I don’t know if you’ve figured this out about me but I don’t follow directions well. I try to stay in line and do what I’m told but.. naw… sorry, I don’t try, that’s a lie. Let’s start again. For some reason in-between reading the quilt pattern and deciding on fabric, I change, omit or add to it. Sometimes the only thing that’s close to the quilt in the pattern is a block.
When I started quilt making I did follow a pattern or two and yes, I ended up with a quilt that looked just like the picture. But ya know it just didn’t spin my bobbin. A fellow quilter commented yesterday that she also uses what she calls “the design wall in her mind”. That is a really good description of what I do.
When I see a quilt I try to figure out the block pattern then I start spinning them around. Sometimes I see a secondary pattern and think “that’s what I want”. Sometimes it’s the colors that have me entranced. I rarely want the exact quilt in the picture. Instead I want what it has inspired in me.
There are a couple quilt designers that do that for me almost every time. Nancy Mahoney is one of them. I read somewhere that she uses Electric Quilt to design her quilts. I’m afraid to load it on my computer. I know it will do things like make sure I have enough fabric and spin and change designs until I get what I want but.. will I ever make the quilt once I’ve seen it? Will I follow my own directions?
- Half a Dozen Melons (quiltobsession.wordpress.com)
- Single Girl Quilting (wondrouswovenmagic.wordpress.com)
- Rad Godzilla Quilt (craftzine.com)