Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Fill-Up! Time for Patterning

What an amazing week I had at Quilting in the Desert. A quilt retreat is always fun, but this one had lots of great weather, wonderful teachers and everything you need for a good time.

My students rocked, and I know they went home with new skills and new techniques that they'll be using forever. That is one of the best things about my job, getting to see folks try on something new, and seeing the light bulbs go off -- for if you have a quilt in your head and have been trying to figure out just how to create it -- the Fast-Piece Applique method can make it happen.

Meantime, it's time to Filler-Up once again... and so far we have been looking for line,
or working on some 5 minute line drawings (there's always time to start!)

Now, I'd like to share with you a few ways of taking some of these line inspirations and using them to create patterns.
Patterns that are built by repeating.

Patterning has been with us forever, for we seem to want to number one want to make things beautiful. And number two accomplish this by repeating a favored design in one of MANY types of organizational grids.
No Grid = Random
But as examples we may try using an invisible grids such as:
this pattern made on a square grid
this is a brick grid
a circle grid
A half-brick grid
Can you see some of the elements from your drawing finds or exercises working as a repeat pattern?

In one of these grid samples?

Some work as is, and others may need reworking to repeat well into the space allowed by YOUR grid.

As I'm typing I'm thinking about my tree skeletons --- hmm, maybe a half-brick

Enjoy your day, and let us know which type may work for your latest LINE work.

Stitching On

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