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    Member quilterwanabe7's Avatar
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    watercolor quilt? :oops:

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    while I've never made one, I've seen many and can give you my definition from an observers perspective. A watercolor quilt doesn't use lines to define the subject of the quilt, but rather uses the colors in various patterns (I've seen mostly florals used) to build the picture. And all the watercolors I've seen are done with small squares of fabric - perhaps cut at 1.5 or 2 inches. If you paint a watercolor, particularly wet brush technique on a wet background, you get a painting that has no defined line, but rather a blending of the colors that were used so that the color moves from one to the other smoothly. The watercolor quilt is the same way, no (or very limited) solids, and lots of patterns with varying shades and tones of color. It's the careful placement of these squares of fabric that build's your picture. What you want to see is not the pattern on each piece of fabric, but the overall pattern that they make together. Dina Pappas has a quilt shop here in AK and designs and publishes watercolor quilt patterns.

    Her technique is really rather cool, she irons the pieces onto a gridded fusible backing then when they're all in place, she folks the backing with squares on the grid lines and sews straight lines to stitch all the squares together.

    Maybe lots more than you wanted to know, but that's my perspective.

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    Here is link for co. that makes the kits for sale, or just enjoy looking.
    Have fun.
    http://www.whims.cc/

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    Here's a watercolor wall hanging I did a while back. It's a Whims Watercolor Kit. It was a lot of fun to make once I got over the fear of where to put each floral square! (Colors are more vibrant in person than in this pic.)

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    Oh! I just love the butterflies are free, walllhanging :thumbup:

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    wow that sounds so cool wonder where I'd find a picture or pattern I am very interested in this type of quilt!
    thank you
    not too much detail
    perfect to understand! :thumbup:

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    :oops: ok thanks for the pictures TOO

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    awesome job! I love doing small watercolor hangings, and have thought about doing a king bed sized , but haven't got courage to doing that just yet.. Yours is so pretty, thanks for sharing!

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    Although I have never made one, I have admired them. As Renee stated, go to WhimsWatercolor.com. I often go through their catalog and dream. YOu can also subscribe to thei on-line posts. Check 'em out.

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    thank you its beautiful! :thumbup:

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    Try looking up Gai Perry, she use to be the queen of Watercolor quilts, I have a couple of her books and took classes from her years ago.

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    Here's a watercolor that I'm doing for sis. Ignore the borders, they're coming off!!!!
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    One of the members of this board does beautiful watercolor log cabin quilts. Just use SEARCH above to find them.

    OK, here's the link.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-23211-1.htm

    barnbum is the maker of this glorious quilt!! Love it!!

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    I have a couple watercolor quilt books that I ready to sell if your interested. They are from a pet & smoke free home.

    More Quick Watercolor Quilts by Dina Pappas; That Patchwork Place; 2001, 80p. In this sequel to Quick Watercolor Quilts Dina Pappas expands her simple fuse, fold, and stitch method to include rectangles and triangles as well as squares. The book offers brightly colored photos and detailed instructions for ten quilting projects that use fusible interfacing and a timesaving grid system, and give a watercolor appearance to such classic patterns as Irish Chain and Trip Around the World, as well as traditional baskets and eight-pointed stars. You’ll quickly learn to sew up to 85% fewer seams than traditional watercolor quilts require. $13.00, plus shipping

    Quick Watercolor Quilts: The Fuse, Fold, and Stiitch Method by Dina Papas; That Patchwork Place; 1999, 111p. Create the wildly popular look of watercolor quilts in a wink of the time! Learn to make quilts that use watercolor wreaths, hearts, baskets, and other pictorial motifs as a focus. the technique is simple- you'll instantly reduce the number of seams to sew, using fast fusible ineterfacing and as few as three fabrics. Now beginning and advanced quilters can all join the watercolor craze! Discover How To: Stitch up 13 beautiful scenic watercolor-style quilts in a snap; Sew 80% fewer seams than traditional watercolor quilts require. Align seams perfectly without expert rotary-cutting skills (the interfacing forgives inaccurate cutting!) (Out of Print) $15.00, plus shipping


    Quote Originally Posted by quilterwanabe7
    wow that sounds so cool wonder where I'd find a picture or pattern I am very interested in this type of quilt!
    thank you
    not too much detail
    perfect to understand! :thumbup:
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    Quick Watercolor Quilts: The Fuse, Fold, and Stiitch Method by Dina Papas
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    Here is a watercolor quilt I made a while back.

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    I think this pattern is in one of the Pappas books as I know I have seen it.

    Quote Originally Posted by renee765
    Here's a watercolor wall hanging I did a while back. It's a Whims Watercolor Kit. It was a lot of fun to make once I got over the fear of where to put each floral square! (Colors are more vibrant in person than in this pic.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterwanabe7
    wow that sounds so cool wonder where I'd find a picture or pattern I am very interested in this type of quilt!
    thank you
    not too much detail
    perfect to understand! :thumbup:
    The web site that Magpie posted has a free pattern you can download

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    Quote Originally Posted by renee765
    Here's a watercolor wall hanging I did a while back. It's a Whims Watercolor Kit. It was a lot of fun to make once I got over the fear of where to put each floral square! (Colors are more vibrant in person than in this pic.)
    Beautiful. My daughter gave me a watercolor quilt kit for Mothers day, but I have about 5 more projects to do first:)

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    Years and years ago (about 35) my husband and I took the kids to the Denver art musem. They were having an exibit of Appalacian folk art. (This was in the mid 70's). The one thing I remember was this really BIG quilt. Standing close it just looked like a bunch of different 2 inch squares. Then when you backed away it was this georgeous pictue of a log cabin in the mountains. I can still see it in my mind's eye.

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