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1  Re: Design my own paper piece pattern in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Scientific Quilter on: April 20, 2010 11:40:22 AM
You could always do something online with Pixlr.  It's a program I discovered a few months ago that is online image editing.  I think you may have to have flash on your computer, but that's fairly common.  Mine works great for quick editing without the hassle of photshop.  Makes good editing for lighting for photos.

You take the original picture then add a layer then draw with the line tool (under the square) over the outside of the picture.  Then you copy that layer that you drew on, and paste it into a new picture.  That way you save the original.  I haven't heard much else, but it seems pretty easy.  I just tried it to see if it would work.

Obviously if you want to do paper piecing you go with thinner lines, but this shows the idea well.

Here is the Pixlr site. http://www.pixlr.com/editor/
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2  First completed quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Scientific Quilter on: February 06, 2010 08:52:20 AM
Hey all, this month is my first quiltversary month and I finally finished my first quilt including the binding.  So it took only a year to get one finished, but the next quilt should take a lot less time if I can just sit down and get off the computer for a while.

The top is from Carol Doak's Your First Quilt Book.  I changed one blue ribbon to red.

In one week I finished all nine blocks of the quilt.

Another week I got the borders on.

The summer I stuffed it under my small machine.  Took a few weeks to quilt it doing some every day.

Here is a close up of some of the quilting.

And some more close up of the quilting.

And finally a closeup of the binding (which was the stage it sat for several months).

I posted a quilt top applique which was my first applique piece, but this is truely the first quilt that I have completed.  Just in time for the late February first quiltversary.
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3  Re: Cars Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Scientific Quilter on: December 26, 2009 01:42:16 AM
I think a 3 year old that loves the movie cars would love this quilt!

To help with posting, go ahead and click through to your (at least one) picture and there is a button on the bottom that says "copy to clipboard" and then you just paste it into your post somewhere.  I am also somewhat new to message boards, but I have also seen that posts with pictures get way many more views than posts without.  And you can edit your original post by clicking modify.  I hope this is helpful

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4  Re: First ever quilt! PLEASE be kind in Quilting: Completed Projects by Scientific Quilter on: December 26, 2009 01:35:31 AM
Nice.  I love the heart! 

I am also somewhat new to craftster, but I think you want to try to include (at least one) picture in the post so others can be amazed. Smiley I clicked through to your picture and below it says "copy to clipboard" and then you just paste that into your post.  I hope this is seen as helpful for you.  I'm new to message boards too and always appreciate help whenever given.  If you want to modify your original post, then you can put pictures in there.  I think it shows up on the main page better with pictures or I could be wrong.

That said:

Your quilt is lovely and I love the colors!
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5  My applique quilt top and embroidery piece in Quilting: Completed Projects by Scientific Quilter on: December 17, 2009 01:17:08 PM
Hey!  This is my first official post that I started here on Craftster! 

In August I had the good fortune of making my first applique quilt top in 5 weeks due to a class I was in.  Its only about 44 x 44 in size, but its got lots of pieces for a first applique.  Its Baltimore album style as well with the black as an Amish homage.

That's the finished top.  I plan to edit this post once I get the thing quilted, but first I have to learn hand quilting.

The process of applique is the really long (and a little bit tedious) one.  You have the freezer paper templates of all your pieces, then you glue the fabric edges down to the freezer paper with washable glue, then you glue it to the background with washable glue, then you sew it, finally you cut out the back and remove the paper. I rather like the results so I am okay with the long process.

These are all the pieces in baggies on my ironing board.

This is the backgrounds with the bias bars starting to be basted in place.  I used a cheap white chalk pencil to mark the design onto the front, but I didn't get too mad if I strayed from the 'design' a little bit.  I found that the 'really cheap thread' you get in sewing kits worked well for basting, and I didn't have to go out and buy a new or expensive thread.

This is a picture of the book Mimi Dietrich's Favorite Applique Quilts that I got the design from.  There were some birds later in the book which I just loved, and so I had to put them on the quilt somewhere, and then to balance the size, I enlarged the hearts on the remaining two sides with my printer/scanner/copier. 

Rather than embroider on my piece directly, when I was finished I made a smaller piece to practice embroidery with.  Same pieces as before, just my own placement and embroidery stitches that I learned on http://www.needlenthread.com in the video library section. 

I have a blog and podcast and rather than post the process of making my applique quilt, I did some photoshop techniques with it and so came up with the following 'monochromatic quilt'. 

Hop over to my blog to see my unique style of thinking about quilting and more info about using photoshop for color techniques.  This is podcast post podcast number 2 and I do even more with the colors of my quilt.
Blog: http://scientificquilter.wordpress.com
Podcast post about quilt and colors: http://scientificquilter.wordpress.com/2009/11/19/1-6-podcast-2-colorful-computer-and-camera-tools/

I will eventually update this thread with updated pictures once I get the rest of the quilt completed.  Let me know if its out of line to post a completed top here, rather than a completed quilt (no backing and batting is it really even a quilt?) - I have just been dieing to share it with you all.
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6  Re: Sharpie Dye Color Bursts in Dyeing: Completed Projects by Scientific Quilter on: November 28, 2009 07:26:27 AM
Two blog posts and a podcast later and it's done. 

I am sorry to try to take over your thread with posting about my own blog.  Message boards / blogs / other things are still slightly new for me. If it got too carried away just send me a message.  But if you want to hear what I say about your project (its all good) on the blog it is found here: http://scientificquilter.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/1-9-podcast-episode-3-color-chromatography-crochet-cell/  I promise this is the last post about it here.

Your post inspired me to try a few things myself.  Keep in mind these the first pictures I've posted to craftster.

Bird Tracing before chromatography

Bird Tracing after chromatography

A strip of geometric designs that has stratigically placed rubbing alcohol

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