So, how does that happen? Never really thought about it directly...until today. I took a look into one of my EQ (Electric Quilt, my favorite quilting software) files and the order of how things progressed...So here it is:
1. Started with a doodle on paper, I think while on a bus ride home from work...
Can't even say why I started this simple design... I was thinking about my Beginner's quilting students and how I can make some interesting designs with some very simple blocks/shapes.
So, decided to put it into my trusty EQ7 and play with some colors....
Hmm..it looks good but not terribly exciting, don't you think? Or maybe - we have seen this before. So, looking at it, somehow I saw - a flower.
OK - now we are on to something! As soon as I saw flower, it needed to be finished at the edges of the quilt too - OK, add small border with some Flying Geese units, to finish the flowers at the edges:
Well, now that wasn't enough, not yet. Flowers also need some yellow centers, right? OK, if I make a variation of those half-square triangles that make the flowers - add a little yellow corner, and voila:
Now that looks more like it! But I think it can look even better...color can change to make them more lively, to make illusion of leaves - more "click", "click" with my color tool in EQ:
Well that looks like a garden now! Whirlwind Garden! Sounds like a good name to me! What do you think?
We can play some more now - WHAT IF...(that is my favorite question!!) we take away some blocks - to make it less as all-over pattern, more medallion-style? Here it is without some of the middle blocks:
Doesn't this looks even better?
OK, lets see how some other sizes or colors can look like:
Dark colors look good! Maybe some Black-eye Susans:
Different size? Wall hanging:
Here is a queen size quilt, with all flowers made from same color:
OK, now - these are all virtual quilts, you say. How does a real one look like? In other words - time to test this pattern and design. So far, wall hanging size is done - it really is easy to make and I do like it! YAY!
So, what do you think? Me - on to play some more...stay tuned!