Sunday, June 21, 2009

Projects in the works

I got the Peter & Paul quilt pieced, marked, basted and about 1/3 done quilting. Of course, I can't just work on that until it's finished now, can I? Silly thought. So I also have a new "30 degrees of separation" almost done to replace the one I sold. It's all pieced and about half quilted, that won't take long to finish once I decide to do it.

I had mentioned earlier that I'd been asked by a few people on different occasions if I'd sell patterns of the quilts I designed myself. I hadn't really given that much thought until recently, then I decided sure ... why not. So far I've made pdf files of the 30 degrees quilt and the one called "Emergence". That's the blue and yellow one shown here on my profile picture. A good friend in New Mexico (thanks juls) is my objective pattern tester, it's always good to get another person's opinion of what you've done if it's going out to the public. Plus we've known each other long enough that if I write something that's way out in left field, she'll say so, I trust her to tell me what she thinks and she will.

It's tricky drafting up patterns with descriptions to tell people what to do. I don't think I ever really appreciated all the work that goes into it before. Especially the figuring out how much fabric part. I usually just scribble out a pattern on some graph paper, grab fabric from my stash as I go along and don't really pay that much attention to how much of each color it takes. Now I have to actually sit down and calculate it all out for other people ... definitely a lot of work. Hopefully worth it though.

I think the next one I do will be my "Gung Hay Fat Choy" table runner. I'm realizing that so far most of my own designs are built around circles and parts of circles. I hadn't really thought about it before but I guess I'm a circley kinda quilter. I'll have to do another one soon without circles in it or people will think that's all I know how to do.

After I drafted up the "Emergence" pattern I decided to do like I've seen other pattern makers do and make an alternative version of the same quilt, for comparison, so I'm now piecing that as well as quilting the 30 degrees and the peter & paul. I suppose I should finish something so I can post a picture of it ... hopefully by the end of the week I'll have something done.

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