get that dog to stay in the bag?????????????? LOL Ok, seriously, wow on the scraps! I wish my scraps looked like that! :-)

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    You have some great blocks there, love the last batik star.

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    Wonderful! If you don't have a design board, I would get one set up right away. Then start with the square blocks and put the 20 of them together in a top. As a beginner, I would set aside those round blocks until you get experienced enough to know what to do with them. LOL Just work a little at a time or you'll get overwhelmed, at least I would! Don't worry if they don't turn out perfect, just start playing and sewing, and have fun!
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    I think your friend must enjoy making the blocks more than joining them together! Lucky for you. Have fun with your windfall.
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    More pictures

    Okay, I just spent an hour sorting and pressing. I'm trying to keep same sized shapes together as much as possible. The pile of triangles at the back of this photo is 2 inches high! I have tons of squares, too, but only the red ones are in this photo. The pile of fabric towards the front is just mostly the same color family and good size pieces that are not cut into any particular shape - but a lot of them are good sized - like maybe 5x8 inches or larger. I've also come across lots of long strips - possibly meant for sashing or binding. I'm trying to keep those separate until I figure out if I want to try some string quilts or strip tube methods. It will probably depend on how much of it I have. My head is spinning. I am pretty certain more than one quilt will come out of this.

    Question for you guys. I know Quilts For Kids stresses about the many washings and high heat our quilts are subjected to. Is this stuff going to stand up to that? Or should I look for another charity outlet that will not be so tough on them?
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    Sometimes we have friends, like swap books, and then we have QUILTING FRIENDS if you know what I mean LOL
    Yeah for them, you hit the jackpot, have fun, make a crazy quilt.

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    I am green with envy! That was like Christmas I have no doubt as you "unwrapped" each item! I think she might have tossed in a furry critter into your basket of fun. Double the pleasure or is it one more set of helping paws?
    Last edited by Elisabrat; 06-30-2012 at 07:07 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryMo View Post
    You won the jackpot of the quilting world. Have fun with these .... so many ideas going thru my head!
    wow...lovely "scraps"...have fun with them....I love to make crumb quilts for charity....

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    You are a lucky ducky. What an inheritance of beautiful options you have to work with. The best part is they are free and you get to play with wonderful fabric. Be creative, have fun and show us the results from time to time.

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    God bless you both. Her for giving them to you and you for putting them into a quilt to give away. Can't wait to see what you do with them. BrendaK
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    I received a 'small' box like that once. After sorting, I had some blocks that I didn't know what I was going to do with them. Put aside and a while later found the perfect top they went with. So..just keep sorting and you will find a pattern that they will fit in. There is always a reason we 'inherite' them. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenda m View Post
    I received a 'small' box like that once. After sorting, I had some blocks that I didn't know what I was going to do with them. Put aside and a while later found the perfect top they went with. So..just keep sorting and you will find a pattern that they will fit in. There is always a reason we 'inherite' them. LOL
    I checked my library and they have a copy of the book "Setting Solutions" so I'm going to get that out next week and see what I can figure out. I know the friendship stars and churn block squares will make a nice little baby quilt and that's what I will probably do with those. And there is no doubt at all that I have ample scraps to make some good looking string quilts - but I really want to do these blocks justice, too.
    Pat

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    Just wonderful, great job and thank you for sharing and enjoy the Blessing
    Have a Blessed day
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    Wow, It's like Christmas!

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    Please post what you end up doing with them

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    Those Christmas blocks look like the start of a Lone Star, done in strips, which need trimming to finish up the diamond shape. Eight is the number it takes to make it.

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    That is collection is absolutely fabulous - - - and also, thank you Sparkys_Mom for the mention of the book "Setting Solutions" - - that is great. I looked at preview on Amazon and thinking of getting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkys_mom View Post
    I haven't met this lady so I can't really say for certain but I think it is probably a little bit of each. But I have no explanation at all for those 62 blocks!! I spent a lot of time last night trying to finish going through everything - STILL not finished! I do think I've found all the blocks, though and there are a ton. I'll try to photograph more of them later, but I have more sorting and pressing to do first.
    They could be left over from a project or if the lady belongs to a guild they could come from there, I have heard of guilds where everyone in the guild gives you a block on your birthday made from colors and designs you have requested. My guild has something we call a monthly lottery block, at the business meeting each month everyone is given a pattern and colors to make a block and then those who make a block get their name put into a pot and the winner get all the blocks made for that month depending on how many people made blocks you can end up with any where from 5 to 20 blocks. Some months I have won and really didn't want to do anything with those blocks so they sit in a drawer waiting for me to come up with an idea.

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    Lucky you.
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    very nice!!!!
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    I think batiks hold up well to washing so using them shouldn't be a problem. They might fade some, but that will only add to their charm. I agree that having a design wall/flannel backed tablecloth to play with them on is going to be very helpful in planning for using the blocks. I would also not make any strip blocks until after using up the pre-made blocks as you might need the scraps for sashing, etc. in setting them. Also, there is nothing that says you can't use non-batiks for setting these blocks! Some of them would look great with some tone on tone white or other light colors between the blocks.
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    oh my!! u lucky ducky.....


    all I can say is *DROOOOOOOL*!!

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