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    Super Member TonnieLoree's Avatar
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    I love Jinny Beyer designs. This one is called Third Dimention. http://www.rjrfabrics.com/patterns/d...n.cfm?psID=301

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    Thank you. That makes it a little easier to make suggestions. Have you checked out maryquilts.com or quiltville.com?

    They both have wonderful free patterns and examples of simple yet complex looking patterns with very easy to comprehend instructions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VaNella
    carpenter's wheel made with half square triangles is a great one.
    http://www.quilterscache.com/C/Carpe...heelBlock.html
    That is the 1st one that came to my mind too!

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    Stack and Whack

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrums
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    D9P, French braid is very easy. Looks way more complicated than it is.

    Also, I've found that using busier prints on simpler patterns also makes the quilt look more complicated than it was.
    I just picked up a pattern for the French Braid, but haven't studied it.

    I want to study some of the colorways to see how to set them up for maximum effect. Thanks!
    There are tons on here, just do a search. Here's the one I did. The hardest part is selecting the colors. Assembly is very easy! The first braid section took me 1 hr, 15 min. The rest were faster.
    What tips can you give me on selecting color?
    I had been collecting the yellows & pinks for awhile. I took everything I had and laid them out in what I thought would be a good order. Then I stared at it for awhile, re-arranged, stared some more. Then I got the camera out, took some pics and uploaded to the computer. I think it's easier to pick out the ones you should eliminate that way. I had one in particular that had one color background, but the foreground is what stood out to me, so I moved it and liked the result better. I say if you are selecting from your stash, pick several more than you need and arrange in color groups from light to dark. I think the book suggests the colors flow from one to another. Lots of experimentation! I'd love to do one in blues, greens, purples. Someone on the board (probably more than one person) has one with appliqued flower vines on the separator strips...gorgeous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    I love Jinny Beyer designs. This one is called Third Dimention. http://www.rjrfabrics.com/patterns/d...n.cfm?psID=301
    Love that one! One of the top three on my "what to do next" pile.

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    Warm Wishes pattern and Tube Quilt blocks are the ones that come to mind when I think of easy but looks complicated.

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    Someone else mentioned the french braid. It's the opposite though - looks way hard, but is totally easy. Everytime I include it on a quilt people oooh and ahhh. :D

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    I love Disappearing 4 patch. Looks like you cut and fitted lots of tiny pieces, but it couldn't be easier.

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    Wickedly Easy Quilts - I've made three of these - two kings and a full size. http://www.byannie.com/free-patterns/

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    No curved piecing Drunkard's Path. I'm making a second one now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by soccertxi
    this is a nice looking quilt. I didn't have any trouble piecing it. You get the illusion of circles with no curved piecing. Use Tri-recs rulers for the 'peaky' star points or use Mary's paper piecing.

    http://www.maryquilts.com/new-churn-dash-stars/

    There is a picture of my Quilt of Valor on the bottom of that page!
    This is way cool! Thank you for sharing. 8-)

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    I think the D4Patch looks much more difficult than it is because it looks like little pieces.

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    Thank you for the triple Irish chain. It looks easy but very interesting. It keeps your eye moving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie
    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    I love Jinny Beyer designs. This one is called Third Dimention. http://www.rjrfabrics.com/patterns/d...n.cfm?psID=301
    Love that one! One of the top three on my "what to do next" pile.
    These dimensional ones give me the heebie-jeebies. I don't know why. My DH loves them. Guess I'll have to give them a try. Thank you.

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    the Ten Minute Block, kind of like a Cathedral Window... but way easier...

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    Quote Originally Posted by starshine
    Thanks for this topic.
    This is the greatest board. :thumbup: People are so willing to share.

    My thanks to everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    Thank you. That makes it a little easier to make suggestions. Have you checked out maryquilts.com or quiltville.com?

    They both have wonderful free patterns and examples of simple yet complex looking patterns with very easy to comprehend instructions.
    Thanks! I bookmarked them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbykat1955
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    Thanks I've seen these but didn't realize how easy they could be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Quote Originally Posted by thrums
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Quote Originally Posted by thrums
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    D9P, French braid is very easy. Looks way more complicated than it is.

    Also, I've found that using busier prints on simpler patterns also makes the quilt look more complicated than it was.
    I just picked up a pattern for the French Braid, but haven't studied it.

    I want to study some of the colorways to see how to set them up for maximum effect. Thanks!
    There are tons on here, just do a search. Here's the one I did. The hardest part is selecting the colors. Assembly is very easy! The first braid section took me 1 hr, 15 min. The rest were faster.
    What tips can you give me on selecting color?
    I had been collecting the yellows & pinks for awhile. I took everything I had and laid them out in what I thought would be a good order. Then I stared at it for awhile, re-arranged, stared some more. Then I got the camera out, took some pics and uploaded to the computer. I think it's easier to pick out the ones you should eliminate that way. I had one in particular that had one color background, but the foreground is what stood out to me, so I moved it and liked the result better. I say if you are selecting from your stash, pick several more than you need and arrange in color groups from light to dark. I think the book suggests the colors flow from one to another. Lots of experimentation! I'd love to do one in blues, greens, purples. Someone on the board (probably more than one person) has one with appliqued flower vines on the separator strips...gorgeous!
    Thanks for the tips. I'll take a look at the board and see what I can find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Warm Wishes pattern and Tube Quilt blocks are the ones that come to mind when I think of easy but looks complicated.
    I like the Warm Wishes pattern. The tube quilt looks interesting. I'm spacially challenged so I'll have to practice. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish
    No curved piecing Drunkard's Path. I'm making a second one now!
    Very Nice! I'll check it out. How did you get the color on the "curve"?

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    Any X block pattern.

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    Very easy while looking complicated...BQ Quilt by Maple Island. Love the 3D picture frame look!

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    a bargello is way easier than it looked at the start. I made a couple table runners to practice with before starting a bed sized quilt and was amazed at how simply it all went together.

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