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Playing with Quilt Design


The other day I got a luscious package in the mail all the way from the UK. I finally bit the bullet and ordered a bunch of Oakshott cottons – gorgeous, medium weight crossweave quilting cottons. Here are photos of the Lipari and Italy collections (courtesy of the Oakshott website):

Lipari-group-shot_2 italy-600

Because these fabrics are not inexpensive…and also because my supply of them is limited, I am wanting to plan carefully before cutting into them.

Yesterday I discovered a terrific quilt design tool called Quiltography. It is a paid ap and only can be used on IPad, but it is currently on sale for more than half the normal price. So I bought it and started playing.

Although I have never used a design tool before, I was up and running in about an hour. There is a bit of learning curve, but once I got the hang of things, I started designing like crazy!

The tool allows you can upload photos of fabric from your camera or directly from websites which is awesome. I found the uploaded images to be very true to the actual fabric.

Here are some of the designs I created using the custom block and pre-loaded blocks on the ap (I did not upload all the colors of the Oakshott I bought, but tried to do a fair representation to give me a good idea of what the quilts might look like):

Drunkards Path with Oakshott.curvychain

Wavy Chain

Drunkards Path with Oakshott.Flowerblock

Spinning Flowers

Drunkards Path with Oakshott

Drunkard’s Path

As you can see, I used the same block in different layouts. I could easily have chosen completely different blocks, or combinations of blocks. But I am liking the circular nature of this particular block…now I just need to decide which layout I love, or if there might be other ways of placing the blocks.

Stay tuned for an Oakshott quilt sometime this summer!!!


1 Comment

  1. Mary's Gravatar Mary
    April 27, 2014    

    Love your new fabrics and that app is so awesome and fun. You have come up with some great designs with it.

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