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« on: June 06, 2007 09:35:52 PM »

I found the Tile Puzzle block in one of my mom's 70's quilting books (here it is, colored differently on quilterscache.com). I was drawing it out on graph paper because I could not picture the assembled quilt in my mind, and it reminded me of a trellice or grated window, and I thought -- what would you see through one of those? A sunset, of course.

A scanner, a sunset from google images and photoshop provides the perfect 'peek-a-boo' of what my idea would look like.

Anyone else have designs they're dying to make? I would love to see them!
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2007 09:40:12 PM »

Um, wow! Gorgeous!

You really are jumping in head-first.
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2007 10:25:47 AM »

wow~  this is gonna be one amazing quilt!  I like your color scheme/layout better than the one in the quilters cache.  Are you going to use 2 different black fabrics to get more of a 3d look?

« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2007 06:40:01 PM »

  Are you going to use 2 different black fabrics to get more of a 3d look?

I was thinking of modifying the 'grill' part to be more 3d, yes. I need to experiment with colors and/or modifying the block a bit, but I like the idea. This is a lower priority on my to-do list though -- I need to finish (hah.. start!) my first quilt first ^^
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2007 01:33:46 AM »

You may think about using one fabric for the background--one that changes colors from dark purple to a light orange. I know at the fabric store I work at we have some that are varigated, but I don't think any right now that have those colors. But I guess since you're not planning on making this right away you will have some time to look.

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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2007 07:07:55 AM »

I was going to suggest finding a batik of some kind for the sunset colors.  You really can get a huge variation of color in a single piece of batik.

I like to design my quilts in adobe illustrator, because you can get nice sharp precise lines.  I'm using an adobe layout for my most recent one, blown up to actual size and printed in segments as the pattern for some of the applique pieces.  When I tried drawing it out on paper, I couldn't get the angle and measurements right and it looked so wonky and stupid.  In illustrator, it looks almost normal.  Grin  It's so nice to be able to have a program like that available in order to quickly and easily test color combinations.  Gone are the days of pencil crayons and sketch pads.  This is way quicker. Smiley

Your design is gorgeous, by the way.
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2007 06:51:13 PM »

That is a very cool idea.

My big idea right now (after I finish the 4 or 5 quilts I have on my plate at present) is to make a beach scene quilt. I saw this fairly easy to strip-piece pattern that is all triangles going back and forth in opposite directions. It  reminded me of waves, and I thought if I started at the top with sky and beach fabrics and then gradually went to boats and lighthouses and then fish, coral reefs, mermaids, whales, turtles etc, it would look really cool. I would probably need about 20 - 30 different ocean themed fat quarters, though, so I can't buy the fabric quite yet. But I will.
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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2007 07:38:08 PM »

wow... that would be so cool, almost medieval-esque!

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