Tag: design

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Have you ever been struck with a quilt idea – a new layout you’d like to try? You doodle on a pad, then try and draft it out on some graph paper which is metric rather than Imperial. Get mixed up and confused and shove the project to one side. Perhaps you are only starting…

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Sometimes you feel an urge to design something different – an applique pattern or a quilting pattern perhaps – but where to start? As I keep telling everyone – I can’t draw; I never got beyond third year in art at school, let alone needlework, so I need to seek help in my book collection.…

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Last time I just showed you how to draw and colour a straightfoward square before turning lots of these squares into a simple 9-patch block and quilt. If you haven’t read that blog yet you might like to read it first before trying triangles as I am likely to assume you know a few things…

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You don’t really need expensive sophisticated programs to design a simple quilt – although they do help – as hidden in Word are a set of drawing tools. I’ve still got an older version of Word so my screen may look a little different to yours, but search and you will find the drawing tools,…

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Over the holidays and the last couple of weekends I had a bit of spare time, so went for a wander around a well known stuff shop.  In our home it’s actually known as Stuff Shop, even though it sells clothing too.  Mostly we shop for the stuff. It struck me as I was wandering…

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There are three main ways to copy a design onto your fabric: Tracing the design onto the fabric from a paper copy. This must be done before layering. Drawing the design through the gaps in a stencil (purchased or home-made). Can be done before or after layering. Drawing around a solid template (purchased, home-made from…

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Firstly thank you for all the lovely comments.  One of the things I aim to do with my blogs is debunk some of the thoughts and comments that I hear at some of the shows when people are stood in front of quilts like mine.  The most common of these is ‘It done by computer…

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Having looked at designing our own blocks it is time to design our own quilts. Before you even start your design you need the answers to a few questions. Where is the quilt going? Who is the quilt for? Are there any time constraints? Do I enjoy making something intricate or do I get bored…

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Last time I muttered in passing about designing ‘blocks’ using hexagons and diamonds and decided to leave them to one side as I am not a hand-piecer. However, my good friend and partner in quilting crime, Barbara Chainey (the other half of ChrisandBarbaraquilts) is a hand-piecer and has often asked me to use EQ to…

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Last month we looked at designing your own blocks by taking a traditional block and adding or subtracting a few lines. This month we will look at drawing what you might call ‘skewed’ blocks using graph paper with a different (not square) grid as well as just drawing a few random lines across a square,…

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The simplest way to design your own block is to take a traditional block and add or subtract a few lines. The Ohio Star block for instance can be changed into Swamp Angel by turning the corner squares into half-square triangles. But you could turn those triangles around. Or put a small simple block in…

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Have you ever thought about how useful the internet is? I’m sure you have – after all, you are reading this blog! I have no doubt that you have also used the internet to source fabric, research patterns and ideas, and to communicate with other like-minded people. There is no doubt that the internet is…