There have been many questions about the how to make the 16X24 quilt for the show when you don't have an exact pattern to work from. I wanted to share a few techniques that I am going to use. I have not made it yet but this is how I plan to proceed. (I know many experienced quilters know this but in case you have not done this yourself yet....)
- I choose to design my quilt based on a Coffee Block pattern that I already have but... the pattern is for an 10in by 11in block. So I took the pattern to the staples and enlarged the appliqués so they are larger. I did this myself with the copier at staples, they will not do it for you because of copy writes. You can type in any increase in % size to get what you need.
- I will piece the back ground with different squares and rectangles etc to get the size 16X24
- I will use wonder under to fuse the appliqués down and then either zig zag the appliqués down or just quilt it all in one piece.
- Some rules to remember when putting together your own designs (These work for me)
- Choose at least 3 main appliqués for your design. I am using the word "Coffee", a stack of cups and a curvy horizontal scroll appliqué.
- Make sure there is enough contrast between your background fabrics and the appliqués so they stand out. If there is not, I actually have put a dark shadow outline behind the appliqué to make sure it is visible.
- I heard this once on an interior design show on HGTV, when placing pictures on a wall (appliques on a quilt) the eye always starts in the middle and makes an upside down "e" when traveling around a collage. That ideas also helps with the placements of appliqués.
Look for more tips in the future from other guild members.