Quilt Design A Day 38

Today is the last day to link up your Pantone Quilt Challenge entry! The link up closes at 11pm PST. After that, you all will have a week to vote for your favorite for the Reader’s Choice award! I’ll bug remind you all about that on Monday.


3-4: deserted brights – I was inspired by the tracks left behind in the desert and the stories they tell about the animals that left them. However, I felt I went a little too literal so I took the deer track shape and played around with making it something more abstract in the rightmost design.


3-5: color view and peony palette – Bathroom tiles and angry bird pigs/powerpuff girls flowers.

Over a month ago, I decided to try designing a quilt every day. The month has sped by, and I’m still designing. Interestingly, I still have the lingering fear that “maybe today will be the day that nothing comes to me and there will be no more designs.” As if there’s a well of creativity and once I’ve depleted it, that’s all there is folks.


3-6: color field – We had a challenge in the facebook group to do designs using the asanoha pattern. This was my version. How to accomplish the white lines in this design is left as an exercise for the reader.


3-7: nature hues – Left is heavily inspired by the crazy town quilt made by Lee @ Freshly Pieced. The other is inspired by the shapes and overlapping nature of the source image.

I’m starting to get the impression that this isn’t how it works, but I’m not sure how long until that fear goes away. I guess I’ll keep you posted!


3-8: peppered palette – The peppers and colors remind me of Mexico, so I thought it’d be fun to play with Aztecan motifs. This is what I came up with.


3-9: color road – The image on the left brought me hours of frustration and I hated everything about it. After going back and forth with a friend about how to fix it, I realized I was trying to mimic someone else’s style because I felt like there was something wrong with my own style. The image on the right took 7 minutes and I love it. It’s the second quilt that I got fabric for to go with the other triangle tree quilt I made.


3-10: global hues – I wanted to capture the feeling of “glow” that came from the lanterns, and stay away from super literal representations of the scene. Mmmm. Navy.

I’ve been doing work on turning some of these and previous designs into patterns, and I’d love some pattern testers. If you’re interested, please drop me a note here or email me: anne@play-crafts.com.

Previous designs:
Quilt Design A Day 1 – 2/18 – 2/24
Quilt Design A Day 2 – 2/25 – 3/3


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38 thoughts on “Quilt Design A Day

    • anne Post author

      Wow, thank you Sarah! 😀 Depending on how complicated the trees pattern comes out to be, I may have that top for next week. 🙂 For some reason, those two tree quilts go together in my head. 🙂

  • Leigh Anne

    I adore the aztec design. I’ve been wanting to do something like that for a while now.

    I think it’s sometimes good to push yourself towards a different design style. Sometimes it’s a whompwhomp but maybe next time you will discover something else that feels good to you.

    And I would definitely love to be a pattern tester 🙂

    • anne Post author

      It seems like the Aztec design needs to go on my short list! 🙂 The shapes aren’t that complicated, although I’m guessing the construction might be a little fussy. 🙂

      I think in the case of those trees, I was pushing myself to mimic another artist instead of being inspired by her. My style has definitely begun to evolve from when I started this process from the influence of the other quilt designers in the facebook group we have going. And I love that! 🙂

      You’re already pattern testing for me, you just kinda wrote the pattern, too. LOL (j/k, i’ll put you down!! Thank you!!)

    • anne Post author

      Okay, so I should sign you up for the insanity-inducing asanoha design. Got it! 😉
      Are there any designs in particular you’re interested in? This is a pretty low stress thing, because I’m sort of figuring out what I’m doing at the same time. 🙂

    • anne Post author

      Okay! I’ve put you on the list for the two tree quilts. I’m creating a spreadsheet so I don’t forget who is interested in what. 😀

    • anne Post author

      Hahaha okay! I’m putting you down in the spreadsheet. I really need to get busy doing quilt designs! I’ll follow up with an email when I have something resembling a pattern. 🙂

    • anne Post author

      That one is definitely getting made into a pattern. 🙂 I don’t /think/ it will be that difficult, just a bit fussy in construction. And in regards to your IG question, you are of course welcome to use whatever colors/fabric you want! (Aztec meet Liberty of London and Oakshott. 😉

    • anne Post author

      Oh, I try not to design with the thought of whether they’re doable or not because I found it really constrained what I came up with. Color field is doable if you don’t mind doing some seriously fussy applique work, or maybe some even more fussy EPP work. LOL But it will probably never make it to the pattern stage, I admit. 🙂

  • Ann Dunn

    Hi Anne, I subscribed to the design seeds after seeing your initial blog and am enjoying getting some beautiful photos in my mail every day and then I wonder what will you do with them. I have not done pattern testing before but it sounds like an interesting thing to do; please consider me in your pool of potential testers. PS…I love what you came up with for the desert brights and the global hues.

    • anne Post author

      I’m glad your mailbox is getting filled with pretty things every day. 😀 I am really enjoying working with their inspiration images. 🙂
      I will add you to the spreadsheet I’m putting together. I’ve never really made patterns before, so we can learn together! 😀

  • Pat S

    I love all of these but those lanterns are really awesome. I’d love to test drive that one. Unlike some of the others, I think it is within my current capabilities. 😀

    • anne Post author

      Thanks Pat! 😀 I’ve added you to the list. I have some other minimalist work I’ve done since that one that you might also enjoy. At this point the blog is 2 weeks behind what I’m currently producing. 🙂 But for now I have you down as interested in global hues. Thank you! 😀

    • anne Post author

      Thank you Linh! How do you feel about appliqué? That’s the most obvious way I see 3-6 being doable. But I’ll take a look at it again and see if there’s a way to piece it without it being totally insane. 😀 I’ve added you to the spreadsheet as interested in those two. Thank you!

    • anne Post author

      Yay, I’m so glad you’ve joined us! 😀 It’s nice having new points of view in the group! Alright, I’ve added you to the spreadsheet. Looks like global hues should get done pretty soon, that seems to be a favorite! 😀

    • anne Post author

      Awww, thank you Jess! I’ll add you to The List. (I capitalized it to make it sound important. Did it work? :))
      I really need to get to pattern making now!

  • kelly o!

    Anne, I am always in awe of your design talent and use of color. You do so much amazing work!

    If you’re still in need, I’d love to be a pattern tester.


  • Patti

    I’m really enjoying your visions for quilt patterns! Since I have zero talent for design, I stick to piecing from someone else’s patterns, and would love to test for you. Thanks

    • anne Post author

      Thanks so much, Patti! I doubt you have zero talent for design, it just takes practice (and the desire to keep practicing. 🙂 My first designs were extreme stinkers. lol
      I will add you to the spreadsheet, thank you! I don’t really have a game plan yet, but I will email you when I figure out what the heck I’m doing. 🙂

  • Jehnny

    Loving the designs! I love how you turned the tracks into something a little more abstract, I would never think of doing that! Anytime you need me to pattern test, sign me up!

    • anne Post author

      It’s because the powderpuff girls are awesome. 😉 Hahaha You’re right, it does have a bit of an art deco flair. I’m a huge fan of art deco, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised if it shows up a bit in my work. 🙂 (Also art nouveau but that is far less conducive to quilting motifs!)

    • anne Post author

      Let’s hope not! That would be a very sad day. 😀 Thank you so much, the rug pattern is on the short list. 🙂 I think it’d be interesting to see that in fabric, especially prints!

    • anne Post author

      I designed the tracks to be a paper-pieced pattern (straight edges) but they’d work fine for applique as well and would allow for the edges to be smoothed out. 🙂 I’m really slacking on writing these up as patterns. It turns out that’s more time consuming than just designing them. 😀