Motivation: Documentation

I’ve had an idea for a sampler quilt in my head for a while now.  It’s been brewing around, trying to take hold for months and months.  Finally, at the start of the new year, I decided to give in and let it happen.  I used some of my Christmas money to buy new fabric (which I had previously forbidden myself to do, unless it was for a special gift) and gave myself a goal of creating TWO sampler crib quilts by this summer.  The process has been so inspiring, that it has brought me back to this blog.  I have this need to document the process.

Designing Quilt Blocks - old school

I like to improvise, and I’m a HUGE fan of rotary cutting and short-cuts, but some of these blocks have required actual planning.  AND, for some of them I even had to break down and make templates.  I haven’t used templates since I first learned how to quilt, because the rotary cutter is awesome and I love to find a way to avoid the templates.  However, given the choice between a so-so quilt block and the look I actually want to achieve, I went with templates, and lots of graph paper.  Maybe it’s the engineer in me trying to get out, but I just love graph paper, pencils, ruler and compass.  They have been my friends lately as I plan these quilt blocks.

My children have also been my quilting friends as I plan quilt blocks.  They often insist on having their own graph paper, but their favorite is when I make a copy of a quilt block for them to color in themselves.  It’s like a quilting coloring book:

Quilt Coloring

The next logical step from here, is to coach them in designing their own quilts.  But we are a long way from there right now.  I think we’ll stick to coloring and wait and see if anybody expresses an interest in design.  I’ll keep you posted.

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2 Responses to Motivation: Documentation

  1. bonnelly24@yahoo.com says:

    Where is the pattern for the thread catcher? I have seen many people comment on it and can’t seem to find it.
    Could you please post/send it to me.
    Thank you,
    Bonnie

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