Every so often I come to a point where I am not quilting
for profit, am mostly caught up and can do what I please.
So, accumulate preferred reading, make to do list and
design a quilt. It has been a journey in doing the design
part, starting at the beginning when the agenda was to
perfect technique, conquer the new and develop an
individual style. Skills, tastes and style all evolve and
mature. My current mindset on quilt design is almost
always medallion style, whether patchwork or applique.
I generally have an idea for the center and the color
choices though the finished size requires some serious math
and critical decisions as to the size of the borders, the empty
spaces and the total correlation and symmetry. This brainstorming
part of the design process is the most difficult and the one that
I enjoy the most. It will be a bride’s quilt with four twenty inch
appliqued blocks appliqued in a traditional motif in modern fabrics,
set on point with generous pieced borders harmonizing in color and
size with the midtone pastels of the applique. The field is that creamy
indistinct pale pastel swirly color something like summer sky. It will
be one of a kind in keeping with the promise I made to myself when a
freshman. Photos later.