I get asked over and over how I figure out how to quilt a quilt. It is not an easy answer. Most of the time It just comes to me what to do. Then other times I really struggle. And still other times I use a few tools to figure it out.
Today I will show you an app I sometimes use to help me. It is called You Doodle. I took a screen shot of the App Store after I searched for You doodle. It is the one on the top row on the left.
I load a picture of the quilt on the app and then I can draw on the photo! So I just start drawing out ideas and I take screen shots to save all ideas. Then I go back and look at the screen shots and see what I like. There is a function to send things but I find screen shots faster.I often then go back in and edit and combine the best ideas. Then when I get to the machine I have a plan.
Today my friend Audrey asked me for some ideas on how to quilt her wallhanging called “One,” from a pattern by Quiltworx. Let me show you how I used the app to send her some ideas.
First I need to add the photo. Click on the plus sign in the top right corner and the following photo shows the screen that comes up.
Click on the draw function button and you will get the screen below. I use this screen to edit the line to a colour the app will show on the quilt what you draw.You can also change the size on the line it draws. I like a fine line if I am drawing dense detail and a slightly courser line for more general ideas.
So what ideas did I come up with? I wanted to keep it simple as Audrey will be quilting it on a domestic machine and has not quilted a lot of quilts, yet….
So first some straight line with a little direction change. I always like to add contrast even in simple quilting. Changing direction of lines adds contrast.
How about straight lines on one side and curvy lines going the other direction on the other side? These could be done free motion, or by wiggling the quilt as you stitch, or some machines have this as a decorative stitch.
How about some zig-zaggy lines?
Sometimes when I do this I get so many ideas I wish I could quilt several of the same quilt so I could use all the ideas! You see, I really do love what I do….