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Quilt Planning - Fruit/Vegetable Quilt
I have this great idea for a quilt, but not sure how to get from idea to pattern
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Date: 3/11/13 11:51 AM

I've had this idea bouncing around for a while, I just don't know quite how to calculate yardage or exactly how many blocks I'll need.

I want to make a quilt to use as a blanket for picnics; I'd like to use something like this Twisted Frenzy pattern. I've made a quilt from a kit that uses the same blocks (snowball and twist).

My idea is to use two "basket/basketweave"-type fabrics for the twists, and then various fruit and vegetable fabrics for the snowball blocks. I'm undecided about the centers of the twist blocks, but if I end up using a line like RJR's Farmers' Market, could use the white "worded" fabric for that. I was thinking I could use more of the basket fabric for a thin sashing and then a fruit or vegetable "medley" for a wider border.

I just haven't decided how to figure out how to place all the snowball blocks; I'd like to do some sort of neat color transition or pattern that would look visually appealing if you looked at the quilt as a whole.

Do you have any good tips or articles to share that would help me figure out the layout and the yardage? I'd really hate to buy a lot of extra fabric that I might not end up using.

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Date: 3/12/13 4:25 PM

First you need to figure out the approximate size you want. Then figure out how many blocks that is. Use the website you get the pattern from to determine the yardage.

What do you mean "extra fabric" there is no such thing! You buy 1/2 yard of any fruits and veggies, about 2 yards of the basket weaves and the leftovers are "stash" not extra. Always buy extra for mistakes- that's my mantra.

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