Most of the quilts I design come from some sort of inspiration. Many times they start out very simple and evolve into something so much more. I so often get the question, “How do you come up with all of the quilting designs?” Today I am taking you down the design rabbit hole that I often find myself in.
Here’s one of the latest things I’ve been playing with.
Years ago, likely five years or more, I was at the thrift store and found this…
It’s gross, ratty and the colors are interesting. I likely paid 50 cents for it but why did I buy it? The block intrigued me. I don’t know that I’ve really seen it before. It doesn’t mean it’s not out there, it just means that I don’t remember seeing it.
I liked it. Simple construction…not a lot more to it than a beefed-up nine patch with two patches in the middle side position of the block.
I think was originally a quilt and once it wore out, they made it into this strapless bag.
Here is the other side.
The piecing work is a little wonky and not the sizes I regularly use so I ended up reworking it to sizes I prefer. Here’s the block I came up with…I think this would be a popular block as there are no triangles and the construction is pretty upfront.
I was curious as to what the block would look like in a quilt so I put the block in place.
Then I twisted the blocks and made them scrappy looking. That wasn’t my favorite.
Then I made the blocks two color like the original blocks. Hmm. I like that better.
Then something called me back to the first layout in purple. Then I started to think maybe this needs some sashing.
This is what I came up with…YEP…same block. Can you believe it??
I couldn’t believe that this simple block…
Could make this complex-looking design. Then I started playing with the colors at the center of the quilt…here they are pink.
Here all white.
This isn’t the final design…I’m saving that one and will likely submit it for publication. I want to keep you guessing a little bit. But the design is close…just a few tweaks to make it that much better.
Can you believe that sitting down at the computer with this thrift store piece for inspiration…
Lead to this quilt design. Who would have imagined?
The fun thing is if you would sit 15 EQ users down at computers and show them all this block, each of us would likely come up with some other design. Quilting always amazes me like that. When I sat down to design this, I had a scrappy quilt like this in mind.
So that is what I am playing with here…
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