Monday, March 26, 2018

Inspiration Needed!

Oh my.  Here is Monday again and I have no post and no inspiration except that my walk this morning was so lovely:  clouds, fog, blue sky and sunshine intermingling and frisking around the mountains.

I finished my SID (stitch in ditch).  I thought it would take forever, but it didn't and now it is done.

I tried something new this time by designing my quilting on a 15 x 15 inch version of my quilt from the computer.  I drew what I thought was a really nice design.  However, when I compared the drawing to the full sized quilt it was clear that my designs were no good on the larger format.  Back to the drawing board, literally.

The drawing table.  Designs still subject to lots of changes.
I printed out one quarter of the quilt full sized.  This took quite a few pieces of paper and the time to tape them together.  I stapled tracing paper over the top and sat down with audiobook, pencil, eraser and a few ideas.  When you get one idea going, others begin to flow.  I find it relaxing to draw.  Another day or two and I will be ready to actually stitch.  I have tried out a few ideas with needle and scraps and so far they are satisfying.  I don't think the quilting will get tedious because I will be doing lots of different things.

This is all part of sewing a quilt.  I drag it out.  I don't do deadlines so what is the hurry?

Sew some happy seams this week.  I wish you time to play, reflect and create.


PS.  A photo from this week's lower elevation hike.


6 comments:

  1. Goodness - if you're planning out all that detail, it's certain to be a beauty when you're all finished quilting it! Looking forward to seeing your progress. I like that you'll have different designs - breaks up the monotony.

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    1. Sometimes I worry that I am putting in too many different designs, but this quilt seems to lend itself to design creativity. It will be very busy!

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  2. I LOVE custom quilting and find that using an 18"x 36" piece of flexible plastic and dry erase markers to be so helpful in deciding just what to quilt where. It is so easy to erase my drawings but when I hit on just the right quilting I can keep it on the plastic to refer to until I am finished with the quilt. I tend to quilt my quilts to death!!! This is going to be gorgeous!

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    1. I've heard of using plastic and I have a piece. Forgot all about it. Next time!

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  3. Printing out the quilt and sketching on top of it is a good idea. I usually just draw a rough sketch of mine and it's time consuming. I also like the plastic idea. I know I have a piece floating around here somewhere.... :)

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    1. All quilt planning takes time, but that is part of the fun for me.

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