Tag: design

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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…

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The brilliant people at Clover have come up with a clever new ruler to help us draft our own patterns or blocks.   This pliable ruler adds a new dimension to scaling and drafting sewing and knitting patterns, marking up curved shapes and drawing true 45° bias lines with precision. Thanks to its green zone,…

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Cables are a popular choice of quilting design for borders and come in various widths and styles. Where would you start to plan a cable border for your latest quilt? Stencils are widely available, but they are often not the correct size for your borders- so unless you were incredibly organised, and designed your quilt…

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Hearts are an ever popular motif. It’s easy to cut out a template yourself in a variety of styles that you could use for applique or for quilting designs. Watch this short video, or follow the instructions below: Drawing a regular heart shape Take a piece of paper a little larger than the desired motif,…

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How do I explain? Christmas is coming and I have blown up my cooker! All because of my quilting addiction. I’ll start at the beginning. EQ8 released 28/10/17 It was my birthday recently and I’ve been after a quilt design software package for a while. I’d like to use the excuse of working on British…