Today, I want so share the process I went through to come up with a quilting plan for my Planview quilt. I use an app on my iPad called Procreate (I think I paid $9.99 for it) which allows me to use an Apple pen to doodle out quilting motifs. I’ll explain more about how I work through the process as we go along.
After I import a mockup or photo of a quilt top into Procreate, I create a new layer and start doodling. I have to admit, I spent quite a few minutes trying out motifs in the center yellow diamonds, but I didn’t like anything I sketched. So I deleted that layer and started over with a fresh new layer and a different area of the quilt. Bingo! I really liked how the lines create interference patterns with one another in a small section.
Once I had a section that I liked, it was much easier to go back to the yellow diamonds and come up with a motif that I thought complimented the design. Again, the yellow diamonds are on a different layer than the green motif from earlier. That way, if I decide I want to try something else or change out one area, it’s a lot easier to turn off a layer than try to “erase” some lines but not others.
In the next layer, I stared trying to see how the already designed quilting motifs could related and have a similar conversation with the other colorful pieced areas of the quilt top.
The final layer for me to add was for the background. Again, I wanted just a little bit of interference to be created to continue the quilting conversation that I started with the first layer I created in the lime green. Because of the symmetry of the Planview quilt design, I focused on getting all of the quilting motifs filled in for the upper left quadrant of the sketch.
After having one quadrant sketched, it was a simple matter to reflect the quilting plan around to see what the full plan might look like. I see a few areas that I’m likely to tweak or change a bit, but overall I’m really excited by the quilting plan and have been working towards getting this quilted for a little over a week now. Thankfully my quilted lines with a walking foot are a lot more straight than my shaky hand sketched lines!