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    Paulswaila: I think larger blocks just appeal to a different esthetic, witness the "modern" quilt movement. Maybe some of the ideas from some of those quilts? Quilts are always comforting no matter the pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    well, I finally finished washing, drying and ironing everything. there's over 112 yards of fabric, flannel, one piece of denim and the rest is all quilting cotton. here's my question - is it really okay if I make super simple quilts to be donated to the charity I work for ( a battered woman's shelter) so that I can get some of this moved out of the house? I would maybe make some jelly roll race type quilts using fatter strips - about 3 inches or more. I would love to give my best work for this charity - but it takes too long. I'm considering also doing big blocks - like 8 inches or so to use up this new stash. Any thoughts?
    Strips and big blocks are definitely an option. You could even do 12" rail blocks. Oh wait, I saw a pattern that would be good. I figured it up and it comes out to 16" blocks with 6 pieces per block. http://store.quiltingbythebay.com/st...&Item_ID=11576

    I'm actually wondering how it would look with the marble fabrics I've been accumulating for our quilt.

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    Let's see if I got the rules right: We CAN buy fabric for backing, borders and special requests. What about sashing? Do I have to use scraps to put together the embroidered blocks I want to use for that baby quilt I have to have made before August? Would I be cheating If I just bought a little too mugh backing?
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    I am sure the recipients of your charity quilts love to know someone cares...The easier the quilt the more people you can give this happiness to!

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    Betty Ruth: I think most of us agree that if the additional purchase is to complete a existing project it doesn't count. As far as the little smidgen extra, you wouldn't want to run out would you? We are the worlds best justifiers, we always have a logical reason for doing what we want to do.

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    Paula, I have a book that is nothing except big blocks. Most of the quilts are very nice as long as they have enough contrast. Lots of big HSTs mixed with squares.

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    [QUOTE=DustysMomma;6032430]Strips and big blocks are definitely an option. You could even do 12" rail blocks. Oh wait, I saw a pattern that would be good. I figured it up and it comes out to 16" blocks with 6 pieces per block. http://store.quiltingbythebay.com/st...&Item_ID=11576

    Thanks, DustysMomma - that's a GREAT idea! I have bookmarked it and may even start one this afternoon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    well, I finally finished washing, drying and ironing everything. there's over 112 yards of fabric, flannel, one piece of denim and the rest is all quilting cotton. here's my question - is it really okay if I make super simple quilts to be donated to the charity I work for ( a battered woman's shelter) so that I can get some of this moved out of the house? I would maybe make some jelly roll race type quilts using fatter strips - about 3 inches or more. I would love to give my best work for this charity - but it takes too long. I'm considering also doing big blocks - like 8 inches or so to use up this new stash. Any thoughts?
    Here is another good pattern for quick quilts:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...t-t209049.html

    Just add as many borders as you'd like to enlarge the size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    well, I finally finished washing, drying and ironing everything. there's over 112 yards of fabric, flannel, one piece of denim and the rest is all quilting cotton. here's my question - is it really okay if I make super simple quilts to be donated to the charity I work for ( a battered woman's shelter) so that I can get some of this moved out of the house? I would maybe make some jelly roll race type quilts using fatter strips - about 3 inches or more. I would love to give my best work for this charity - but it takes too long. I'm considering also doing big blocks - like 8 inches or so to use up this new stash. Any thoughts?
    I was just looking at a Pottery Barn catalog for quilt inspiration. They have a couple pretty quilts that are nothing but big blocks sewn together. The fabrics are bright florals of similar scale and a color plan. The quilting is super simple too. Take a look. You won't feel bad about donating a pretty and simple quilt when you see how much someone is willing to pay for a similar name brand quilt.
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    Sophie.....don't feel too bad, I, too, caved and bought fat quarters. I don't tell my hubby either. TeeHee. He never looks in my room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxflower View Post
    I was just looking at a Pottery Barn catalog for quilt inspiration. They have a couple pretty quilts that are nothing but big blocks sewn together. The fabrics are bright florals of similar scale and a color plan. The quilting is super simple too. Take a look. You won't feel bad about donating a pretty and simple quilt when you see how much someone is willing to pay for a similar name brand quilt.
    Thanks for the inspiration - I did go look and you're right - I can do quilts as nice or better than those - I'm going to make some with big blocks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DustysMomma View Post
    Strips and big blocks are definitely an option. You could even do 12" rail blocks. Oh wait, I saw a pattern that would be good. I figured it up and it comes out to 16" blocks with 6 pieces per block. http://store.quiltingbythebay.com/st...&Item_ID=11576
    Thanks, DustysMomma - that's a GREAT idea! I have bookmarked it and may even start one this afternoon!
    I'm wondering how it would look made out of bright marbles. I've been collecting them for a bit. I have orange, a dark bright blue, turqoise, purple, and I think green. Then I got a dark gray marble for a contrast.

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    Here it is, the last day of April, and I'm feeling a bit smug! I actually made it thru a whole month without any fabric purchases at all! This included a trip to JoAnn's with my birthday gift - gift cards and a class at my LQS! I also finished a big PaperPrincess job (wedding invitations), so I was able to actually quilt this month. My brother wanted a quilt to put over a window in his TV room. We pulled about 50 Brown, Beige & +Green batiks from my stash. I wish I could say that they were fat quarters, but it was mostly yardage. See why I need to be on a buying freeze????
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    Nothing this month. TaDa! For some unknown reason feeling the urge. Will resist, will resist....

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    I did really good this month until my DH took me to Wisconsin this past weekend. Unknown to me, they were having a Quilt Shop Marathon. I went to one shop to purchase enough fabric to finish a baby quilt when I found out about the Marathon. I wasn't going to participate, but DH heard about it and took me to 6 shops over the weekend and picked out things he wanted me to make for us. He was so cute, everytime we came out of a shop he told me to enter the next address into the GPS. Since I hadn't been in a quilt shop since Christmas and hadn't bought much this year, I really didn't feel guilty. Have to support the LQS - plus it was just so much fun. I really think my DH had as much fun as I did.
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    Sophie: That man is a keeper! Seems to me you were blameless, you were kidnapped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    Sophie: That man is a keeper! Seems to me you were blameless, you were kidnapped.
    Emma, I like your thinking!!!
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    One whole month with no fabric purchases! I did go to JoAnn's early in the month, but I only bought interfacing for a friend and varigated thread for me - $.50 for large spool - I bought a few in colors I know I will use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustysMomma View Post
    I'm wondering how it would look made out of bright marbles. I've been collecting them for a bit. I have orange, a dark bright blue, turqoise, purple, and I think green. Then I got a dark gray marble for a contrast.
    I finished the top today!!! Piecing the back to get all of the selected fabric used up so that none is left over. Will post photo tomorrow when I can get it out in the sunshine for better lighting. thanks for the pattern idea, dustysmomma!
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    I finished the top today!!! Piecing the back to get all of the selected fabric used up so that none is left over. Will post photo tomorrow when I can get it out in the sunshine for better lighting. thanks for the pattern idea, dustysmomma!
    OOH! I can't wait to see!!!!

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    here's the promised picture

    Thanks to DustysMomma for the link to this pattern - have finished the top in a day and a half and will go back into the studio today to find more fabrics out of my latest influx of free fabric to make another one.
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    Paulswalia - that is really pretty! Proof again that simple can be beautiful.

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    Paulswalia: Love your quilt pattern and your colors. Amazing that it came into being in a day and a half.

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    I won't ever commit to "No quilting-related purchases whatsoever" - but I have slowed way way way down from what I was doing at one time.

    Reasons: Less money available, less space available, and - hard as it may be to believe - I think I'm close to having 'enough' (for me) of EVERYTHING quilt-making related.

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    I hear ya bearisgray. That's about where I'm at.
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