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January 7, 2022
Double Wedding String of Beads 21, 22 from Virtual Quilter

As it is I would make this as a tablecloth for a large square table with room for two places on each side. No quilting involved.

However, if I was making it as a quilt there is lots of room for some wonderful quilting! I noticed as I was starting up Electric Quilt this morning that the hint was about using applique motifs as quilting motifs … now, that is a hint I should take note of!

The second design has some wide open spaces which need some quilting too.

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January 6, 2022
Beaded Borders 15, 16 from Virtual Quilter

I like the subdued colours in this project file.

Love the second design. I think it would look good in bright, or pretty, or even dramatic colour schemes, not just the subdued shown here.

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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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September 23, 2021
Tangled String of Beads 37, 38 from Virtual Quilter

Love it!

Like the second one too, despite the booboo of the border.

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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 11, 2021
Beaded Fans 17, 18 from Virtual Quilter

Interesting, though not really fan like.

I love the second one, though once again the fans are not obvious in the design,, but I am going to play with the centre bloc design to see if I can make them look more like fans.

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July 8, 2021
Bunch of Beads 21, 22 from Virtual Quilter

One simple shape … one multi coloured fabric plus a border fabric.

All those simple shapes could be cut from small scraps.

Of all the shapes I have used to design quilts, this simple shape would have to be the most versatile.

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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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June 17, 2021
String of Beads Roundabout 31, 32 from Virtual Quilter

Interesting. I like it, but would have to find just the right quilting to use in the centre.

My first thought is Double Wedding String of Bead outlines … with something in the centre.

That centre is what I was thinking of quilting in the first design!

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June 3, 2021
Beaded Blocks and Borders Batik 33, 34 from Virtual Quilter

Simply repeat blocks … not often I share a design with just one block, but I love the simplicity of this design.

The second design for today is more like my usual offerings, but I prefer the first one.

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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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May 2, 2021
Quilting Thread and Beads 23, 24 from Virtual Quilter

Love the first design for today.

The second one is interesting … and I rather like it!

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May 1, 2021
String of Beads 11, 12 from Virtual Quilter

Love String of Beads.

The original design was popular in the 1930s, when there was no fusible webbing and was all done by hand. Now the beads can be cut from fabric which has fusible webbing attached, ironed onto the background and easily machine stitched.

The designs would also make a great quilting motifs for both hand and machine quilters.

Speaking of hand quilting, what sort of needles do you use?

Jinny Beyer tells us what she uses.

I love the second design.

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April 22, 2021
Beaded Fans 17 from Virtual Quilter

I like it! Pretty and scrappy, or pretty scrappy.

In the second one I know what I was trying to do by adding the contrast fan fabric, but I know I chose the wrong fabric.

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March 26, 2021
Beads Again 7, 8 from Virtual Quilter

I love the design, but it is far too busy to make using scraps.

I like the second one, and it would be lovely with scraps.

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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 17, 2021
Beaded Border Strings 17, 18 from Virtual Quilter

In the design above I was playing with ways to get around corners with the beads, without getting them too tangled. I like the results.

Two designs, and ten ways to get around corners … this is FUN!

As you may know I like playing with quilting designs too, and I have found a great post on how to quilt applique blocks … and quilts.

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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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November 10, 2020
Beaded Fans 14, 15, 16 from Virtual Quilter

Love playing with beads … I fix, modify and make a few bits of jewellery from time to time, and have been known to add beads to a quilt, and of course, love appliqueing beads to quilts, both real and virtual.

Interesting, though the fans are not going to be very effective on a hot day.

Very interesting! Love it so far, but needs some work.

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