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« on: January 16, 2005 08:23:28 PM »

hello everyone!
i'd really appreciate any advice you may have on this topic :-)
 
last night, i envisioned a quilt that i'd love to make. the only problem is, i'm not an experienced quilter at all and i'm not sure of the best way to go about my project.
 
the design i have in mind in a simple, square-patch, denim quilt of varying shades of blue. i'd like to add several star-shaped patched of varying sizes and shades of blue as well.
 
i've made a simple blue-jean quilt before (the fringe-seamed kind), but i want this one to have smooth seams.
 
the main question i have is: how should i incorporate the stars into the quilt? do i simply sew them on top of the denim, or do i cut out star shapes in the denim and place the material for the stars themselves behind the denim?
 
frankly, i like the latter idea - it seems like it would be cool to have the stars peeking out from behind the denim patches... but i don't know if this is practical or possible.
 
can anyone offer their expert advice to me? point me in the direction of a site with a how-to or pictures? any suggestions are extremely welcome!
 
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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2005 08:53:06 AM »

If you want to have the stars peeking through, you might consider the technique of "reverse applique."
http://molastore.com/whatismola.html
http://quilting.about.com/library/weekly/aa072297.htm

However, sewing through the denim, and trying to keep crisp edges might be a real pain.

Do you ever make test squares?  This might be a good time to do a bit of experimentation...

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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2005 06:12:30 PM »

THIS is exactly why i love craftster! when i don't know the terms for the things i'm trying to do, i just explain it the best i can and someone comes along who knows exactly what i'm talking about AND can show me examples!

thanks so much for the info - and the great lesson i've just learned about mola and the kuna indians!

here's another site with gorgeous molas and mola-evolved quilts:
http://charlottepatera.com/index.html
http://charlottepatera.com/html/quiltsmola.html
what fantastic quilts!!

i'm still thinking about my design, and i'll definitely do some test patches as you suggest. i haven't done much applique, so i've got so much to learn!

thanks for getting me on the right track :-)








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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2005 06:47:25 PM »

However, sewing through the denim, and trying to keep crisp edges might be a real pain.

this keeps running through my mind, as well... while googling topics to death and reading about all the ways to keep the fabric down and keep the corners nice and pretty and whether to hand- or machine-stitch, etc., i think i've come up with a solution.

let's say i do the following:

1. place denim piece (perhaps several squares already sewn together) over a patterned fabric
2. machine-stitch a rough star shape (the wackier, the better!)
3. cut the denim out from the inside of the star shape, leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance
4. snip the seam allowance, wash and let it fray

if the above sounds do-able, it would save a lot of time and headache - and give my quilt more of the
look i'm going for. the fray should cover up the stitching, too.

any thoughts/opinions?

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2005 11:04:23 PM »

Sounds plausible!  I wonder if the fuzziness of the frayed denim might blur your imagery.  Or, it might be so freakin' cool that you'll be beside yourself with joy.  I say go for it.  you're sure to discover a lot on the process!
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