The series with the title of Dear, Dear, Dear started life as an alternative look at Dear Jane quilts … lots of small intricate blocks in a large sampler quilt. I wondered if using small blocks in a large quilt could create patterns similar to the larger blocks I used in other virtual quilt designs.
It worked … then I started playing more and more with the quilting layer in Electric Quilt 7. As part of that playing I started setting up a series of quilt layouts with two or three layers ready to use in future series. I set up a lot with 12 inch blocks … the size blocks I usually work with, both in real and virtual designs. Eventually I decided I should extend my skills at setting out and altering quilt and blocks sizes … including 6 inch blocks in large quilts … lots of blocks to play with on layer 1, lots of blocks to be quilted on layer 3.
Yesterday I shared a virtual quilt from the Dear, Dear, Dear series … and then made a coffee, and played with a new project file, importing the Dear, Dear, Dear blocks and fabrics into a project file with large quilts and 6 inch blocks. This is the first time I have started a project file with a set of blocks direct from another project file, along with the fabrics with a blank quilt ready to fill with patterns on two layers.
By the time I had finished the coffee I had the first design above, after drawing the quilting design from one of the blocks. I introduced a few quilting designs from my library, and spent every coffee break yesterday drawing up more quilting patterns from the blocks … and playing with them to see if they worked.
I now have a growing collection of quilting designs based on the blocks … and gave myself more room to play with the quilting layer by eliminating
some most all of the pieced blocks.
Just as well we had to go out last night … it gave me some extra time before bed to get the coffee out of my system so I could sleep!