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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

MAKE YOUR DESIGNING EASIER

Quilt making has choices. You can follow the directions exactly down to the very last thread tail, or you can make the design truly yours by putting yourself into your project. An easy way to do this is to put the blocks onto a design wall. Sometimes it is best to have the entire block constructed before you put it on the design wall, at other times it may be advantageous to only construct part of the block. This method of partial construction works better with some blocks than others. With the curved blocks this is an excellent way to design your quilt before your start sewing and later think “I wish I had….”

The first picture is of a fully constructed block. This picture above is of the partially constructed block. If you don't currently have a design wall you can purchase a nice one at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

It is easier to get a picture of what you want by constructing only part of this block before you put it on the design wall. In the following pictures you can see the various ways you could put the quilt together.



Or do you want it like this


After you have made your decision, it is then easier to sew the blocks together.
Don’t be a follower. Give your individual creativity full rein. Not only will you find pleasure in making a quilt truly yours, you will also find yourself gaining confidence and making quilts that people will cherish forever.

Check out Exuberant Color to see how Wanda has arranged her curved pieces (scroll down when you are on her blog and see all her pictures).

Do you like Vintage? Hop on over to Molly’s Place and check out her free vintage cat cross stitch patterns. They are so cute and really bring back memories (for some of us).

Until Next Time: Happy Quilting

3 comments:

Exuberant Color said...

Thanks for some ideas of shapes these pieces make. I'm headed to my design wall right now.

Lurline said...

Oh, I love that jig-saw effect - must pop it into a file!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Lily Boot said...

That is so cool! I love where you used the colour placement to create the curvy lines - I must give it a go. Also - I like your friendship braid created from a jelly roll - I've always wanted to make one of them :-)

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