Complex Look - Simple Sewing (was Where do you find the time)

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We're collecting ideas here... for quilts that LOOK COMPLEX or just plain
STUNNING... but really
aren't terribly demanding or time consuming to make.

I mentioned in the other thread -- I think it was a Rail Fence -- that was done
in 2 colors ( 2
fabrics) and several of us sat for several minutes trying to discern the
pattern.  The quilt was
STUNNING beyond belief!  But how hard is a Rail Fence?????  (all in the color
placement and choice!)

So here's your chance... name your "LOOKS LIKE A MILLION BUCKS"... but sure
didn't cost that much
(in time and trouble!)

Kate in MI
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Re: Complex Look - Simple Sewing (was Where do you find the time)
Warm Wishes is one I like.   http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/patt83/
I've made 2 tops so far.

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Re: Complex Look - Simple Sewing (was Where do you find the time)
Someone else makes that one for baby quilts.  I have that one on my
list too : )
Taria

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  Cot size is at
http://quiltmaker.com/patterns/patt4 /


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Re: Complex Look - Simple Sewing (was Where do you find the time)
Yes, that would get my vote, too.
When I have finished my current project, I have all the fabric lined up
for one of these.  It will be such a relief to do something like this.
I do also like Yellow Brick Road.  I had to buy the pattern - it was so
fascinating the way it is put together.
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Re: Complex Look - Simple Sewing (was Where do you find the time)
Lyn Mann does quilts that piece reallly easy.  You can see them here:
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I've taken a few classes from her and they are easy and fun.  Lots of
pieces but lots of chain piecing that goes fast.

Irish chain is one I have wanted to do for a long time myself.

Rail fence is easy and quick.
Taria

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Re: Complex Look - Simple Sewing (was Where do you find the time)
Lyn belongs to Beach Cities Quilters Guild. She plans a mystery quilt
for us every 5 or 6 years. I did the last one which was a blast and is
my QI's favorite quilt when he is asleep on my bed. Has to have his head
positioned on that quilt!

She makes things very easy and clear.

Debbi in SO CA



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Re: Complex Look - Simple Sewing (was Where do you find the time)
Books -
http://tinyurl.com/gzljd
Successful Scrap Quilts from Simple Rectangles (don't be
misled by the cover, huge range inside)

http://tinyurl.com/jzqss
Spectacular Scraps (all HSTs)

http://tinyurl.com/fqqkw
Triangle Tricks (a bit more work involved)

http://tinyurl.com/hfw2l
Tessellation Quilts - new book, definitely worth a look



Patterns -
http://tinyurl.com/h2opj Peace in the Valley (works like
YBR, but better IMNSHO as I never liked the instructions for
YBR)

http://tinyurl.com/fkex6 American Pie

http://tinyurl.com/4za5 Cheese and Crackers (scroll
down, also see some other Atknison designs)

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Re: Complex Look - Simple Sewing (was Where do you find the time)
I'll have to vote for Warm Wishes.  You can use soft florals, Sponge Bob or
polka dots and Nascar checks - doesn't matter, it likes everything.  Polly



Re: Complex Look - Simple Sewing (was Where do you find the time)
Can't beat Irish Chain IMO, single or double or even triple are fast to
strip piece.
Roberta in D

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I second the Irish Chain.  It's one of my absolute favorites.


Re: Complex Look - Simple Sewing (was Where do you find the time)
http://www.reddawn.net/quilt/hwells.htm
I love the look of these Hidden wells....several have been made for
donations in our group and were AMAZING....Uses scrap strips and simple
sewing....
Mauvice


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Mauvice in central WI wrote:
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And here is the other one I love but have not made looks great
....(took a while to find this link)
http://www.gladcreationsquilts.com/patterns/circleoflight.htm
Mauvice
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Re: Complex Look - Simple Sewing (was Where do you find the time)
Another way I love to do it is to take a fairly complex block and just
blow it up really big. One of my biggest success, quilt-wise, was a
giant Carpenter's Wheel. I mean, the entire top was one wheel. If you
pick something that looks really complex, the effect can be stunning.

Vicky
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Re: Complex Look - Simple Sewing (was Where do you find the time)
I don't have a name for it, but I take a striped fabric (the Ginny Beyer
stripes are fabulous for this) and cut it into long strips. I match the
pattern on four strips, and cut 1/4 square triangles. Sew them back
together, and it makes large squares that look like I took HOURS.

I did this one for my Dad:
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The whole top took about 5 hours to piece. Each of the red squares is only
four pieces, sewn from the red border fabric.

This one
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was made from a left over square from Dad's quilt -- you can see better what
that square looks like.
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Kathy A. (Woodland, CA)
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Re: Complex Look - Simple Sewing (was Where do you find the time)
What a terrific idea, Kathy.  Your Dad's quilt is beautiful.

It would work with most stripey fabric I guess - with different results
of course?
I rarely work with stripes, because of the 'keeping them straight'
problem (I know I shouldn't let it bother me, but ...!); but this could
be a use-up pattern.
I also have some lovely patterned stripes like yours.  Oh, now I have
two great things to do, post 30 October >g<

I shall print the message for reference, in case the time to do them
gets further away!
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pat on the hill

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Yes, it does work with any stripe, but it works best when the pattern on the
stripe is symmetrical down the length of the stripe. (ie there's a mirror
image at some point on the stripe.) That way you can (with careful cutting
and pinning) get it to match exactly on the seam, and people have to really
look hard to figure out how you did it. But there's something to be said for
the stripes that aren't symmetrical -- since there's no way to match them,
you don't have to be all that careful! LOL

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Kathy A. (Woodland, CA)
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Re: Complex Look - Simple Sewing (was Where do you find the time)
Yes.  I think I see what you mean.  I'm going to have a look and see
what I've got.
Can I just confirm: you place the 4 strips of stripes (good phrase
that!) on top of one another, exactly matching the position where the
patterns are the same, then cut right-angled triangles from the pile of
strips? - pinning to make sure nothing moves during the cutting.

The four on top of one another make one matching square?

Hope I've read you correctly.  I do like this kind of device, even
though I've not tried it yet.
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pat on the hill

Re: Complex Look - Simple Sewing (was Where do you find the time)
You've got it exactly. To make matching the strips easy, I put a pin
straight down through a particular point on the pattern, matching up the
same point on all the patterns. I do this every so many inches (usually
about 6"), and it matches up like a charm.

I cut the triangles in alternating directions so there's no waste, and I end
up with an "a" block and a "b" block, depending on which way the triangle
faced. Sometimes I mix up the blocks in the quilt, sometimes I just use one
or the other. Depends on how many blocks I need and my whim.

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Kathy A. (Woodland, CA)
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Re: Complex Look - Simple Sewing (was Where do you find the time)
Thanks so much, Kathy.  I'm very eager to try it now.  I know it'll have
to wait awhile; but it will be perfect for a little something I'm
planning!
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pat on the hill

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