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Last year we found a niece who had been adopted at birth, and who is now 28
years old. We have been corresponding, and now I want to make her a quilt.
This is what she says she likes:

"I am not a flowery type person, I like bold colors like blues, purples, and
oranges...polka dots and stripes and kind of modern stuff."

What would you do? What pattern would you use, and what fabric? I, of
course, am a flowery type person, and I've never used polka dots or stripes
in my quilts, but I'm willing to learn.

Trixie



Re: What would you do?
You need Yvonne Porcella.  She may not be your cup of tea and you might want
to simply see if your local library has any of her books.  I have 'Magical
Four-Patch and Nine-Patch'.  Florals are beloved to me too but Porcella can
persuade you to wander off the path to dots, stripes and mighty wild things.
Her quilts will make you smile.    Polly

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Thanks for the reference.  I too need to wander from the path.  Our
library has one of her books, so I put it on hold.

Kay Ahr in NV

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What about tone on tones? Bold paper pieced stars?  OK so I'm into
paperpiecing stars at the moment.  <g>  Another suggestion would be batiks.
Good luck.  Let us know what you settle on.  And congrats on finding your
niece.  Sounds like it was a good reunion.

--
Mary
http://community.webshots.com/user/mardor1948
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Amish style in jewel tones with some mad dots and stripes in some areas?

Traditional style, just suing dots and swirls and stripes rather than
flowers?
--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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It says Amish to me, too. That was my first reaction. Or alternatively a
Jan Mullen-ish style with polka dots and stripes and wonky "blockz".
--
Mel Rimmer
www.bean-sprouts.blogspot.com


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Bargello out of batiks.

Or pick a traditional pattern and use all solids but one focus fabric
with stripes or dots.

Maybe a Drunkards Path? Or a Monkey wrench?

But I'd opt for more masculine colors and/or avoid pink.

-georg

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A jewel box pattern in some strong or bold colors may be just the thing.
Here's a picture of one on ebay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4428625367&category=2045
9 and a pattern shown with a black or dark background:
http://www.azpatch.com/bom/bom2001/09sep01/bom01sep.htm

--
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved
body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "...holy
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I just finished a quilt top for my expected granddaughter and it's
wonderfully bold with nothing flowery about it, yet it has flowers!  I
made a black and white 'yellow' brick road, with the whitest fabrics in
the middle and the darkest towards the outside, and a very dark 3 inch
border, and then I wonder undered about 8 different hand dyes and
bright multicolored fabrics, cut out large 5 petal daisies, drawn free
hand, and put them all around the dark border with a zig zag stitch
edge to hold them down.  It looks like a cartoon on that black and
white background, and satisfies the hippie in me!

Musicmaker


Re: What would you do?
Pictures, woman! Pictures!!!
MAmadurk

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I don't consider myself a book collector.  I just have books,
the way one has air to breathe.   -N. Hilyard

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Re: What would you do?
MAmadurk - when it's out of the quilting lap frame and has binding -
I'll show you pictures.  Until then - it's imagination time!
Musicmaker

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Re: What would you do?
My immediate thoughts were either Amy Butler or Jennifer Sampou's
fabrics.  Maybe there is a shopping trip (virtual or in real life) in
your future?

Mary

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I would do a Denyse Schmidt. They are relatively easy, particularly as they
are all straight lines.

http://www.dsquilts.com/co_sub.html



Re: What would you do?
OOh, a perfect excuse for S.E.X.! Go to the fabric store and buy a bunch of
the wildest stuff you can find with these colors. Also get a few yards of 2
shades of a focus color, something tone-on-tone like Moda Marbles. Then make
attic windows. Simple way to showcase prints.
If you have trouble buying these fabrics, get help! I used to give a
quilting buddy some cash and send her off to buy me whatever she thought I
needed, no strings attached. Nothing like it to break out of your box, and
it gives such pleasure to your friends.
Roberta in D

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Re: What would you do?
I was at a quilt store a few weeks ago that had a huge display of
assorted dots.  I was surprised but then thought of our Frood and
her dot swap.  They are around if you get to looking. If there are
lots of dots there must be some current patterns in the stores
that lend themselves to that kind of thing.

I am a floral person too so I see your challenge.

One of my adopted sisters connected with her bio mom a few years ago.
(who needs a spare mom?)  I got to meet her bio mom this summer.
It was nice to meet the special woman that brought my sister
into our lives.
Taria

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Such a loaded and fun question. -:).   Geometric are always fun and you
can get away from the florals using some of the geometric patterns like
tumbling blocks as an example.
   I am sure others here have a vast wealth of examples and experience
with the less traditional blocks.  A kaleidoscope quilt may also be a
thought.
julia

Re: What would you do?
how about this:
http://community.webshots.com/photo/268167274/2500783620043213071dAFeWB

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Dr. Quilter
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I LOVE that center block!!!!

Kellie
like the whole quilt too :)

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How about wonky stars in striped and dotted fabrics? That could look
very modern.
--
Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
my ISP is earthlink.net -- put sfoster1(at) in front
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Re: What would you do?
Howdy!

Kaffe Fassett is so inspiring, using those stripes and wild prints
and dots and everything together.  It's about the color, the fun
of the fabric, and "it's your quilt!"
http://www.kaffefassett.com/patchwork.htm
 http://www.gloriouscolor.com/merchant/store.htm

Another inspiration: Laurel Burch
http://www.laurelburch.com /
 Just lots of fun stuff.

Pattern?  If she's not a quilter, if she doesn't have a specific
request, something simple, 9-patches, snowballs, chains, pinwheels;
play w/ the fabric more than w/ the pattern.

Good luck!
And congrats on finding the neice.
My dad's youngest half-sister (same mother) re-discovered her family 5 yrs.
ago when she was almost 60 yrs. old.  My dad never met her, but I did
and she's definitely one of "the girls."  ;-)

Ragmop/Sandy


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