Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I feel really inspired by the traditional patterns and designs of the North Country and Welsh wholeclothquilts from UK. From time to time I do something like reproductions, but not exact ones. I always try to change the patterns a little, to add a line here and there. I always decide for patterns I really like and I look through my books many, many times to find new ideas.
I don't do a mastersheet before starting to quilt, I start in the middle of my fabric and work towards the edges. When I begin a new quilt and I am not completely sure how it will turn out at the end! I only have an idea in my mind how it should look like and I try to follow my gut instinct.
I enjoy making both traditional and contemporary whole cloth quilts... sometimes I map out the whole design on paper first and others I will only sketch the backbone. By backbone I mean the shape that I'm going to fill in with freehand quilting. (I do all my quilt by machine) With my circle quilt in my photo album I only marked where the circles were going to be. The rest was all done freehand.
Right now I'm designing a whole cloth that will be more on the traditional side of things. This one I'm planning just about everything before I put it to fabric. Here's my first sketch...
Now to design the borders... cause I'm not making a round quilt. LOL
I'm still trying to figure out this forum... is there and easy way to link photo albums to a reply or discussion??? I was trying to find pix by members of this group and wasn't being very successful :-(
I love looking at pix of other's quilts! Specially whole cloths... :-)
Thank you Pam... :-)
I'll try looking peoples pix that way...
I love whole cloth and trapunto quilting. I have started drawing out my next whole cloth trapunto quilt. I use the egyptian brand sheets because of there tight weave in thread count. I starch my fabric really well. This time I have drawed out a 96" scroll panto pattern that is being repeated row by row. I have marked guide lines to allign my pattern in each row, Its going to take me two weeks to draw out my pattern marking it one row aday. I pin my panto pattern to the carpet with t.pins and then I spray my pattern with basting spray to keep my pattern from shifting while marking and this works really well. I only move the fabric one row at a time the panto stays in place till finished. I use Derwent studio pencils to mark out my pattern and this washes out nicely. I use to use bic pencils but I now like the "derwent studio pencils" much better. Here is a sample of what I'm working on now.
I have started to use Cindy Needhams stencils to get me started. You can find her work on You Tube. I look through some of the ideas in the adult colouring books and I have many many ideas collected on Pintrest to give me a kick start. i haven't been at this too long but find it exilarating. I am also working on vintage linens.