Monday, January 5, 2015

Wholecloth Design Ideas!

For those of you who are patiently waiting for handbook updates, I'm happy to tell you I'm down to the last three books...whew.  This is always a grind but well worth it in the end.

I'm right in the middle of Basic Wholecloth Quilts and am adding a chapter on how to use The Ultimate Stencil to design wholecloth quilts.  I thought it was such good information I wanted to share with all of you too.  I have copied the pages directly out of the new handbook and these shots will also be part of my new easel demo for my designing workshops. 

For those of you following the design ideas I've been posting, remember I am posting my blog photos directly onto my Ultimate Stencil  Pinterest page in case you want to access them that way.   My Pinterest button is on the home page of my website.

I've been teaching you how to draft your designs on the paper Master Grids first.  I've taken a basic square, divided it using the drawn lines and filled with feathers.

When creating a wholecloth quilt I instruct my students to fold their fabric in half lengthwise and widthwise, press the folds into a firm crease  and then use these lines to line up their stencils.  In this case you would line up The Ultimate Stencil on your horizontal/vertical lines, draw the guidelines you need, and then fill with your chosen design.  See how pretty this block is repeated for an overall wholecloth design???

Here's another very simple block also filled with feathers.

This time I've repeated it "on point" still using the horizontal/vertical lines as my guide.

This design was drafted using the circle Ultimate Stencil.

And this is how it looks repeated overall.

Now that you have the idea, let's combine a circle AND a square and repeat them both for a wholecloth quilt.

Love how this one came out!  I'm still very jazzed about all the possibilities and LOVE being able to share and teach as I go.

Hugs, Cindy

1 comment:

Hannele said...

I'm eagerly waiting for you Ultimate Stencils to arrive with the mail!