The start of a new quilt is always exciting for me. I draft the pattern, then redraft it, then re-work it, then re-design it …….. you get the picture! When I’m finally happy with the rough draft, I then spend time drawing each shape to how I see it in my mind’s eye. This is the part of the designing process that I enjoy the most. Once that’s done I’m happy – I have my quilt down on paper! As I have a day job I then have to wait for a free day – usually on a weekend if I’m not teaching somewhere – as I much prefer to choose fabrics during the day with natural sunlight
Then comes the process of choosing – and playing – with fabric. This too is fun. I try and limit myself to a certain number of fabrics. I choose from my large and extensive stash (don’t we all have them?), say 10 each of the colours that I’m going to work with. I try not to vary from these fabrics…… so I don’t do that agonising over fabric choices that I once used to.
Then is the fun part – cutting and gluing. I love this part the best because I know that I can soon start sewing!! Yeah!!
I used to be quite messy with my designing. I’d start with lots of A4 papers with scribbles all over them which I’d then put into a plastic envelope. The last quilt I did made me realise how difficult it was trying to understand some of my scribbles as well as keeping track of all my papers. I then took a leaf out of Margaret’s book and decided to be more organised. So now I have a “design book” – which sounds very professional and makes me feel as if I am a “professional designer” instead of a “dabbler”!
By the way the new quilt will be called TULIPA – named with the help of my friends who came to the Craft Retreat with me. I find naming quilts quite difficult and wish I was more inspired with this.