The First Hour - Making the Design sketch

Posted by Elizabeth Barton on 17 September 2018 | 0 Comments


"The Six Hour Quilt" is a funfilled online workshop where you will design, select fabrics, cut and sew a quilt top. Today I'm sharing with you an excerpt from the first hour - the design section of this workshop.


Four ways to create designs:

a) trace 
b) collage of a simple shape
c) trace and college – more complex shapes
d) grids

Note: all supplies are items you should already have in your sewing area!! No need to dash out and buy anything new at all, plus we'll be working from your stash for fabric.


In this first hour, we’re going to create a design for our quilt. It’s a good idea to create more than one design so that you have some choice. With more than one, you can choose between weaker and stronger ones….so I really recommend you try to come up with half a dozen different ideas if you can.

Give yourself the whole hour and don’t cut yourself short! After all, if you were planning a wedding (which only takes a few hours to actually execute), you’d probably spend weeks planning!
I’m going to describe 4 different ways to design a quilt top – now I’m sure there are very many more ways you can do this…so if you think of them…jot your ideas down and add them to your “artist’s tool box”.

First I’ll show you a PPP of the different ways, then I’ll give more detailed instructions and include some brief glimpses of students at work carrying out those ideas.... plus some still photographs.

Note: My PPPs are usually in French as well as English as I’ve had a number of Francophones in my online classes – now I can’t swear that the French is perfect! – but I hope it will be helpful to the French speakers, and interesting to those who’ve learned French in the past and would like to revise it!

.... Elizabeth Barton 
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Brief Encounter by Elizabeth

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