Over the Easter break I was able to indulge. I had 4 days of very little to do so I got to spend some quality time quilting.
This time I made good use of our large new dining table. I even get garden views when sitting here which was perfect as it was raining.
So around me I like to have:
- fabrics for inspiration
- books for inspiration
- colored and grey-lead pencils for sketching and designing as well as erasers, can you ever have enough colors?
- scissors (in various shapes and forms) for cutting – did that need to be said?
- glue, for gluing – now I am just messing with you 🙂
- rulers (in various shapes and sizes) and a measuring tape
- bobbles of thread, matching the color scheme of my current project
- needles, of course
- cutting board and template plastic
- magnifying glasses, for when my eyes get tired
- beloved sewing machine
- computer with my current TV show, this month (and for a few more months I should think): Law and Order
- a cup of tea, which magically stays at the right temperature
In terms of inspiration I must say this one is interesting for me. It takes me so long to work on a project that I tyr to stay very focussed on that and not get too side tracked. How ever I love looking at quilting blogs and books which is where I generate a lot of new ideas. I am very definite in the colour schemes I want to try out, but I use these resources to inspire me to see different patterns, shapes and styles.
Interestingly I never follow a pattern. Usually I rebuild a design in my own colors and size based on an image I may have seen. Generally I love looking at pictures for inspiration rather than patterns. In fact I buy patterns just for the pictures. I figure out how to cut it up and sew it together by myself. It may not be the most efficient way of doing things but it seems to work well for me.I would love to hear from people if they think I am mad (and that following a pattern saves loads of energy and time) or do most people go about things the same way I do?
Anyways, it is this love of sketching designs, choosing colors and tweaking inspirations that lead me to build my own sketch book full designs for all the quilts I have made, am working on or am inspired to make.
- sketches of the pattern
- specific pattern of the block (where applicable)
- color scheme
- fabric swatches
- backing color and fabric
- binding color and fabric
- quilting pattern and thread
- start date and end date (this one gets a little sad as years of difference are involved)
My First Quilt – completed 2010
My Sisters Quilt – completed 2011
Beach House Quilt (a twist on a log-cabin quilt) – WIP – coming soon
It would be great if it could be left out all the time but alas this is not practical. The Hubby came up to me Sunday night and asked “so how long do you think this quilt is going to take you”. I explained to him everything I had to do which basically translated to “I’ll be lucky if it is done by the end of the year” and he said “Oh”. Pause. “Is the table going to stay this way”. Hahaha. No of course not. Luckily for us both I have my own portable sewing kit which I stock up to suit a project and therefore can work on it without taking up a whole room…
Share with me how you get your inspiration for your quilting or crafting projects. Do you design them yourself or follow a pattern strictly. Do you have a room devoted to your addiction?