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From: Janice
Date: 03-09-2006, 01:54 PM (1 of 7)
I need help in picking a pattern for fabric I was lucky enough to win. There are 8 one-yard pieces and I am having trouble finding a quilt pattern that doesn't need more than a yard of at least one or two pieces. Four pieces are blue with white designs, two red with white designs, and two white with blue designs. They are all coordinating designs and colors.

Should I just make nine-patches and set them together how they look best, or is there something better I can do. I have also thought of making friendship star blocks. I have had this fabric for several years and really need to decide and sew them up. Anyone have ideas?
User: Janice
Member since: 07-30-2000
Total posts: 10
From: Chrysantha
Date: 03-09-2006, 07:09 PM (2 of 7)
How about a 3 strips up/down and 3 strips side to side (I don't know the name of it, but it's easy and VERY fast) 3,1/2 X 1,1/2....or turning 20,
4,1/2 square, 2,1/2 strip, 6,1/2 strip. You can alternate them (turning 20) or sew them straight together. (like I do, with or with sashing.) another easy one...and very fast.
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
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From: SandyGirl
Date: 03-10-2006, 08:26 AM (3 of 7)
Use those fabrics to make sampler blocks....That way you can get familiar with different blocks/techniques...etc. You can always add fat quarters to this project if you need to but based upon the number of yards you should not have to except for purchasing the final backing...Have fun! I am doing a sampler myself because I fell in love with a fat quarter bundle of co-ordinating Northwoods prints, etc. I am learning new blocks and techniques as I go. The Fons & Porter Complete Quilt book has many blocks to choose from and if you notice, their "sampler" was not made from the same sized blocks thoughout...Check out their book...You can get it a quilt shops and JoAnns.

then POST your pics when complete! I plan to..but may be a while tho!
User: SandyGirl
Member since: 09-16-2005
Total posts: 97
From: Janice
Date: 03-10-2006, 11:49 AM (4 of 7)
Thanks, Chrys and Sandy. I have a book full of quilt block patterns that I have wanted to make, so I may give the sampler a try. But, strip piecing is more my speed at the moment. I'm into "lazy" these days. Thanks again for the ideas. Janice
User: Janice
Member since: 07-30-2000
Total posts: 10
From: Bama
Date: 03-16-2006, 04:57 PM (5 of 7)
If they are half darker prints and half lighter prints, how about a log cabin quilt?

Chrys, are you talking about a rail fence? That would be great too. :up: The same blocks would also look great set in a basket weave pattern.
User: Bama
Member since: 03-21-2000
Total posts: 2116
From: Janice
Date: 03-21-2006, 01:36 PM (6 of 7)
Thanks Bama,
I just saw a log cabin quilt done in light and dark fabrics and it was really pretty. Now to decide and not ruin this beautiful fabric! :nervous:

How can my kids be older than I sometimes feel?
User: Janice
Member since: 07-30-2000
Total posts: 10
From: sweetpea1
Date: 03-22-2006, 03:53 PM (7 of 7)

You could make just about any quilt design you want. Just be selective about the size. 8 yards of fabric is a lot of fabric. There are many wonderful wall hangings, lap, crib and single bed-sized quilts you could make with that much fabric. Also, keep this in mind, when making a quilt, most of the fabric is used for the background of the squares and for the boarders. Consider using more than one fabric for boarders -- maybe in an "L" shape with each color (across the top and one side with one color and the bottom and opposite side with the other). Or, alternate a series of colors in the boarders. The scrappy quilt idea is great too. You only use small bits of each fabric in whatever square design you choose. You might find that you have lots left over this way.

You mentioned you have quilt books you could choose a pattern from. I love quilt books and have many even though I've only made a limited number of quilts (5 and one in progress). One book that I've made 3 quilts from is called "Lickety-Split Quilts" by Laurie Bevan. If you can get your hands on a copy of this book, you may find that you can make several small quilts for yourself or as gifts. Most of these quilts are nothing more than one BIG block with boarders and binding. They piece together very quickly (in as little as a day if you choose) and you have the satisfaction of a finished quilt that quickly.

You may have your heart set on a queen or full-size quilt. If that's the case, find a pattern you like and purchase coordinating fabrics for those that require more than 1 yard.

There are so many possibilities. Go for it girl!
User: sweetpea1
Member since: 10-10-2005
Total posts: 56
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