See lots re quilt patterns in:
Canes-Instr > Quilt (for many patterns)
Onlay (for Bargello)


(many of the websites listed here haven't been changed to their new URL's,
but they can be found elsewhere on GlassAttic, esp. on the two pages listed above)


newsgroup t-shirt with slices from 20 members (lots of quilt & other cane slices --see below for some details)
Quilt School -- main page
Dora's crazy quilt technique (with LS "stitches") 3)
Quinn's onlay "pieced" patterns (creates sheet, then shapes)
Judith Skinnerís site
Jenny Pís quilt earrings and pins (two albums)
Kellie's quilt patterns
Helen McCaw's (gradation canes)
*Kim Korringa's canes (flowers, faces, quilt, still life, cats, fish, misc.)
Maureen's quilt? on chair

Nora Jean's kente cloth
Rebecca's tiny quilt fabric

Trip Around the World, etc., rainbow Skinner patterns: All (I used) is a (bunch of different colored) lace (logs to create my cane).. But the difference is I used tiny skinner logs for it!! :-) Mia
NOTE: better links for these are in Canes-Instructions > Quilts (can enter as GUEST, then copy rainbowquilt.html after polymerclay/)
Alan V's Latin Square (trip around the world) cane lesson... with secondary pattern at edges

Debi's patchwork-type switchplates
(website gone)


<<Wow, I'm a quilter & would love to know what patterns you've been able to reproduce with pc.


As a (sort-of-former) quilter, I've been interested too in the loads of quilt patterns that can be transferred to the clay arena. . . in fact, almost anything.† When you think of it, piecing is pretty much what we do to make canes (it's just that the "pieces" are long and skinny instead of 2-dimensional . . . on the other hand, there are no seam allowances to mess with!!! . . . yes!)

Start out with easy ones, like pinwheel, or a 4- or 9-patch with squares and triangles only.† Reduce them with as little distortion as possible and recombine, or add a plain or patterned square to alternate it with, or surround with a thin border before combining to simulate a lattice.† Using graph paper to cut the squares/rectangles, or using a Klay Gun, both help with accuracy; also make sure your clays are of the same consistency before reducing (to help avoid distortion).

The most important thing to make sure of when "piecing" clay is that the corner edges of each piece/log meet when joining-- if not, you'll end up with a bit of color oozing over into the wrong place, which is a bigger problem than distortion.† I use a kind of zipper motion when joining.† Begin at the bottom and make sure they're really lined up, then zip them together slowly with your joining log kind of bent back, making sure they stay lined up as you press them together all the way up.† This is true for the Klay Gun skinny logs, as much as the short, fat logs that others use to make a block (then reduce a lot).

The best tip I know about making quilt canes though is to use very bright and/or contrasting colors, especially if you are going to reduce the cane much.† The colors will appear much duller when reduced and the pattern just won't show up well.† I noticed this when I took a class with Citizen Cane.

One of my first quilt canes was Trip Around the World with 25 squares, and although it did distort, it still looked impressive to me, and I was hooked (see below).† Judith Skinner has done a number of quilt squares and you can see them on her website

Also, there is a t-shirt which about 20 of us from the newsgroup contributed slices for which has some of Judith's quilt blocks, as well as from others, and from me.† See the link to it above.

Some of the slices I sent that I can still see in my faded† :-(† t-shirt are (from the top):

a striped, pink/purple pinwheel

tiny log cabin combo next to it

pink-green-black square near that and near 2 of my faces

an Amish black and jewel tones next to my black kid

yellow-bordered Trip Around the World

pink and turq. pinwheels

*4 sailboats with pink lattice

black, turq. & white Ohio Star

(most of mine are faces though)

* I used a mini-foundation pattern for this one--they work pretty well for "pictures" but really best for things which are okay with straight lines; if you simulate curves like for a bird or something, they just look crooked).

There's also Diana Crick's new "quilt and clay" website which someone already mentioned to you




<<† Lynnele sent me to a website where I downloaded about a book of info on pc and† quilt-type pattern variations.† Have you done any? >>

Well, I did all those ones I mentioned in my post for the t-shirt (the website is still there--I checked--and there are many other quilt squares too that others made).† I' ve also made more, but not a lot and nothing very complicated.

I did use slices from my quilt canes two different times in the quilting arena though:

In the first, I appliqued a large branchy pine tree of a green-on-green fabric onto a background of snow and sky-with-stars.†
. . . Then I sewed on about 20 caned quilt slices for the "ornaments."... think I put a short eye pin in the top of each (somewhat thick) slice, then sewed that to the fabric so they would dangle a bit.† This was for my quilt group's annual Christmas block exchange. ...could have glued them on instead, I suppose, especially if I'd used a strong white glue like one for attaching jewels to fabric like Gem Tac, Jewel-It, etc.
....Therese May's very heavily embellished wall quilts using lots of polymer slices & small beads, as well as ordinary buttons:
Lori G's abstract forms (beads, found objects, embroidery, wire on an art quilt)

...Barbara McKie's art quilts using (appliqued) onlaid polymer clay (mokume gane shape attached with delica beads) and

†††† The other thing I made was an item for our San Jose Quilt Museum's auction.† It was a small (10"?) fake xmas tree, spiralled with a pearl garland, from which hung most of the same quilt cane slices (as ornaments) I used for the project above.† I created hangers for each slice as if preparing to make earrings (some of them had fancy tiny beads).† It sold for around $25-30, so I was happy enough.

†††† Oh I also covered a small wooden needlecase, and I covered a pen with quilt canes (& made a stand with "stripes" slices on empty wooden spools) for the same Auction. Diane

Tumbling Blocks pattern (see more on these in Canes-Instr. > Quilt)

--Judith Skinnerís site--

This is a very simple design, but is one of the most difficult to execute well. It consists of a single diamond shape. With a varied placement of colors, one can create an optical illusion of cubes, stars, hexagons, or diamonds. Most common is the illusion of stacked cubes, as shown here .

†† ******her Nine Patch design (I like--similar to my unfinished one in cloth) with lattices and tiny nine-patch cornerstones DB

Seminole Patchwork (a multiple chevron pattern)

Cynthia Tinapple's polymer seminole (sort-of lesson) --DB add more

(seminole strip used as inlay)

to make fabric yoyo's . . . .this liquid clay option would bw more durable (lesson)
...cut fabric circles without the turn-under selvage you usually cut out for a fabric yo yo. . . squeegee your fabric with liquid clay on the wrong side... work on wax or freezerpaper... the liquid clay with permeate the fabric and act like a glue ...let it rest and set up a bit; it does seem to air dry... then fold the edge of your circles up to the center
...for a quilt on a doll's lap.... stick the yoyo's side-to-side on aluminum foil draped on the dolls lap....bake the whole thing (doll and yo yo's) on a base ...slide out foil. faun
...real yo yo quilt piecing (two tone) & lesson
...Joan's yo yos used individually as flowers (& xmas tree) (gone)

(see Mosaics or see Canes-Instr./Quilts & Tessellations)

Sam's needlcases, with covered magnet in lid (could use PVC pipe, tiny bottles or tiny wooden needlecases, etc. too --though with wood, wet sanding can make the wood swell)

I covered left over scraps of copper pipe (just big enough if you want to get something out you can put your finger down in it without getting stuck) and then made a lid. These were so can cover the magnet with clay and it will still you can't see the magnet... it's magic. The red/orange thingie is a piece of that Japanese paper that I have with a layer of trans over it. Just kept adding clay to the back until the trans layer was thing enough to cover but you could see all the design on the paper.! Connie's idea about dating them is a good one...I would have never thought of that but it make a souviner from the convention even better. I hope to make some more of these and get them out in the bead, yarn and fabric shops in the area (as well as the sewing convention). Sam

I have made several needle cases using the mini bottles you can get at polymer clay express. Kathy

gift for quilters (also in Gifts--remove from later?)
~I cover (film canisters) with clay then take fabric over polyfil and shove in the end. I get a quick pin cushion...gini
...I have a bunch of those (without clay coverings) that I made for portable pin cushions when I was quilting, but I put sand in mine. Besides helping with stability, the sand is supposed to help sharpen and prevent rust on the needles/pins, I think. I remember the little "strawberry" that was attached to the tomato pin cushions long ago...that's where I got the idea... I just used a disk of nice fabric, filled it with sand, and jammed it down into the film canister, attaching with hot glue. I don't remember now just how I managed to do that, but remember futzing around with it till I discovered a way . . . think maybe I did part of it upside down? . . . .Covered ones might make good sellers! You could make needle cases to match, or even polymer-headed pins . Diane B.

.. . Once you get the hang of making "clay couches" (see BeginnersKids/Sculpting for more info & lessons), you can change the shape of the back (or sides/arms) of the can make a little quilt to use as a can adapt them many fun & unique ways. I like doing them and they're terrific for gifts, too! Carla