Monday, January 28, 2013

Signs & Plans - Plans & Signs Design Wall Monday

Yeah, I know....  my quilt design wall looks different than most quilters I know.  But gosh - I'm one of those "paper" quilters.  You know the kind. . . .I need to plan out everything on paper before I even touch a piece of fabric.  Now that doesn't mean the plans won't change along the way but at least I have a direction to get started in.

That's what I spent time doing this weekend.  I managed to finish drafting the next block and enlarging it to the size I want with my overhead projector.  Then I used my light box and an acid free marker to transfer the design onto the fabric.  Much easier than using the Saral tracing paper.  I really love my light box.  It was a gift from my husband who made it to my specifications and saved us a ton of money since they can be quite pricey!

I also went ahead and picked out the next block I want to do.  With the sketch all done , it will be ready to enlarge and trace next.

So last week with Sandy's help, I came up with a plan on how to display these stitched sign blocks.   With that in mind, I really needed a layout that I could follow.  I mean, it wouldn't do to just do the sign blocks willy-nilly and then work the background around them.  So I graphed a rough - rough draft.

With all that "paper" work done, the quilt needed the over- all theme.  When I originally thought out this project I envisioned all these little sign blocks being unified with one big sign theme.  Great idea right??  But what's a good theme.  After a bit of prayer and research I came up with Luke 21:25:

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. "

Now how that theme is going to work in I'll leave as a surprise - but of course I do have that planned out already!
See more design boards at Judy's Patchworks!


Julianne said...

What a wonderful idea I hope to see the finish

Gari in AL said...

How tremendously creative you are. I can think these things in my head and even put them on paper but how to execute it is beyond me. I am really looking forward to watching this develop.

Sylvia said...

I would have just jumped in and slapped it together willy nilly until I found the setting I wanted to use. Isn't it funny how everyone has their own way of working this decisions? I am working on a t-shirt quilt that I am making different sized blocks for. I lay them out and then fill in the spaces.