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November 25, 2021
String of Beads Roundabout 33, 34 from Virtual Quilter

Nice, but missing something.

That’s better.

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November 11, 2021
Bunch of Beads 23, 24 from Virtual Quilter

One simple applique shape … so many ways to add them to a quilt.

Love the second design today …. love the way the blocks came together to form frames around the clusters of beads on four of the blocks.

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October 19, 2021
Beaded Blocks and Borders 34, 35 from Virtual Quilter

I like it.

If only I could keep my strings of beads, chains holding pendants in my jewelry box in such attractive tangles!

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September 24, 2021
Quilting Thread and Beads 25, 26 from Virtual Quilter

I love it …though I have to admit that I love pretty much every String of Beads design I have found anywhere, right from the first time I saw a blurry black and white picture of the basic block.

I guess you know I love the second one too.

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August 6, 2021
Gran’s Bead Box 17, 18 from Virtual Quilter

Nice one, and it brings back memories of being allowed to play with button boxes when I was little … by my Mum and grandmother on dad’s side of the family. Scattered amongst the buttons were beads, and some of them were pearls.

Love the quilting in the second design.

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July 10, 2021
Beaded Border Strings 9, 10 from Virtual Quilter

This project file started when I wanted to find ways to turn corners of beaded corners … it continues to grow several years later. A single straight line of beads can turn a corner without any embellishment, but it is much more fun to add a little cluster of some sort.

Of course, it is much more interesting to tangle up the beads along the whole length of the border too.

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July 9, 2021
Beads Again 9, 10 from Virtual Quilter

Interesting, but think the blocks in the middle would look better surrounding the fan blocks around them.

Love the second design as it is!

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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 4, 2021
Tangled String of Beads 35, 36 from Virtual Quilter

I love the first design.

Enough beads to be interesting, but with some open spaces for some equally interesting quilting.

I love the second one too … find a heap of colorful but close matching fabrics, and start cutting, and place on a neutral background!

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January 15, 2021
Beaded Border 11, 12 from Virtual Quilter

Love just about every String of Beads quilt design I have seen, including the one above. And the one below!

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December 24, 2020
Christmas Beading 21, 22 from Virtual Quilter

Needs some quilting lines added, but being Christmas Eve there are a few other things to fill in my day … maybe by next Christmas!

I am always amazed how many ways one small shape can be repeated to create unique designs.

What if I draw tree outlines with the green beads, and add red decorations? Sounds like fun if I can find time in the next year!

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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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May 18, 2020
Quilting Thread and Beads 17, 18 from Virtual Quilter

Love it!

Who would have thought that one simple shape could lead to so many lovely designs?

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May 17, 2020
Beaded Border Strings 16, 17, 18 from Virtual Quilter

The design above was one of several I have in this project file which use the simplest border string, and a collection of the corner designs which I found, and I was curious enough this morning to see how many assorted String of Beads borders I had, and how many corners.

Well, there are twenty assorted strings for side borders, and over one hundred and twenty ways to get them around corners, and many of them will work for different side strings … in the second design all the corners will work for a single string in the centre of a ...

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May 15, 2020
Beaded Blocks and Borders 29, 30 from Virtual Quilter

That looks like a huge pile of beads to prepare and stitch, but experience tells me it is not as time consuming as it looks.

Not quite as many beads, but very interesting design.

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May 14, 2020
Beaded Borders 9, 10 from Virtual Quilter

I love playing with virtual beads … and love the results.

Love the simplicity of the straight lines of beads, and also the double swag border.

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March 15, 2020
Tangled String of Beads 30, 31, 32 from Virtual Quilter

Wish my jewelry looked this good when it is all tangled!

I have to admit that I sometimes enjoying untangling the real jewelry, but not when I am in a hurry to go out someplace special!

Love all of these three, but the last one is my favourite.

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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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January 12, 2020
Double Wedding String of Beads 14, 15, 16 from Virtual Quilter

I am always amazed that one simple shape can be used to make so many designs.

I think the one above is my favourite for today, but that is subject to change.

The last one could change my mind if I add some quilting … but I am trying hard not to lose concentration on sorting out my virtual block collection. All going well that job will be done by the end of the month!

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December 29, 2019
Beaded Fans 12, 13, 14 from Virtual Quilter


Love it.

Mind you, I should have redrawn the blocks so the beads met properly. I have redrawn the blocks, but I prefer using them in new designs!

I think I would prefer this one without the sashing, but it I do like it.

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