Monday, August 24, 2015

Another Quilt Designing Tutorial


I wanted to be sure I was pleased with the colors and the order I used them when I made our king size bed quilt.

I cut narrow strips of each fabric which I had backed with a fusible.

I arranged them on a piece of graph paper and fused them in place.

I added an additional layer of fusible to the back of this and cut and moved them to get the design.

This showed 1/4 of the quilt.


I wanted to see how the entire quilt would look so I made this to view it.

I made this viewing device from two 12 inch mirror tiles.

I taped the edges of each with clear tape so prevent cutting myself on sharp edges.

I then joined the two tiles with a piece of duct tape.

You are seeing the back of the device in this picture.


By placing the mirrors on the corner I can see the way the finished design will work if I use this as the center.


This is what it would look like if I used the opposite corner as the center.

I felt very confidant going ahead cutting all the strips to make the quilt after seeing what the quilt would look like.

This is the finished quilt on our bed.

I realize you can buy mirrors to use to do this, but they are very limited in size. For the cost of a set of those you can make several of these sets and I am sure your friends would be happy to get a set you made.

Not only can they be used to test how  quilt design will work, but they are also handy when designing blocks for a quilt.

By opening them at a 60 degree angle, rather than the 90 degree angle I used here you can also see other possibilities when you are designing.


Robin said...

Great tutorial. I'll have to get some mirror tiles. I've seen the ready made ones but the are expensive. This is great. Love the quilt

Podunk Pretties said...

I love it when quilters are thrifty and creative. This is a great tip. I've started a new linky party on my blog for quilting and sewing tips if your interested in linking up.

Cathy said...

Thats a great tip! Thanks for sharing.

Kate said...

Gorgeous quilt! Thanks for the tip on the mirrors.

Barbara said...

That's a great idea, thank you for the show.
Many greetings from Germany

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

What a great tip...and a beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Anita said...

A gorgeous quilt! Very striking! It drew me right in from the linky at "Quilt Story". Thank you for the tutorial.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Beautiful quilt! Interesting idea to use a mirror. I would never have thought of that!

Bonnie said...

Wonderful quilt. I love the bright colors and you did a great job with the "organizing" of them. Hum, I have some of those mirrors although I'm sure I bought them ready made... I should find them and see what some of my current projects look like.

Shannon said...

Your colors choices are awesome and the mirror was so clever!

Shannon said...

Your color choices are awesome and the mirror so clever!

Anonymous said...

nice idea. I use a copy machine in a similar fashion.

Sylvia in fairly nice Texas weather