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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Something so simple, yet complicated

    What about paper piecing?
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    Default Re: Something so simple, yet complicated

    I just acquired the Giant Dahlia templates, and the shield reminds me of the gentle curves in the template pieces, so I certainly think this is possible to piece. This is what comes to my mind. I would make each part of the cross in two pieces so that I could use a curved y-seam to get the decorative element on the ends. Once it is pieced into the shield fabric, I would trim it to the shape of the shield and try using four black strips cut on the bias and folded to frame the gentle curves. Then I would piece it into the background.

    I don't really know if any of this would work, but it is what I would try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarenC View Post
    What about Spoonflower.com? Don't know what the cost would be, but it's an idea to check out.

    Karen, Thank you for the tip. Not going to work, size limitation...max size on 3 yds fabric centered, the design would only be approx 5x7 needing approx 20x36. Never seen that site...liking what I'm seeing though

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    Default Re: Something so simple, yet complicated

    Sorry to hear of your DH passing. My DH Terry passed away in 2002.
    I am no help with suggestions for you, but I am sure someone here with more expertise than me will be able to help you with suggestions.
    Even though you have been a lurker here on the MSQC forum for awhile, welcome from Michigan !

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    Default Re: Something so simple, yet complicated

    I pieced a mortar and pestle for my sons graduation quilt from Pharmacy. Draw it out life size. Then make 4 or 5 inch square grids. Draw in the design. Cut it out of the paper and add the 1/4 seams. Its just old fashioned quilt patterning. You can do it. When you have the design drawn over the 4 or 5 inch grids (those are blocks of fabric, you will see that the cross pattern will fit and you will piece each individual one. I hope I made this clear enough. I can't draw with my computer or I would show you.

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    Default Re: Something so simple, yet complicated

    Says he has had bad luck with applique in the past.

    I'm curious what that means. If it's stitched well there shouldn't be any problems.



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    Default Re: Something so simple, yet complicated

    Short of paper piecing, I don't know.
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    Default Re: Something so simple, yet complicated

    Liquid embroidery? https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...64.lcs8g3sAdcU

    Fabric Ink drawing: https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...ic+ink+drawing

    When I was a kid I did liquid embroidery. Used the iron on stencils for a guide.
    A couple of years ago went to a sewing expo and bought a set (33) of fabric ink pens. You can tape the design on a window then tape the fabric over it then draw in the design with the fabric pens.

    Make sure you heat set it. Maybe get a quilter to further embellish it with matching thread.

    If you go this route make sure you practice first on scrap fabric but it needs to be the same type of fabric or it will act differently.
    Vonnie

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    Default Re: Something so simple, yet complicated

    Here is a video on how to do paper piecing in photoshop--

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m28FWEd8pNw

    I have also done the grid design mentioned by grammaterry and it worked well

    OR Quilt Assistant software, it is free paper piecing

    Free Quilt Design Software at quiltassistant.com

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    Default Re: Something so simple, yet complicated

    Quote Originally Posted by grammaterry View Post
    I pieced a mortar and pestle for my sons graduation quilt from Pharmacy. Draw it out life size. Then make 4 or 5 inch square grids. Draw in the design. Cut it out of the paper and add the 1/4 seams. Its just old fashioned quilt patterning. You can do it. When you have the design drawn over the 4 or 5 inch grids (those are blocks of fabric, you will see that the cross pattern will fit and you will piece each individual one. I hope I made this clear enough. I can't draw with my computer or I would show you.
    I found this graph I liked doing a google search and drew in the design...not a good at drawing on the computer...and the cross is not the problem, it is the way the shield curves into the gridsClick image for larger version. 

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