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Thread: Puzzle Quilt variation - "Trying to Fit In"

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    A few months ago, some of the gals were making puzzle quilt tops and I fell in love with the design. My one qualm is that, as a former jigsaw lover, their quilts didn't have puzzle edges. The first thing I did when I would work on a jigsaw puzzle was to put the border together first, so my quilt needed a border. So with the measurements provided by a few people on the board (thank you!) I redesigned the quilt to look more like a puzzle to me.

    It's going to have a border all around it, which will include that blue piece off to the side . So imagine my wood floor is the border to get an idea of it. I'm just waiting to get some $$ to afford the border, since it'll be about 10" around. I might do different size border strips, but that's a 'for when I have $' concern.
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    Looks great! I have the pattern for this and must make it soon!

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    And here is my Excel pattern. It has all 4 pieces. Each Excel square is 1" finished. So, for example, the middle pieces, the big strip is 8 squares by 3 squares -> finished 8" x 3" -> unfinished 8.5" by 3.5"

    Oh, and a fat quarter will yield EXACTLY 4 pieces. With about a 2.5" square to spare. If that. I would plan on it yielding 3 pieces to keep your blood pressure down... trust me on that... :?

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    How are you going to sew that last blue piece in the row?

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    That is amazing ! Your work is ALL amazing!

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    oh cool. i bet it was fun to make.

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    Very cool!

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    I love the colors you chose. Fantastic!

    Is there a way to make this so its actually a puzzle? Would make a great gift for a toddler.

    Who makes this pattern??

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    Great puzzle quilt! Thank you for the Excel plans! I just printed them out and this is the very next one I am going to do :lol: :lol:
    Thanks again!!!
    Susan

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    Oh, thank you for the excel pattern! I made one last year with something I just drew/coloured out on a piece of paper with 2 1/2 squares and it was pretty much sewing each square separately, this is so much nicer, I may attempt another one!

    This was mine that I did last spring.
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    Love the quilt!! Now I'm really torn - this is the 3rd quilt that I've seen that I'd like to make for my grandson!!!

    And thank you for the Excel file!!! I love Excel for planning out some of my quilts!!

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    Thanks for the pattern. The reason I haven't done one was the same you gave, I felt it needed a edge, I also always put the outer edge together first, then filled in when doing puzzles. I can't wait to do it now.

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    I love the edge treatment and that the blue piece will be in the border :D:D:D I can't wait to see the finished quilt!!!

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    Looks great!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    How are you going to sew that last blue piece in the row?
    Carefully :-D

    So first I'm going to add small squares to the middle and top of the blue piece to make it one rectangle. Then I'm going to add triangles to the various sides to make a rectangular block, with the blue on an angle. Kinda a square within a square.

    At that point, attach the border strip above and below, and attach to the quilt.

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    Does this picture help? It won't go over the red piece, of course.

    And then the hole will be filled in with the background fabric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrazygirl
    I love the colors you chose. Fantastic!

    Is there a way to make this so its actually a puzzle? Would make a great gift for a toddler.

    Who makes this pattern??
    Probably with velcro? I dunno...

    Who makes this pattern - me :). See the attached Excel sheet, it's a variation on measurements someone on the board came up with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susy
    Oh, thank you for the excel pattern! I made one last year with something I just drew/coloured out on a piece of paper with 2 1/2 squares and it was pretty much sewing each square separately, this is so much nicer, I may attempt another one!
    What I really like about yours is the piece shape. My next one will have shapes like those and other jigsaw puzzle piece shapes (me as a real jigsaw-er, I want lots of different puzzles, like with 4 ends sticking out, and 4 in, ya know)

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    Quote Originally Posted by redrummy
    Thanks for the pattern. The reason I haven't done one was the same you gave, I felt it needed a edge, I also always put the outer edge together first, then filled in when doing puzzles. I can't wait to do it now.
    I would suggest sketching out the whole quilt ahead of time. I did the corner region (like in my Excel sheet), did some quick math, and figured out how much of each piece I needed. Well, my math *may* have been off one piece which *may* have been how I came up with the blue piece in the border idea (though I admit nothing and meant to do it that way), so I would suggest grabbing colored pencils and sketching the WHOLE thing out, not just trusting your math skills. Especially if you don't have extra of the fabrics ;) ;)

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    I love color!! You did a great job putting a lot in here. I wonder what the quilting pattern will be............

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    What a wonderful idea!!! So creative--and what a message. It's kind of sad...but encouraging at the same time.

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    looks great

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    sew cute

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    Yeah, that should work!! Great idea!!

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    I love puzzle quilts..so colorful and bright!

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