Machine Quilting Day 10
The most obvious place to look for a quilting design is probably in the fabric you are using to make your quilt. This is especially so if using a floral or print, but you can also find design ideas in batiks and other fabrics.
Today's photo is a Hoffman fabric batik. It's a large pattern and ideal to get a cool quilting design from.
If you are using this fabric in large pieces, you can simply quilt around the design on the fabric.
Or you can use it to quilt a free-form design in a block or background area that needs filling.
Another idea is to just use the idea instead of the actual design and create your own design as I have in the photo below. I kept with the curves, stitching the inner and outer lines but only made four petals and smoother curves to simply it all.
I used this same idea on a quilt I made many years ago called Cherry Blossoms. The main focus fabric was a cherry print which included cherries, leaves and blossoms. I used the idea to create my own leaf and blossom design.
Have you used fabric to come up with a quilt design before?
More about Cherry Blossoms: I used the colors in the cherry fabric for the rest of this bargello quilt. It's a little different from the standard bargello as it is made in quarters. Each quarter is rotated to create the design. I wrote this as a quilt pattern as well as an online class and both have been very popular.