January 23rd, 2012

nearly lone star quiltr

The social aspect of having a blog is odd. There are people you talk to often, keep up with their kids and daily goings on and sometimes you haven’t the faintest idea of what they look like. I’m still uncomfortable getting to know people online, having existed before the internet made that normal, but I’m getting better at it. Slowly, there are many people that I call my friends, not my “friends.”

pinwheel quiltr

Dorie is one of those people. She is a ridiculously talented knitter and a damn fine quilter too. With her quilting knowledge and a background in coding, Dorie has made something new and fantastic: Quiltr. Quiltr is a tool for quilters to play with colors and patterns before they start a quilt, but it is also a super fun, crafty video game. In it, you choose a quilt pattern (zig zag, lone star, etc) then you can plug in not only colors, but photos from you flickr stream.

double irish chain quiltr

If you a crazy person (like me) who takes pictures of your fabric, well then your next quilt is practically made already. But I have found playing with pictures I’ve taken to be the most fun. It’s got me running off to Spoonflower to design fabrics–something I’ve wanted to do on and off for years. It’s also got me sewing actual quilt squares! Ok, so I really could go on (and on) about Quiltr, but you probably want to go play with it yourselves. So do! and stop on by tumbling blocks while you are at it and tell Dorie what a superstar she is!

edited to add: there is a quiltr flickr group now too!


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4 Responses to quiltr

  1. Dorie says:

    omg, your quiltr quilts look fabulous! Do you know how cool it is to see what someone else has done with this? Thank you!

  2. erin says:

    it is fun, right?!?
    seriously, that dorie. she’s fantastically smart and talented. and fun to have coffee with (in case anyone was wondering). i have been playing with quiltr a ton. ad.dict.tive.

  3. Whoa! How amazing are these? I’ll admit too that i take photos of some of my fabric.

    I’ll also admit that its a weird conundrum of having ‘online friends’- it feels like you know them, but in reality you might not even recognize them if you passed them on the street! I also think it’s so neat to be able to connect with other people around the world whom share your same interests.

  4. I am officialy behind on blogs, making, and anything that isn’t flickr, work-writing, and being a tired, sick person taking care of tiny tired, sick people. But I’m glad I popped over here, finally, to get the dirt on this one–and more info on your potholders. I am sooo intimidated by quilting. and also I so want to try it. and this stuff makes it seem possible, so thanks.