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Design Choices – Designing and Making Quilts

Design choices is all about visual effect. Does everything look right? Can we improve it? Everything we do is about choice – do we walk, take the car or bus, get a lift? Is it sunny or cloudy – do I need the umbrella? Just so when we design, everything comes down to choice.

Some design choices are easier to make than others. Some find making decisions very hard. Perhaps for them design is not the way to go and they need to find quilting patterns, mine are here (being added to all the time).

Yet I strongly believe that these design choices can be learned by everyone. Some need a course to learn, to others it comes more naturally. My Design in Quilting ecourse is perfect if you want to make sure you understand how to design quilts.

Did you know that choosing your fabrics is the first design choice you make? Those fabrics determine so much, so it is important to get it right. I add to my fabric designs regularly and also offer a range on undyed fabrics for quilters as well as a hand dyed fabric range. They can all be found on the supplies page.

Then there are the principles of design and how to apply them. Whilst it is more important to understand these for modern quilts or art quilts, the principles still apply to traditional quilting, but tend to be easier to apply. It all comes down to making decision after decision. Having a design wall helps immensely and I blogged about that when I made mine. They are cheap and easy to make and you can get everything on the wall and leave it there until you have made your choice. You can try out different fabrics, alter one aspect and see how it affects the rest and so on.

My latest quilt is finished and the pattern will be on sale this week.

Words, work and images copyright 2019 Karen Platt

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Festival of Quilts 2018

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The Festival of Quilts 2018 is fast approaching. It’s all systems go here as I prepare for my stand C5. I am finding it very exciting but nerve-wracking.

From one aspect, I am totally prepared – I will finish at least three quilts. From another aspect, these are totally not what I thought I would be doing. They are all OBW quilts. This has actually been a huge learning curve. I got waylaid by OBW, which at one point I termed One Block Nightmare. I have mastered it now, enough to write my own take on it. Maybe one day I will do another, but not now.

I am hoping to have time to inject ‘something of me’ into the work on the stand. I am essentially a designer. I make to try things out I am far more interested in the design than the quilt – colour, form, texture than producing a finished product. I originally designed 6 new quilts for the show – none of which are made yet.

Design spills over in my desire to create fabulous fabrics too. This is the week to get my paints out and create some unique fabrics for the show. I am so looking forward to this.

The other aspect of my work is to bring modern design into hand stitched quilts – this is a long process as I am doing all the hand stitching. I manage about two hours a day. Yes, I have sore fingers!

Finally, my output is to teach you what I know. I do that in my online freebies, through this blog, tutorials and my ecourses. Nothing gives me more pleasure than passing my knowledge on to people who want to learn. Come and meet me at the Festival of Quilts 2018, on Stand C5 and sign up for an ecourse or buy some fabulous unique fabrics, a kit or finished product.

The brand new quilting and patchwork ecourse for beginners is just been launched today at the special introductory and FOQ show price.

words and images copyright Karen Platt 2018
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