So the quilt top is done, now what? I have my bag of tricks, multiple designs, some I have learned by some great quilt instructors, other designs I have created by doodling. I have picked up some quilting designs looking at architecture, tiles or antique plates or trays. I’ve seen new designs in someone else’s quilt at a show or in a magazine, the inspiration is endless. Still, when I finish a quilt top, I struggle to picture how to fill each space.
Sometimes I will draw the design on a sheet of glass which I place over the design. I use erasable markers and draw what I think will work. Once I slipped off the glass and got the marker on the fabric! Fortunately, I was able to replace that fabric square as it had not yet been quilted. I now put tape on the edges of the glass so the markers have a clear stopping point. I have read some people use seal and press and draw their designs in the same way.
I have tried to draw the blocks on graph paper which I photo copy, and draw the designs on the photo copies. It’s time consuming and I don’t have the entire quilt only a block. I have also tried drawing in various computer programs, but haven’t found one that works for me. Recently, I refined this method thanks to a tip from Master Quilter Sharon Schamber. She said to take a photo of your quilt and put in “Paint” which is a free program on your computer. Then copy the photo using a low resolution in black and white. Next, make multiple copies. You can draw until you decide what works for you. That is all I need for the way I quilt. I usually use my blocks as guides or draw lines. I don’t draw out each feather or whatever the actual design is.
What method do you use to decide your designs?
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Hey! That looks familiar.