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Welcome to the Quilt GalleryPreviously Featured Artist
Elsie Vredenburg

Quilt Artist, Teacher, Pattern Designer

Elsie began quilting while in high school but wasn't hit with the quilting bug until 1976 when she decided to commemorate the bicentennial with a quilt. Since then Elsie has won many award for her quilts and she names the following among the most significant to her: the Best of show at 200th anniversary of Coast Guard, 1 second and 2 third place at AQS in Paducah, and awards from AIQA, NQA, Quilters Heritage Celebration. She jokes about using the "poor man's scanner" to design her quilts ( in SPLIT ROCK SUNSET quilt notes).

Elsie says: "As far as using the computer for design, I use Electric Quilt for traditional designs. Sometimes for my pictorials, I'll scan a photo and import it into Corel Draw, then draw over it on another layer to get a basic outline of the picture, then print it the size I want it. It's on several pages, and is like a rough draft. The main reason for doing it is to keep the proportions when I enlarge it. I've also tried out borders for the pictorials by designing a border in EQ3, leaving the large center block blank, exporting to Corel Draw, and placing it behind the scanned photo. Gives me an approximation of how the completed quilt will look. Though I hand draw my patterns, the lettering (cut & paste) is done by computer, and the instruction sheets. I also do my quilt labels, mostly with Corel Draw and print directly to fabric with my laser printer. I heat set the label with a hot iron. I've washed one and it came out pretty good. I don't know what the life of a label done that way is, though. I'm sure if that toner was on a good white shirt it would be permanent "

1996, 48" x 60"

One of my favorite subjects for pictorial quilts is lighthouses. The computer was used in a couple of ways in designing this quilt. At the time, I didn't have a scanner, so I used what a friend calls the "poor man's scanner". I traced the outline of the important features onto a clear plastic notebook insert, taped that over my computer monitor, got out my drawing program (Corel Draw!) and drew following the lines I had traced. The resulting drawing was pretty rough, but good enough to give me the correct proportions. This was printed in the desired size, tiling so that it printed on several pages which I then taped together. I put tracing paper over this and continued the drawing by hand. Secondly, I used one of the Mariner's Compass designs in EQ3 as a starting point, printed it the desired size, and then started changing it. Since I wanted no curved lines in the quilt, I re-drew the curves into straight lines, and extended the compass points to the edge of the block to eliminate the setting circle. The same compass design was enlarged (by hand) to form the background of the lighthouse. The border design was inspired by an antique quilt which I saw at about the same time.

50 x 65, 1995
machine pieced & quilted.
We live in a rural area of Michigan where wild turkeys abound. As my favorite season is fall, this one is taking a stroll to enjoy the beautiful colors. Again the computer was used to draw over a tracing of a turkey and printed to the size I wanted. The rest was hand drawn.

BacktoTop.gif (1013 bytes)Learn more about Elsie Vredenburg at her website at: QUILTS BY ELSIE

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