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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > How do you decide which pattern block to make? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 9/27/12 2:07 PM

How do others of you decide what pattern block you will make in your next quilt? I have Quilt Design Wizard and it has several choices in each catagory. These are:

four patch
nine patch
simple blocks
log cabin
pictorical
square in a square
stars
unequal 9 patch
x's and diagonials

I can rotate, change colors, resize, and I am sure other things I have not discovered yet.

I make up a pattern I like, find color choices, and then either save and print or not save and try again. I do a lot of Try Again.

So far, this is all I have liked that I have made in QDW.

floral

pinwheels

These are just examples. The pinwheels is a play on color type. I kind of like the blues best for that one.

How does a person decide???

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Date: 9/27/12 2:46 PM

Learn, those are very nice!! You're learning the software well! How to decide? Right now I'm using mostly charm packs so it's easy for me. I'm just doing the disappearing nine patch. I would make the one you really like.

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Date: 9/27/12 2:55 PM

I found sites with a boat load of block patterns, I make up 4 blocks and learn a technique. lay them out, and I can then visualize them in a quilt. Then I go buy fabric, and go from there and make the quilt top.

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Date: 9/27/12 4:21 PM

In both examples, I made the blocks 6 inches in size. I decided to add sashing this time around. I have not made one with sashing before. I think I'll try another pattern and post it when I get it done. I can just hear DH now. Don't use all the colored ink in the printer!!!!

Diana,
Is there a way to send the chosen pattern to either my desktop or to my email? I have not found a function like that yet. While I do not mind printing them out and taking pictures so I can show my hubby what I am learning, I'd like a better way of doing things if it is in the program.

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I am a Quilter at heart. I love to play with fabrics, patterns and colors. Recently I have discovered I enjoy doing applique. I love making pictures. Using a sewing machine is much easier than counted cross stitch or oil painting for me. I enjoy landscape quilting as well. I am working on my first applique project in the spring of 2014.
Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
Babylock Molly
Bernina 1200DA serger
Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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Date: 9/27/12 4:51 PM

I can do that in EQ7 but I don't see that option in QDW. I'll take a closer look at the program and see.


Edited to Add: You can't save as an image file. At least I don't see that option. You can save the quilt as a project file, then open it up and show him. Sorry!
-- Edited on 9/27/12 4:57 PM --

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✝The Lord is my Light and my Salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1✝

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Date: 9/27/12 5:15 PM

Can you print it to a PDF?

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Date: 9/27/12 5:17 PM

Making that final decision is the hardest thing for me!

I always worry about making that first cut, that actual commitment to a pattern, that I missed something that would use the fabric's print better.

I had to finally tell (yell at) myself that fabric in a quilt is better than having it sit uncut on a shelf.

I have not yet started with a pattern and searched for fabric.

forgot:
I LOVE LOVE LOVE that floral pattern!!!
-- Edited on 9/27/12 5:17 PM --

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Date: 9/27/12 5:52 PM

No, it prints immediately to the default printer on the computer.

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✝The Lord is my Light and my Salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1✝

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Date: 9/27/12 5:59 PM

Thanks. I also love the floral pattern. I chose the pattern, the sashing and the fabric blocks in prints I was pretty sure I could find. If not, I can come very close to the ones I like.

I can't wait to start on another quilt. I need to finish the binding on both of my other ones as well. I can't stretch out my left arm enough to do much yet. I am much better than I was and want to get back to cutting/piecing/sewing/ quilting, etc.

However, right now, I need the ice pack...

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I am a Quilter at heart. I love to play with fabrics, patterns and colors. Recently I have discovered I enjoy doing applique. I love making pictures. Using a sewing machine is much easier than counted cross stitch or oil painting for me. I enjoy landscape quilting as well. I am working on my first applique project in the spring of 2014.
Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
Babylock Molly
Bernina 1200DA serger
Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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Date: 9/27/12 6:11 PM

I dont follow that method at all -- I like to look at quilts in the quilt museam collections, quilts in books, online -- through searches .. and when I see a pattern I like -- I find out how to make it my own and .. thats how i do it.

Then, I do more searches to find instruction on how to make that block ...

I never made blocks till recently -- I just sat down and started to sew.

For example Jenny Doan does a Irish chain demo on youtube .. I wanted to use scraps instead of larger pieces -- I could not make my blocks using strip sets.

I had to cut 3 inch blocks and sew every block together.




-- Edited on 9/27/12 6:17 PM --
-- Edited on 9/27/12 6:21 PM --

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