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Thread: do you ever design your quilts?

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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    Apr 2010
    I design many of my quilts... but sometimes I just want it easy and buy a pattern. I like graph paper and doodle sometimes while watching TV... but sometimes I use EQ ... it just depends on my mood.

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    Super Member ShowMama's Avatar
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    Feb 2010
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    I also design many of my quilts. I use graph paper, a pencil, and a ruler. In fact, I've bought so much graph paper in the past few years that I've pretty much kept the industry going and sent all of their kids to college!

    I love the designing process and feel proud when I see the fruits of my labor in a finished quilt that looks like no other one on earth.
    There is no snooze button on a hungry cat!

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    Mar 2012
    Garland, Texas
    Jacquie, absolutely, you can design anything you like. I find quilting an excellent outlet for all my crazy creative thoughts, some turn out okay, others not so much. Do it, give it a whirl, then post your results so we can applaud your creativity!

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    Senior Member IAmCatOwned's Avatar
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    Nov 2008
    Nope. I'm afraid I find I am a pattern follower. I might change something a bit, but the overall pattern has been designed by someone else.

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    I have designed two on my own. But both designs incorporated blocks that I either had to have a pattern for or have been around so long they are considered public domain. One was a mariner's compass and I used a pattern for one by Judy Matehison and the raw idea for the quilt I used one of the pictures in book, although mine looked nothing like the picture when done. The picture was the seed that started the idea. The other I built around a panel and incorporated traditional Log cabin blocks. Granted I did not need a pattern for the LC and they have been around for so long it doesn't take any stretch of the imagination to put one together with no pattern. I did draft it out on graph paper before sewing though. The other block in this design was also based on a picture I saw but with no measurements or anything so I drafted my own block based on that picture. So I'm not sure if either of these truly qualify as designing my own quilt in that I didn't invent a block out of thin air and didn't have some kind of vision for a quilt. I took inspiration from other sources.

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