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

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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Kate G.
Lyn Mann does quilts that piece reallly easy. You can see them here:
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
STUNNING... but really
done in 2 colors ( 2
pattern. The quilt was
placement and choice!)
didn't cost that much
Reply to
Taria
Books -
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Scrap Quilts from Simple Rectangles (don't be misled by the cover, huge range inside)
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Scraps (all HSTs)
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Tricks (a bit more work involved)
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Quilts - new book, definitely worth a look
Patterns -
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Peace in the Valley (works like YBR, but better IMNSHO as I never liked the instructions for YBR)
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American Pie
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Cheese and Crackers (scroll down, also see some other Atknison designs)
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Cats
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
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polly esther
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. . In message , maryd writes
Reply to
Patti
Can't beat Irish Chain IMO, single or double or even triple are fast to strip piece. Roberta in D
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Roberta Zollner
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love the look of these Hidden wells....several have been made fordonations in our group and were AMAZING....Uses scrap strips and simplesewing.... Mauvice
STUNNING... but really
done in 2 colors ( 2
pattern. The quilt was
placement and choice!)
didn't cost that much
Reply to
Mauvice in central WI
And here is the other one I love but have not made looks great ....(took a while to find this link)
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STUNNING... but really
done in 2 colors ( 2
pattern. The quilt was
color placement and choice!)
didn't cost that much
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Mauvice in central WI
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
STUNNING... but really
done in 2 colors ( 2
pattern. The quilt was
color placement and choice!)
didn't cost that much
Reply to
Vicky in Michigan
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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Debbi in SO CA
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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Reply to
Kathy Applebaum
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! . In message , Kathy Applebaum writes >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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Reply to
Patti
On Sat, 23 Sep 2006 06:40:49 -0500, Roberta Zollner wrote (in article ):
I second the Irish Chain. It's one of my absolute favorites.
Reply to
Maureen Wozniak
I always check out the free patterns on Bonnie's site
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She also has some scrap organization tips as well!
-- Susan in Kingston ON trying to get all the fall projects completed before heading south for the winter....
done in 2 colors ( 2
pattern. The quilt was
color placement and choice!)
sure didn't cost that much
Reply to
Susan Torrens
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
Reply to
Kathy Applebaum
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. . In message , Kathy Applebaum writes
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Patti

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