If you want to decorate a quilting block, you can either sew an applique to it or embroider it. This must be done before adding the block to the quilt.
You can also marble blocks. Marbled blocks can be used by themselves, embroidered, appliqued, or cut into appliques.
You can buy ready-made appliques, or you can make them from other quilting blocks - making them requires a pair of sharp scissors, an applique pattern and some skill in crafts.arts.design:
>cut quilting block into shape from applique pattern book You confidently start to cut your white cotton quilting block. You finish cutting out the applique and discard the excess material.
Applique adjectives may include: none, frayed, lopsided, crooked, uneven, large, neatly cut, delicately cut, expertly cut, beautifully cut, mystical (crescent moon), pointy (diamond), distorted (diamond), carelessly cut (square), deformed (star), poorly cut (star), simple (triangle, star).
This applique can then be sewn (requiring a threaded quilting needle) to a quilting block:
>applique applique to block with quilting needle You confidently start to applique your neatly cut diamond applique to your white cotton quilting block. You finish appliqueing the white cotton quilting block.
This uses the crafts.materials.needlework skill.
You can only attach one applique to a block.
Appliqued blocks have a variety of appearances:
This <applique> sits on a background of <expanded fabric description>. The applique has been cut from <expanded fabric description> and <adverb> stitched to the block with <colour> thread.
This <applique> has been crafted from <expanded fabric description>. It is stitched in <colour> thread to a <adjective> background of <expanded fabric description>.
This <short fabric description> quilting block has been decorated with a <applique>. The applique itself is cut from <expanded fabric description> and is stitched with <colour> thread.
This <short fabric description> quilting block is decorated with a <applique> cut from <expanded fabric description>. The two are sewn together with <adjective> <colour> stitches.
For the stitching, adverbs include: messily, inexpertly, neatly, expertly. Adjectives include: messy, untidy, tidy, neat, dainty.
For the background, adjectives normally seem to include: dull, plain, uninteresting. If a special quilting block is used for the background, adjectives can include: pretty. If a patterened quilting block (the type sold in shops) is used, adjectives can include: nice.
This butterfly applique has been crafted from silver grey silk. It is stitched in green thread to a nice background of pale purple silk decorated with small broomsticks.
You can also embroider a block with a pattern or with text. A block can have up to one pattern and one piece of text embroidered on it.
Once in a quilt, a block that has been embroidered will look something like this:
This quilting block is made from brass-coloured cotton. It has been embroidered with a single grey daisy. "Hello" has been written on the block in messily embroidered characters in grey thread.
You can marble blank blocks with the same process used to marble other items. Blank blocks can be bought, or they can be made from certain undyed items of clothing.
If the block is used without an applique, you can see the full description of the pattern when you look at the block:
This linen quilting block has been inexpertly marbled with a simple pattern of pretty galaxy black and sungold waves.
This linen quilting block has been inexpertly marbled with a simple pattern of galaxy black wavy lines. "Hello!" has been written on the block in crookedly embroidered characters in red thread.
If the block is appliqued, or cut into an applique, however, the fabric's description is shorter:
This poorly marbled sungold linen quilting block is decorated with a large octagon applique cut from poorly marbled sungold linen. The two are sewn together with dainty blue stitches.
While they can be bought at several different shops around Discworld, an alternative method of acquiring them is to make them oneself by tearing clothing. This is particularly useful if a player is searching for a specific material.
>tear towel into quilting blocks You tear the large white towel into six quilting blocks.
Not all items can be made into quilting blocks. The item must not only be wearable, but it must be sufficiently large and of the appropriate material. As an example, socks are not large enough to produce a quilting block; and leather items are not of the correct material. Additionally, the piece of clothing must not be too damaged. Degree of damage appears to determine the number of blocks that can be made.
Suitable and unsuitable materials
Not every type of cloth can be torn into quilting blocks. If an item is made of something unsuitable, you get the following message when you try to tear it:
The <item> is not made of a material that would create a suitable quilting block.
You can see what something is made of by appraising it.
The following materials can be used for quilting blocks:
Clothing made from these materials, however, cannot be torn up for quilting blocks:
- Unidentifiable material
Clothes for Quilting Blocks
The combined list of clothes that can be torn up into quilting blocks, with colours expanded, can be found at List of quilting block clothes.
The various smaller, editable lists can be found at:
- Other clothes for quilting blocks
- Capes and cloaks for quilting blocks
- Coats and jackets for quilting blocks (includes frock-coats and waistcoats and so on)
- Chitons exomises and himations for quilting blocks
- Dresses and gowns for quilting blocks
- Kimonos for quilting blocks
- Robes and bathrobes for quilting blocks
- Shirts blouses and tunics for quilting blocks
- Skirts for quilting blocks
- Towels for quilting blocks
- Trousers for quilting blocks
They are works in progress.
List of Non-Quilting Block Clothes (Incomplete)
The following can not be torn into quilting blocks. It should be noted that for some of these items, "tear <item> test" indicates that they can be torn. This may be a bug.
Categories of items:
- Accessories - armbands, ascots, most bags [carpetbags, handbags, linen, purses, swag], belts, buttonholes, chokers, cravats, cummerbunds, dolls, feather boas, garters, gloves, mittens, sashes, scarves, ties, etc.
- Chitons, exomises, and himations that are made of wool (randomized).
- Headwear, including hats, headbands, head scarves, and masks
- Most undergarments - bloomers, boxer shorts, corsets, fundoshis, loincloths, red Auriental bra, brassieres, stockings and suspenders, thermal underwear, trunks, undershirts, underwear
- Many "distressed" garments - creased cotton skirt, creased cotton trousers, frayed trousers, old green cloak, old once-white shirt, old trousers, patched tweed trousers, ripped shirt, torn trousers, worn cotton trousers
There are at least three different messages you get when failing to tear something into quilting blocks, marked in the table as follows:
- Material - "The <item> is not made of a material that would create a suitable quilting block."
- Size - "The <item> is too small or damaged to tear into blocks."
- Other - "The <item> would not make a suitable quilting block."
- -Items without a colour when appraised may trigger this message
Some things that appraise as having a small size that logically wouldn't be large enough for a quilting block still give the "would not make a suitable quilting block" message if you attempt to tear them. They may give the "too small or damaged to tear into blocks" message with tear test, though.
|<colour> buckled knee breeches||size|
|<Colour> <material> t-shirt (Brittnee's message tee)||other|
|<Colour> <material> teddy||size|
|<adjective> <colour> robe||material (cloth)|
|<adjective> <colour> turban||material (cloth)|
|"I Love Wood" t-shirt||other|
|Azure gabardine vestment||material (gabardine)|
|Badly-fitting suit trousers||other|
|Baggy baby nappy||other|
|Baggy white t-shirt||material (some unidentifiable material)|
|Black and midnight bathing suit|
|Black and white hooped waistcoat|
|Black check robe|
|Black lace shawl||size|
|Black lace shawl with spiderweb motif||material (wool)|
|Black lace teddy|
|Black samite vestment||material (samite)|
|Black silk slip||size|
|Black silk tie|
|Black silk trousers (worn by thieves)||other (colour)|
|Black silk vest|
|Black travelling cloak||material (wool)|
|Black tuxedo jacket||material (wool)|
|Black wool trousers|
|Black wool trousers with braid side trim|
|Blood red cloak|
|Blue travelling cloak||material (leather)|
|Bluebird of happiness bathing suit||size|
|Bright and colourful kimono||other (colour)|
|Bright red cape||material (some unidentifiable material)|
|Brown wool skirt||material (wool)|
|Cabbage green alligator skin knickers||material (alligator skin)|
|Cabbage green velvet knickers||other|
|Cheerful holiday skirt||material (wool)|
|Chequered plus-fours||material (wool)|
|Clay stained apron|
|Clean white linen drawers||size|
|Close-fitting black jacket|
|Colourful lace shawl||size|
|Crimson ball gown||material (wool)|
|Crimson velvet teddy|
|Dark grey dress tails jacket||material (moleskin)|
|Dark hooded cloak||other|
|Dark lavender uniform||material (wool)|
|Dazzling showgirl costume||other (colour)|
|Deep crimson robe|
|Deep cobalt robe||other (colour)|
|Deep green cutaway jacket||material (wool)|
|Deep purple hooded bathrobe|
|Dirty grey robe||material (wool)|
|Dirty striped shirt||other|
|Ebony buckled knee breeches||size|
|Embroidered black velvet cape||other|
|Embroidered canvas backpack||material (canvas)|
|Embroidered country bodice||material (wool)|
|Embroidered ivory skirt|
|Extra-large Happi coat||other|
|Fancy ringmaster's trousers||other (colour)|
|Fancy silk gown||other (colour)|
|Filmy, clinging, billowing harem trousers||other|
|Fitted red coat||material (wool)|
|Fluffy bathing suit||material (fur)|
|Frilly white frock|
|Golden-yellow wrapped jacket||material (wool)|
|Grass-woven dillybag||material (grass)|
|Green apple Hello Monkey! towel||unknown (passes tear test)|
|Green doublet||material (wool)|
|Green wool shirt|
|Grey cardigan||material (wool)|
|Grey woollen gown||material (wool)|
|Heavy brown cloak||material (wool)|
|Heavy cotton breeches||other (colour)|
|High-collared black jacket|
|Hooded velvet dress||other|
|Imposing rose-coloured evening gown||other|
|Incarnadine crepe vestment||material (crepe)|
|Incredibly stupid-looking <thing> costume/suit||other|
|Indigo silk halter||size|
|Indigo silk trousers||other|
|Ivory silk wedding gown with train|
|Klatchian silver skirt||other|
|Lancre green tunic||material (wool)|
|Lancre wedding shawl||material (wool)|
|Light blue charmeuse skirt||material (charmeuse)|
|Light blue dress||other (colour)|
|Light cotton jacket||other|
|Light cotton trousers|
|Linen kilt||other (colour)|
|Long dark cloak||material (wool)|
|Mass of grimy rags||other|
|Midnight black cutaway jacket||material (wool)|
|Midnight black silk vest||Other|
|Midnight blue coat|
|Military cape||material (wool)|
|Mustard yellow fur knickers||material (fur)|
|Black silk vest|
|N'ai Kee silk trousers|
|Navy-striped jumper||material (wool)|
|Nearly transparent dress||other|
|Old battered sweater||material (wool)|
|Old brown coat||material (wool)|
|Orange and black stripy tailed turban||material (tiger-skin and cloth)|
|Pale blue felt bathrobe|
|Padded monk's robe||armour|
|Padded woolen kaftan||armour|
|Pale rose chiton|
|Peach lace gloves|
|Ragged green robe|
|Raspberry-pink pantaloons||material (wool)|
|Ratty cloak||material (wool)|
|Ratty tweed jacket|
|Red and gold doublet|
|Red fur-trimmed bathrobe||material (fur)|
|Red silk sash|
|Red smock||other (colour)|
|Red sparkly crop top|
|Richly embroidered trousers||other|
|Rose pink linen drawers||size|
|Rose-embroidered shawl||material (some unidentifiable material)|
|Rough hessian trousers||material (hessian)|
|Rum pink hair bow with veil||other|
|Scruffy old bathrobe||other|
|Sequinned bathing suit||other|
|Set of overalls|
|Sheer sky-blue chiton||other (colour)|
|Shimmering bellydancer's skirt||material (tulle)|
|Short grey robe|
|Short midnight blue jacket||material (wool)|
|Simple peasant shirt||other (colour)|
|Snarling tiger kimono||other (colour)|
|Sober black dress||material (some unidentifiable material)|
|Speckled green kimono||other (colour)|
|Startlingly red long johns||size|
|Stodgy striped bathing suit||size|
|Stout vest||material (wool)|
|Stripy trousers||other (colour)|
|Tacticus Academy blazer||material (wool)|
|Tapestry handbag||material (wool)|
|Thin grey-blue robe|
|Tight fitting white t-shirt||other|
|Trendy blouse||other (colour)|
|Trendy shirt||other (colour)|
|Trendy trousers||other (colour)|
|Vibrant crimson wedding dress||material (wool)|
|White cotton pinafore||size|
|White duck trousers|
|White embroidered bodice||size|
|White linen bag||other|
|White linen tunic||other|
|Woollen petticoat||material (wool)|
- "Creased cotton skirt" when damaged, "tattered cotton skirt" when in poor condition. Perhaps the cres' first attempt of giving clothes condition?
- "Creased cotton trousers" when damaged