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Thread: Do you find yourself attracted to a specific style?

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    Junior Member Ethel A's Avatar
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    I am starting to make more quilt tops, and what I'm discovering about myself is that I enjoy making sampler quilts more than quilt tops that repeat the same block over and over again. Not that there is anything wrong with that at all, so please don't get me wrong.

    What are you attracted to? Are you like me? Do you like sampler quilts the best, also? Do you like paper piecing more than anything else? Do you like applique the best? How would you describe your personal style and the kind of quilts you enjoy sewing the most?

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    I like to make all different kinds of quilts, but the ones I like the most are applique quilts. I like them because I do them by hand and can work on them anytime and anywhere.

    Janie

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    90% of my work is original contemporary designs.

    i use all methods such as foundation piecing, standard piecing, and applique both turned and fused.

    then i embellish the quilt with elaborate beading, needlework, bobbin work, and foiling.

    a lot of my fabric is dyed and painted by me before i cut it apart to make quilts.


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    I tend to go for the country scrappy look. If a quilt is very designed it turns me off for some reason. They just don't feel as comforting if it is too Perfect.

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    Hi, I have quilted about 80+ projects so far: pillows, quillows, wallhangings, small framed landscapes, placemats, lapquilts, 2 twinsize-bed quilts, 1 kingsize-bed quilt, and I have several WIP. Except for blocks sometimes repeated for different people's gift pillows, I have never done the same pattern twice. There are just too many untried ones still out there for me to do! One WIP is my first using the same block over and over, I don't know how I will do the sashing and borders yet. My larger projects are all different patterns and techniques. I've done traditional patterns, newer ones I've found, used those blocks for a sampler once (so far), and created unique appliques, special for the recipient, sometimes with embellishments. I like to create landscape scenes and photo quilts. I've done patterns from books, magazines, online, and calendars, both new and classic.

    So, as you can see, I do not have a favorite... I want to try it all!
    I still have many older and modern patterns I want to make as well as a crazy quilt and the simple yellowbrick road too. Too little time!

    When the day comes, my daughters weddings will be the last bed size quilts I make since the size is hard for my hands. Also due to my medical condition, I can no longer applique by hand; my hoops just sit there and make me sad so I hid them from view. I found paper foundation piecing hard to be considered fun, but may try it again someday, with a better teacher .

    I do have one strong preference; the old traditional patterns. I seem to make those most often, in all size projects.

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    I like all different types. I like all the same repeat, especially if it makes a secondary pattern when put together. I like designing my own from traditional blocks and I like wholy traditional like log cabins.

    I haven't done a lot of applique but I do like that too. It's very exacting work for me and sometimes I'm in the mood for it. The only type that I am not really keen on is the very contemporary and scenic type ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I tend to go for the country scrappy look. If a quilt is very designed it turns me off for some reason. They just don't feel as comforting if it is too Perfect.
    I'm sort of the same way, right now. I can appreciate a contemporary quilt with all of the bells and whistles; but right now, I prefer quilts that are 'utility' quilts.....Something that I can throw over myself while in bed or on the couch. I also like quilts that can be thrown in the washing machine.

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    I seem to like traditional quilts. And I like to repeat the squares. I appreciate the other types of quilt, just don't like to make them.

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    I really like traditional quilts, and I love your avatar sampler quilt!

    And, I'll admit, I really admire handwork of any kind. They radiate the person's time and love in each stitch to me.

    However, I have a lot of respect for the art quilts, especially the interesting color techniques. I'm just not sure I'm smart enough to do them!

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    I started with traditional quilts, very little applique. I've done quite a bit of paper piecing. For a while, I made watercolor quilts, and I have a LOT of 2" squares in my stash! I love designing my own quilts and playing around with traditional designs in non-traditional ways. I've done a few arty quilts. I've given away almost all of my quilts as wedding and baby gifts. I estimate I've made 100+. One of these days, I'm going to start making a list! I have a scrapbook of pictures of MOST of them. When I give one as a gift, I ask the giftee to take a picture of the quilt with themselves or the baby in it. They ususally don't get around to doing it! But I always take a picture before it goes in the mail, so I have a record. I asked for a digital camera for Christmas several years ago, so I now take a picture at the last minute, and use it in a gift card with the quilt.

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    I like sampler quilt books cause you get your money worth with all the different quilt block patterns.
    But I make all different kinds of piecework, dont like paper piecing.
    Have not tried applique.
    Hand quilting is too much work.
    Someday may branch out and try other methods but for now there are so many patterns and so little time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneS
    I started with traditional quilts, very little applique. I've done quite a bit of paper piecing. For a while, I made watercolor quilts, and I have a LOT of 2" squares in my stash! I love designing my own quilts and playing around with traditional designs in non-traditional ways. I've done a few arty quilts. I've given away almost all of my quilts as wedding and baby gifts. I estimate I've made 100+. One of these days, I'm going to start making a list! I have a scrapbook of pictures of MOST of them. When I give one as a gift, I ask the giftee to take a picture of the quilt with themselves or the baby in it. They usually don't get around to doing it! But I always take a picture before it goes in the mail, so I have a record. I asked for a digital camera for Christmas several years ago, so I now take a picture at the last minute, and use it in a gift card with the quilt.
    I forgot to write about QUILTING.
    Hand quilting was my joy, but my thumbs no longer allow me to do it. I've had to learn how to do machine quilting - which (to my surprise) is much more difficult to master! I finally bought an embroidery machine last year, because I realized I could use the outline feature for quilting. THEN I saw a demo of 4D, and I bought it to design my own quilting designs. WHOOPEE! I've done a LITTLE free motion, mostly wavy lines and bubbles/pebbles and 5 pointed stars. Practice, practice practice - I keep telling myself.

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    Just caught up with this thread. I like to applique mostly, have tried paper piecing and got on fine with that too. Cannot for the life of me master cutting all those pieces up and then putting them together so that is definately not for me.

    Like trying new things though and my thought for a future project is in Japanese Sashiko. There are so many different types of quilting that you just have to try some of them.

    I also swore blind I would never hand quilt and I am just getting into that as well. :D

    Elle

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    I like a little bit of everything. I tend to gravitate toward more traditional quilts. So I guess for me, it's more "style" and less what it actually is...

    I do like alternating blocks and coming up with secondary designs... and tweaking anything to suit my own tastes...

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    I have made one sampler quilt and loved it - would very happily do another, will one day. I have made many with just one type of block and love these too. Have done some applique and want to do more. No paperpiecing - doesnt' interest me much, never done a whole cloth before - not too sure I want to - do not like doing panels - well, haven't and just don't want to so far. I can honestly say i will never do an art quilt - absolutely NO interest in that - would like to do some stainglass (my husband does 'real' stainglass) and I'd like o do somehting for him.

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    there are a lot of things I am interested in trying, but I have already figured out, I will gravitate back to the samplers, and applique. I love doing quilts with pictures. I have seen a lot of beautiful quilts, with the same block, as long as the colors change, and I have one cut out, like that, but making the same thing over and over, gets tedious to me. I can do it, but if you don't have to, why torture yourself?/myself.
    I like lots and lots of color!!!! :D

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    Yeah tall tanned and handsome....:-)....

    oh I think you meant something else....It actually changes....one time I like something then I think I'd never do that and here I am doing that....go figure....guess that's what makes the world go round....:-)

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    I like traditional, usually bright/dark combinations, though I am trying to learn using light colors a bit more.
    I got interested in quilting because of the angles and the colors, and finding my real color choices has not been successful, but I keep trying, positive that someday, I will be able to say "I Make XYZ colored quilts".
    One of the threads I read, the lady said she had "COD" ... which is one of my things ... can get fixated on a lava lamp, for crying outloud!
    The production work that I learned at the factory is very satisfying to me. When Elenor Burns tell me to cut out all the pieces of a quilt at one time - - I am SO there! But for the most part, I enjoy the sampler quilts because they tell a story.
    I have this NEED, though, from time to time, to just grab a box, cut measurements from every piece of fabric in there, and just production sew until I reach the end of that box ... (HINT: If your fabric is safely stored in a container, do not be fooled into thinking that cutting five inches off every piece of fabric in the box will lessen the amount of fabric. The chances of your being able to make the scraps fit back into that container is nil! I am thinking that air causes the stash to expand, so don't let air get to your fabric )
    Anyway, I really like scrap quilts, but even there I try to maintain CONTROL! COntrol is very important ... and doing production sewing. A couple of months ago, I gave myself permission to actually sew the same thing over and over until I was at the end of every piece of fabric in that box ... just cut five inches off one piece of fabric ...
    1064 flying geese later, I was a very happy COD person ... what am I going to do with them? It started because I wanted some scrappy flying geese for a project ... I didn't want to spend time trying to figure out how many I needed, so I just cut and stitched. Still haven't gotten to the original project, but did use the flying geese in a project I didn't even know was going to show up ... I know they will find a home, so I am not too worried.
    So, where is this quilter? She likes traditional, colors, angles, scrappy, sampler ... and REALLY likes sewing the same thing over and over for a couple of weeks at a time. Other than that - - she seems normal! LOL
    LOts of plans, life is good!

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    I just got done going through Elenor Burns' new book: Stars Across America.
    I thought one of the profiles would fit into this thread:

    Carrie Hall
    Carrie Hall started collecting patterns during WW I. She organized her collection into scrapbooks and evnelopes, and began stitching a fabric block of each pattern, eventually reaching a total of 850. A book, The ROmance of the Patchwork Quilt in America, features photos of Carrie Hall's quilt blocks.

    I'm sure I have a lot of UFOs ... WIPs ... etc. We may just have a museum in our houses! LOL
    While she was doing each block, she was also running a dressmaking business ... so,

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    I love them all but I have a tendency to take the older type patterns and then add my own twist to them. I've painted on them, used my computer for pictures of family or other things for memory quilts. I made a quilt for my middle grandson with dogs (Aussies) cause he was so nuts about them. I downloaded pictures from a breeder with their permission--I've been downloading pictures of John Deer tractors for my oldest grandson as he has a love for them to make him a quilt. I like designing my own quilts, but will use a pattern once in a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    A couple of months ago, I gave myself permission to actually sew the same thing over and over until I was at the end of every piece of fabric in that box ... just cut five inches off one piece of fabric ...
    1064 flying geese later, I was a very happy COD person ... what am I going to do with them? It started because I wanted some scrappy flying geese for a project ... I didn't want to spend time trying to figure out how many I needed, so I just cut and stitched. Still haven't gotten to the original project, but did use the flying geese in a project I didn't even know was going to show up ... I know they will find a home, so I am not too worried.
    What a great way to take control of your scraps! I love this idea, and I may copy it. I have 6 drawers of an old dresser full of scraps to keep them 'out of sight, out of mind.' There are so many ways to use flying geese! And you can make a whole quilt of scrappy geese.

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    I like it all !! That is the problem!! There isn't a color I don't like, and I don't think there is a style I don't like, the contemporary art quilt kind of intimidate me, but someday.... The one thing I tend to always do is change the pattern, I have to tweek it a bit to make it "mine". That can really slow down the process too. Someday I want to stick to the pattern just to see how fast I might get it done!! I also tend to use LOTS of different fabrics, very scrappy, even if it is a 2 color quilt, I will use 10 or 15 of each of the colors...THAT really slows down the process, cutting all those fabrics..ugh!!! I also don't do the assembly line type of sewing very well...I can't wait to see the block done. Doing 200 hst before I get to see something fun...not for me!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneS

    What a great way to take control of your scraps!
    One would think so! LOL
    We all have our little dreams, don't we? LOL

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    scrappy anything for me and mostly traditional patterns. 4-patch, 9-patch, Jacob's Ladder (and variations)...

    .....and then a new magazine comes in with a [fill in the pattern] and I think that I just HAVE to MAKE that.

    I do know what I don't like to make and as long as I stick to that plan, all is well.

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    My first quilt was New York Beauty by Karen Stone. I have made several of her paper pieced quilts, and now am working on Raindrops by Judy Niemeyer.
    After six of these quilts, I now have curved piecing down pat. Finally! Not much ripping out on this one.
    I would have to say I prefer modern quilts with jewel or bright colors. I really like working with the tighter weave of batiks.
    My goal is to learn applique, make an art quilt, and take the time to figure out how to take pictures of my quilts and get them online for "show and tell"!

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