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Thread: Origami Quilting Technique

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    OK I have heard and seen the Origami techniques and just looked and never thought about it. I have folded paper origami all my life as well as my kids and gks. So not a new thing.
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    Mccalls magazine just came in yesterday and there is an article in there and the details she shows us step by step is stunning. Now I am thinking this is something I may want to try.
    Has anyone else done anything with this Origami techniaue and do you have pictures to share?

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    There is another book called "3-D Quilting"....that may not be the full title. Instead of piecing {everything) fabric is folded & then strategically stitched to hold it together. Maybe it is bulky.

    Thanks for giving a heads up on the article & I want to look for it.

    Which McCalls mag?

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    A friend of mine is doing one called shirts, and thats what it is mens shirts. Its a pain. Every week I go over an help her for the day. It take so long to fold and press and then get them to stay put. never again. After we get the top done I'm bringing it home to quilt on my frame.

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    I have a book on fabric folding. I have played around with the blocks and the results can be stunning.

    I suggest trial blocks, some of the centers can be bulky as well as the side seams.

    IMHO some blocks would work well throughout the quilt top, others as a alternate block, due to the bulkiness and being able to have the seams lie flat. :D:D:D

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    Are you talking about cards? calla
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    Quote Originally Posted by phatquilts2
    There is another book called "3-D Quilting"....that may not be the full title. Instead of piecing {everything) fabric is folded & then strategically stitched to hold it together. Maybe it is bulky.

    Thanks for giving a heads up on the article & I want to look for it.

    Which McCalls mag?
    It is one I just got McCalls Quilting sept/oct 2011
    Article is Origami Treasures pg 53

    I will have to use my Best Press to starch as it holds a good crease and may not cause bulk. I will look up that book now. Thanks for pm'ing me to look too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calla
    Are you talking about cards? calla
    Calla, what a wonderful idea. I love to send card and make fabric cards. That card is awesome. So glad I asked on this post. Getting great ideas. Thanks for sharing the picture.

    Amma - I agree on the alternate blocks. Maybe once I start I can get an idea. I am thinking trimming the corners and such to ease bulk too. I just never know until I actually have hands on a project.

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    I am thinking about buying some origami as they suggest you can practice with the paper before cutting the actual fabrics. Then I can use my "practice" paper on cards. Double usage. Hope more post what they have learned or do with the fabric folding art.

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    I'm going to look for McCalls Magazine next time I'm in town.

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    i have rebecca wat's book. they are harder than i'd like to spend time doing.

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    I saw the same article and was very impressed, but think it's probably not in my future. I will be looking forward to seeing what some of you do, tho.

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    I have two books on the topic...
    Fantastic Fabric Folding
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    Quiltagami

    I love to buy quilting books and look through them alot but haven't tried alot of the techniques yet. I plan to try the fabric folding book soon. I prefer the first book. The directions are clearer and the pictures are better. Both books are pretty good though.

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    Thanks for the names of the books. I am going to look next time I"m in an LQS. I was thinking we would get more ideas and pictures here. Maybe soon. I am buying some origami today to use for samples. And then, so as not to waste them, will use them for making cards to send out. Will keep checking for ideas and books and links. Thank you.

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    The one standout quilt I saw at the Sister's quilt show was an origami design. It was mostly black and white except the flowers/buds. Here's a coupla pics. I LOVE it!
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    Thank you for posting this. I love the colors. I am wondering if there will be origami quilts at the Houston Quilt show or one in Plano. Hope you enjoyed the Sisters quitl show. I was up there years ago and was amazed at it. Hope more post pictures.

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