It is the season I am usually opening cupboards and letting the Christmas decorations out, but I am restraining myself this year, as the man of the house will be on crutches after an operation on a foot next week … and he is not too steady on those crutches with two feet, and next week there will only be one. So this year, I will be relying largely on virtual Christmas decorations, though a few new ones, just completed, haven’t found their way into storage yet.
Through the year I have been playing with bells virtually all the time … well for short periods pretty much every month … playing with different layouts of bells, just to see what would happen.
It has crossed my mind a few times that any Christmas baubles could be used instead of the jingle bells I started with, and continue to use. Maybe next year I will change the bells to balls, or icicles, or gingerbread men, but for now I am staying with the bells.
What I love most about playing with quilt designs in Electric Quilt is that I can design a quilt, but then keep playing with the design, testing every thought that pops into my head when I ask myself that very important question, ‘What if?’
Because I keep asking myself that question I find it hard to limit myself to just including one design in a pattern, when there are twenty possibilities to make something which would suit the purpose. I want some feedback on a different way of presenting multiple designs. This idea is for people who already know how to make quilts, or can sign up for classes to learn some basics, follow instructions in a book or magazine, watch you-tube tutorials etc. There are many methods of piecing, appliqueing and quilting, and once quilters know what methods work best for them, they (I definitely include myself ) ignore the instructions and do it their way, despite the designer spending many hours writing clear, precise instructions, including as many details as possible in a given technique.
(Well, sometimes the instructions are clear and precise … I have spent lots of time helping quilters decipher instructions, sometimes resorting to telling them how to do it my way when I couldn’t work out what the writer was trying to describe.)
So, I have put together a couple of block patterns, a shopping list for a project, and lots of alternate projects. No instructions. I am going to send a sample PDF to one person per day for the next 25 days, when I reply to comments. I want to know if you might be willing to buy this sort of package instead of a package containing details of one project … and I would also love to see photos of any project you make using the blocks designs.
My thoughts so far … much quicker than writing full instruction which will often be ignored, and I probably should include about three shopping lists for different size projects … but won’t bother including a shopping list for a one block cushion. Maybe a wallhanging or table runner, lap size quilt, and a large bed quilt.
Want to know what I am talking about … leave a comment … make it a really nice one!
Keep in mind that life as I know it is going to be well and truly interrupted by the crutches, moon boot, appointments etc associated with his left foot, so I will not be replying to comments on any regular schedule.