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February 09, 2012
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Creating stunning spiral quilts that you saw in Episode 1003 can be child's play with the aid of RaNae's super helpful tips. RaNae has done all of the hard work for you in her book Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts.  She has even included a CD with print-out templates.

1. Begin with color-Select three or four colors that play nicely together, but then add a "kicker" -one that does doesn't mix quite with all the rest.  A small amount of kick adds excitement.

2. Blend and Separate-To make each spiral unit hold together you need fabrics that blend.  To define different spokes, you need fabrics that separate.

3. Pay attention to pattern-  Solid colors, monochrome textures or tone on tone create solid spokes with clearly defined edges.  Small to medium size patterns that are fairly dense are the best.  In most cases you will be cutting fabric in narrow triangles, so you want the pattern to be seen as much as possible.

4. Accuracy Counts- Pencil and pen widths vary widely, so use the same pencil or pen consistently throughout the drawing process to keep the lines and measurements accurate. 

5. Keep it Consistent- When photocopying be sure to make all the copies from the same original on the same machine at the same time, since different machines can have different reduction/distortion rates.



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