My two favorite Quilt Design a Day (QDAD) designs from October:
Flamingo Pop, 18 October QDAD design
Playing around with half circles. One of the QDAD-ers asked how I would construct this – most likely half machine pieced and half applique. Got me wondering if this technique might create more depth?
Swoosh, 19 October QDAD design
As you can see, I stuck with the same basic shape, but a different layout. This was my final design for Stitched in Color’s #30daysofquiltdesign challenge!
My two least successful designs from October:
Pumpkin Patch, 9 October QDAD design
This just ended up being plain.
Harbor Outlet, 11 October QDAD design
This one reminded me too much of fish bones.
Back in summer, QDAD announced we had the opportunity for a display in QuiltCon in February of 2017. Members would create designs from a common spark image and palette and then make their designs into quilts. I think it’s fairly common among the members that we do a lot more designs than we do actual quilts. So this was a good challenge and motivation.
Immediately my eyes were drawn to the angles in the white and black buildings of the spark image taken by Michelle Wilke.
Now let me just say that I don’t always think about construction until after I’m finished with the design. So when I sat down to think about how I was going to create this, I kind of balked. I started by figuring out the proportion of the top half to the bottom (hence the name 60/40). Then did my quilt math for width and length. Finally, taking stock of my available tools to figure out the angles. I used Jaybirds Hex N More template. Once I figured out how I was going to cut the angles, I did the top all in one weekend, so I didn’t forget how to do it.
And I still wanted to do my original design. So that’s what I did for the back – using my scraps to create color blocks.
I tend to have my boys help me out with photographing the quilt. Most times I get really frustrated, trying to get them to hold it straight and hide their faces, arms and feet. But then I get photos like this and it makes me laugh.
A great challenge and #QDADtoReality
This year I want to practice working on not-so-great designs that I’ve done; exploring how I can make them better. Hence, QDAD Redo. I’m going to go back to last year’s QDAD Round Up to choose one of the two bad ones and rework them.
For October, I choose “Prickly Pear” from October 29, 2015.
Prickly Pear, 29 October QDAD design
I am still really drawn to the “spikes” in this design. So I went back to the basic shape, but instead of drawing pointy triangles, I went for flying geese. And the design evolved from there.
These last two designs were more experiments – what if the shape went off canvas? (It ended up looking like a sideways robot) What if I tiled it? (Nice but a bit too square) I like these designs significantly more than my original. However, I still haven’t gotten to the “this is THE design”.
Can you see another design path to experiment with? Are you partial to one of the other designs along the way? Why?