Quilt Design 47

I’ve made it to the other side of the Season of Deadlines which has basically been a slog of every free moment being spoken for. This last weekend was the first time I didn’t have something that I was tragically behind on which was freeing but it’s been a while so I felt a little lost!

One of the things I’ve been wanting to do for a while is create a video of my quilt design process. Well this weekend I finally sat down and did it. It’s my first time creating a video but I tried to talk about what I was doing while I was doing it. It’s a mixture of Illustrator chat and design chat, and I actually reallyΒ enjoyed making it so am hoping to do more in the future. If you want to be notified of future videos as they come out, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel. (Please let me know if that link doesn’t work!)

The video is just shy of 30 minutes but goes through the entire process of designing a Quilt Design a Day (QDAD) using Illustrator.

And here are the designs I created.Β I ended up making a coupleΒ as I doinked around learning the video software. I actually like the one that didn’t end up in the video better, but that’s how “live design” goes I guess! πŸ˜‰



Speaking of tools, I gave a talk at QuiltCon a couple of weeks ago about some of the design tools available for quilters. It was recorded, but I’m not sure how or if they’re going to make it available. So I’ve turned the talk into a pdf file. Most of what I said is in the “notes” area of the slides. I’m not sure what the rules are on posting it, so if you’re interested in it, leave a comment saying so, and I’ll email you the pdf.


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47 thoughts on “Quilt Design

    • anne Post author

      Oh man, I’m sorry you didn’t get a chance to attend QuiltCon! Thanks for signing up for my lecture, though. πŸ™‚
      I’ve emailed you the pdf. Let me know if you have any questions!

  • Rejeanne

    Hi Anne…..count me in on that PDFs file. Lord knows when I’ll get to QuilCon. I’m sure there will be something for me to learn.

    • anne Post author

      Hopefully someday it will end up close enough to you that you can go! πŸ˜€
      I’ve emailed you the pdf, let me know if you have any questions!

    • anne Post author

      Why do you say I’ve been sitting in too many conferences? πŸ™‚ Not that I disagree!
      Sent along the pdf. Let me know if you have any follow-up questions. πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      I’ll never give this exact talk again, so I don’t mind sharing. πŸ™‚ (If I were to give this talk again, I would make quite a few changes to it, I think!)

  • Camille Lechliter

    Anne, I’d love to read the pdf you mentioned. Was all agog watching your video. I bought your pattern for -can’t remember the name but it reminds me of a Southwest Indian design. Love your shapes and your colors!! Glad I found this website.

    • anne Post author

      Thanks so much, Camille! And if you end up making a quilt with the pattern, please share it with me! πŸ˜€ I’d love to see it. ^_^
      I’ve emailed the pdf. Feel free to let me know if you have questions!

  • Heulwen

    Really enjoyed watching this, thank you! I don’t have Illustrator, but I use Inkscape and there are definitely some tricks I can use there, I think. πŸ™‚ Would also love a copy of your tool talk pdf if possible, thank you in advance!

    • anne Post author

      Oh cool, I’m glad it was useful! I’ve used Inkscape very little, but it seems like most of the functionality is the same although you get to it differently.
      I’ve emailed you the file!

    • anne Post author

      Thanks Yvonne! πŸ˜€

      I used a program that has a terrible name but was recommended to me by another academic. It’s called iShowU HD, it’s for Mac only, though. The little circles are created every time I click. I should maybe mention that but of course I don’t see them as it’s recording so I forget!

    • anne Post author

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’m planning to do another one tomorrow or Saturday. It’s spring break so I suddenly have a bit more time than usual (although the to do list is no shorter!)
      I’ve emailed the pdf of the talk. Let me know what you think!

  • Jayne

    What a cool design. I found myself trying to figure out how you would piece it together…so intriguing!! I would love to hear about your design tools! Would you make me a cassette, or maybe an 8-track so I can listen too it? Just kidding…I’d love a PDF though! I think perhaps I need an alternative to designing.

    • anne Post author

      Hahahaha I’ll get right on making a recording! I mean I COULD just do the talk over again and record it and throw it on youtube. I should re-read my contract before I do anything like that, though!
      As for the piecing it’s using a quarter circle block and a quarter ring block. It looks way more complex than it is!

      I’ve emailed the pdf of the talk for now. Lemme know if you have any questions or anything! I’m always happy to chat design and tools.

    • anne Post author

      Illustrator is a great program once you know it, but it does have that whole learning curve thing to deal with. πŸ™‚
      I’ve emailed the pdf, feel free to let me know if you have any questions!

    • anne Post author

      I hope you get to go to QuiltCon next year as well! It can be such a wonderful experience. πŸ™‚
      I’ve emailed the pdf, please let me know if you have any questions!

  • aquilterstable

    Really appreciated your video, and will be linking to your post in my next newsletter. I’d appreciate having a copy of your lecture pdf.

    • anne Post author

      Thank you for linking to my post in your newsletter! πŸ˜€ I appreciate it. And the videos have been a lot of fun.
      I’m emailing you the pdf. I’m not sure if there’s anything in here that you don’t know already, but let me know if you have any questions!

  • springleafstudios

    Loved your Illustrator video. I use Illustrator for my design but am self taught and have a lot to learn. Do you ever use layers to build a design so you can easily group and recolor? Also curious why you save as a png instead of jpeg? Is one better than another for putting up on your blog? Please send me your QuiltCon pdf. I didn’t get to go this year but would have loved to have heard your talk. Thanks. Hope you do more videos.

    • anne Post author

      Hi there! Sorry for taking so long to respond, I’ve been doing a ton of travel recently.
      I don’t use layers too much, although I do when I trying out quilting designs. If I want to easily manipulate things, I’ll put them in a group since I have a keyboard shortcut for that and ungrouping. Let’s see, png vs jpg. When you save as jpg, it can leave some weird artifacts (discolored areas). I save as pngs because it doesn’t have that problem. Although when you upload them to facebook, it converts them to jpgs and adds those artifacts.
      I’ve emailed the pdf. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Lara

    Hi Anne,
    I’ve just visited for the first time after a mention of this post in from The Elven Garden. Since we live in Australia, getting to Quilt Con is unlikely! (But I can still hope, right?!) I’d love a copy of your PDF. Thanks for such a generous offer. I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog.

    • anne Post author

      It is totally okay to hope!! It is a LONG haul but you just never know. πŸ˜€
      I’ve sent the PDF in an email, please feel free to ask me any questions. It’s a pretty broad overview, but I can try to answer more specifics if you have them. πŸ™‚

      • springleafstudios

        Hi Anne. Not sure if you saw my comment from March 22 so am checking in again. I’d like a copy of your PDF and also wondering about why you save to the web as a png instead of jpeg. Is one better than the other for posting online?

        • anne Post author

          Sorry for not responding earlier! Honestly it probably doesn’t make a huge difference to save as png vs jpg. Illustrator just does what you last did, and at one point I saved as a png and have been saving it that way every since. πŸ™‚

  • Nelson Salsa

    Hi Anne! I love this tutorial so much. Hopefully I’ll be getting a new computer soon and will start playing around with illustrator. Now when I look at the second to last variation on this post all I see is BB-8 droids. It would be fun to make with his color palette. Hope all is well!