But rather than staying up half the night to baste her, I decided to hold my horses and shoot one last video on this quilt explaining the design process step by step.
So for this Anything Goes Thursday, let's learn how to design a quilt like this. Here's part 1:
To sum up the video in case you can't see it, the design process for this quilt was really simple.
I sat at my kitchen table for several weeks and sketched on tracing velum using some really hi-tech tools including a pencil, eraser, protractor, and ruler. Chances are if you raid your kids or grand-kids pencil box you'll be able to find everything you need!
After the piecing lines were solid, I then played a bit with colored pencils, but quickly got inpatient. For the next quilt I design, I will spend more time working with the color until I've got a very clear idea of what fabrics I'll be using.
Next I started sketching the quilting design on a fresh piece of tracing velum. This was the first time I've ever spent so much time, or went into such detail, with the quilting design before the quilt was put together.
And this work paid off big time! The design is nicely balanced and has a wonderful contrast between the lighter side and darker side.
Here's the second half of the video where you can see the quilt flipped over and the full quilting design exposed on the back:
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I've also had several requests for a video that teaches how to clip the trapunto batting away, and while clipping Shadow Self I turned on the camera and shot this quick video on that too:
With how much space I filled with puffy motifs, the quilting process should move along very quickly, but then again, I really don't know what to expect until the process gets started.
Cross your fingers I don't run into any surprises!
Let's go quilt,