But believe me when I say I am MUCH better about this because I just don't have anywhere to put much in our urban townhouse.
While I was trying to decide how to quilt Easy Going Modern, I had a brainwave so huge that when I tried it and it worked, I ran into the room where my husband was minding his own business and announced: "I????? Am BRILLIANT!!!!" and ran out again.
So you know those not-easily-recycled vinyl bags that sheets and other bedding-type products come packaged in? They often have handles and zips, and they just seem like they could be really useful for something. I do use them to keep WIPs and other projects organized, but I have way more vinyl bags than I have WIPs (so, a LOT of vinyl bags), and the bags are often impractically large.
But I kept 'em and now I know how to use 'em. Read on, friends.
It's not a secret but you may not know that I find choosing the quilting design for my quilts to be the very hardest part of a project. I'm terrified that I'm going to "wreck" the quilt with a poor choice of quilting design either because it's wrong for the quilt or wrong for me (i.e. something I can't execute well enough). I'm often paralysed by this indecision and then rush through the quilting to "get it over with."
But no more of that! I can now try out how my quilting design is going to look before lovingly
Tutorial: Auditioning Quilting Designs
What You'll Need:
- Printed photo of your quilt, enlarged to fit at least an 8½"x10" sheet of paper (I printed mine to fit a Legal size page - 8½"x14")
- Vinyl bag (should have one clear side (no snaps, zips, stickers) that is at least an inch bigger all around than your quilt photo)
- Scissors (not your fabric shears - what you'd use to cut paper with)
- Clip board long enough to accommodate the entire photo of your quilt OR masking/painter's tape
- Waterproof marker in a colour that contrasts with your quilt's colours (I used one of my daughter's - you can get fancier ones like this)
- Piece of batting, paper towel or rag, dampened with water
1. Cut a rectangle out of the vinyl bag that is slightly bigger all around than your quilt photo. No photo of this step as it is pretty much impossible to meaningfully photograph a square of clear vinyl.
2. Layer the vinyl over the quilt photo and insert into the clipboard. Alternatively, you could tape down the photo on a hard surface and tape the vinyl over top.
3. Start doodling! Use your marker to draw the design "on" the quilt.
Hmm... maybe some wavy lines?
4. Wipe off.
5. Repeat until you find a design you like. Here are a couple others I auditioned for Easy Going Modern.
Too hard to do on my machine
6. Happily quilt your quilt!
If you were really ambitious, you could piece together the vinyl to create an auditioning film large enough to cover your whole quilt top (or part of it) and doodle right on your actual quilt. RISKS to this method include, but are not limited to, accidentally writing on your quilt top, rubbing the icky cloth full of ink on your quilt top, dropping the pen on your quilt top etc. etc. See a theme here? On the upside, I guess you'd have an opportunity to test how washable the markers really are!