Today, I thought I would give you a little peek at my design process. Sometimes I design with the computer, using EQ7. However with the Cat-in-the-Hat Quilt, I am designing as I go along. This is definitely the more time-consuming method. The fabric dictated my design sensibility on this quilt because it is so busy. I purchased a fat quarter pack of this Cat-in-the-Hat fabric because I thought it would make a cute kid’s quilt. Once I started working with it I clearly didn’t know what to do with it.
I had recently finished my Winter Palace quilt and thought I would remake it using these fabrics with black and white chevrons. Once I got started it seemed like a whole quilt with this fabric might be a little hard to look at. So then I decided to only use the chevron blocks for the border and I would use a whole cloth center. When I laid that out, it looked a little plain. I did a mock-up with my grandson’s name, but that also seemed plain. I let that idea smolder for a while and went back to figuring out the corners. I had tried 3 different corners before I decided on a more scrappy look and I think I am happy with the corners now.
Next I did a mock-up of some alternating black and white blocks for the lettering. I kind of like the way this looks, so I am going to go ahead with this idea. I got inspiration on this design element from the book “Fat Quarter Fonts” by Atkinson Designs.
Next step is figuring out how to digitize the die cut alphabet shapes so I can use my embroidery module to stitch these down. I have done this before, but it was a long time ago (see picture of Gavin’s Quilt) and I need a refresher.
I would love to have this top done by Sunday night, but there is still a lot to be done. Then, I have lots of ideas for the back. Wish me luck.
Have a great weekend everyone! ~ Lora