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    A bad case of Quilter's Block

    I recently joined a charity sewing group. We have what seems to be limitless fabric (and all of it very well organized) from which to choose, to make any sort of quilt our heart desires, at our own pace. A quilter's dream.

    My challenge is deciding on a pattern. Even with all that fabric, there is next to no white/creamy/low volume neutrals for backgrounds. The vast majority of the fabric is approx 1 yard cuts, not even enough for a consistent print/color background without going totally scrappy, which isn't my forte. I've never made a Bonnie Hunter design, not sure that is something I want to get into at this point. Is there still hope? Any suggestions? Advice? I have quilter's block.
    TIA.
    Michele

    to the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world...

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    Re: A bad case of Quilter's Block

    Try going to a resale shop and see if they have any neutral sheets, I had faced the same issue a few years ago. Didn"t want to spend a lot of my own money, but found a king size cream sheet for a few bucks. There was lots of floral fabric scraps. I ended up just making simple 4 patches with 2,5 inch squares. Needed a border to make it bigger, so did a piano key border of more strip from more florals. I was shocked at the end result.

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      #3
      Re: A bad case of Quilter's Block

      Choose fabrics in the same color way (colors that you love to work with) and intensity and do a disappearing nine-patch. Use a constant fabric in the center. Easy and quick quilt and the result looks complicated.
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        #4
        Re: A bad case of Quilter's Block

        So do a dark background instead.
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          #5
          Re: A bad case of Quilter's Block

          Do a potato chip quilt with 2 colors. Use a third piece for the borders. Very quick quilt

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            #6
            Re: A bad case of Quilter's Block

            There are a lot of "5 yard" quilt patterns online. They use 1 yard each of 5 fabrics. I was just browsing through some of them last night.

            Jeanne

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              #7
              Re: A bad case of Quilter's Block

              You might like to look at my album of Victoria quilts. These are simple patterns, and the 9patch border one I make has very little background. Now these are lap sizes 50-54" x 68-74".

              You didn't mention a size but most of these can be made larger. One that is fast & popular to make is Square in a square.

              Peek at my 2020 quilt tops. These don't have light neutrals, and use up small quantities of yardage.

              Good luck.

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                #8
                Re: A bad case of Quilter's Block

                I forgot about this one; it's one of my favorites. Great pattern, easy and colorful and best of all Free! https://www.quiltingdaily.com/Quilt/...tas-arrowhead/
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                “We can be many things in this life, choose to be kind!” ― author unknown

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                  #9
                  Re: A bad case of Quilter's Block

                  Originally posted by MHG Winnower View Post
                  Choose fabrics in the same color way (colors that you love to work with) and intensity and do a disappearing nine-patch. Use a constant fabric in the center. Easy and quick quilt and the result looks complicated.
                  This is the pattern I just finished...it was my first thought too. I'd love to try the arrowhead pattern you linked. I'll have to spend some time choosing the right fabrics for good contrast. Thanks!
                  Last edited by chelea; February 10th, 2020, 10:22 AM.
                  Michele

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                    #10
                    Re: A bad case of Quilter's Block

                    Originally posted by SuzanneOrleansOntario View Post
                    You might like to look at my album of Victoria quilts. These are simple patterns, and the 9patch border one I make has very little background. Now these are lap sizes 50-54" x 68-74".

                    You didn't mention a size but most of these can be made larger. One that is fast & popular to make is Square in a square.

                    Peek at my 2020 quilt tops. These don't have light neutrals, and use up small quantities of yardage.

                    Good luck.
                    Just looked at your albums. Wow! Wow, Wow, Wow!!! Your quilts are amazing!
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                      #11
                      Re: A bad case of Quilter's Block

                      Since it IS a charity quilt, buy fabric to go with what they have that you would like to use. You don't have to just use the fabrics that they provide. If I depended only on donated fabric to sew charity quilts....well I wouldn't get nearly as many done.
                      Also, what is the charity for? Baby quilts, kid quilts, quilts for cops? That is all relevant to the amount of fabric you need as well.
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                        #12
                        Re: A bad case of Quilter's Block

                        Originally posted by cjsews View Post
                        Do a potato chip quilt with 2 colors. Use a third piece for the borders. Very quick quilt

                        I looked that up and I thought those were called Bento Box. How did it get the name potato chip? Or what came first, Box or Chip? lol
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                          #13
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                          Hula moon. I was told it is a potato chip quilt because they are so easy you can’t do just one.

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                            #14
                            Re: A bad case of Quilter's Block

                            Originally posted by SuzanneOrleansOntario View Post
                            You might like to look at my album of Victoria quilts. These are simple patterns, and the 9patch border one I make has very little background. Now these are lap sizes 50-54" x 68-74".

                            You didn't mention a size but most of these can be made larger. One that is fast & popular to make is Square in a square.

                            Peek at my 2020 quilt tops. These don't have light neutrals, and use up small quantities of yardage.

                            Good luck.
                            You definitely need to see Suzanne's charity quilts, they're fantastic, I'm sure there will be something that you'll like
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