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August 5, 2021
String of Beads 13, 14 from Virtual Quilter

I love just about every String of Beads design I have ever seen, but the one above is one of the best ones.

However the one above is also a contender for entry into the favorites list., but this morning the first one is the winner.

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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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June 26, 2021
Beaded Borders 13, 14 from Virtual Quilter

This project file was started so I could play with beaded applique borders, in particular, getting around corners.

String of beads, no matter how I tangle them up, are my favourite traditional style applique quilts to play with virtually, as well as in real life.

The applique was originally turned applique, either needle turn or folded and tacked before stitching, but now I can fuse the beads onto the background, and stitch by hand or machine. The quickest is to use a narrow zigzag by machine, and I like buttonhole stitch by hand.

They would also be easy machine quilting ...

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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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April 12, 2020
Beads Again 5, 6 from Virtual Quilter


I love that the rather scrappy look in these designs uses just one multi coloured fabric, and when I save the blocks in My Library they appear as black. I have a picture in my head of the colouring elf in Electric Quilt throwing it’s hands into the air and saying “I give up, what colour can I use for this lot?”

I just want a roll of that fabric to cut up into little leaf shapes so I can scatter beads all over background fabrics

I love the second one!

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