Saturday, 20 August 2011

Interested in a Dead Simple QAL?

I'm wondering about a Dead Simple Quiltalong. Anyone fancy joining me? My idea is to make a Dead Simple Quilt, very quick, very easy. BUT the interesting thing will be the palette. Here are the Dead Simple Quiltalong posts to date.



As you all know, putting together colours and fabrics does not come at all easily to me. I often stick to one line for saftey's sake, which probably means that the quilts I make are a little bit too safe, making them a bit blah.


If you are a beginner quilter, this QAL will be perfect for you because it will be Dead Simple. If you are a more advanced quilter, I would love you to quilt along and give input, ideas and advice on colour choice and fabric mixing.


Here's my thinking. Each person picks one palette from Design-Seeds (or any other palette maker or makes their own palette) and then rummages around in their stash for a selection of fabrics matching that palette. We then all make a Dead Simple Quilt where the palette, not the piecing, is the star of the show.


If you are interested in joining in, let me know in a comment and keep your eye on the blog for more news. I'll probably get started some time in September or October. And please bear in mind the following information taken from the Design Seeds FAQ page if you are intending to use a palette from that site. In short, you can show a Design Seeds Palette on your blog but must link the image back to the original blogpost and must not alter the image in any way. You cannot reproduce Design Seeds images on Flickr.


93 comments:

  1. I have never done a QAL, but Dead Simple seems to be a good place to start!

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  2. Thanks for the link to Design Seeds, brilliant.

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  3. I would love to do it! Since it is dead simple i will see of some of my newbie quilter friends are interested too! Fun!

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  4. I'll be finishing up the Across the Sea QAL in October, so October would be ideal. Are we supposed to stick to solids or mix in prints?

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  5. YES! I have thought of doing this many times, and it would be fun to do as a qa. I've been following Design Seeds on facebook. . .

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  6. I would love to join you as I would love to learn more about colour and using it to its best effect but October sounds better than September...

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  7. this sounds like fun! i love the idea of simple and of working from a palette

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  8. I LOVE those little design seeds palettes! I have them pop up on my Facebook page so I can get my daily fix of color :) I most certainly do not need one more thing to sew, but I'm very intrigued with your idea... I'm thinking...

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  9. I might be in, will have to see if I can find me a color palette to go with.

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  11. I second Ella. The Across the Sea QAl ends in October, so I would be able to jump into this one in October.

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  12. Wow, thanks so much for posting a link to the Design Seeds blog - I've never looked at it before. I think it sounds like a great idea for folks to assemble their own "collections." I'm like you - I usually stick to collection quilting, so I'm definitely up for a challenge with picking my own fabrics.

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  13. I love pomegranate hues and as I just bought all kona cotton charm packs (for solid swap) I will have many colours left to play with. I'm in!

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  14. I'm in! You had me at dead simple .....

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  15. I've only been quilting for a few months and have never done a quilt-along, so this seems like a great place to start AND to exercise my skills in mixing and matching colors. I'm actually due with my first kid in November, so depending on when the QAL starts I may end up dropping out partway through, but I'd love to participate as much as I can anyways!

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  16. Great idea! I'm going to dither at the moment - I'll go to design seeds and see what catches my eye and have a look in my stash/look at an upcoming show. If I don't actually do any stitching I'll definitely follow and join in the discussion, if that's allowed?!

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  17. I love this idea. Color palettes are my favorite thing in the world.

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  18. Wow Lynne...it is like you are reading my mind! Would be all for joining a color palette QAL. Ive been interested in playing with solids and color lately. Late Sept or Oct sounds great!

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  19. What is a dead simple quilt? Is there a picture?

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  20. Dead Simple? Beginner? You've got my attention! Your proposed approach to choosing colours and fabrics sounds fun to me.

    Do tell ...

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  21. Looks like a great plan! :)

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  22. Sure, I'd do it! Pulling fabrics based on a desired palette is actually one of my favourite parts of the process. I can feel a little suffocated by use of a single line fora project. So this would be a nice change of pace from my Loulouthi hexies in more ways than one :)

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  23. dead simple is always a good thing! Thanks for the link to design seed I had not seen that site before, very cool!

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  24. Looks like fun, I will watch for more info.

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  25. sounds like fun Lynne! I might do something more like placemats or some of ayumi's baskets...I can't handle more quilts. But I love the idea of a color challenge.

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  26. This sounds great, especially for those who are timid about selecting fabrics and are not confident with mixing colors--my favorite things! I'm going to love following along and seeing what others do. Maybe, I'll be tempted to join in on the fun, but I've got my hands full for now.

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  27. Oh yes please, I love Design Seeds.

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  28. I love this idea but I'm confused. Is it going to be a pattern we all follow or everyone does their own thing?

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  29. Great idea Lynne! Did you know you can make those colourards from your own pictures in bighugelabs? Just choose the Color Palette Generator. It’s fun to play with!

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  30. Paige - there is going to be a pattern.

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  31. I am definitely interested, depending on my time around when you start this. My little one's due date has been moved up to the end of September now, and it all depends on how much sleep I am getting, and all that. I may have to do it on my own pace and link up after everyone else is finished, but I love the idea!!

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  32. I'm interested. I've done one QAL, and I'm always willing to try new things.

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  33. I'm in (I hope) but I'm not sure how much sewing time I'll have once school starts. My palate tends to come from " whatever's on sale"!

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  34. I am interested in knowing more - how's that for a commitment - LOL No, seriously, I am intrigued. Choosing colors is one of the more intimidating aspects of quilting for me, so this may be just what I need. Off to check out the Design Seed sight.

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  35. Dear Lynne, you're always giving us inspiration!!
    I'm very interested in this project but depends when you will start it! for awhile, I will go to Design Seeds and Huglabs to choose a pallet, so if I could join in, I will have an idea to my quilt.
    Thank you, Lynne!
    Hugs from Brazil!!

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  36. I'd love to join this QAL.
    Sept-Oct would be good!

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  37. I love a quilt along but find it hard to fit them in so a dead simple one sounds great. Design seeds is great for colour inspiration. Another idea is the paint shop cards.

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  38. I love this idea. I'm not sure I can participate immediately because have six different projects that need to get finished up in the next couple months, but I would love to try. I love Design Seeds and am frequently pinning from their site. It's fabulous.

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  39. ooh yes ... you know me and colour ... and dead simple, come to think of it .... I'm IN!

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  40. I love, love,love Design Seeds and check it out every day! I'd be very interested in a QAL as I have never done one.

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  41. I'd join in for sure... colour is scary in quilts.

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  42. I'll be watching to see what you have to offer! I do love Design Seeds - luscious combinations!
    cjnid

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  43. Totally in-I need experience with color palette for sure! Sounds like such a good time! I may have to buy my colors though

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  44. I've never heard of design seeds. Sounds interesting. A little interested in a QAL - will see what inspires when the time comes... and time permitting of course - so many wonderful things to try - so little time!!

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  45. I am interested but I am not sure I understand how this works. I have done QAL but not heard of Design Seeds.

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  46. Love the idea of focusing on color rather than piecing. That would be a stretch for me. Let's go!

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  47. I have never heard of Design Seeds, but I am interested in the QAL!

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  48. Went and browsed at their blog and they really get your creative eye working!!

    I want to do it! Wondering what the pattern will be;)

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  49. This sounds so fun...I love the idea of picking one of these color palettes as the whole inspiration for a quilt!

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  50. Sure I'll play if I've popped my baby out by then. If not, I'll play later!

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  51. I think I'm in . . . as a matter of fact, I have a painting in my family room I've been wanting to match colors to and come up with something . . .

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  52. Yes please! I have a colour palette I've been considering for a while now so would love an excuse to give it a try and see if it works. :)

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  53. I find it impossible to resist anything you suggest Lynne - need that doctors appointment NOW! Sounds great and thanks for the heads up on Design Seeds! I like to push myself out of my comfort zone!

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  54. Sounds good, I am a huge fan of letting the fabric (or colours) shine rather than the design necessarily.

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  55. I have never done a QAL, but Dead Simple seems to be a good place to start! I´m happy about Paige´s question about the pattern and Your answer - now I know. Hopefully the language wont be a problem.
    I would love to try this - so I´m in!

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  56. Yes and Yes! Count me in. I'm such a novice when it comes to colours, I tend to stick to 'safe' choices but I'd love to experiment a bit. This sounds like a brilliant idea - thanks!

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  57. Hi there - this sounds intriguing! I'm off now to have a look at Design Seeds. I'm not a beginner quilter, but I have terrible trouble finishing things, so the "very quick" part has me sold!
    Thanks for (another) great idea

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  58. I am interested in joining. I will watch for more info.

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  59. i can't wait. i have already picked my inspiration palette at design seeds. this is going to be fun.

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  60. Ooh, I just started my own quilt along where this idea would work so great. And my palette looks like pomegranate hues. Can't wait to see your plan for the quilt itself.

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  61. This looks like fun! My first quilt AND first QAL. Thanks for putting this on! Looking forward to it!

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  62. I'm in! Off to go find a pretty palette!

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  63. I'm interested if the quilt is pretty modern looking

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  64. Sound like fun count me in. Off to find my colour palette. - cannot wait for this to start.

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  65. OMG Lynne what are you doing to me. I'm just backfrom my hols and trying to catch up. I really struggle with colours so normally get Ethne to help me so this is a brill idea but it's finding the time to fit it in.

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  66. Sounds good, I'll give it a try.

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  67. Oouuuuuu, really want to do this!!! I will be watching for posts!!!

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  68. I am in!! i am thinking sequins brights for my palet

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  69. This sounds doable, even in the run up to Christmas and thanks for the link to Design Seeds, great site :)

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  70. This could be my first quilt along!

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  71. I've never tried a QAL before either, so I'm very excited about having a go!!

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  72. This sounds fun. The hardest part is picking my palette. Count me in! I'm trying to get a girlfriends to join me as well.

    Kathryn
    rkhemstead@genext.net

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  73. Hi! I'd like to join this one, too! I love the whole focus on the color palette thing. Sounds like fun!!

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  74. I fear that I can make Dead Simple into complex instead. Perhaps this is just what I need! Now to choose a palette! Thanks for the invite, Alethea

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  75. Sure, why not! Count me in. It'll give me a chance to step out of the box with color and try to experiment a bit.

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  76. I have never participated in a QAL. Dead Simple sounds great. Looking forward to getting started.

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  77. I've never made a quilt before but would love to and I'd love to join in but we are having our bathroom updated and the house is being taken over by tools etc. When it is finished (whenever that fine day may be) I have promised myself to tackle this. I'll be back. :)

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  78. I'm a wantobe quilter...I think this might be my motivation to stop saying I think I can and actually DO.

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  79. Oh Lily I am still a WanToBe Quilter I hate to say. But I've been really ill lately and haven't had the energy to do anything at all. But I really would love to join your QAL and hope to keep up-to-date with it.

    Thank you so much for doing this.

    Patti xxx

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  80. I'd love to do this as my first quilt along. October would be great. My only problem is choosing just one palette!

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  81. I'll join your quiltalong. I picked the fall spectrum color palate - don't have a quilting blog, but maybe I'll figure out how to "flickr" or whatever the final prints I have chosen to match the colors on my palate. It'll be interesting starting with prepicked colors, and having to match them from my pile of fabric. I don't want to buy for this quilt. wish me luck?

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  82. I am a little late to the party but with a request from my son for a quilt I figured this was the perfect project. He has just been and picked his pallet, "Berry Blues". Can't wait to find some fabrics to match.

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  83. What a fun QAL. I am swamped with projects, but since this one is simple and I need another quilt for a family gift, I think I'll join in. I have posted a link from my blog too. Can't wait to see what everyone's color pallet is, and how their quilt turns out. : )

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  84. Those are pretty color combos. It reminds me of the paint color samples at the hardware store and you can get some that show nice color pallettes too.

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