Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Requesting Suggestions, Please!

Hello everyone!  I have been planning a project for a couple of months now, and I’m still stuck on what exactly to do! So I thought I’d put it out to you amazing people to see if any of you have any suggestions for me.  All suggestions are welcome and I would sure appreciate your input!

I’m going to make a special ‘handprint’ quilt for my mother-in-law for Christmas with all the handprints of her grandchildren on it. The fabric I’ve chosen is some from the California Girl line…

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Every other square will be a handprint cut out of the Cal. Girl fabric appliquéd onto white fabric, and so every other square will be some sort of quilt block design of the Cal. Girl fabric.  I simply can’t decide what to do with the quilt block squares!  Can you help me??? (Don’t laugh to hard and my drawings of hands! : )

Here’s my amazing drawing of the quilt:

Grandma's Quilt

What do I do with the blank squares??? I thought I could do some sort of fun design with half square triangles like one of these:

I love half square triangles!

Or I could do granny squares, which I must say, the name “granny squares” lends nicely to who the quilt is for, Grandma! But I have to say that for some reason, I’m not in love with granny squares yet…. don’t shoot me. : )

Yummy Granny Squares!

Or I could do heart blocks:

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/images/Newsletter_Blocks/heart.jpg

Or I could just do a plain square of fabric, like a simple patchwork quilt.

OR I could do something I totally haven’t thought of yet! All I know is it can’t be too complicated or I’ll never get it, and all the other things I want to make, done! : )

Do you have any suggestions for me? I sure would love your help!!!

Thank you!!!

Myra

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

7 comments:

Kati said...

This is going to be such a fun quilt!! What about doing it as a sampler and using some of the blocks from Fresh Lemon's Summer sampler? http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?page_id=1105

Good luck deciding! I'm sure it will be well loved. Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday!

Amy said...

I was leaning more to the hearts! I thought of this example, it is a Moda recipe. http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/08/charming-hearts-quilt.html
Just thought I would throw it out there also. Whichever you choose, she will love.

~Amy~
Sew Incredibly Crazy

Melissa said...

I like the idea of granny squares. I think it fits with the project. Otherwise I think I'd keep it simple. I think what ever you decide it'll be great.

Julie said...

That's a tough one! I think you have to first decide what you want your focus to be. Do you want it to be all about the hands or the quilt blocks? I think if you do something too involved it might take away from the hands which, to me, seems like what the quilt is all about. Although if you went with the brighter/bolder colors for the hands and more tame for the blocks it could work. I would probably make them all the same though. The hearts seemed like a nice idea. Otherwise the flying geese type HST looked fun. They'd draw your eyes around the quilt to the different hands which would make a cool effect. I think I just landed on an opinion! Do the geese. The pointing around would be great! Sorry for the very stream of consciousness comment. ;)

Marion said...

I'd do a BUNCH of different ones :)

tinkingalong said...

I agree with Julie. I would have all of the blocks the same, and a design that is not so intricate that it detracts from the hands. I would also think carefully about how much white/background space you have in the blocks. Since the hands will have a lot of background, it would be nice for the alternate blocks to have a bit of contrast there so the two blocks don't run together. I hope that all of the ideas that folks are giving helps you on your way!

Sue Bone said...

A friend di one with Irish cahin pattern.

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