Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Secret To Creating Quilt Designs

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Look For The Hidden Shapes

In Familiar Blocks

Too often we look at a familiar block and take it at face value. We don't look for its hidden depths. Which is too bad. Because there is more to most blocks than what you see at first glance.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

It's Okay To Try Something Different

You don't have to make the same quilts that your grandmother made. You can design quilts that are totally different.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Do You Want To Design A Quilt?

Play With

A Couple

Of Blocks

And See What Happens

Designing is playing.

Too many people think of it as problem solving. Who needs more problems? Not me. Not you.

However, everyone deserves more play time. So grab a couple of simple blocks, start playing, and see what happens.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The More You Look,

The More You Find

Often when you take a new look at an old idea you come up with new ideas.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Make Your Quilt Backs Interesting

I recently finished this quilt. It's called Airdrie/ Iron Horse Park. You may recognize the design from my 25 February 2011 post.

The big question when you finish piecing is always, "How should I quilt this?"

Monday, May 9, 2011

Even If At First You Do Succeed,

Try,Try, Again

It's easy to stop designing when you find something you like. But sometimes, if you keep designing, you find something you like even more.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Do You Want To Design A Quilt?

Try Adding Icing To A Cake

Okay, I admit it, this title doesn't make a lot of sense. But if you give me a chance I'll try to explain it.

Think of a traditional block as a newly baked cake that you can decorate. If you start with a simple block like Shoo Fly, or Sawtooth Star, you can add to it and make it your own. Think of what you add as the icing.

Here, let me show you.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Planning Your Lettering

Adding lettering to a quilt takes a little planning.