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Date: 2/10/12 2:27 PM

I came across my DD Brownie, Junior, and Cadet Vest. I was wondering if anyone had ever made a quilt out of them. I don't want to throw away her vests, poor kid worked hard for all those patches; but, some how incorperate it into a block. Any ideas? I am open to any and all. DD is now college age and will be leaving soon enough. I have saved all the scraps of fabric from all the clothes I have made for her and there is a XXXL Ziploc bag full of different shapes/sizes. I want her to be able to look at the quilt and have it bring back memories. Oh, I have a photo of her scout troop. I want to print it off onto fabric and use it as a block. Any recommendations for program or products to use do make the blocks? Thank all for any and all advice. I am going to be an empty nester soon!

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Date: 2/26/12 3:30 PM

I have printed on fabric once. I did not read this article first:
http://www.catswhoquilt.com/photoquilts.html

I have not tried it the way it is described in the article, so can't verify results, but it sounds worth a try.

As for the fabrics and patches you have saved, it sounds like a fun day of laying out different combinations to see what kind of reaction you have to the various possibilities. I bet anything you decide would be great. Maybe a time-line sort of thing where patches she earned are placed on blocks made from fabrics she wore at that time in her life. Or a row of correlating fabrics with the patch placed in the row, and the patches can form their own pattern over the surface of the quilt.
I mean, you wouldn't necessarily have to place all patches in one block.

Whatever you decide, it sounds like an awesome project and chock-full-o-love for your girl.
-- Edited on 2/26/12 3:33 PM --

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Date: 2/26/12 3:48 PM

I would leave the vests as in tact as possible. As a life long Girl Scout I would not cut mine apart for a quilt- I have mine and my granddaughter (who is in my present troop) loves to look at them and model them.

Could you perhaps just applique the fronts and backs (if there are badges on them) to a block and fill in around them with the pictures and blocks from the fabrics you saved? That would be a great memory keeper for her.

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Date: 3/3/12 1:16 PM

Dear Sharon,

My daughter has over 145 Junior badges and many other patches. Basicly her whole vest is covered. I glued those patches/badges on the vest and I don't think I could get them off even if I tried. What I wanted to do was take apart the vest and have 3 pieces. The 2 sides and the back piece. I would like to turn those pieces into quilt blocks. But, I have no idea how to or how to even design a quilt around it. I know her pins will be taken off due to I don't want to loose those. Her Brownie vest is the same as her Junior. After our troop bridged to Cadettes, it fell apart. So, I want to save these and use them for her to remember those times. I even have a troop photo. I paid to have the troop photo done at a photography studio and they framed it for our leader as a gift. So, I plan on printing a copy of the photo on fabric. BUt, I have never done that before and there are soo many different product. I don't know which products are good. So, any advice would be welcome. Thank you for answering. ERica

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Date: 3/4/12 5:38 PM



You could just go random. Maybe a quilt of various sized blocks, so that your vest patches blocks could easily fit in. Some of the neatest designs can come out of blocks and rectangles all arranged together until you get to the size you like. That way you can sort of highlight the vest blocks inside your arrangement.

I would just go ahead and try one of the methods in that article from the link in my previous post, for the photo printing. I am going to try it at some point, myself. Just have not had the chance. Maybe someone here has actually done the photo printing.

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Date: 3/4/12 6:00 PM

http://www.robertkaufman.com/quilting/quilts_patterns/chelsea_garden/

This link shows an example of what I mean. How the blocks are more like a scrapbook and less like a symmetrical quilt pattern.

And you have a bazillion ways to use your girl's keepsake fabrics to join the blocks with strips or rectangles or whatever.

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Date: 3/12/12 1:44 PM

Dear Cinca,

That is exactly what I am looking for!!! Thank you!! I bookmarked the page.

Erica

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Date: 3/12/12 7:48 PM

Goody! I love it when things work out.

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