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Thread: Piecing: Strictly by a Pattern OR Pattern Improv OR Wild Abandon!

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    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
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    I dont change the blocks in a pattern but will use my favorite methods for making the parts of a block easier.

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    I have the same shelves you have. Lots of patterns are bookmarked and notes stuck in between the pages, but I seem to always do the creating and piecing without a pattern. The blocks and select sections may be from several different places, but I put together my own ideas. Haven't followed an exact pattern ever. So little time.

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    I have done all three. I can follow a pattern if I really like it. Sometimes a pattern is a starting point. I have used parts of several patterns in one quilt, taken colors from one and used it in another. I have also been doing more of my own designs, which for me is lots of fun.

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    You are a gifted teacher! Your students are learning independent skills and self reliance. It is a bit more work for you but such a class is always remembered as the "best I ever took"! Good for you and for your lucky students!

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    I agree with you. I have spent so much money on books and patterns, and I end up making my own creations. I teach a beginners class, and this time, I used a quilt design that started off the same for everyone. The class lasts over a period of 8 weeks. Each week, someone has made a major "resdesign" change. Instead of making them redo the quilt, I am changing the instructions for them. We are going to have so many different designs from the original pattern. The student tell me they like this as it makes them think of the possibilities instead of thinking in a box.
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    I follow patterns. I have only been quilting for about 2 years and use patterns to teach myself new methods/kinds of making blocks. I usually only make a pattern 1 time and then off to the next one! So many patterns -so little time. I ususally do not make pattern out of exact fabric and will often add/delite borders to make top fit size I want. I am also follow receipe exactly when cooking- I quess that I am not that creative!!! I create but am not creative!

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