If you have followed my blog, you have seen some of the many ways I design quilting. I have showed sketches like this, drawn in pencil. I have also done ones on tracing paper, which are often done to size and used with a light-box to transfer designs. I also draw on electronic images using a Bamboo-pen tablet. All work well, and allow you to visualize the plan. The quilting for this particular quilt was designed the cave-man method...pencil on printed photo. This is often my mode of choice if I want to design on the go.
First step...the larger green triangles. They have this fun little swirly shaped spine for the feathers. In order to make the template, I used a technique similar to what I showed yesterday. I traced the actual quilt, and drew the shape I wanted. It was then transferred to a piece of cardboard for tracing onto the quilt.
Here's the end result. The actual triangle is also ditch stitched, as all of the star points will be before it is finished.
Another thing that is important to do is to baste the seam lines that you really need/want to maintain straight. I hadn't yet ditch stitched the pale green background to the deeper olive border, but it is basted to eliminate any shifting. It may seem like overkill, but it saves me more times.
The blue triangles were next. As it turns out, I deviated from my original plan slightly, in that I omitted the 1/8" striping I thought I might quilt inside of the pebbles. That's OK...it happens ALL the time. The best laid plans are only that...plans. I got this much of the quilting done, and decided I really liked the positive space created without the stripes. It gives the eyes a place to rest. Besides, it is much easier to add the quilting later than to remove it! In the same color thread, I also did the center with some kicking 1/4" cross-hatching. It went in flawlessly too, which is an added plus when adjacent sections align so easily!
The dark blue points were done next. It makes me nervous to ditch in a deep color, with a pale background, but this had to be done. I also had to mark the block in something other than my fall-back blue and purple marking pens. For this, I used a piece of chalk. It is the refill to my Bohin chalk pencil,and is nice and sharp. Never use the colors, as they may contain a wax which can be hard to remove. I have heard horror stories from quilters about the yellow and green, but white is JUST chalk and is perfect. I have marked a centerline and a couple other key places.