I get asked all the time, ‘How do you come up with your quilt designs.' The simple answer is, I have no idea. But, I can go through how I designed Ocean Dreams to share with you, my process. For this quilt I used the EQ8 program.
Not to long ago, I got a bunch of old block patterns from my husband’s coworker, who was helping his mother clean out some old boxes. One person’s junk is my treasure!
First order of business was to determine a layout and block size. With so many different blocks I thought on point would look nice and I opted for 12” blocks. Quilt size 95” square. I like a center block layout and I started designing from that point.
Color. You can find so many wonderful color combinations online. You can also find them at paint stores. For this quilt I went with an ocean sunset theme.
Next is block design. Since I had so many wonderful blocks, I drew them using EQ8 and started plopping color into them.
After I have all the blocks created, I start thinking about placement. I find it easiest when designing a quilt on point to start in the center and work my way out to the edges.
At this stage I started thinking it needed a border. A great block for an on point quilt is the log cabin block. It is a traditional design that has stood the test of time!
To finish, I placed color in the sashing and borders. I stepped back and tweaked colors and rotated blocks. I took pictures and compared versions side by side until I settled on a final project I liked. And there you have it. How I go about designing a quilt.
Ocean Dreams by Sheri Zalar