My mind has really been working overtime, coming up with new quilt designs and attempting to put them down on paper … errr, in my case, I put them down in my planner and then (when I have the time) I attempt to re-create my vision in my Electric Quilt software. Some days, I can’t make the computer program function as I want to. Other days, the creativeness just flows and I can’t stop it!
Today, I challenged myself to find a photograph and see if I could come up with a quilt pattern for it. If you’re like me, you see something — be it while walking in your yard, while driving down the highway … or wherever, and you think, “Wow, that would make SUCH a beautiful quilt!”
I do that all the time and have learned to keep the camera with me, even when it may seem really goofy to do so. In fact, if you remember some of our traveling adventures last summer, you may remember that I took a photo of a few chairs we saw in restaurants. I have full intentions of making quilt patterns out of those!
Life IS a quilt, all pieced together — I feel the need to capture those quilted moments!
ahem …. sorry, back to the task at hand.
This is the photo I found in my files – it is a sunset in northern Utah, 2004:
And to show you how I would make this into a quilt pattern – first, I create a grid over the photograph:
To me, this is a pieced quilt … using some batiks or marble-type fabrics for the sky, some black batiks for the ground and then an applique for the mountains (perhaps as a thin trapunto applique piece) – to show the variance of texture and depth. The telephone poles and wires are not necessary, but if I were to include them in a quilt, it’d be with stitching (by machine, since it’s not a dynamic type of object).
So, taking this to EQ6, I start with the blocks themselves. Keep in mind, though, that the fabrics in EQ are exceptionally limited in that I don’t have the time or patience to fussy cut and twist and turn them in the software, as I would with the fabric between my fingers (read: use your creative imagination to visualize this):
Here is the quilt project, put together with the pieced squares of fabric:
Then, I create the next layer, the mountains, and place it upon the project:
There you have it! I’ve taken a beautiful and stunning image from my camera to my quilt project! It’s not difficult in the least to do this, as long as you have a vision of the fabrics, textures, depth and techniques that are possible!
Try it – and let me know how it goes!