|Camellia 21" x 21"|
This is one of my newer applique designs and I'm currently working on a pattern for it. I did machine quilt it and will have a good photo of the finished quilt soon.
I design all of my appliques using paper and pencil. I do a lot of sketching and keep files of ideas and also collect things I find in nature to use as patterns. Once I've designed a quilt around my appliques, I use graph paper to map out the exact size appliques I will need and then draw them to fit. Lots of erasing goes on before I'm happy and have what I want. If I am drawing a symmetrical flower for example, I do one half on graph paper, fold it on the center line, place it on my window and trace the other half. Perfect! Sometimes I use a simple light box. I have a set of circle templates and a draftsman's compass for making circles big and small.
I do use my Electric Quilt program to lay out quilts and color them, but I have never used the graphic drawing part of it to draw appliques. I've been thinking that I should get myself up to speed and be a little more professional with my design work so.....recently, I enrolled in an online quilting class through Quilt University: (www.quiltuniversity.com).The class is EQ Applique Design and teaches exactly what I need. I started Lesson One over the weekend and became hopelessly stuck trying to draw a heart. The teacher even sent me a separate video and I still can't do it. I think there's a problem with the software - yeah right!
I could have drawn 1,000 hearts by now on my paper - any size, any shape I chose. Maybe I should stick with what I know and can do. I'll keep trying though: I don't want to "drop out" of university!
The rest of my time right now is devoted to preparing a quilt book proposal with the far off hopes of having it published. The proposal itself is daunting, but I am working my way through it.