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Date: 9/3/10 5:40 AM

I'm a beginner quilter who has signed up for a doll quilt swap. The size we need to make is : 13″ x 13″ up to 24″ x 24″ or any rectangle or other shape in between.
The person I'm making for would like something "whimsical". Think Alice in Wonderland, vintage children's books etc.

Being a beginner this has be a bit stumped. I'd need a pattern or guide to go by and wondering does anyone have some ideas / pattern links/ photos to give me some inspiration!!
TIA
Susan

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Date: 9/3/10 7:02 AM

I am totally not a quilter but just today I saw something called "wonky blocks" on someone's blog and found them quite playful. Maybe that is worth to take a look at. Tutorials for wonky blocks are easy to find on google or youtube.

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Subject: Need ideas for a whimsical quilt Date: 9/3/10 7:56 AM

How about looking at hancock's of paducah's website (NAYY) as (I've seen that) they have some fabrics of fairies - Cicely M Barker's flower fairy series, done I think by Michael Miller fabrics They do various size options of the images. You could do something as simple as sashing the images or do the wonky thing mentioned above.
Otherwise go onto YouTube and look up Missouri quilt co videos. Their Dresden plate video and the Dresden plate flower are quite quirky.
(I've been in bed unwell for the last few days. Guess what - watching these quilting videos!!!?!!!!)
Good luck and do post your end result!!
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Subject: Need ideas for a whimsical quilt Date: 9/3/10 12:24 PM

all polka dots, with only the border solid?

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Date: 9/3/10 12:44 PM

Google: Flickr fresh modern quilts for lots of ideas. Even as a beginner you might not need a pattern for these. It's all about the color.

I make almost all "wonky" quilts which appear more whimsical and don't require as much exact measuring. String quilts are also fun and easy.

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Date: 9/3/10 1:33 PM

The easiest way I can think of (esp for a beginner) is to just buy some cute whimsical children's fabric and use a simple pattern to showcase it. ...though I love the wonkies!
-- Edited on 9/3/10 1:34 PM --

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Date: 9/3/10 3:11 PM

I am a lazy quilter so I stick with baby size quilts and let the fabric make the quilt. I have done several simple 4 patch quilts using fussy cut squares and coordinated fabrics. The 4-patch results in an eye pleasing diagonal design
Unfortunately I don't have photos. I made: Flower fairies with peach, Frogs with greens, 70s retro fabrics.
Hope this helps

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Subject: Need ideas for a whimsical quilt Date: 9/3/10 4:45 PM

There was some Alice in Wonderland fabric recently released very nice on the colours and themes, you don't need anything complicated with the fabric to achieve a nice result.

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Date: 9/3/10 7:56 PM

For whimsical, I like Miss Rosie Schnibbles. They are cute and fast little projects.

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Date: 9/4/10 8:43 PM

quilting isnt as hard as i thought it would be... ive made one for each of my kids and one for a friend... if you google free quilt patterns you should be able to find something... here are a few ive found. hope they help.
http://www.freequiltpatterns.info/#AB
just look through the diff patterns for something easy enough for ya... you also might want to try this one....
http://www.claudiasquiltshoppe.com/Absolute3BigBlock.htm

just make the squares in a size that works for you, and build it up from there...

good luck!

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these are more of a make by xmas goals.
new stilt pants for the hubby(just needs hemming)
a winter coat for DD (done)
a quilt for each of my lil bros soon to be daughters
some type of top and tutu for soon to be nieces birthday next month

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