I will post some thoughts every Wednesday about the McCall’s Design Star Challenge.
But first of all – I must give a big THANK YOU SHOUT OUT to Aurifil Threads – they are one of the sponsors of the challenge. I received this pack of thread as a prize for making it into the finals -how did they know these were exactly the shades I need to piece my top for the first challenge?
When I work on a quilt I normally doodle on paper pads, and graph paper – sketching out design ideas.
I later take colored pencils/markers and color in the designs.
For this challenge I started out doodling on graph paper taking it with me as I traveled on bus and subway around New York City and on the bus and train to my church job in New Jersey. I had an initial design of two blocks and then I looked around and came up with a second design with two very different blocks. I then transferred these two basic designs to EQ6 and colored them in various combinations and printed them out – I then carried these around town with me and doodled and revised and then transferred these to EQ6 again. (Yes, I know there is a new version -I will order the new upgrade as soon as I am finished with this one and learn how to use it before the next challenge!!)
Once the quilt is posted for voting I will share with you my doodles and revisions showing how I arrived at the finished quilt top – I know you would like to see that know – but I can’t let you see it yet!
Here are some of the things I have learned and share with you for you to consider when you design a quilt:
Keep tweaking! I thought I had a great design, but it was only after I sketched it out and colored it in, set it aside and came back to it, tweaked it, set it aside, came back to it, and tweaked it yet again – that I eventually came up with several designs that I would be very happy with.
Let them rest – give them some space – let them sit for a day or two – give them and yourself time to breathe and clear your brain.
Come back to them again – and ask friends but don’t ask which one they like – but WHY they like a particular design – Try to ask questions which let you see what they see. See if you are conveying what you really want to convey.
This is how I am approaching the design process for the quilt challenge – now for a question for you – How do you go about designing a quilt? Please share some of how you approach creating a design.