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I make fabric "Colorforms" to audition quilt blocks

Old 11-04-2017, 05:48 PM
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My quilting guild offered us a challenge to make the "Aunt Lucy's Medallion Quilt". This pattern has many blocks and I didn't like making blocks, then remaking them when I wasn't pleased with them. As a child I loved "Colorforms", so I decided to make my own "fabricforms" to play with when making blocks. First I took an 8 x 10 inch cardboard, sprayed it with adhesive and covered with it with felt (my design wall). Next I sprayed additional felt with adhesive, and attached 3 x 3 inch squares of my chosen fabrics. I cut my 3 x 3 fabricforms into 9 (1 inch) squares, and cut half of those diagonally in half (for half square triangles). I then used these pieces to make my block prototypes, being able to rearrange them as I pleased. Then I could sew my blocks, knowing I would like them. Several members of the guild got a good laugh over them, but I found them very helpful, and they saved me from ripping blocks apart.
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Old 11-04-2017, 06:26 PM
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great idea, thanks for sharing
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Old 11-04-2017, 07:39 PM
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Too bad that some members "got a good laugh" from them. I know a lot of people who have trouble seeing blocks as described. The skill is called "spacial relations", and I think you have come up with a brilliant way to deal with it. I commend you for your creativity, and this mini design wall should help a lot of us in the quilting community. Thanks for sharing.
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Good idea.
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Old 11-04-2017, 09:29 PM
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​I sometimes cut shapes from coloured construction paper to try out blocks.
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Old 11-04-2017, 10:04 PM
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I always like to do a trial run of shapes and combinations before sewing. I think it is common sense to test it before sewing.
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Old 11-05-2017, 03:22 AM
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This is a very good idea...thanks for sharing. I think I might give that a try.
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Old 11-05-2017, 03:54 AM
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I have done something similar. I copied my fabrics onto paper then cut out my pieces with the printed paper and arranged them to see if I liked what happened. It sure helps visualize the block.
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Old 11-05-2017, 04:21 AM
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What fun... And so practical! Love this idea.
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Old 11-05-2017, 04:36 AM
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Actually I saved color forms that my girls had....been played with by gk and ggk too! Plus I picked up some newer version......birds/animals...could be used for applique/epp....they are great to use before cutting fabric if not sure....make paper copy of fab, cut out and temp glue to form......I also took over magna doodle to try quilting designs on..these things are now called Nani's toys...don't touch!
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