From design to reality 42

I’ve mentioned my quilt design a day challenge a couple times before, and it’s still going strong. Although I’m thinking I might take a break for a bit and do some pattern making. There are a few I would really like to make available!


I’ve done a couple of abstract landscapes, which really grabbed my interest and refused to let go. Because the shapes were simple, I figured I could bust one of them out pretty quickly. And it did go fairly quickly. I made notes to myself as I went along so that I could improve the pattern for general use, as well as improve my techniques. I thought I’d share a couple of them here.


Dear self –

Love that paper-piecing pattern so I don’t have to cut any funky angles! Do you think next time maybe you could try double checking the measurements and sizing up or down to a common size so that I don’t have to try to match up stripes that are 3.8759″ wide?

Cool. Thanks.

Dear self –

Good plan on that basting where the seams meet to get higher accuracy. However, it works best if you baste and thenΒ check that things are lined up correctly, because otherwise you just end up with an extra seam to rip when it’s invariably wrong.



I found a Moose in the forest!

Any thoughts on quilting for this one? I’m really at a loss.

Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced’s WIP Wednesday.


P.S. The top is what that big chunk of Kona Ochre was for.

P.P.S. I know there’s something weird going on with bloglovin’ not posting my stuff right away and then dumping it all at once after about a week. I’ve contacted them, and they’re trying to figure it out.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

I love comments, and respond to each one!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

42 thoughts on “From design to reality

    • anne Post author

      Interesting question. Partially it was because while this style of illustration is something I’m often drawn to, I wasn’t sure how it would translate into a quilt, and I wanted to see. Partially because it’s not something I’ve seen done before with a quilt (probably has been done, but I haven’t seen it). And partially because I knew it was simple enough I could put it together in the small amount of free time I have these days. πŸ™‚

      Since picking up the fabric, I’ve done a few more designs that I want to work on more, but I had already made the pattern and gotten the fabric for this one, so there you go!

    • anne Post author

      I’m really torn between going wild or going really straight. I have an idea forming for the sky, but nothing concrete for the foreground yet. I’m not a very accomplished quilter, so I may end up farming this one out. πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      That’s exactly what I’m struggling with. πŸ™‚ I like the minimalist shape, but then there’s all this space to do something fun if I wanted to. I’m leaning towards simple, I think.

    • anne Post author

      That’s pretty much where I’m at. LOL I will likely send it to a long armer if I decide do do anything other than straight line quilting, because … not my forte. πŸ™‚

  • Lorna McMahon

    This is a design that really draws you in. Really enjoyed reading those notes to yourself. I would be tempted to do horizontal straight line quilting. Love this top and looking forward to seeing just how you do end up quilting it, Anne!

    • anne Post author

      Thanks Lorna! πŸ˜€ I’m also tempted to do horizontal straight line, although leaving the triangle trees un-quilted. I have an idea for straight line with a twist, but I need to do some doodling to see how it would actually look. πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      Thanks Ruth! I thought it was interesting that the ochre took on a more rose-y tint when I paired it with those greens. It really is all about context, I suppose! lol

  • Pat S

    Very cool. I could see some fun adaptations of this with fabric choices. But I’d probably have to farm it out to a longarmer for quilting.

    • anne Post author

      Yah, long-arm farming might be in the future for this quilt, unless I decide to just do straight line quilting. πŸ™‚ I have a little dream of entering this into a show (which is why I was being so persnickity with the seams lining up) and I don’t want the quilting to ruin it. πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      YES. I really would love a pattern tester! I made a bunch of notes (most of them more useful than the ones I posted here, lol) and have quite a few changes to make, but I’d love to have someone test the changes. πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      Oooh I hadn’t really thought about doing the lines more organically. That might work really well. Definitely something different for the trees, or maybe even nothing at all, so they stand out. πŸ™‚

  • Material Girl Quilts

    Love it and that Ochre is fabulous and makes the quilt!! Maybe you could free motion some swirles in the ochre to look like windblown clouds and then organic wavy lines across the bottom stripes (or ground). I honestly don’t know what I would do, but that’s at least one suggestion. πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      Thank you for the suggestion! I’m sort of thinking of doing straight lines with a few swirlies in the sky, if that makes sense? I want to sketch it out and see if I like the way it looks in reality versus just in my head. πŸ™‚ Still not sure what to do for the foreground, though.

  • Whiskers

    I’m intrigued with the “sun dots” that are coming through the fence in the top portion of the “ochre”. For some reason, the lighting in your picture seems like it should come from the upper right to the lower left (just my point of view), but how about some big stitch quilting with thick thread on the slant (like the “sun dots”) down to the green solid. Then change the angle? Like the line you would get from the tree shadows. Then you would have “raining sunshine”.

    • anne Post author

      The light was to the upper right, and the sun dots are actually coming from the upper right, but the design of the fence makes the dots look like they are going the other way. πŸ™‚
      I think I get what you mean, sort of like sunbeams and shadows, that’s a really interesting idea! Thank you! πŸ˜€ I’m going to sketch out some of these and see what works with my vague inner vision.

  • quiltingmod

    I talk to Myself too. I’ll have to start saying smooches to Myself, because I think she’ll think it’s funny. Ochre–that’s a new one to me, but I like it. You could do some Jacquie Gering-style serpentine stitching on the grass. I don’t know about the rest.

    • anne Post author

      I figure it’s good to be nice to yourself when you’re having a conversation with yourself. lol Maybe I can borrow my friend’s janome for the serpentine stitching. That’s a good idea!

  • mlwilkie

    I like the idea fir the upper part to be wavy lines for air. I would the add triangles in for the mountains and change it up or the earth/grass. Lots of opportunities, love the design!!

    • anne Post author

      Oh, those are great ideas! I’m going to take all these ideas and do some sketches, and see what falls out from that. Thank you!!

    • anne Post author

      I don’t know what proper etiquette is either, but I thought this was awesome! πŸ˜€ The link works and it’s totally okay with me! Thanks so much for the sketch! I’m going to take it and some other ideas and see what falls out, but I love this!

      • Sandy Waters

        oh good, thanks. On the bottom green area, I meant those to be 3 different quilting options. BTW, I loved your dragon quilt and enjoyed reading all the post about it’s creation – it turned out perfect!

        • anne Post author

          I thought that might be what you meant with the three designs. πŸ˜€ And thank you so much! The dragon quilt is still one of my favorite finishes (and definitely the hardest!). πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      Thank you Adrianne! πŸ˜€ Qdad is easy, 15 minutes a day is easy to find regardless of how busy I am. I just facebook a little less. The quilt top I probably shouldn’t have done, but man I needed a break from everything else! lol Don’t tell on me, okay? ^_^

  • AmandaK@whatthebobbin

    I love the colors together, though I wouldn’t have chosen them myself. The color inspirations can really push you to see colors differently. I love the look of this and I’m glad you translated your design into fabric. It really is a awesome quilt!

    • anne Post author

      I NEVER would have chosen these colors myself, either. Well okay, I would have chosen the Kona Wasabi (the bright green) because that’s an awesome color. But the others, definitely not. πŸ™‚ That’s part of the fun of the design challenge, using colors I never would pick myself!
      Thanks so much for your kind comments!

  • Am L

    It is cool that you took the process from conception to quilt top pretty quickly. I like the simplicity of it as it is, and can see it both with simple straight-line quilting, and with artsy quilting. It depends on what you want to see at the end, right? If you get all fancy with the quilting, then it will turn into a quilt that was all about the quilting. So, I would decide if what you want to “see” when you look at this quilt when it is done: Your design idea coming to fruition, or a quilting design-based quilt. Also, do you want this quilt to be ALL you, or will you be happier with someone else quilting it? You know how I feel about the quilting part, lol.

    I agree with Adrianne, it is pretty freaking awesome!

    • anne Post author

      Wow, thanks Am. That’s exactly the advice I needed. I don’t think I want the focus to be on the quilting, so I think I need to keep it more on the simple side. I don’t mind farming it out to a long-armer, but if it’s going to just be mostly straight line, I can do that. πŸ™‚ Personally I’d be find making quilt tops and doing the binding and letting someone else handle everything in between. πŸ˜‰ I need to partner up with someone who REALLY loves quilting!

  • Casey

    This is gorgeous. Your colors are spot on, and it reminds me of evening in a European garden. I’m a 17th century nerd, so I’d totally quilt the negative space with some kind of fancy damask pattern, but that’s just me. However you decide to quilt it, it will be a fantastic quilt–nice work!!!!

    • anne Post author

      Oh wow, I hadn’t even considered that. I LOVE damask patterns! I’m not sure if that’s the direction I want to go with this quilt, but I now desperately want to make a quilt just to go with a damask pattern quilting motif. πŸ˜€