Quilt Design A Day 26

I am having a weird issue where my blog is no longer emailing me comments. I’m not sure what’s going on and I’m trying to figure it out, but I apologize for the delay in responses!

It’s 4th of July weekend here, and I have plans to sew and relax and try to stay away from the computer. Fingers crossed I can make that happen. πŸ˜€

Here’s another week of Quilt Design A Day designs! You can see the previous ones here (along with some QDAD to reality quilts.)

I really wanted to figure out stars, and this is another take at that. I still don’t feel comfortable with stars. This particular design annoys me because it’s rotated ever so slightly counter-clockwise. GAH!

The watermelon dragon! πŸ˜€ Inspired by the shape of the watermelon, I used a drunkard’s path block and ended up with this design which reminded me of a dragon. I really like this one. I don’t suppose I could convince someone to make this? πŸ™‚

These are supposed to be lightning bugs/fireflies where some are lit up and others are not. Instead they look more like fancy sandal hieroglyphics.

Every once in a while a design comes together immediately and I end up feeling like I should do more to fill the time but I’m afraid to mess it up. This is one of those designs. I really like the not-quite-symmetry of it.

I find there is a nice coincidence here that I’m showing my memorial day design on 4th of July. For Memorial Day, I went with some friends to watch the latest Captain America movie. This quilt design was inspired by his costume. Although a lot of people mention it reminds them of Top Gun. I wonder why his costume doesn’t remind people of top gun? What is it about this that does? These are the design quandaries that rattle around in my head. πŸ™‚

I feel like I’ve finally found peace with log cabins. This was a fun one just playing with color and scale of the inner hearth.

One of the challenges of working with design seeds every day is that there are some motifs that show up All. The. Time. One of those is feathers. I actually rather like this design, although that’s partly because they look more like trees than feathers.

I was thinking of doing some design tutorials and possibly Illustrator tutorials on how to get started with quilt design. Any interest in something like that?


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26 thoughts on “Quilt Design A Day

  • StaceyinStitches

    I will make your watermelon dragon. Your probably surprised that I haven’t started it already lol! Still love your feather hues, and YES to the Illustrator tutorials! Happy Independence Day!

    • anne Post author

      Get to it, Stacey! πŸ˜€ I wanna see watermelon dragon come to life! πŸ˜€ lol I have a whole slew of tutorials I want to write. I should get on that! πŸ™‚

  • Joanna

    The watermelon dragon is tempting! I’ve been on a Drunkard’s Path kick lately. Definitely interested in quilt design tutorials!

    I occasionally have issues with comments because of this: http://www.attendstar.com/yahoo-changes-email-policy/
    It mostly happens on Blogspot blogs though. My comment will post but I’ll get a notification bounced back in my junk to tell me the blogger’s email did not accept it (which I assume is my comment emailed to them via Blogger — the third party).

    • anne Post author

      I’ll try to brainstorm some quilt design tutorial topics! They’d probably be more general design principles like balance, repetition, scale, rotation, etc. But they’re useful in quilt design as well. πŸ™‚
      I figured out what happened with the comments!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Thank goodness. I have all my emails forwarding to a central gmail account. It turns out that for some reason, blog comments were suddenly considered spam and getting put in the spam filter and not getting forwarded. I logged into the account and there they were (along with a bunch of other things that shouldn’t have been spammed. :O Crap!)

  • Whiskers

    Actually the dragon wouldn’t be as hard as it looks. I get so frustrated with Design Seeds and the washed out colors she uses. So many of those photos would be much more color saturated in real life. I guess I just like more vibrant colors.

    Captain America reminded me of an insignia on my dad’s old Army uniform (and I don’t know what it meant). The feathers would make a nice forest, and the flying geese would make a great Pendleton blanket.

    Happy 4th to you. Would love to see the tutorials.

    • anne Post author

      I don’t really worry about her colors anymore and try to focus more on the design. Once it comes time to make them in real life, it’s going to change anyway. πŸ™‚ But I’m with you, I tend towards more saturated colors. There have been a couple of days where I disliked both palettes so much, I took the time to make my own from the image. πŸ™‚ But mostly I try to work with them. That’s part of the challenge, after all! πŸ™‚

      Happy 4th of July to you as well! πŸ˜€ I hope you’re doing something fun with it!

    • anne Post author

      The flying geese was my favorite in this set as well! I may have to make that one (although probably with different colors.)

    • anne Post author

      Drunkard’s path blocks are pretty fun if you use the pinless method, but they do require some practice. As I’m finding out. LOL I guess if I took the time to baste/pin, I would need less practice, but man who has time for that?

  • robynie

    That first one is a bit of an optical illusion, it looks like it’s tilting a bit to the left, but I don’t think it actually is!

    I totally saw the lightning bugs and they are very nice, that’s the one of these I would make πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      Hrm, I think you may be right! I think it’s actually that each of the spokes on the stars are not symmetrical, so it gives it a bit of a lean. Interesting!

    • anne Post author

      I should have followed that plan! Actually I guess I did, but we moved the cooking outside. Lots of BBQ ended up in my belly! ^_^

    • anne Post author

      I think I’ve now promised enough tutorials to fill out the rest of this year. ^_^ I should actually get to writing them now!!

  • Emily C

    I love the watermelon dragon and the sandels. I have been having issues with msgs not going out for a few months. There was a policy change and quite a few blogs post my comments, but bounce the email. So, it might not be your blog. I am hoping my end gets updated soon.

    • anne Post author

      I found out what was going on, yay!! πŸ˜€ It turned out because I had email forwarding on, every once in a while the original account would mark some of the incoming comments as spam and they wouldn’t get forwarded. I’ve noticed a few here or there not making it but I’ve worked around it. For whatever reason, it suddenly kicked in that every single comment was spam, so none of them were forwarding! I’ve since fixed it (everything now gets forwarded), but man that was making me go a bit nuts for a while!

  • applepiepatchwork

    I’d totally make the watermelon dragons. That design is my favourite, I think. I think your campfire hues looks a little bit like those back packs that Native American women would carry their babies in. I don’t know what they’re called. Do you know what I mean? Though that would mean all the babies are head-down in your sketch. πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      Yes! I know exactly what you mean about the baby backpacks. πŸ™‚ I don’t remember what they’re called either, but yes the poor baby would fall out of them in that direction. πŸ™‚

  • voicesinmyhead2

    Hi. Just recently found your blog. What software do you use to design quilts? I am rather new to quilting. Self taught and only sewing for about 3 years. I want to replicate a Frank Lloyd Wright piece to a quilt. I have been doing it by hand with graph paper and it sucks.

    • anne Post author

      Hi there! πŸ™‚ I use Illustrator for doing my quilt designs. It’s not the most user friendly program (and expensive), but it works. Inkscape is similar to Illustrator and free, although still not super user friendly. A lot of people use EQ7 (Electric Quilt 7) which is specifically designed for making quilts. I like using graph paper, but it tends to take a long time which I get frustrated by. πŸ™‚

  • Kelly

    I’d love it if you did some tutorials on Illustrator and quilt design! I absolutely look so forward to these posts, I find them incredibly inspiring! Thanks for sharing so much, I’m a terrible commenter, but I’m out here appreciating all your hard work!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you so much! And thanks for taking the time to comment. πŸ™‚ I have a whole bunch of tutorials on design and Illustrator that I want to write, now I need to just sit down and write them!