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    I've been looking for some retro style fabrics like my mom made scrappy quilts with using scraps from her sewing, etc. Yesterday, I went searching again and found several pieces in the $3/yard end-of-bolt section of my favorite fabric store. Now I have to decide which pattern to use....Jenny's stack and whack comes to mind. Suggestions and ideas are welcome!

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    Those fabrics are very nice, good colors. Are you referring to the Stack and Whack that looks like an 8 pointed star block that they use turnovers for? Paired with white or cream, I think that would be stunning. Did you see Heaven's quilt? It has mostly oranges, but is just beautiful and I think this is the quilt pattern I think you are referring to. I'm trying stack and whack kaleidoscope blocks as soon as I get my calendar and sewing room cleared of costumes, so when I think of stack and whack, it is a little different than that turnover pattern.

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    Yes, I'm referring to the turnover quilt. I thought Heaven's quilt was wonderful. I bought some Kona Snow fabric yesterday too for background. I'm pretty good at putting blocks together but I struggle with coordinating fabrics. I decided yesterday to just pick what "looked like Mama".
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    Myrna, I've been drawn to the vintage fabrics recently. There are two shops within a fairly easy driving range to me - and I have to smack my hands to keep from buying more fabric until I've made a significant dent in my UFO pile. I love your choices of fabric, but I especially LOVE that you picked what "looked like Mama". What a tribute!!
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    Thanks Sandy...Mama pieced and quilted by hand and used fabric from outgrown clothes that she'd made for us kids. It will be 4 years in May since she passed away. I regret that she never got to see me trying to quilt, but I like to think she's smiling about it in heaven.
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    Myrna,
    I feel the same way about my mom. She always quilted, usually at her church making tied quilts to send to the poor. I started quilting after she passed away 3 years ago. I also regret she never got to see me quilt, and I regret not getting to make her a special quilt from me.
    I absolutely love your fabric! I'm sure whatever pattern you choose it will be beautiful and a wonderful tribute to your mom

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    Since these are fabrics that look like those that your mother used, what about an old fashioned pattern, like a simple four-patch block or a log cabin? I'd use these to make a more traditional quilt pattern. But whatever you chose to make with these fabrics will be lovely!

    I miss my mom every day, but especially when I finish a quilt. She was my biggest fan, oohing and aahing whether the quilt deserved it or not! It was something we shared. She made a couple of quilts herself. I have her first one, a small hand-quilted sampler and a log cabin quilt top that I hope to quilt this year. How nice that you have fabrics that remind you of her love and talents!
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    Those fabrics are lovely and sentimental. My Mom never quilted, she did sew her own wedding dress (59) and that of her sister (57). They were both lovely - cocktail length.

    Have you thought of making a twin size quilt and donating it to a lady in nursing home who no longer has any family? You can contact the NH and ask them ahead of time for an older resident who has out lived their children/grandchildren or hasn't had visitors in years. Imagine how they would feel, to wake up each day with a quilt to touch made with love and care with fabric/colors in a style that they recognize from their own era. I'm sure it would put a smile on their face and touch their hearts. Plus put a smile on your Mama's face as she looks down from Heaven as she sits next to other quilters who are happily piecing away up there.

    Love, Ruby

    PS, I know my Mom is playing Flaming 777s above Ceasar's or The Mirage, her favorite casinos. Miss my best friend for the last 12 years, every day.
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    This thread has truly inspired me. I also lost my mom about 3 years ago. I miss her each and every day.
    I sometimes pieced blocks for her, and she was the quilter. Thanks to each of you for bringing back such wonderful memories.
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    That's a great idea Ruby! I'm sure your Mom is winning too!!
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