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Date: 11/3/12 6:18 PM

I started a thread several weeks ago on how do I decide what pattern to make. Here it is in early November, and I STILL have not decided on a pattern to make. I have 5 done up in Quilt Design Wizzard and printed out. One thing I keep encounting is I do not find the fabrics I have in my design at the stores. It does not have to match the fabrics from QDW, but it does have to make me happy to look at it.

I finally realized this week what I want to make is just a simple 6 inch block. Nothing fancy. No special design, and maybe no design at all. Just a bunch of 6 inch squares in a quilt the size of 30x30 and a simple border and binding. Think scrappy quilt, if you will. I just want to cut fabric and square it up to make a 6 inch block and put the blocks into rows and sew a quilt. As long as it looks good when I lay it out, it should be fine.

It took me weeks to decide I do not want a fancy pattern. I do not want to make lots of cuts and have a lot of piecing to do. I want simplicity.

Does anyone know of a site where I can print off just an empty quilt so I can play around with colors and use my colored pencils? I do not want to trace a quilt and put in all the boxes. I tried that and it did not work. QDW will not let me print just the quilt boxes with no pattern or fabric chosen. What I would like is a quilt that is made up of 5 to 8 squares wide and 6 to 8 high. Sashing or none is fine. Borders are ok, but not necessary. I just want to play around and see what it is I want to accomplish.

I know there are no quilt police. No one is going to come and knock on my door and demand I make the quilt diffferent and so forth, so rest assured that is not bothering me.



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Date: 11/3/12 6:52 PM

Is what you are trying to do is figure out colors? .... not quite sure what it is you are looking for......???
You can use plain paper with small swatches taped to it & arranged if that is what it means????..... Do you have a color wheel? That shows what colors can go together. Found in art section of craft stores. ....????

Sewing With Nancy had a show on today called Tula's Quilts ... she made up designs that did not need any specific pattern & they were cute...... She did not even have exact measurements when cutting the first strips. I do not know if that would help ... you can watch it online I think......
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Date: 11/3/12 7:19 PM

I really LOVE a quilt with all same size simple squares!

I would just use graph paper and pencil in a grid to help with colors.

Have you thought of using a charm pack? Since they are all the fabrics in any particular line, the dyes and colors all coordinate nicely AND they are pre-cut to a uniform 5" square!

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Date: 11/3/12 7:29 PM

I've thought of charm packs, but the squares end up too small. The squares are 5 inches and end up at 4 inches. I want them to end up at 6 inches, so less seams to be bothered with. I learned this lesson with my current project and those 3 inch seams. Too many of them. Drove me crazy.
I'll get my graph paper out of the drawer and play around. I might end up with something interesting that I want to do.

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It is not so much colors, but I tire of trying to find what I want. I have a couple of collections, so they all go together well. Those are what I want to work with. I understand a color wheel fairly well. I am thinking of taking a Craftsy class on color when it goes on a half priced sale. I can always learn more.

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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: 11/3/12 8:47 PM

A 5" charm pack would be 4 1/2" after being sewn together, not 4". If you want the finished block to be 6", cut it at 6 1/2".

Why not make a simple 6" block quit in QDW?

I know you love to color, check out this book by Carol Ann Waugh, it maybe perfect for you. Look at the used copies since there are a few offered at reasonable prices. Patchwork Quilt Design and Coloring Book

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Date: 11/3/12 10:54 PM

I have looked through QDW a lot of times and in each catagory. In the Simple Blocks, there is none that is just a plain block. The same with the 4 patch, 9 patch and the other ones. I wanted a simple block that was just a square and I can't find one in the program. If you can tell me where to look again, I'll look.

I'll look at the book you recommed. Oh, that is sooooo me.
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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: 11/4/12 0:35 AM

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I have looked through QDW a lot of times and in each category. In the Simple Blocks, there is none that is just a plain block.


Learn, If you want to make a block that is plain with sashing around it then simply get the fabric you want and cut strips the width you want. So for example if you want a plain block at 6 inches then cut 6.5 inch strips from a variety of fabrics. Maybe use a fat quarter bundle and cut as many blocks as you can from each FQ. Then get a tonal matching fabric for the sashing. Maybe consider placing the block on point. You do not really need a program to figure this out.

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Date: 11/4/12 7:08 AM

What I do is get my graph paper and normal pencil. Have never used software for quilts. Use my mind's eye to see how I think it will look. I mostly make things for other people so that usually tells me what colors to use. I think sometimes we become overwhelmed with too many projects we want to do or new techniques we want to try and have a hard time making a choice.

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Date: 11/4/12 8:37 AM

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I think sometimes we become overwhelmed with too many projects we want to do or new techniques we want to try and have a hard time making a choice.

Oh yes this is my problem! I have no trouble picking out fabric I love, but it's so hard for me to choose a pattern. I always worry that I won't use the fabric the best way possible.

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Date: 11/4/12 3:40 PM

On thing I will do is design a quilt and then realize there is no way I'm gonna have the time, the money, or the energy to make. That's why I try to aim small but it doesn't always work.

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