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Thread: Designing a quilt... do you ever...

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    I've been reading this board for some months now...it's amazing the inspiration and creative juices that get going when I look at the quilts and projects everyone has done! So, now...in my mind I'm 'creating' a quilt -but for now all I have is a set of colors I want to work with. No idea what the pattern will be... but I have a pallette! ;-)

    Do you ever do that? Which part of a quilt comes first in your imagination?

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    The dream!

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    Sometimes it is the pattern, other times with the fabric. :D:D:D

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    Lets see???????
    The pattern,No the material, No!!
    This is like asking: the chicken or the egg!!!! LOL LOL LOL
    It all depends.......????

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    very rarely do i start with the fabric first.

    i typically come up with my design and then i hit the stash, if i don't have the exact fabric i'd like i just make it by dyeing, stencil, screen printing, etc.

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    I design a lot of what I make. I just get some grid paper out and go to town with it. I designed a pillow, table runner, and doll quilt for Christmas gifts last year.

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    Sometimes a fabric will inspire a design, and grow from there.

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    definitely. Having a stash helps me pick out a palette first.

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    Super Member dreamboat's Avatar
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    I design a lot of mine.

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    Most of my quilts start with a purpose/person in mind. Then I try to tailor the pattern and colors to that person. I rarely make a quilt with no purpose in mind.

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    Most often I start with the fabric or at least the colors in mind. Then I go from there.

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    I usually start with an idea or see a block I like. Then it's on to the graph paper to draw it and see if it works. After that it's time to start pulling fabrics out of my stash. And the rest takes care of it's self.

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    I get ideas when I see fabrics.

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    The person or purpose for the quilt, then the colors, the fabric and finally the pattern.

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    Many times I choose my fabrics first and then come up with a pattern that would highlight them best.

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