I am always fascinated reading other people's process when they design and make things. This is a few of the books/pads, along with pencils and pens, that I have around to jot my ideas in.
I would like to share the process that ended with the Crab Walk mini quilt.
June was a swap month for the Virginia Beach Modern Quilt Guild and the theme was a Summer inspired mini quilt. I had lots of ideas rolling around in my head, and as usual one didn't pop out onto paper until a week before the meeting. Luckily my graph paper notebook was handy when it happened. This is the original sketch, which of course had to be colored, and includes approximate measurements of each block to start. I put a photograph of a crab underneath to get the basic (rough) crab shape.
I used EQ to make the final draft of the pattern since the legs, arms, claws, and eyes blocks were going to be paper pieced. I drew out each of the paper pieced blocks, and the hst blocks, and fine tuned the pattern in EQ.
The next step was to make the actual mini quilt. This happened the day before the meeting where the swapping was taking place. I seem to work better when I'm not finished early and have the opportunity to change my mind (several times), so at 2am the last stitch of the binding was finished.
The recipient seemed to really like it, and in the end that was what mattered the most to me. There was interest in how the quilt was made, so I spent today writing the actual pattern.
It is now listed as an instant PDF download in my Craftsy pattern shop. I would love to hear any comments or feedback about the pattern at email@example.com