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Thread: Help on an applique design for a quilt top?

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    Hi everyone!

    My boyfriend is going away to college next year, and I wanted to make him something for his dorm. I decided to do a quilt with this design on the top. http://images.wikia.com/warhammer40k...rial_eagle.jpg

    The thing is, I'm a bit stuck on how exactly I'm going to get the design large enough to take up most of the quilt top. I think I might go to a print shop and have them do a large black and white copy and do a template of that, but I would like to know if anyone has any other ideas? (The quilt is a college twin size, around 81" x 110" if that helps)

    Thanks!

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    pretty design, i think you are right i would take it to print shop and have it blown up to the size you need. good luck

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    Silver you could always make a center square with the motif on it then make black & white blocks around it.
    Happy Stitchin' crafty_linda_b

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    The design is perfect for a guy's dorm room. I agree that it needs to be centered with blocks (possibly split into two triangles), otherwise it could get lost by being too big!

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    Nice. I would put some sort of pieces blocks around the center block. If you are a beginner quilter you could just make some nine patch blocks and make a border with them. Good Luck. Post a picture when you are done.

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    Kinko's or Office Depot usually have a machine in-house to enlarge up to 36", for not a few bucks.

    I've done it at OD to enlarge/copy full size patterns.

    Otherwise, if you can get your hands on an overhead projector, you could project it onto a wall (covered with freezer paper or newsprint just to make the copy), and make a larger version that way.

    And another option.... would be to take the design and grid it - maybe even print it out on a piece of grid paper. Then copy it square by square to a larger grid for the size you want it to be ...that eagle has mostly straight lines so it shouldn't be that difficult to transfer. There's a name for this method but it escapes me at the moment. :roll:

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    I always use the grid method where you take the original design and make a one inch grid over it then enlarge each square to make the size you want to end with. I think it would be cool to put two (back to back) down the length of the quilt with just a wide black border on the out side. The quilting can be something very plain to keep from detracting from the design.

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