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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