Note: This giveaway has closed.....Marj was our winner! Congratulations, Marj! You'll be getting an email from Snoodles soon!Thanks to everyone who played along, and thank you Madame Samm for letting us post!
Ribbit! And a giveaway, too!
When we last left Peggy and Petunia, they were excitedly discussing Pamela's quilts that they saw on OleFrogEyes, the virtual design wall for quilters. They left the Purple Polka Dot Bees quilt guild meeting, determined to sign up for OleFrogEyes when they got home to their computers......
The next day, Peggy telephoned Petunia. "Quick!" she sputtered. "Go to OleFrogEyes and look at the gallery! Click on my name, and look at my quilt in progress!"
You may recall that on OleFrogEyes, members can create up to six quilts at a time, and upload photos of their blocks to actually "build" their quilt in cyberspace. Their quilting buddies can follow and admire their progress by simply opening their portion of the gallery.
Petunia hurriedly clicked a few buttons and found herself looking at Peggy's quilt in progress. "What is the matter with this?" she asked. "It looks wonderful." Peggy replied, "Thank you, but I just wanted you to see what we can do with this design wall software. Look at these examples I have posted in my gallery."
Petunia looked at the first entry.....
Petunia looked, and saw that Peggy had added lattice in between her blocks:
"That really makes the blocks stand out nicely," said Petunia. "But I'm not so sure about that orangey-red color for the lattice!" "Me neither," responded Peggy. "Try the third one!"
Petunia clicked on the third quilt in Peggy's gallery and saw this:
"Isn't this the MOST fun?" giggled Peggy. "Instead of crawling around on the floor and trying to put pieces of fabric between my blocks, I just click on the color palette and choose the value that I want - dark or light. Then I can even make the intersections of the lattice a different color, to see if I like it!"
"I see that," agreed Petunia. "Let's see what it looks like with a border!" And with a few mouse clicks this is what they were looking at:
Now, we hope that you have enjoyed seeing how easy and fun it is to use OleFrogEyes to audition colors for lattice and borders, and make your decisions for your quilts. There is another way that the virtual design wall can assist you in your layout - check out Petunia's first try at arranging her blocks:
See how there is a lot of pink and purple concentrated in one corner of her quilt? OleFrogEyes can show you problematic areas and let you re-arrange them, before you sew your rows together, and then have to use your seam ripper!
We'd like to thank one of the quilters in our OleFrogEyes community, who graciously loaned us the photos from her beautiful Sylvia's Sampler quilt to use in our Stash Manicure post - Joy Denise has six quilts posted on the design wall site, and they are all lovely. In fact, one of her quilts is the last tip we want to leave you.....she wanted to make a Civil War quilt that others had started some weeks earlier in a quilt along. She discovered that the group was on block # 25, so the first week she sewed block #25, and went back to sew block #1 as well. The following week she completed block #26 and block #2. Aww, this may be confusing - let's just look at her quilt!
See how she is going to catch up? And OleFrogEyes makes it possible for her to see her progress, audition colors for lattice and borders, and even ensure that she doesn't crowd one area with the same color!
Now, everybody loves a giveaway, right? So leave us a comment here, and then quick like a froggie, hop over to Lilypadquilting, and see what's going on! There's a whole giveaway package to be won - fat quarters and pattern (from Dewberry Lane) and notions, oh my! Comments at both places will be entered into the random number drawing! The contest will remain open through midnight tonight, July 26, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 27.
Thanks, Madame Samm! We've enjoyed being here to tell everyone about our "cool tool" for quilting!