Why I Design Quilts
1)To Prove a Point
Way back when, I would go with my wife to quilt shows and occasionally see pieced lettering. I thought most of it was poorly designed and I said so. My wife said, "If you can do better, go ahead." I became a quilter because I wanted to show it was possible to design attractive pieced lettering. I designed my first quilts to showcase the pieced alphabets that I had designed.
2)To See If I Can
I was still relatively new to quilting, when my wife showed me a block that formed secondary patterns. Could I design a block like that? Could I design other blocks? The immediate result was, what I call, Ninepatch Pinwheel blocks. I designed my Alberta Series of quilts to showcase those blocks.
Designing is a voyage of discovery; a treasure hunt. I am always wondering what else is possible. What if I change colors, or dimensions? What if I combine two or more blocks that aren't usually combined; or what if use I use a small quilt as a block? Designing is an adventure; it's a chance to be the first to see something no one else has seen before.
4)I Can't Stop
You already know the joy, the sense of accomplishment, you get when you finish sewing a quilt. Imagine how much greater that feeling is when it's a quilt that you designed. I design because I like that feeling and I can't get enough of it.
What About You?
If you design quilts I would like you to share your story. There are still a lot of quilters who have yet to design a quilt. Your story could be the one that finally convinces one of them to give it a try.
Please write in the comment box below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org; tell me why you design and I'll post it on my blog.
Why I Design
To learn why Judy Butcher designs go to http://virtualquilter.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/why-i-design-quilts-like-applique-logs-10
Why I Design
To learn why Susan Cook designs go to http://www.larkspurlanedesigns.blogspot.com/
Words of Encouragement and Support
Today Darlene is encouraging all of us to become designers and to encourage design. To see her blog go to sewcalgal.blogspot.com
Why I design
To learn why Raymond Houston designs go to http://tessellationnation.com/2010/04/01/why-do-i-design-quilts/