Today, I’d like to talk a little about the design process for a quilt. For me, it usually starts with a pencil and graph paper. If I’m in the mood to create, I love to pull out my pencil and paper and start sketching. Sometimes it ends with a usable quilt design and other times it’s just a fun exercise that doesn’t yield anything that I actually want to make. 😉
Once I have a pretty good idea of what I want the design to look like, I go to my EQ8 software to start creating the quilt. Within EQ8, I can bring my quilt to life and even add in the exact fabric choices I’m thinking of using! This process usually involves tweaking the design and trying different fabrics or changing up design elements until I have everything just right. I am a pretty indecisive person and having EQ8 to test out my options before actually sewing anything has been an invaluable tool!
Below, you can see a mock-up of my Regent Street Star Quilt. I imported the Regent Street Lawn floral jpg files from Moda’s website into my Fabric Library within EQ8 so I could get an exact idea of what the quilt would look like when finished.
I wasn’t sure if the dark gray fabric shown above (Moda’s Crossweave in Black) would be too heavy for the light and pretty florals, so I decided to create another mock-up–this time using a bright white as the background fabric (see below).
After creating the image with the white background, I decided that I definitely preferred the dark gray background. This is where objectivity comes in to quilt design–I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if many of you prefer the white background over the gray that I ultimately chose. And guess what? That’s okay! We all have different design preferences and it’s absolutely fine to change things up to fit what YOU like.
After deciding on the gray background, I wanted to try out a couple other designs to make sure I was set on the star layout above. Below, I altered the inner star a little to see how I liked it (spoiler alert: I liked my original star design better).
Lastly, I decided to create a mock-up for an even simpler quilt design (below). I am a huge fan of sawtooth stars and pinwheel blocks, so adding them together makes my heart go pitter-patter. 🙂 In the end, I decided this design was a little too simple to use as an entire quilt, and I felt that my original idea was more striking.
Ultimately, I am so happy with my design choices on this Regent Street Star Quilt. Having a computer program to test out my ideas certainly helps me make decisions a lot faster and with more confidence! I love being able to change the design or fabric choices with just a couple clicks. It’s so much easier than starting to cut and sew a quilt together only to discover you wish you would have made a few changes (we’ve all been there, done that, right?!).
You can head over to the Moda Bake Shop blog to find the free tutorial for my Regent Street Star Quilt. Once you decide on the fabric, it’s a super fast sew!
And for those of you who have been wanting to give EQ8 a try, I have a coupon code for you! You can use code EQ8KRISTINA until June 30th for 20% off anything at electricquilt.com!