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Date: 7/2/14 1:10 AM

I am very new to quilting, followed a pattern for first two quiilts, but now I just start making a block I like and then end up with a quilt....Do you follow a pattern?

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Date: 7/2/14 1:27 AM

I am a pattern girl, follow it, have never made my own quilt except for my best friend. I have too many patterns to have the time for it anyway. What can I say I am truly a pattern junkie, but to each her own. Some people are better at making theirs up

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Date: 7/2/14 2:15 AM

I like patterns because I don't have to deal with calculating what sizes my pieces need to be, and I don't like when I have to calculate how much yardage I'll need to buy because I am NOT a scrappy quilter.

I have made quilts without patterns, but I figure why bother to try to reinvent the wheel? I do make adjustments or replacements when it suits me. I'd rather spend my time picking out fabric and sewing than drawing and calculating!

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Date: 7/2/14 2:40 AM

I do every combo of pattern/no pattern:

follow a pattern exactly
follow a pattern partially, modify to some extent
copy a simple design without using the pattern
make my own pattern or design inspired by something I've seen
make my own pattern or design from my imagination
make a design or pattern using the shapes or elements from a published pattern

The nice thing about using a published pattern is that it gives yardage and cutting layouts or instructions. When I've copied a design without a pattern, I'm not able to accurately estimate the yardage, or devise the most efficient and economical cutting scheme. So I end up overbuying yardage and the excess goes into the stash.

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Date: 7/2/14 8:04 AM

hmm good question! I've done both and some of partial pattern, partial me lol

I do like following a pattern (especially Missouri Quilt Shop Tutorials!), but I've designed 2 myself and they were harder to think through. One the fabric told me what it wanted to be, and the other I knew what I wanted it to look like, then began sewing and made it up as I went along--the much harder way to do quilts!!

Unless I have some other fabric yelling at me, I intend on doing the huge list of patterns I'm excited about and leave the creating to main stream folks.

Yeah fabric waste when you design your own, or make changes or do it as you sew along - but having extra stash isn't a bad thing either :-)

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Date: 7/2/14 9:27 AM

So far most of the quilts Ive made are traditional blocks so have been very easy to look up online and follow instructions. Sometimes it will have fabric requirements but sometimes not. I don't mind buying extra fabric though as I am building up for a nice scrappy! I want to make a rainbow dresten plate so Ive been picking quilts in a variety of colours just so i'll have the right leftover scraps lol.

I have only designed 1 quilt but it was nothing fancy or difficult and quite small. I have a lot of quilts on my list that I want to do first - the next are a double irish chain and a bargello. One day I'll try designing my own, just not anytime soon.

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Date: 7/2/14 10:21 AM

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I am very new to quilting, followed a pattern for first two quiilts, but now I just start making a block I like and then end up with a quilt....Do you follow a pattern?


I find patterns really confusing usually. I like to think about a design and then use a mental rule of 12". I then get some graph paper out and sketch out the dimensions based on the 12": for example - 5x6 feet or 4x5 or whatever. Then I plan my blocks or structure around my four Omnigrid rulers which already have seam allowances built in. They are the 3", the 6", the 9" and the 12". When I like a design I have sketched, I start thinking fabric. I assemble the fabric, backing, thread and batting in my project box and then when I get around to it I sew.

I always look at quilt books and patterns and more to get ideas, and I like simple blocks, so if I find a block I like, I simplify the structure. I like to showcase the fabric. I haven't made many quilts so far, and the first one was the only one I really followed a pattern, and even then I diverged to make it simpler for me. But that one was a flying geese quilt and had loads of pieces. :)

My quilts are utilitarian, and I hope some are pretty, but I am a beginner to, and I know my limits!

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Date: 7/2/14 11:10 AM

I have followed patterns, but rarely exactly how it's written. For me it all depends on the fabric.

The fabric tells me what it wants to be.

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Date: 7/2/14 12:45 PM

It depends. Sometimes I do, sometimes I sort of do, sometimes not at all.

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Date: 7/2/14 1:42 PM

Depends on the project. If it is something I can "see" in my mind and figure out the yardage, then no pattern. I like doing things a bit different, so I have found out to my amazement. I find I am drawn to pictures much more than I ever expected. Last week I ordered another applique pattern. This must be the 3rd one now. I am still working on the first one.

I made a quilt last summer from fuzzy cutting 6.5 inch squares, and adding sashing. No pattern. I am doing my 2nd quilt the same way and enjoying it even more. I like this style, as it is quick and easy. (when I FIND the time to actually sew)

Once it is done, I plan to go back to the turtle applique project and finish it. Then on to the new floral applique project I bought last week.

I do what appeals to me at the moment. Pattern or not.

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