Lately, I’ve seen people in blog-land asking about how to decide on what to quilt. Sew, I thought I’d blog about what I do.
I used to absolutely HATE it when I saw “Quilt as Desired” on a pattern. It made me wonder if the designer had no idea on how to quilt what she/he designed? As a beginner quilter, it left me frustrated and at a loss of what to do. Now – it just gives me the freedom to do what I want without any outside influences.
SEW … that brings me to “How do I decide what to quilt?” I have a quite a few Pinterest boards with links to various sites: Free Motion Quilting (FMQ), Leah Day, Ruler Work and links to FMQ videos All of these provide inspiration and ideas. I have a few books with quilting ideas in them. But my favourite of all is my own personal notebook. This book was a gift that a quilting friend made – isn’t it cute?
When I take a class or see something I think I may want to try, I jot them down in my notebook. Here is a sample of a few of the pages: the the bottom on the left is from a class I did with Kathleen Riggins. She is an awesome teacher …
By the way: I can usually quilt better than I can draw.
The next thing I do is to take a large sheet of clear heavy weight plastic that has painter’s tape on all 4 edges. The sheet is about 4′ x 4′. The painter’s tape is to alert you to the edges as you don’t want to colour on your quilt. When it’s not being used, it’s rolled up and sits in a corner of the room.
I lay the sheet on top of my quilt and try out various designs using dry erase pens. I try to remember to take pictures because what I did first, I might like best.
When working on the Sudoku quilt (see HERE), I knew that I wanted 9 different designs – one for each of the blocks. So, I played around with different ideas and then choose what I liked best.
You can see the painter’s tape on the pictures above. Unfortunately, with the glare, the pictures are not clear, but it’s the ideas I want, not a perfect picture. And, in real life, it is enough to give me an idea of what I’m thinking of. Edit: Roseanne, a friend and fellow blogger, posted today about using an acrylic sheet to do the same thing as my plastic. Go HERE to see her post.
Here are a couple of close-ups of the drawing.
Sew … if you are deciding what “Quilt as Desired” means to you, do the following
- Gather your inspiration
- Pull out your sheet of plastic and dry erase pens
- Play with different ideas
- Take pictures
- Quilt it out
And, yes, some quilts need
to languish an intermission break until you have the inspiration to quilt it.
As I was writing this, I was going to put “languish” in … and I went to languish synonyms and it said, “suffer from being forced to remain in an unpleasant place or situation” We do not want our quilts to suffer or remain in an unpleasant place! We want them quilted and DONE!!!!
You can see the finished Sudoku quilt HERE.
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