This is the 4th post about the making of Emily's graduation quilt.
I like to sketch up my quilting designs before I start the actual work. It doesn't mean that I will follow the exactly. But it does give me a sense of what designs will work better than others. Its super easy to erase pencil marks on a piece of paper than it is to tear out quilting stitches! For those of you that have done the tearing out, you know that a fair amount of hair gets torn out at the same time. Or you might even turn a little grayer.
I've probably posted a blog about this already, so excuse me if this a total repeat. After I finish making the top, I take a picture of it. I turn it into black and white and make a copy on my computer. Then I use tracing paper and start doodling. I usually draw 2 or 3 different designs and often combine a couple more ideas on each sheet. Rarely do I completely draw out the design. If there are complicated things like feathered wreaths or large circles, I will draw these to full scale and using a light box, transfer those designs with blue dissolving ink pens onto the top. Sometimes, I will transfer lines too if I want them evenly spaced across the top.
Here is my start at the quilting designs. Frankly, I'm not that thrilled with anything that I've drawn so far. I kind of like the idea of putting "E" shapes into the quilt, and I definitely want it to be more modern. Wreaths in the white areas, while very traditional, just doesn't feel like the right thing for this quilt. So, I'll keep sketching and come up with something that I do like.
If you have some great ideas that might help me, let me know! I'm a little stumped right now.