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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > strange compulsion to sew a quilt ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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strange compulsion to sew a quilt
I don't even like quilting...
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Date: 5/27/12 7:57 PM

So, I've done enough small quilting projects to know quite well that I don't like quilting. At all. I don't even like picking out the fabrics! Much less cutting all those fussy pieces, sewing them together, actually quilting it, and binding...ugh.

And yet, I have had a compulsion for a few weeks to make a Plain Spoken quilt (in something much more neutral than the quilt on that page). I could use a quilt for my bed.....but really, I'd never finish even cutting all those pieces out. Someone please stop me before I end up picking out a bunch of kona solids on equilter...

(It is this specific quilt pattern that is the issue, I have absolutely no desire to sew anything else quilt-like).

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Date: 5/27/12 8:23 PM

Well, I will not talk you out of it. That is a lovely quilt and can look very fresh with a different color scheme. Even the quilting part can be easy peasy... Do you have the pattern? It should be easy enough for strip piecing as the design is very basic.

At one point I was thinking about doing the QuiltCon Challenge because I loved the fabric choices and thought it would be fun to design and submit a block. But right now I am up to my ears in projects that I can't even think about it.

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Date: 5/27/12 8:49 PM

Can't ignore those strange compulsions. You may discover a new hobby!

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Date: 5/27/12 8:50 PM

Cutting out all those little pieces? You don't know about strip quilting? No cutting fussy little pieces.

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Date: 5/27/12 9:24 PM

Hi Nikki,

I can understand your compulsion. That is a beautiful and unquilt like quilt.

I was at two quilt shows over the past couple months. I was most attracted to quilts that either has straight lines, no bias or curved seams, or the art quilts that I could never hope to accomplish.

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Date: 5/27/12 10:20 PM

I actually went as far as to look it up, the book (Modern Quilt Workshop) has some 'previews' online that include the instructions for this quilt. Basically you cut the rectangles in two sizes and sew up a bunch of pairs of big-small rectangles. Then you figure out the arrangement and sew them up .

But still....*all those pieces*.... Even if I actually cut them out and managed to make the top, I'm pretty sure I would stall out and not quilt the thing. And binding gives me hives.

What would be interesting is to write a program that you could feed a set of colors and then it would create patterned tops so you could see what that would turn out like. It would be a simple algorithm for the most part. I'm sure there are already software things like that out there....

The pictures of this pattern that I like the most are the ones that have relatively few colors, most in a single tonal colorway, or one colorway plus one neutral, with one single contrasting color thrown in. In the book, there is one that is in shades of grey with a single red contrast. I'd probably go for tones of brown with a contrast color....

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Date: 5/27/12 10:27 PM

I bet you could figure. Way to do it with strip piecing, then you wouldn't be cutting out so many small pieces.

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Date: 5/27/12 10:42 PM

I don't quilt either, but I'm making a bargello quilt this summer.



I actually need a new quilt for my bed, and rather than pay an outrageous amount of money for something in a yucky fabric, I decided to make it myself.

I cheated, and bought a custom set of pre-cut 2.5 inch fabric strips, aka *jelly roll*. Now, all I have to do is sew them together in straight lines.

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Date: 5/27/12 11:03 PM

I like that quilt top. You would not actually have to make a real bed quilt out of it, with actual padding, filling, batting and even binding on it, if you did not want to. I think it would also look very neat, even as a curtain or maybe as the center portions in a folding wood screen or even a hanging divider in a doorway between two rooms, or such.

I think if I made it, I would actually make possibly a window hanging out of it instead. I think I would use something like translucent polyester organdy in different colors to piece it, and even maybe just do it on the serger, then just put one solid color lining of the same very translucent fabric (probably off white or light gray) on the back of it, then if you hung it in a window or such, I think it would just look very nice with the light even coming though all the more translucent rectangles of it.

Depending on what graphic arts software you might have, just even right now, you might already even have something like that. Both Adobe Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro have some tile and Mosaic options in their filters, those are kind of fun to play with, and you get to adjust the shape of the tiles and Mosaic pieces, You could even just feed them a bunch of clip art or any art you made, and then start applying all those filter options to them. Also tons of even after market kind of filters you can buy or get free someplace and use with those, some make some pretty neat Mosaic or Kaleidoscope looking effects.

Also any bit map drawing program, if you zoom in far enough, or if it has enough magnification to do that there, then each pixel then turns into a big noticeable square of it's own on your computer screen. Then if you want to play, you can always just change the colors of the pixels just more one by one. Two or more square pixels, next to each other of the same color, turn into a rectangle visually.

Or of course you could always just buy some real more quiliting kind of software, more made for that kind of thing, I would guess. Also some free or you pay for it kind of shareware, for even cross stitching or beading, most times has grids on it.

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Date: 5/27/12 11:11 PM

Even any version of Microsoft Excel (in case you have that one and use it for for more numerical spreadsheets or such) has grids or ways to create grids in it, and you can select cells and shade them with colors, you don't have to use it just for spreadsheets for some more corporate purpose or financial spreadsheet purpose at all.

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