Quilting Thread and Beads 3

Quilting Thread and Beads 3

 

Love it

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Patched and Pieced 24

Patched and Pieced 24

ANZAC DAY 2015

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

The crosses are a reminder of those which mark many thousands of war graves from 100 years ago, and unfortunately, many since then. I am also reminded of the servicemen and civilians who survived, but live on with memories of the comrades, family and friends who died around them.

Lest we forget.

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Annie Clover and Pieces 18

Annie Clover and Pieces 18

I love it.

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Beaded Blocks and Borders in Batik 15

Beaded Blocks and Borders in Batik 15

Like it very much!

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Today is the last day I will be accepting comments for freebies, for tomorrow I will be sending freebies to all those who have left a comment on each virtual quilt.

After Pompeii 41 … Virtual Quilt 5,000!

(please note that After Pompeii is not the giveaway)

9 Patch ‘n’ Apps Virtual Quilt 5001

Autumn Daze Virtual Quilt 5002

Posy Patch Virtual Quilt 5003

Aussie Animals Virtual Quilt 5004

Toys 4 U Virtual Quilt 5005

Wonder how long it will take to reach 6000 virtual quilts!

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Black and Gold Log Cabin 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Black and Gold Log Cabin 1

Not too sure if this is the back of a Log Cabin quilt, or a whole cloth quilt using Log Cabin patterns!

I think the attraction of adding a third dimension to a quilt top is the most exciting part of making a quilt. Painters have to add many layers of paint to get real depth, or rely on their use of contrast to depict depth … quiltmakers can create a flat pice of fabric, add wadding and a backing fabric to make a practical, warm item, but then add the third dimension by quilting, at the same time adding a line drawing to the back of the quilt.

I love the idea that we can make a quilt which can look great on both sides, while still performing the same function of keeping people warm.

Black and Gold Log Cabin 2

If it is the back of a Log Cabin quilt, is there applique on the front? Or just applique like design in over the blocks.

Black and Gold Log Cabin 2a

What it might look like if the colours are reversed.

(Note the absence of quilting in the ditch. The seam lines appear on solid black, but I never quilt in the ditch.)

Black and Gold Log Cabin 3

Whatever design I put onto the quilt top dictates to a large degree what I use as a quilting design, so that the pieced and applique design appears on the back of the quilt as a line drawing.

Black and Gold Log Cabin 4

In blank spaces on the front I will add a motif, with filler to anchor any spaces between the outlines of pieces and the quilting motifs. A filler design should not be very interesting in itself … it’s function is to hold the layers together between the features we have added using piecing, applique and quilting. There might also be some embroidery and other added embellishments … the filler simply fills in gaps and gives a place for our eyes to rest between the more ornate parts of the design.

Black and Gold Log Cabin 5

This is how I might quilt a Log Cabin quilt top, emphasizing some of the logs, but adding motifs over the piecing, usually on the light area of the block.

My next trick should be adding the pieced front!

In the meantime, if you go back to these posts, I am still accepting comments for the giveaway of some PDF printable patterns and some EQ7 project files.

After Pompeii 41 … Virtual Quilt 5,000!

(please note that After Pompeii is not the giveaway)

9 Patch ‘n’ Apps Virtual Quilt 5001

Autumn Daze Virtual Quilt 5002

Posy Patch Virtual Quilt 5003

Aussie Animals Virtual Quilt 5004

Toys 4 U Virtual Quilt 5005

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Patch Play Quilted 1 and 2

Patch Play Quilted 1

This project file is a few months old … it got left on the shelf when I found more exciting things to virtually quilt.

Patch Play Quilted 2

The most exciting thing was playing with the colour of the virtual quilting thread … and with a few clicks of the mouse the black thread becomes gold, and blends into the quilt more like real quilting.

The applique would be outlined, about one eighth of an inch outside the edges … this makes the applique sit up from the background. The area which is still blank would need some quilting in a real quilt, and I would use a thread which matches the background exactly, and a design which is boring and repetitive. Something like stippling, small massed circles, smallish cross hatch, straight lines.

Every quilt needs some boring bits in the background to fill up the space, and if all it does is fill up the background the areas of patchwork, applique and the areas of formal quilt design can be the stars of the quilt.

Patch Play Quilted 3

Usually my first preference for a quilting pattern is something related to the quilt top design … so a few more clicks of the mouse and the featured quilting design is an echo of the outer border.

The outer border corners are themselves an echo of four blocks near the centre of the quilt.

Here is a confession … I am a hand quilter, but all that boring quilting I would conmsider doing by machine, unless I chose to do cross hatch.

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Stained Glass Early Project 13

Stained Glass Early Project 13

I like it, but it could use a change of colour in the centre block.

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Wedding Fans OP 39

Wedding Fans OP 39

Interesting!

To me that means room for quilting.

I have been sharing virtual quilt designs since September, 2008, and it is only in the last few months that I have really been designing virtual quilting patterns. I don’t think I will ever catch up with quilting patterns for the majority of the 5000 designs I have shared so far, but every new series will have quilting patterns. Some will be wholecloth designs!

Ans speaking of the 5000 … there is still time to make a comment on any of the six giveaway posts to get a reply with strings attached, either in the form of a pdf or an EQ7 project file.

After Pompeii 41 … Virtual Quilt 5,000!

(please note that After Pompeii is not the giveaway)

9 Patch ‘n’ Apps Virtual Quilt 5001

Autumn Daze Virtual Quilt 5002

Posy Patch Virtual Quilt 5003

Aussie Animals Virtual Quilt 5004

Toys 4 U Virtual Quilt 5005

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White on Colour 2

White on Colour 2

I am considering the colour options to make a real White on quilt, and wondering if I could use a variety of whites, or should I stick with just one.

Plenty of time to think about it as there are some UFOs which I want to get out of the sewing room, and some other new projects to get underway … and finished … before a white on anything gets to the top of the list.

PS Still time to comment on yesterdays 6 virtual quilts and get something in return other than just a few words!

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Toys 4 U Virtual Quilt 5005

Toys 4 U Virtual Quilt 5005

Final giveaway to celebrate reaching 5000 virtual quilt designs on this blog.

Leave a comment and I will reply, and attached to the reply will be a PDF pattern for you to print and make into a real quilt.

As always, bribes are acceptable, but everyone gets a prize with or without bribes.

This is the last giveaway for now, but if you hang around sooner or later I will be celebrating sharing 6000 virtual quilt designs … just 995 to go!

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