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Date: 10/8/13 4:55 PM

I am in process of finding fabrics for this Take 5 Quilt Pattern and am having trouble finding 5 fabrics that I think look good together and will look good as a larger piece in the quilt.

This pattern makes a 12" finished block. The larger square in the block is 8". The smaller size is 4". If I understand the instructions correctly, each fabric picked ends being used as one of the 8" pieces.

Can I make the blocks so that 8 inch blocks are only from the fabrics that I think will look good as an 8 inch size?

Some of the fabrics I can find are good filler fabrics but really have no design in them. I am having trouble visualizing a piece that large/plain in the quilt. I guess I could applique them or make some design out of thread that might be nice.

Any thoughts / ideas on this? This very newby quilter appreciates any feedback.

Don't know if this helps but I am planning on using various shades (tones) of blue (light to dark). My lightest piece has an off white background. It will also be the Queen size I am making.


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Date: 10/8/13 5:13 PM

Not that I am an expert, but as far as I know you can do any darned thing you want! Make the quilt your way. If I were you I would certainly ignore the directions anyway and make my blocks with whatever fabrics I wanted to - is this an assignment of some sort? Or a contest?

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Date: 10/8/13 5:46 PM

Jane, you can do anything you want. Because you are not using their colors your quilt will look different from the picture, and that is a good thing. Your quilt will be made by you with your individual vision. However you make it it will be unique.

There are no quilt police. If you think the blenders won't look good as the large pieces, don't use them. Personally, and this is just my own opinion, sometimes the eye appreciates a larger swath of something plain amidst the patterns. (I say this as someone who really likes clashing colors and patterns.)

This is a hard-won lesson in quilting I can share; we make one block at a time and while we are creating that block it is the single most important block in the world, and we look at it with intensity. But this is the thing, once the blocks are together in the quilt top each individual block recedes and becomes part of the whole. You will not know for sure how the top will look until it is made unless you make an exact copy of the pattern. This is one of the great pleasures of quilting to my mind.

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Date: 10/8/13 6:13 PM

The thing that I notice about that design, in the picture anyway, is that each of the fabrics is very contrast-y with the others, and that's what creates the design. If you do it in shades of all one color, it will be less dramatic and more mellow. It could be really cool. What you might do is use some colored pencils and sketch out a block or two with the approximate fabric colors you are thinking of, just to get a feel and see if you like it.

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Date: 10/11/13 3:33 PM

hi Jane, I just began to learn in November so am pretty new as well.

What I do love is going and looking at the Finished Quilts pinned in here which helps me see the various color ways that other peps use.

Personally, I don't find that Take 5 quilt to my liking as it has almost too many solids and my eye is distracted by the few prints you know? I would probably take a ton of similar fabrics ie... all fabrics with zig zags or all fabrics in various colors with tiny dots on them... then only use a few of the solids -- BUT that is only what I see in this pattern

No quilt police and I love the idea of sketching some ideas out -- Go into your fabric stash and have a play at laying out several shades with some prints and see what "appeals" to YOUR eyes!

Good luck and there are SO many great quilters on here to help with questions - got to love this PR

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Date: 10/11/13 3:59 PM

What a great idea to look at what others have done in finished quilts. I agree - PR is just a wealth of information!

I do love the quilt shown on the take 5 pattern (greens and reds) but I think I am wondering what you are suggesting; that a little will go a very long way.

I only want 5 fabrics I LOVE and will play well together - so in my mind that mean the scale as well as the colouring/tone has to work. Also, it has to coordinate with bed skirt, window treatment and Euro shams - all in a very small room.

While the wild and woolly - anything goes quilts can be dramatic, stunning and utterly beautiful - it can also be distracting and make a small room like mine look even smaller.

Sigh...the hardest part about sewing/quilting has to be the getting ready to actually sew!

Thanks!

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Date: 10/11/13 6:11 PM

For a smaller room that you described w/ other fabrics to coordinate, I think your plan is very much ideal w/ the 4 shades of blue and an ivory! It will be more soothing and calming than a lot of different colors and prints. You can definitely choose a different fabric for the 8" block esp if it looks better to your eye!! we would call this "controlled" scrappy and you'll be happier w/ the quilt if you do that. Random is good but sometimes a little tweak here and there makes a lot of difference. You could even add a 6th fabric or edit it down to 4. There's always options left open to you until you sew your rows together!

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