The design group in which I have been participating now has a name: Modern Design Lab (MDL)! I like the group name and how well it describes our activities together. For November, instead of an inspiration image taken by one of our members, we were given an image of a magazine cover to use as inspiration.
The email that contained the challenge noted, “[…] the colors [are] super interesting, [and] the HGTV cover also has some graphic ideas. Use the color, the designs or both.” My first impression of the cover was that I enjoyed the mix of colors and I thought that solids would be more appropriate to use than prints in a fabric pull.
If I were looking to pull an exact fabric palette, I would hop over to my friend Anne from play craft’s Palette Builder, where I could upload the image and get a shopping list from a variety of solids.
Instead, I went to my stash to see what I could find, which turned out to be fairly similar to the Palette Builder tool, I’m pleased to say!
Once I had a photograph of the fabrics, I could import the image into Inkscape, where I do my design doodling. From the image I could fill in designs with my selected color palette.
I have been making a lot of mini quilts based on the MDL prompts, so the first thing I was aiming for in my design was something a bit larger, perhaps a baby quilt size. Taking a closer look at the inspiration image, I wanted the flow of color on the quilt to mimic the large framed print.
The MDL meeting to share our progress is in just under 2 weeks. It’s time for me to see if I have enough fabric on hand to make this 36″ square quilt or if I will need to modify my idea.