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Planning a steampunk themed quilt for DD
Can anyone think of a pieced block for a gear?
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Date: 9/16/13 11:29 PM

I had a couple of ideas but nothing is working out. I'm considered putting UT steampunk designs in the center of gear blocks and trying to interlock the blocks. I had an idea that some of the 45 degree triangle star blocks might be configured to appear like a gear but nothing is clicking yet.
Somehow I had Jenny Breyer's castle keep in mind

But it's not quite right. I'd love any suggestions.
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Date: 9/16/13 11:40 PM

Morph into this,
Steam punk gears.

From this with the compass points blunted,
Mariner's Compass Quilts

?????????? What do you think? What I know about Steampunk and quilting wouldn't fill a thimble.

This one already has a great independent outer ring 'gear' configuration.
Outside ring.

This style with the eight main internal compass points reduced to four main points. Make the tips of the four main compass points the same color/fabric as all of the other small outer ring tips/gears.
Mariner's Compass Example

Looks like zodiac fabric between the struts (supports) of the gear would be interesting. And the Mariner's compass examples with the smaller compass patterns scattered about might also be intriguing in a gear interpretation.


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Date: 9/17/13 0:45 AM

A modified New York Beauty block might work for you. 4 NYB block together will give you a compass/gear block.

Free Paper Pieced New York Beauty Block Patterns

I think #8 could be modified by change the outer ring of points to trapezoids. The inner ring of point you can leave or modify into spokes.

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Date: 9/17/13 6:28 AM

I don't know too many blocks, but thinking a bit laterally with English paper piecing, (as the Jinny beyer one looks like a hexi, squares, 120degree diamonds and stretched triangles) if you start with a hexagon in the middle and put either half hexagons or hexi petals around it, you start to get the shape, then you can put a frame around it made of small squares for teeth. It will need some working out on graph paper and then translating to a block...

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Date: 9/17/13 7:57 AM

There are definitely some promising ones there. Numbers 1, 2, or 3 might work with a different color placement. Thanks for the link.

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Date: 9/17/13 7:59 AM

Thanks, these are of a type like the New York beauty block, in that you make a quarter of the block first. This might be the way to get the most realistic gear.

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Date: 9/17/13 8:01 AM

Then the paper pieced ring could be appliquéd on the background?

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Date: 9/17/13 8:05 AM

Although I had originally thought of pieced blocks with the UT designs in the center, I could somehow (eh?) layout the blocks and appliqué gears atop them.

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Date: 9/17/13 8:17 AM

Quote: chrisquilts_2
Although I had originally thought of pieced blocks with the UT designs in the center, I could somehow (eh?) layout the blocks and appliqué gears atop them.

I would applique the gears, it would be easier for me and I really enjoy applique.

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Date: 9/17/13 10:30 AM

Have you seen the "cog" quilts by Robbi Joy Eklow?

She uses raw edge applique to create some great pieces that she calls "steampunk" and "cog" her colors are brighter than some of the steampunk things Ive seen - but, I love the bright colors!

steampunk

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