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    Quilt without seams.....

    I've heard about quilts that don't have a lot of matching seams and are easy to make. Do any of you seasoned quilters have a picture you could post to give me an idea of how this is possible. I've been quilting a while, but this has got me stumped.
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    Perhaps?
    * whole cloth quilt?
    * printed panel?
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    wonky comes to mind. Check out some of these.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=wonk...w=1280&bih=620
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    I've seen a new technique recently for a quilt that doesn't have any stitching until it's quilted. It looked pretty interesting.

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    Here's one. Cut strips of fabric. Layer backing fabric and batting (I would heavily starch the backing fabric first). Draw a straight line down the center of the quilt (or snap a chalk line). Line up two strips of fabric right sides together with raw edges along the line. Sew a 1/4" inch seam on that side. Open up (and maybe iron) so that both strips are right sides up. Add another strip and sew that down, flip right side up, add another strip, etc. This has no matching seams, and the quilting is done at the same time as the sewing.

    A jelly roll quilt would also be an easy one with no matching seams. I just saw one at the quilt guild that was *fabulous*, made from leftovers of tractor and boy fabrics on the right side. What was unusual was that the quilter sewed *all* of the jelly roll seams before ironing any of them! Turned out great!

    Here's a jelly roll quilt variation that includes a border and still doesn't have any matching seams:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/89000268...-easyone-jelly

    Edit: I just want to add that it makes a big difference if (1) the quilt has no seams, or (2) the quilt has no matching of seams!
    Last edited by Prism99; 09-26-2012 at 06:49 PM.

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    no example?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Here's one. Cut strips of fabric. Layer backing fabric and batting (I would heavily starch the backing fabric first). Draw a straight line down the center of the quilt (or snap a chalk line). Line up two strips of fabric right sides together with raw edges along the line. Sew a 1/4" inch seam on that side. Open up (and maybe iron) so that both strips are right sides up. Add another strip and sew that down, flip right side up, add another strip, etc. This has no matching seams, and the quilting is done at the same time as the sewing.

    A jelly roll quilt would also be an easy one with no matching seams. I just saw one at the quilt guild that was *fabulous*, made from leftovers of tractor and boy fabrics on the right side. What was unusual was that the quilter sewed *all* of the jelly roll seams before ironing any of them! Turned out great!

    Here's a jelly roll quilt variation that includes a border and still doesn't have any matching seams:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/89000268...-easyone-jelly

    Edit: I just want to add that it makes a big difference if (1) the quilt has no seams, or (2) the quilt has no matching of seams!
    This is how I make my string quilts except my backing is usually 6 inc squares..my strings are all different widths, and even uneven too...I press as I go, before I add the next string..I should try it with the batting already in...

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    The Bricks pattern comes to mind. Very simple, but can make an interesting quilt if you select the right fabrics. It can be completely scrappy, or you can make strip sets/tubes that create a stairstep pattern. And, no seams to match.

    Darren

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    I think you may mean quilt blocks with off set seams. Instead of all four corners of a 4 patch coming together and meeting, you off set their positions like the running bound joints of a brick wall. You can do this with most quilt blocks but you end up having to do half blocks at the ends of the row.

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    I agree with the wonky idea - make the seams mismatch on purpose. Here's one link to such a quilt:

    http://www.bighornquilts.com/inspiration/strip/sns.html

    Here's another one, it DOES have seams that match, but since they're all in black fabric, if you mis-match them no one will notice!

    http://bighornjulie.blogspot.com/200...-part-two.html

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    There's another type of quilt that doesn't require a lot of matching. I just made one, and I really enjoyed it because it was so easy. Basically you make strip sets, cut those into 10.5" squares, put 2 squares right sides together with strips running horizontally on one and vertically on the other, draw a line from one corner to the other, sew on both sides of the line, then cut apart to make two new blocks. Sounds way more complicated than it is to do! Can't find my pattern at the moment, but one of the McCall's magazine just published a version of it called Cascade. Here is a link to a picture of it:
    http://www.mccallsquilting.com/blogs...pretty-quilts/

    Although you do need to sew the blocks together, matching seams isn't a big deal because no one is going to notice if you need to shave off a little from one here and there. Also, the outside edges of all the blocks are on the straight-of-grain, so there's no worry of handling a lot of bias edges.

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    Kathy Schmidt of quirksltd.wordpress.com/ teaches a class in "no rules quilting". I'm including the piece I did in class. I'm going to try another but with fabrics I like better. I just grabbed some stuff from my give away pile for this first effort. I loved the no matching part of this.
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    Oooh, Prism, thank you for that one! That's a great pattern for charity quilts - adding it to my bookmarks!

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    Lucky Stars doesn't have a lot of matching. You do match the blocks into rows to form the stars, but the background extends beyond the star points, the rectangles that border the blocks create a brick look when you alternate the placement of the block next to it. The only other seams you match are the intersections between the blocks. The quilt in the picture had only 12 intersections to match. If you alternate the direction you press your seams, they butt up nicely together.

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    Other than matching up the rows, a Rail Fence doesn't have butting seams.
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    the same goes for string quilts
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    I have made a couple of the quilts cut in strips, sewn together add borders and quilted. Strips were cut lengthwise of fabric. Fast and easy no seams at all to match. I used a print for one strip and other solid or blender to match the print, just keep adding strips until it is wide enough.
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    or here's one with stars. You have to match the blocks up at the corners, but there's no way you can mess up and cut the star points off:
    http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2011/06...ar-blocks.html
    if you sew them all, you can square them all up to the same size in the end and make the final assembly a snap.

    ETA: oh, I see I'm a bit slow today and something similar has been already posted!
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    Donna Dewberry has some quilts that are done on a fusible stuff and not sewn until the very last thing. Check her out.

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    String quilts come to mind. Check out the scrappy show on this board. A lot of scrap quilts don't have points etc. that need to match.

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    i just love the colors in this one.
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    For anyone interested in the Cascade pattern, or for using that technique to create other quilts, I just wanted to mention that the block size (after cutting, marking, and sewing diagonally across the 10.5" squares) will be a little over 9.5" unfinished. At that point, if you want precision, you can trim the blocks to an exact 9.5" centering your ruler on the diagonal line.

    Also, I wanted to mention that a similar technique is used for a quilt pattern called Hidden Wells. Here is a link to that pattern:
    http://www.reddawn.net/quilt/hwells.htm

    The difference is that Hidden Wells ends up with blocks that have bias edges; the technique used in Cascade has the advantage of sewing the diagonal before cutting *and* of having the block edges end up on the straight-of-grain.

    If you can manage the bias edges, Hidden Wells appears to be a very fast and interesting pattern that does not require matching seams. Someone posted here on the QB that a Yahoo group has formed exclusively for the Hidden Wells pattern (as a spinoff from the Stashbusters group). The name of the new group is HiddenWells and you can join at groups.yahoo.com
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    Last year I made a quilt by Eleanor Burns - it was one of her "quick trip" quilts. YOu sew a bunch of strips together in a set, per the size you are making. Then you cut the strip sets into strips, - easy. Then you sew these strips together and they make a pattern because you offset the seams. This is made easy by simply cutting the first block of the first strip in half so you are offset by the width of 1/2 block and just pedal to the medal. (Maybe similar to something called a brick quilt.) First you sew four pieces, top left, top right, then bottom left and bottom right. Again, you are automatically offset when sewing the top and bottom of each side together, so yet again no matching, because the seams come together being offset. . However, when you sew up the center of the quilt, putting left and right sides together, to complete the quilt top, then you do have to match the seams. That is however, the only seam that is actually matched up. It goes like wildfire. I think Blanche Young used to have this quilt also in one of her books. This is the trip around the world, and on Eleanor's DVD's and her book Quick Trips which is in stores, is readily available. I made three of these, one a king size, and two toddler quilts, and they work up rapidly and are quite striking. If anybody is interested, I could give the directions - (but is that against copyright laws?) I want to obey the rules. I know Eleanor gives the dimensions free on her tv series for the lap size quilt.

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    Possibly referring to a whole cloth quilt. You draw the pattern onto a plain piece of material, make up a quilt sandwich and then quilt the design.Then you bind the quilt.


    http://youtu.be/Gvuobb8zkug

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    Here's a link to Eleanor Burn's tv show where she demonstrates her her Quick Trip Quilts that much2nice mentioned. they are beautiful and no seams to match as you sew them together. http://quiltinaday.com/theater/3100/3101.html
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