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Perri posted on Sun, May 12 2013 9:20 PM

Hi!  I am making a Venetian Dreams pattern quilt.  It is so pretty I don't want to distract from its design, but I am getting bored with the blocks.  I have 6 & I need at least 12  --- I was thinking of making some unique borders to make it bigger & maybe having 9 blocks instead of 12.....   any ideas?

 

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I had to Google this to see what it looked like.

It's pretty, but I can see that it would get a little repetitious.


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Nana replied on Sun, May 12 2013 10:25 PM

This is the pattern that I used for my flower garden quilt.

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Patti replied on Mon, May 13 2013 9:23 AM

Looks to me like there is a lot you could do with this pattern to make it more interesting.   Just playing around with the way the blocks go together, and or adding some sashing, or borders could make it more interesting. 

I really like Nana's use of floral fabrics for this.  It's was a nice way to use the med/large floral prints.

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Patti replied on Mon, May 13 2013 9:24 AM

And welcome Perri, I see that you are new.

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Karla replied on Mon, May 13 2013 9:49 AM

Nana:
This is the pattern that I used for my flower garden quilt.

This pattern is quite similar to the one I used to make the Asian quilt for my niece.  This flower garden looks quite Asian to me, too.

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Perri,Can you post a picture of a couple of your completed blocks?  It might be easier to offer suggestions after seeing your fabrics and colors.

 

 

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alane replied on Tue, May 14 2013 8:45 PM

Hi Perri!

Have you thought about setting the rows on a diagonal instead of straight across? That might make it a little more interesting and allow you to have some fun with the border too. I think a border made up of rectangles and squares the width of the smallest square would be really eye catching. Are you using a solid the same way Nana did? That could be really interesting. Especially if you "floated one block" in a row. I know you probably don't understand what I mean so I'll see if I can make a quick sketch and upload it here.

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alane replied on Tue, May 14 2013 10:06 PM

Here's what I had in mind. I apologize for the rough sketch, but hopefully you'll get the idea.

You could just cut the top row with the "floating" half square design and continue the border all around.

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Great idea, Alane!


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Susie replied on Wed, May 15 2013 10:42 AM

This pattern is one on my to-do someday list.  I love the possibilities of it.  I also have a pattern that I get tired of the blocks.  So, I put it away, to be brought out again when I'm in the middle of other things.  SOMEDAY, I hope to have it finished.  I love the colors and fabrics I picked for it, it's just getting tedious.

Can you put yours away for a bit and come back to it?  Or does that drive you crazy?  My kids think it's crazy how I have so many ziplock bags that have partially completed projects stored in them.  But I can see them all, so when I get to a breaking point, I can grab any of them. and be ready to go.  (It will make it really nice for my upcoming retreat!)

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Perri replied on Wed, May 15 2013 9:20 PM

Very pretty flower garden!

 

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Perri replied on Wed, May 15 2013 9:21 PM

Thanks.  If I could figure out how to introduce myself, i would.

 

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Perri replied on Wed, May 15 2013 9:23 PM

Thanks, Carol.  If I can figure that out, I will do it.

 

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Perri replied on Wed, May 15 2013 9:25 PM

Oh, my!   That is a wonderful idea!!!   Thank you for going to all that trouble to help!

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