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):

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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!!!


One thought on “Playing with Quilt Design”

  1. 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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