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June 27, 2021
Gran’s New Beads 15, 16 from Virtual Quilter

Gran’s New Beads are a very mixed bag of beads … round, diamonds, teardrops, ovals … and they form strings and clusters, both for applique and quilting designs.

Tangled up together they make Strings of Beads, Double Wedding Rings, clusters and starbursts and pretty much anything you like.

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May 3, 2021
Gran’s New Beads 13, 14 from Virtual Quilter


This project file features beads of many colours, shapes and sizes, unlike the traditional String of Beads design.

Love the second one … a very interesting arrangement.

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March 23, 2021
Gran’s New Beads 11, 12 from Virtual Quilter

Love it.

In this project file I am playing with beads of different shapes and sizes, then using the blocks as both applique blocks and quilting motifs. The first design uses a lot more quilted than applique beads.

The second design makes uses of lots of identical blocks with just one focal block, but there is more variation in the quilting motifs.

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January 1, 2021
Gran’s New Beads 9, 10 from Virtual Quilter

Love this one!

Happy New Year … and as this year gets underway I am about to start some new virtual projects, using the blocks I have been sorting during the last year.

First though, we are still catching up with family and friends we have not seen for a long time!

I started playing with these new blocks last year, and couldn’t wait to start sharing them, but there are a few virtual quilt designs still to share, and a lot more to find in future play sessions.

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August 17, 2020
Gran’s New Beads 7, 8 from Virtual Quilter

Love the design above, and particularly love the block without the beaded frame.

In the second design I love the quilted beaded circle surrounding that same block design.

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February 2, 2020
Gran's New Beads 1, 2, 3, 4 from Virtual Quilter

I have had adding some different beads to the String of Beads, and after slaving over the challenge I allowed myself some play time. I have added five new shapes so far, and some varying sizes.

I had a thought that I would make each different bead shape a different colour … that thought lasted about ten minutes and several new block designs before I broke that rule!

As soon as I started designing the quilts I started modifying the block designs to create the quilting motifs to fit around the applique.

Don’t know why I put off starting this ...

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