Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Decisions, decisions.....choosing lattice and border colors

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.....

"This is what my blocks look like, with no lattice or border," Peggy continued. "Now look at the next trial version."

     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, hold on, and see if you don't like this one the best," said Peggy. Petunia could hear some clicks on Peggy's end, and then her friend instructed her to refresh her screen. Petunia did, and this is what she saw:

"I love that one!" Petunia crowed. Chuckling, Peggy agreed. "The black really focuses the attention on my favorite batiks from my trip to Asia," she said. "I think this is what I'll stick with."

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     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!

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     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!

Love,

87 comments:

  1. I wish I quilted enough to justify using your software. Someday maybe when I can quit working!

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  2. Ohhhh! I've seen people having this on their side bar with they are doing quilt along BOTM's! I love it! Don't quilt too much and would love to join the BOTM's any maybe this would help me see that it won't look so busy when it's done!

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  3. Amazing how a color change in lattice makes the blocks pop.

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  4. I love the sashing tryouts, wish I had software that did that. I love to follow you and the lady at ole frog eyes. FUNNY and a party too.
    thanks again
    aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

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  5. I love the way the software helps "audition" fabrics!! wish I had one too :-(

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  6. This is such cool looking software. Thanks for the demo.

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  7. What a great idea, and so much simpler for making decisions

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  8. So nice to see you back at the Stash. I keep referring your site to others :)

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  9. Very cool makes life a lot easier when you have lots of neat tools at your service, thanks for letting us know about it.

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  10. I have always said "A quilter needs their tools and this is one neat tool! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. What an awesome software! It beats cutting the fabric and auditioning it on a design wall. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. What fun! So useful for making colour/sashing choices

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  13. How fun! Love seeing the difference that sashing and borders make!

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  14. Thanks for sharing. Now I have a new wish list for Christmas!

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  15. It's amazing what a change of sashing and/or borders can do. Thanks for showing this.

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  16. Well, it is clear that if I were to try this I would need my Guru sitting at my side. None of my quilting friends my age even have a computer!

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  17. Good Morning Jacque, adding more color to our world I see. Nice sashing choices.

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  18. Thank you for sharing this with us. The colors are absolutely beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity to win your giveaway.

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  19. Thanks for the resource - it's new to me! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity as well!

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  20. Thanks for sharing. It s fun to see how different colors effect the look of a quilt.

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  21. FYI - I tried to comment over at your very cute site but was continuosly 'redirected' and could not. Not sure if it is an issue on my end or yours! Anyway...thanks for sharing!
    Colleen

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  22. Love to see how the borders change the look of the quilt! Neat! I'm going to hop over by you too! Also great giveaway! Fun to see you as a Guess Blogger here! Marcia

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  23. Looks wonderful! And thanks for the chance for the giveaway!

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  24. Isn't it amazing how technology has changed - impacted - quilting! Just 20 years ago, you wouldn't have been able to try out different border colors in this way. Wonderful!

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  25. Wow. That looks like a wonderful program! Can't wait to look into it. Thanks! :-)

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  26. Going to look into that...I have EQ7 but must admit I'm not good at using it at all! Now off to check out your website

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  27. Well, isn't that just the neatest thing!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  28. This certainly can be hgelpful but most of my fun is playing with the fbrics and layouts in actuality. But it does increase the scraps pile! ;^)

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  29. Looks like a great program. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Thanks for showing us this fun way to pick colors for a quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  31. Love the computer program!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  32. I enjoy playing around in my quilting software as much as playing with fabric! But, I do have to say -- I liked the orange lattice work best. LOL! Have a happy day! :)

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  33. Wow! What a great website think of all the knees, backs and headaches it will save.

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  34. This is great! So useful and a whole lot easier on your knees! LOL Thanks!

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  35. While I enjoyed seeing the different lattices, the tutorial was even more helpful --- going to give it a try. Thanks.
    quiltschon@att.net

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  36. What a great and useful program!! Those days of crawling on the floor are over for me as well@ Thanks!!

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  37. Love it!. Thanks so much for sharing a great idea. My knees and back thank you too.

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  38. I would to play around with this new toy. Thanks so many times for sharing this information. Judy C in NC

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  39. This looks like a ton of fun:) Once I figure out the whole quilting thing, maybe I can look more closely at it!

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  40. What a great website. I am going to go check it out. Fan4may at aol dot com

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  41. So fun to preview your layouts. Thank you. Dee; jessibir@hickorytech.net

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  42. What a difference the colors of your sashings and boarders make to a quilt. What a great program. No more laying everything on the floor or a bed to look at it.

    lsandes@comcast.net

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  43. What a quick and easy way to view your options- and get other's opinions too.

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  44. This is really cool! Such a great way to keep up with your progress.

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  45. This is an amazing quilt program. It would certainly eliminate the cat hair that seems to collect when I lay out my quilt top on the bed.

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  46. I love it that technology has given us such wonderful options!! Fun to see them all.

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  47. The quilt program does look like it makes it so much easier than putting the squares out and changing sashing too.

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  48. Yep, black is the best. If it were mine, I'd also include bits of the color from the blocks within the black border. Maybe little squares but color! 8-)

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  49. I love the color combinations and the choices.

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  50. So cool! Thanks for sharing!

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  51. What a fun, useful software program! Wish I had one, too!

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  52. What a great way to visualize your quilt!

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  53. What a great to see you quilts before you sew them. Someday, I hope to have the time to use the programs and actually get the sewing done. Bonnie in Iowa

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  54. My google account would not let me sign in, so here is my email address browne426@hotmail.com Bonnie in Iowa

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  55. This is cool. I really struggle with color pairing.... I doubt myself all the time. This program can remove a lot of the crazy guess work.

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  56. Wow, how cool to be able to see the differences and make the right choice!

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  57. The software is great! It's amazing how just changing the color of the borders changes the look of the quilt.

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  58. I wish I had software like this...sure makes a difference before you get too far into the quilt making process

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  59. That is a cool tool! Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  60. What a neat idea - who would have thought a "cool tool" would be a design wall? Totally awesome.

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  61. Thank YOU so MUCH for sharing this tool! Just as soon as I clean out my quilt room...I'm going to BUY a subscription and get all my UFO's done!
    Hugs!!!
    Kim ♥

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  62. Love your "cool tool"! Thanks for the neat trick for catching up on quilt-a-long squares and your generous giveaway.

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  63. I've been quilting for a few years, and belong to a quilt guild and an online quilting group, and I've never heard about OleFrogEyes before! I'm off to check it out....
    Thanks for the info!
    P.S. I've signed up to "follow" you - who knows what else I'm missing?

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  64. Love this virtual design wall tool!!!! Can't wait to share it with my friends!

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  65. Thanks for sharing your "Cool Tool" and the giveaway :)

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  66. I just love this...thanks for sharing...

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  67. Neat program. Thanks for sharing.

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  68. Thanks for showing us Ole Frog Eyes... takes up a lot less space in the studio than multiple design walls... lol ... Great giveaway- would love to have it be my first win!

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  69. I love this!! It looks great!

    suzannebake@gmail.com

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  70. What a great tool - it sure would take up a lot less space - on the floor in my case!

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  71. Thanks for showing the virtual design walls and all that can be done. I always enjoy the people I meet on Stash Manicure!

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  72. What an amazing tool for auditioning block placement and sashings (not to mention less back aches and rug burns from crawling around on the carpet, LOL)!!! Love it, thanks for sharing it with us.

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  73. What a great program. Sure wish I had it while doing the blocks for my latest quilt!

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  74. Brilliant software. Looks user friendly and may even be "Dianne proof" (LOL)!!

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  75. I am a follower of Lilypadquilting. Thanks for the chance.

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  76. Thanks for the share. The software is awesome! What a nice way to try out a look and make decisions so easily.
    I learned about your site from Pots and Pins and have added you to my list of reads.
    Thanks!

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  77. that is a really cool program! Thanks for a chance to win - laurie

    llsbaskets@comcast.net

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  78. This will help a great way for anyone wanting to audition their BOMs or any other quilts, for that matter.

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  79. Oh my goodness!!... I love this!!
    I just discovered your delightful blog tonight, and want to see and know more!!
    (not getting to bed early tonight, I can see! LOL!)
    I just LOVE seeing how the changes "Peggy" made to her virtual quilt made decisions so clear, and easy to audition!
    ... Now, to go back and read more!...
    Patty T.

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