This week I'm going to take you through my design process!
From Monday to Friday I'll show you snapshots of my journey from the first pencil sketch to the finished project.
Last week I was given a bundle of fabrics by Patchwork & Stitching magazine (Australia). The fat quarters belong to Helen Stubbing's new 'Nice People, Nice Things' range from Red Rooster fabrics, and I've been asked to design a project for the magazine using them.
Normally I sketch my design first and then choose my fabrics, but this time the fabrics took precedence...
What initially struck me about 'Nice People Nice Things' was its suitability for applique and backgrounds, as the fabrics are mainly tonal with only a few multi coloured prints in the range.
I love doing applique so decided to design a table runner using appliqued blocks as a feature.
Step one was to sketch a rough idea of what I wanted the table runner to look like...
Step two was to break the design down to actual measurements, decide the size of the applique blocks and start sketching their design.
I sketch with a HB pencil, drawing and erasing until I have what is pleasing to my eye. When I'm happy with what's on the paper I go over the design with a black 0.4 pigma pen.
Step three is to draw the full layout of the design onto graph paper.
I'll be using the two designs reversed, as well as their original format, to make four appliqued blocks.
The final step before I prepare the blocks to stitch is to choose what fabrics will be used, and where in the design they will feature.
Tomorrow I'll take you through my preparation of the applique blocks, and explain how the fabrics had a say in that process. Yes, the fabric can speak. ;-)
A little show & tell before I sign off for the day?
Edith has made my free design, "The Lord is my Shield", and isn't it lovely in the bright colours!?
All my Christian designs are free, and can be downloaded HERE.
I'm working on a new one at the moment and will share it next week. Here's a peek...
The winner of my giveaway for this "Happy Table Runner" kit is Jean in Canada!!
Congratulations JEAN, and thank you to all who entered the giveaway celebrating the launch of my "Shabby Roses Home" BOM!
I have emailed Jean for her address, and as soon as I have it I can post this pretty parcel off to her!
The three runners up, who will each receive a PDF pattern for my "Partridge & Pear" wall hanging design...
3. Donna G
Ladies, please email me and I will bless you with this sweet PDF pattern!
have a blessed day!