Sewing With Certainty
Back in November, I signed up for the Sewing With Certainty series with Jessica of Quilty Habit. The purpose of this linky party was to evaluate your sewing/quilting abilities and then outline goals for improvement. In my first post here, my four goals were centered on improving my ability to design quilting patterns. The following is a review of those four goals and how I measured up.
|KYSS Me Quick quilt pattern|
#1 – Abide by the KYSS policy
KYSS stands for Keep Your Sewing Simple. Keep the design simple. I made a number of quilts and patterns with the KYSS policy since November:
- KYSS Me Quick – a fat eighth bundle design
- KYSS Me Goodnight – a commissioned design
- KYSS Me Baby – a charm pack design
- KYSS Me by the Garden Wall – a layer cake design
|Back of KYSS Me by the Garden Wall pattern|
#2 – Design blocks that can be used simply to create quilts of various sizes
#3 – Use my new design wall to help me see the BIG picture and make changes as I go
A design wall is a valuable tool and so inexpensive to make. For me, it was as simple as purchasing a flannel backed table cloth from the dollar store and using some thumb tacks to pin it up on the wall. Seeing your blocks on the wall, being able to take a step back, and see the big picture, as well as the ability to rearrange pieces easily has been such an advantage. I am so glad to have incorporated this as a design tool!
|Kenya quilt for Charity|
Sometimes working on one quilt will lead to a great idea for something that can be turned into a pattern. When I was working on the Kenya quilt, shown above, I was inspired to make the KONA Fox Kits quilt, shown below. Even though drawing, planning or using design software can help you to plan a quilt pattern, cutting into fabric, piecing and just playing around with an idea will lead you down the path of inspiration.
|KONA Fox Kits quilt pattern|
What have I learned? I am pleased to have taken part in this series. Some of the subjects were difficult to write a post for. This challenged me to dig deep into each subject and really analyze myself and my processes. This series has helped me to improve as a blogger as well as a quilter.
Since that first post in November, I have gained confidence in my ability to design quilt patterns. Participating in this series has also given me the opportunity to meet others who took part in the series and make new friends. And that is something that has brought me great joy! Thank you, Jessica for providing us with a fun way to challenge ourselves. And for cheering us on each week!