Tuesday, November 12, 2013

DESIGN TIME

During my down time from longarm quilting, I had a creative streak and designed a few quilts.  Some were out of necessity but a couple were just me being creative.  I didn't have my computer with me that has EQ (Electric Quilt) on it, so I resorted to the old fashion way.... graph paper and pencil.  I can sure tell you it's much easier with EQ.  If I change my mind, I can fix it with a few clicks.  With pen and paper, I used a lot of eraser!  

I know this doesn't look like much to you, but really, it does to me.  The center block will be an applique of a bear (and not just any bear, A MSU Bear).  The blocks around it will be bear paw blocks.  The checkerboard border will be MSU logo fabric (I hope.... but will require a trip to Springfield MO to see if the local Joann's or Hancock's has any). And guess who will get this quilt! 

This quilt is going to be a donation quilt for the Nevada High School 2014 Class Scholarship Fund.  The seniors will seek donations for this quilt when it's finished and all proceeds will be given in scholarships for the graduating class of 2014.  The center block will be this Tiger panel and the borders around will be maroon (the school colors), dark gray, and a tiger print fabric.


Wow, so far we have tigers and bears, OH MY!
This quilt will be a lap quilt for William, which translates to a twin size quilt for the strapping young man.  Pretty simple design, just 2 fabrics, a maroon and a white, applique his name in black and add the MSU Bear Logo in the lower right and we're done.

And last but not least is a t-shirt quilt I'm making for my nephew in exchange for him making me a harvest table.  He is the head wrestling coach at Nevada High School and he wants a t-shirt quilt featuring his wrestling t-shirts to hang on his wall in his office.  He has personally designed several of the shirts.  Pretty cool huh?  He thinks he's getting the better deal but I'm pretty sure I'm getting the better deal!  Thankfully I don't have  to have this one finished until sometime next spring but I've already started on it.  He brought me the shirts while I was in Missouri and I have them cut out and interfacing ironed on. 

How do you design your quilts?  Do you use EQ or do you use the old fashion paper and pencil?


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3 comments

  1. They all look great! I participate in a couple of BOM programs each year and have begun trying to comevup with my own settings for them. You might want to try Bearpawquilting.com for your MSU fabric. I did a quilt for someone with cancer at work last year who is a huge Nebraska fan and got the fabric through that site. It was very high quality and quilted up great.

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  2. They all look great! I participate in a couple of BOM programs each year and have begun trying to comevup with my own settings for them. You might want to try Bearpawquilting.com for your MSU fabric. I did a quilt for someone with cancer at work last year who is a huge Nebraska fan and got the fabric through that site. It was very high quality and quilted up great.

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