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    I started a thread couple of days ago about making one of these here http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-142765-1.htm

    I've now drawn my design onto Steam a Seam 2, I'm going to cut a background square around WOF square so 42" and then cut this pattern up to use as applique templates.

    This is an 18" square of Steam a Seam, divided into 8 sections across both central axes and the two diagonals. I then started drawing my design using pencil, ruler and a pair of compasses. The ONLY rule is everything you draw in one section, you must duplicate in the other sections. :-D Although because I am going to applique these sections, I tried to keep the pieces a workable size and not too many really sharp points.

    It's very static and geometric at this stage, so as to facilitate the applique. I will leave gaps between the pieces and when the applique is done, I will add more organic detail with FMQ. :-D
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    That is so pretty! And gives me ideas for a quilt this fall.
    Can't wait to see your progress!

    Jan in VA

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    You designed a beautiful quilt. One question = what did you mean by organic by FMQ?

    thanks 4 the info :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUSewing
    You designed a beautiful quilt. One question = hatt did you mean by organic by FMQ?

    thanks 4 the info :)
    Thank you! By 'organic' I meant more flowing, curvy, naturalistic shapes rather than the geometric shapes of the applique. Traditional mandalas feature both kinds of shape. :-D

    I've just cut and pressed my background square - Kona black! I pressed lines across both axes and diagonals to give me placement guidelines for the applique pieces but I'll have to stop as DH has just gone out to get take out for dinner. :-( :lol: :-D I'll post my progress as I go though then hopefully it will serve as a tute as well for any who'd like to give this a go! :-D

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    Okay, I don't have my fabric selection for the last one and you are tempting me again! I look forward to seeing how this one turns out!

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    this is going to be wonderful. I have several mandala coloring books I have colored and I so enjoy doing that. Don't think I have the skill for a quilt tho

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    Looks very pretty. Will look forward to seeing this both in progress and finished.

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    Will this one be a pattern?

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    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    Will this one be a pattern?
    Well it's more of a technique - these should really be individually drawn by the creator, it's a little bit the idea of them. I thought of posting my progress step by step though so that others could try it if they liked. If you can draw with a ruler and compasses, do applique and FMQ you can make one - you could even do embroidery if you didn't want to FMQ. It's a kind of make it up as you go along thing. I have no idea how this will turn out - it might not even work, it's just an idea I had. But that is what makes it fun. :-D What's the worse that could happen? I waste a bit of fabric! Not the end of the world. :mrgreen: :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    Will this one be a pattern?
    Well it's more of a technique - these should really be individually drawn by the creator, it's a little bit the idea of them. I thought of posting my progress step by step though so that others could try it if they liked. If you can draw with a ruler and compasses, do applique and FMQ you can make one - you could even do embroidery if you didn't want to FMQ. It's a kind of make it up as you go along thing. I have no idea how this will turn out - it might not even work, it's just an idea I had. But that is what makes it fun. :-D What's the worse that could happen? I waste a bit of fabric! Not the end of the world. :mrgreen: :-D
    I can do almost anything with fabric when I see something already made up. And I can change it to my personality. I love FMQ too. But the original design defeats me. I draw straight lines and I am so anal that I am never satisfied.

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    Your pattern is gorgeous! I can't wait to see the next steps. Thank you for doing this in a tutorial form :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Your pattern is gorgeous! I can't wait to see the next steps. Thank you for doing this in a tutorial form :D:D:D
    This will be fun!

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    That is going to be gorgeous!!!!

    What colors do you anticipate using for that???

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    I'll be watching to see how this turns out :D The design so far is stunning. :thumbup:

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    This looks stunning! Will be eagerly watching your progress with this one.

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    I am definately marking this to follow up on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    I started a thread couple of days ago about making one of these here http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-142765-1.htm

    I've now drawn my design onto Steam a Seam 2, I'm going to cut a background square around WOF square so 42" and then cut this pattern up to use as applique templates.

    This is an 18" square of Steam a Seam, divided into 8 sections across both central axes and the two diagonals. I then started drawing my design using pencil, ruler and a pair of compasses. The ONLY rule is everything you draw in one section, you must duplicate in the other sections. :-D Although because I am going to applique these sections, I tried to keep the pieces a workable size and not too many really sharp points.

    It's very static and geometric at this stage, so as to facilitate the applique. I will leave gaps between the pieces and when the applique is done, I will add more organic detail with FMQ. :-D
    What a huge undertaking. I can't wait to see the finished product. Keep us posted.

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    Okay, I tried and I'm not happy with how it comes out. Each section looks a little different. Not my skill set I guess. Wonder if it would work to make one design and then transfer it to the next 7 sections? But it might not flow. Well heck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    That is going to be gorgeous!!!!

    What colors do you anticipate using for that???
    Probably all of them! :mrgreen: :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    Okay, I tried and I'm not happy with how it comes out. Each section looks a little different. Not my skill set I guess. Wonder if it would work to make one design and then transfer it to the next 7 sections? But it might not flow. Well heck.
    I think this WOULD work - I know what you mean about anal, I'm a bit that way myself! :mrgreen: If you want to copy mine, I really don't mind. Perhaps this would give you a starting point then you could adapt it a bit to make it your own. :-D

    Check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g16B64myG-E obviously it's done as a drawing so there aren't the limits of creating applique templates. Try and think of this stage as just the bones of the mandala - not the finished article. Anyway, this video is beautiful I think and might put you in the 'zone'. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    Okay, I tried and I'm not happy with how it comes out. Each section looks a little different. Not my skill set I guess. Wonder if it would work to make one design and then transfer it to the next 7 sections? But it might not flow. Well heck.
    I think this WOULD work - I know what you mean about anal, I'm a bit that way myself! :mrgreen: If you want to copy mine, I really don't mind. Perhaps this would give you a starting point then you could adapt it a bit to make it your own. :-D

    Check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g16B64myG-E obviously it's done as a drawing so there aren't the limits of creating applique templates. Try and think of this stage as just the bones of the mandala - not the finished article. Anyway, this video is beautiful I think and might put you in the 'zone'. :-D
    Thanks, going to watch it right now!

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    Okay that was amazing! Now I'm convinced that this isn't for me. As she did the "v" I pictured what I would do if mine wasn't as perfect as hers. I'd erase it. Over and over again. I'd use a ruler to measure the 8 pieces to make sure they were exactly where they belonged. Her finished product was a perfect circle, everything was perfect. Flashed back to 8th grade art class. I flunked Art. Only class I didn't get an A in all through junior high. To this day, drawing and portraits are not my thing! Still going to follow along though. I respect Art, just don't "do" Art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    Okay that was amazing! Now I'm convinced that this isn't for me. As she did the "v" I pictured what I would do if mine wasn't as perfect as hers. I'd erase it. Over and over again. I'd use a ruler to measure the 8 pieces to make sure they were exactly where they belonged. Her finished product was a perfect circle, everything was perfect. Flashed back to 8th grade art class. I flunked Art. Only class I didn't get an A in all through junior high. To this day, drawing and portraits are not my thing! Still going to follow along though. I respect Art, just don't "do" Art.
    Hey, I used rulers AND a pair of compasses and measured everything to be sure each segment was identical! AND I did LOTS of erasing too! You HAVE to do that as you're making applique templates. You get artsy fartsy with the FMQ. You can do this, I've seen your work, I know you're up to it. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    Okay that was amazing! Now I'm convinced that this isn't for me. As she did the "v" I pictured what I would do if mine wasn't as perfect as hers. I'd erase it. Over and over again. I'd use a ruler to measure the 8 pieces to make sure they were exactly where they belonged. Her finished product was a perfect circle, everything was perfect. Flashed back to 8th grade art class. I flunked Art. Only class I didn't get an A in all through junior high. To this day, drawing and portraits are not my thing! Still going to follow along though. I respect Art, just don't "do" Art.
    Hey, I used rulers AND a pair of compasses and measured everything to be sure each segment was identical! AND I did LOTS of erasing too! You HAVE to do that as you're making applique templates. You get artsy fartsy with the FMQ. You can do this, I've seen your work, I know you're up to it. :-D
    You really do? She just did it freehand and so at ease!

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    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    Hey, I used rulers AND a pair of compasses and measured everything to be sure each segment was identical! AND I did LOTS of erasing too! You HAVE to do that as you're making applique templates. You get artsy fartsy with the FMQ. You can do this, I've seen your work, I know you're up to it. :-D
    You really do? She just did it freehand and so at ease![/quote]

    YES!!! Drawing mandalas like she did is an end in itself and imperfections don't matter in the scheme of things, but we're skilled craftswomen (hermm-ermmm :mrgreen: ) as WELL as artists and we're creating applique templates and art at the same time! How cool are we? :mrgreen: :-D So we have to be accurate at this stage and rulers, compasses and erasers are the ONLY way. You could even draft first on graph paper if you preferred... Did I say that I drew lines on my square of steam a seam across both central axes and diagonals, giving 8 sections? DO that then just start subdividing each section in the same way - straight lines, curves with the compass etc... everything you do in one segment, repeat in the others. :-D

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