Mar 21, 20184082 views

[Ongoing] Quilt Patterns Discussion

On Massdrop, whether you’re a beginner just starting out or a seasoned expert, you should always be able to find answers to your questions within the community.
QUILT PATTERNS With endless amounts of quilting patterns out there, it’s hard to know where to get started. Getting a glimpse of what other people are doing with their patterns can serve as good inspiration, and asking the right questions can help you with your next project.
ASK QUESTIONS • What are the best patterns for applique quilting? • How do I start preparing a patchwork pattern quilt? • Do different fabric types make a difference?
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I live in Adelaide South Australia and I’ve been quilting since I retired in 99. I started going to a group but that got too bitchy, have tried two others since then with the same results. So I have joined groups on Facebook which ive a lot more helpful and no back stabbing. I have machine quilted some of my quilts on my domestic machine and loved it but about 8 - 10 years or so ago I tried hand quilting and piecing and fell in love. I also now incorporate embroidery into my quilts. Our quilt designers here in OZ are fantastic and they cover most styles. We have one lady Sue Daley who does the EPP English paper piecing and designs some beautiful quilts.
I am a very amateur quilter . In the past two years, i have completed two lapquilts of my own design of colors . My first quilt was an OHIO STAR pattern and everyone looks at it and says a "you picked ohio star for your first quilt ? Are you Crazy?. I guess i am but that is what i made for my first quilt . The second one was of the Attic Window design and i was proud that i was able to finish that in time for my sister's 80th birthday. I started quilting as something to try. I am self taught using online videos and one of Fons and Porter's Guide to Quilting books. I enjoy going to quilt shows and i have been to the Vermont Quilt Festival in Essex Junction , Vermont two years and the Maine Quilt show last year. i photograph as many quilts as I can in the time i have to attend these shows. i got some good ideas and help at the Vermont show this year to work on my third quilt . l like is said i am a beginner compared to many of you out there but it is fun and relaxing even when i make mistakes . LOL.


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Thank you , my sister's friends in Florida all say to her " Your BROTHER made this quilt!!!!???" My sister likes seagulls and I was able to find that fabric at a store in Center Harbor, New Hampshire called Keepsake Quilting. I also found the seashell fabric there. I had been working on a different quilt for her with seagulls, but i bit off more than i could chew (or stand ) as the attic windows were only 2 inches. I dumped that fabric into a box and started on the one shown in the photos. I should mention although most people who have been quilting for a while probably already know that you should place a label somewhere on the quilt (usually the back) with at least your name and the year that you made the quilt. If the quilts do make it through the generations, at least the inheritors of the quilts will know who made them. I am working on a quilt at the moment that will be a "memory quilt " . in the middle of the quilt are a reconstructed U S ARMY flag that i had to cut the embroidery out of a flag and resew them onto a new backing . Below that flag is a Regiment flag of the United States National Guard of New Hampshire . Surrounding those two flags are strips of Khaki Army olive drab as the outsid border , the inner strips are composed of Digital Army Camouflage and another border strip of Army Equipment , Desert Camouflage, and a fabric that has USA and the American Flag in an antique finish. The Deser Camouflage, and the Digital Army Camouflage was taken from old uniforms that the person had worn in IRAQ and Kuwait. There will be two pockets on the upper part of the quilt that will have ARMY on pocket and the persons name on the other pocket . I will also be sewing on his rank patch , a shoulder American Flag patch and his Battalion insignia . I had promised him this quilt a year ago but circumstances beyond my control prevented me from making the quilt. It also is a full 85 by 90 quilt and i have not made one like this ever before . When i finish it , I will post it here and on my Facebook page. Wish me luck in finishing it !!!!!
NHRICHARD
I love that Attic window and how you have the birds in the windows!!! I have never thought about making one but I am now!!
**should have said sew not see
How many on this blog own, love &/or see on a Singer Featherweight? Do you belong to a group where you meet with other feathweight enthusiasts?
timi45
Type in 'featherweight' to the search in FaceBook. You will get a lot of groups. Featherweight fanatics' is interesting. I love featherweights, just don't have one (yet).
I started a bergillo it a year ago, omg I have never had unsew so much in my 9 years of quilting. I'm now at the point where I'm going to piece them together and let it be.
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I have been told that there is no perfect quilt in the world no matter how good a quilter is.While i try to be as perfect as i can be with making a quilt , none of them are perfect. just match up the bargello pattern as best as you can and sew , sew ,sew. i was just amazed at all the turns in those pieces . something at this stage of my quilting i would not attempt at least not with the sewing machine i own ( Husqvarna Rose 605) even with the attachments i have for it. The Amish have a saying , " The only one that can make a perfect quilt is God. The Amish intentionally put mistakes into their needlework.
NHRICHARD
Thank you! I put it down a bit to regroup and finish other projects, with the encouragements I have gotten here, I’m ready to continue
What are the best patterns for needle turn appliqué?
Kwilltr
To start... simple shapes. Hearts are not so simple, circles have to be round when you finish, mine aren't always. Some quilt designs are good: Dresden Plate for one.
If you are very inexperienced with quilting as I am, I have been quilting off and on for 4 years, I have found that some of the quilt patterns by Eleanor Burns are very easy to follow instructions and make a very nice looking quilt. I would recommend the book, "Quick Trip". I have used this book to make a queen sized quilt, a twin sized and a crib sized quilt. They all turned out very nice. If you are just starting, take a look at this book.
lorettabj must be a bot. "Her" comment makes no sense.
Good morning,
I have been quilting for 5 years now and still consider myself a bigginer. I'm more of a traditionalist, but I leave some room for art quilts. I also belong to the best guild ever, Ocean Waves Quilt Guild. I got hooked on quilting watching the Missouri star quilt company and have made quite a few of them.
Cattrain1
What state are you in? Ocean Waves Guild...has to be near water!

Are you self taught or did you take classes?
DixieGalQuilts
Hi, yes we're in south Florida and self taught
Hey folks. We have a winner of the Oliso TG1050 Smart Iron. Congrats to Kathie C.! The giveaway has concluded, but if you have any questions (or answers), keep them coming. Thanks y'all.
Duncan
This contest was so wonderful and I LOVE my iron!! Thanks Massdrop!!
I like the pre cut fabric and patterns. I watch Missouri Star Quilt tutorias
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LorettaBj
You new at quilting?
ZcityUp
Yes. I’ve tied most of my quilts so far. This year I’m trying to learn to machine quilt.