Thursday, 16 April 2015

when inspiration strikes


I have been so busy with the kids off school for the holidays that I failed to document any randomness this week. I did purchase this lovely scrap bundle from Karen Lewis Textiles when she was tempting me on IG.


And then I was suddenly inspired! Nicky recently suggested that some geometric fabric I bought would make a great quilt pattern and so I starting drawing it out and want to English Paper Piece it. I've been think about colours and how to use Karen's bundle, I have an idea of what I want to do but need to think some more and maybe try sketching it out to see if I like it. 


I don't usually spend time planning, I'm more likely to just start playing around with fabric and going with my gut. This one needs a bit of thought though and I'm having a hard time visualising it, so I would love to hear from those of you that plan; how to you decide what fabrics or colour schemes to use? Do you sketch it out, colour in your design or is there some other thing I should do?

p.s. this great paper I'm using is a free printable, you can get it here!

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8 comments:

  1. I use a mix of techniques but pretty much all are computer based. For EPP projects, which I do a lot of, I usually draft up a copy of my desing in Inkscape. If it's a small design I'll play around with colour combinations there - they won't match the fabrics but will give me an idea of whether or not the idea I have in my head is going to actually work. For larger projects I pretty much use EQ7 as my design wall. My hubbie bought me a copy a few years ago and I must admit that while I really don't use it as much as I should for designing or drafting final patterns I do find it great for playing around with fabric options.

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  2. Let me know what you come up with. I LOVE Karen's bundles. I wish Robert Kaufman would grab her and print bolts and bolts of her patterns on Kona, right? I mean, I love the handmade goodness of her screen printing for sure, but it's so hard on my pocketbook so I would love to buy in quantity. Robert Kaufman, are you listening?

    Also, this was great randomness, by the way. So if you come up with some good ideas, I also got five "trimmings" bundles from Umbrella Prints and would love to know what to do with them. I'm thinking I might make a bunch of Modern Handcraft's hexies so I can machine stitch them to something. Happy Thursday, Lucy.

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  3. Planning is one of the most fun bits for me, enjoy!

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  4. Love that irregular geometric you're using for your EPP inspiration. You could try taking it to a printing store and having them enlarge it on a copy machine to the size you want to work with. Then you can cut apart the print for the EPP papers. Good luck!

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  5. I like to sketch mine out with colored pencils but sometimes I just wing it. I'm known for crazy designs.

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  6. I do all my planning with a pencil and paper and try to think in terms of values for the fabric placement and then colour. Although I usually have a sort of colour scheme in mind, which makes it easier. I tend to just shade different shapes and then make a sample block to check my templates work (and line up!) and the colour placement is what I want. It's a long process of mulling, sketching, mulling and then more mulling before I get to any cutting out or sewing! Have fun!

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  7. I collect some fabrics I want to use, then I have to find a pattern I love. I 'm lacking the ability to draw my own, except for a couple of times! I look for ideas in shops& here...then go with my gut!!!

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  8. Not the 21st for me! I'm in Eastern time zone.

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