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Thread: Looking for "orchids"

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    Super Member Candace's Avatar
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    I have literally at least a thousand orchids as orchid growing is my largest hobby. I've wanted to make a quilt with an orchid theme but haven't found any patterns that quite capture what I'm going for. There are a couple of paper pieced ones I've found that don't look all that realistic. I guess I'm going to have to bite the bullet and design my own some day, but I thought I'd ask if anyone knows of any orchid patterns for foundation pieced or otherwise?

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    Candadce,,,,
    What about this one

    http://www.equiltpatterns.com/quiltp...products_id=40

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lockeb
    Candadce,,,,
    What about this one

    http://www.equiltpatterns.com/quiltp...products_id=40

    Bill
    These are the best ones I've found. You don't even have to paper piece. Sketch and fuse works well too. Worth paying the price though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lockeb
    Candadce,,,,
    What about this one

    http://www.equiltpatterns.com/quiltp...products_id=40

    Bill
    Yes, thanks that's the one I found. And it doesn't look much like the real thing, unfortunately. I was hoping there was some secret pattern somewhere I didn't know about. Oh well.

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    If you take some pictures of the orchids you really love, it would be easy enough to make a pattern for either hand or machine applique. You could start your own pattern line.......

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    Here's some orchid pics ;> www.elkgroveorchids.net

    I don't do hand applique so it would have to be machine. Maybe I'll get motivated one day. But there are so many projects I've still got to do...

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    Your photos are wonderful. Have you considered photo transfer into large pictures and thread painting over the top. These make terrific panels and would be a great quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnergs
    Your photos are wonderful. Have you considered photo transfer into large pictures and thread painting over the top. These make terrific panels and would be a great quilt.
    Thanks. I guess since I have the plants in full bloom in front of me most of the time, I didn't necessarily want photos of them on fabric. I was looking more towards an applique type pattern(that I could do on the machine). It looks like I'm not going to find something. I've started some patterns a few years ago with freehand drawings of some of my orchids. I guess I'd better get cracking!

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    Are you interested in applique? I just ordered and received this pattern packett Scrappy Bali Orchids # 083; I will be doing this with my niece. I enjoy needle turn applique and have a stash of batiks.
    directions also for machine qpplique are included.

    http://www.cottagequiltdesigns.info/...Fcategory%3D15

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