Here it is!
You've seen what inspired this design. Now you get to see how I developed the design. The flow of my thoughts starts with the sketch at the left. Click on the images to enlarge. The first sketch was a rough draft of what I had in mind. I love curly cues and I really wanted to incorporate some into the fleur de lis design. To save time I work with one quadrant of the design. If I like it, I work up all four quarters to see what it looks like. When I'm at home I use quilt design mirrors to see the design. Click here to see a video on how too use design mirrors.
Next I do a mock up of the block with my Electric Quilt design software. As I design the block, I place it in a tiled quilt layout to see how the design looks when it's repeated. If there is something that bothers me, I tweak it and repeat the process until I am satisfied. As you can see below I took out the curly cues on my final block design. I felt it was too busy. Maybe someone else might think it was fine, but I wasn't happy. So I changed it. Click on the images below to enlarge. Starting with the block at the left, you can see the direction the design took. The last image is what it would look like in a tile layout.
Here is the design and what it looks like when it's tiled in basic grayscale. I like to design in greyscale because I feel it removes the distraction of our emotional response to color.
Now that I was happy with the block design, it was time to see it in fabric with different layouts. Click on the images to enlarge.
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Hi Folks, today I want to show you the Safari collection from Quilting Treasures. This is a fun group of animal prints. The textures come in a variety of color ways. I only used a couple of them in my block. You'll have to wait till tomorrow to see which ones I used.
Hi Folks. Today is the first day of Quiltmakers 100 Block Blog Tour. You won't get to see my block until Wednesday. In the mean time, I thought I would show you what inspired my block design. I've become fascinated with decorative tile lately. I like to see the secondary designs that appear when the tiles are laid out next to each other. I also like the look of Fleur de Lys. Even though it's a fairly common emblem, it has many variations. As you can see below. Make sure that you check in on Wednesday and leave a comment and send me your e-mail address. I'll be giving away a free copy of the magazine to one lucky person.
I was very excited to find out that a block I had designed and submitted to Quiltmaker's 100 Block challenge was accepted. I'll be taking part in the blog tour that they host on their site Quilty Pleasures.
I have a new quilt pattern in Fon's & Porter Love of Quilting magazine. The design is called Spinning Flowers and it uses fabrics from 2 collections by Quilting Treasures. The collections are called Petals and Matrix . Petals is a group of pretty calicos that come in a variety of colors and textures. Matrix is a group of blenders that has a cross hatched texture printed on it. The two together make a great combination. The pattern can be made using precut 2 1/2" strips and an easy-angle ruler for the triangles. . .. . The .
I used a block that I found in 100 Great Quilts Blocks by Maggi McCormick Gordon. The block is called Formal Garden and it's a nine patch block. Below is the original block with the value placement shown in the book. Next to it you can see what it looks like when you join four blocks.
When I looked at the four blocks together, I saw a flower at the point where the blocks meet. So, I proceeded to change the value placement to make the flowers the focus of the design.
I'm very excited to tell you that I recently did an interview with Diane Harris from Quiltmaker magazine. You can find the link for the interview in the post about me on the EQ Blog- Behind the Mouse. In the interview I explain how I design blocks and quilts using Electric Quilt software. Don't forget to click on the link for the Scrap Squad. These quilters always come up with awesome variations on the design. I'm always amazed by their creativity!
Hi Folks, my good fortune continues with a design featured in Quilty Pleasures Blog from Quiltmaker magazine. The design is called Hip Hopscotch and it's the online sew-along project for their Back to School Party. This is another design that I came up with while scribbling in my graph paper sketchbook. The block is very simple and the layout is not complicated. The magic happens with your choice of fabric color and value placement. As you can see in the examples below the design has endless variations for you to explore. In fact, the bottom three designs use fabrics from the same collection. Watch the Quilty Pleasures blog in the days to come for an interview I did with Diane Harris. On day 5 of the blog you can find the link for the pattern and the adorable quilt label they are offering.
I'm excited to that have another quilt in Quiltmaker magazine. You will find the design, called Magic Stars, in the September/October issue. The designed was inspired by the diagonal designs found on decorative ceramic tiles. I've always been fascinated with repeating patterns. I love the surprise design you see where the corners meet when you connect the tiles. Below, you'll find the design depicted in a couple of different collections now available from Quilting Treasures Fabrics. Below that are the individual blocks from each quilt. If you go to Quiltmaker Blog you can see what their Scrap Squad folks did with the design.
This is Psyche-Dahlia, another project that my friend Janice Roy and I collaborated on. It was for the Hoffman Challenge 2014. We decided to use the medallions in the print as our inspiration. I drew a few ideas in my sketch book and then we decided upon our final design. I drafted the design and made the top. I then handed it off to Janice to add her wonderful quilting designs to the final creation. When she was done, she gave it back to me so that I could finish the quilt by adding the binding, label and hanging sleeve. Our creation didn't win but it was good enough for travel! So that's a pretty good consolation prize. Click here to see the winners.
I have a new quilt design that appears in the Fall 2014 issue of Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts, The official publication of the Quilters Club of America. The quilt is simple to construct. It meets the guidelines for and has been approved for Fons & Porter's Quilts for Kids program. The basic block for the quilt is shown below left. It's a simple design that looks complicated but it isn't. The quilt appears to be woven in my eyes. The fabrics are from the Crayola- Ready, Set, Color collection from Quilting Treasures. This design would look cute with any fabrics. If you make one please send me a picture and permission to post it on my site if desired.