Monday, February 4, 2013

Over and Under A Quilt Design



Like every thing I design, I always start with yellow and orange.  You might just love this crazy color or do I just have issues.  Well that's simple I just have issues.  That and any time I can get my wife to look at something and just sigh at what I have come up with that helps too.

I sat down today while Julia was sleeping, she is still sick and I did not want to go too far away so I could grab her if she woke up so I opened up Electronic Quilt 7 the Quilt design software I bought for Tanya (she never uses it, but her birthday was closer when I had the money to buy it so she got it.  How many times have you gotten a wrench or a new saw just cause it was your B-day).  If you have never tried EQ7 you should, it is a lot of fun.  It has tons and tons of blocks and you can do many things with it.

I have been trying to make more modern designs and as a not so modern person I struggle at it.  My design process for this quilt was a little different than most.  I wanted to make a on point quilt.  So I went though all the blocks in EQ7 (yes it took a while as their are hundreds of them) and I finally settled on about 8 I wanted to play with.  One of them was the block here that on its own is not that impressing, but when I filled the full quilt up with them it gave me a million blocks.  So being modern, I just can't have a full quilt of the same block so I started removing squares one at a time from the designer (squares, not blocks)  this too some time to do.  I first went and colored all of the lines gray of the blocks I wanted to make go away.  In my finished quilt I wanted the blocks to be solid (not the gray on gray lines) so I went and started making blocks to replace the blocks that had pieces cut out.


So I ended up creating 5 new blocks out of my 1 original block and started replacing them in the design (Yes a lack of bars is not a block per say, its just a piece of fabric).  So I have the design done and I invited my son over to help me come up with a name.  His first though is I don't like the colors. (yes he is as bad as Tanya, no one understands my vision).


The left one was the last of James color choices its a purple and dark gray on a light gray back ground.  I added the border, could not decide if I liked it or not.  The first of his color choices was the brown and green on the blue background and the pink and light gray on the obsidian background was his 2nd.

Of course I show the design to Tanya and she hates mine (like she ever likes my choice) she thought the purple one was OK on James choices.  None of them was Tanya.

So yes the blocks should have given it away, we will end up with a brown and green quilt on a tan background.  The blocks by the way are 12 1/2 square and the borders are 3 inches.  It will end up to be a 91 x 108 inch quilt or so EQ7 tells me (well it says 90.853 x 107.823) but the rounding sounds better.






9 comments:

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I think this will look fantastic in those colors...I guess I am an earthy person anyway.

Gene Black said...

I really like the purple version, but then, I would prefer some brighter colors. Ha ha.

beaquilter said...

ha ha i've been drawn to that block too- you might have seen :) are yoiu going to make it?

claire witherspoon said...

Hey Richard, that's some interesting geometry! What about instead of 3 colors making each box it's own color on a neutral back ground? It would be more to keep track of in the piecing but It would be fun to play with more colors?! cheers, Claire W.

LethargicLass said...

yet another great design! You'll have to start selling them :)

Barb said...

I really like the green and brown on tan! Great job--any plans on how you will quilt it?

M. E. Stephens said...

That's a really cool pattern. It looks like something my husband would like - and design if I could get him interested. :-) He's a programmer and loves geometric things, but he doesn't want to start down the quilting path because he already has too much on his plate. At least he doesn't mind taking me to quilt shows. :-)

Amanda said...

That is a really cool pattern...I love the asymmetry of it. I was trying to decide on my favorite color scheme and couldn't, so I'm sure it'll look great in the earthen tones.

Barb N said...

That's an awesome design - it would look great on a bed. Do it, do it, do it!

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