How do you work out a quilt design?
My friends and I enjoy designing our own quilts. We are traditional, practical, contemporary and eclectic—sometimes all at the same time!
We all use our own techniques at home. Graph paper, sketching freehand, EQ Software, Adobe, and Corel Draw to name a few.
But, the best design tool we have, is each other. When we get together at retreat or classes and give each other feedback about projects we are working on, it is invaluable. We cut and paste paper designs, hold swatches up for each other, and go grab swatches out of our own fabrics to audition in someone else’s quilt.
Sometimes that means we set about remaking or redesigning the quilt we started, but we’re happier with the results. Our opinions—good, bad and truthful are priceless, as are the laughs and good times we have doing it!
I hope you all have a group of friends to share with, whether it be a quilt guild, small group or friends over coffee (or a glass of wine, of course!) If you don’t get the opportunity to get together in person, why not check out QCA (Quilter’s Club of America) and join other quilters like yourself in conversations, show and tell, and special interest groups like Civil War Sampler, Mystery Quilt #3, Quilting for Charities, and the Show and Tell Gallery to share what you are working on and see what other quilters are working on as well!
Diane, Assistant Editor