I have been playing around in threadbias again today. Growing up in New Zealand gave me an amazing chance to be exposed to a lot of Pacific arts. One of my favorite arts are Tapa Cloths. Here is an example of what a Tapa Cloth is. Can’t you see a quilt design in there 🙂
Tapa Cloths use a lot of basic shapes such as triangles, circles and squares. Here is my new design inspired by this art form. This view is using some Lotta Jansdotter print to highlight the simple shapes.
What about how it would look as a monochromatic block (1 color)….
Tapa Cloths art form fills “in between” shapes with stripes and other fillers. For example, see above, the flying geese have all those stripes in the “in between” spaces. So, I took the same monochrome view of the star block and added some stripes to get this……
I am thinking of making these into paper piecing patterns. What do you think…paper piecing pattern or just a block pattern?
Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.
This week, if you have been following, you would have seen I have been trying out threadbias.com design tool for designing quilts. Overall, I am loving it !! I have learnt so much in a week.
What do I like about the tool:
The price – $10 a month. You can cancel the subscription at any time and you will be allowed to use it until the period you have paid for ends
Free tutorials. So, far I have not used the tutorials but I do plan to take the time while I am out on vacation.
The ease of use.
Time saving – I have had these ideas in my head so long and just have not had the time to put them on paper.
The availability of fabrics to add to your tool stash in which you can use in your design. This way you can get an idea how it will look.
Its ability to select a shape and to replicate across and down (tiles).
The display of fabric requirements – that shows you how much fabric you would need for each print you use in the design you create.
The ability to add borders around your quilt easily (tool option on the menu)
The ability to save the images/export them.
My initial wants:
Ability to add a rectangle and split it up with stripes to mimic an improv block. The choices for adding the stripes would be same width + straight, random differing widths + straight, and then same sized + sloped/straight random, random differing widths + sloped/straight random.
Export image with ruler & grid
Ability to select all within a region by clicking your mouse to start and draw a region and then release…then I would like to copy that area and paste.
Ability to print the fabric requirements list.
I would love it if I could import the image and requirements into another tool for pattern creation, where the pattern tool would provide you a template or allow you to use a template.
Here are the designs I have created this week with the design tool:
A “Pinky” is a pink marshmallow chocolate bar we have in New Zealand. This theme is right in line with my new quilt design….”Pinky”. I had mentioned previously, that I want to do Candy Coated Quilt from Sunday Morning Quilts. As I started thinking about it, I wanted to make it my own, so I changed it to this. Now, all I have to do is decide on the Chocolate or the Grey borders around the improv blocks. What do you think??
Please note, my review of threadbias.com Design Tool is not sponsored, or been requested. The likes and wants are purely my own opinions.
I am thoroughly enjoying Threadbias’ quilt designer tool at the moment. Here is my second quilt design “Natural Corridors” which I designed to by simple, minimal and asymmetric. The design is inspired from my ecology background…natural corridors exist connecting wildlife populations, these are essential for biodiversity but are rapidly decreasing.
I am using this design as my entry for the Critter Patch (the fabric line in the design) Baby Quilt competition over at threadbias.com. You can check it out here, and while you are there have a go at using their designer tool.
If anyone has tips on how to write-up a pattern, discuss what steps you should take, what not to do….. I would love to hear them.
For this month’s “A lovely year of finishes” I am targeting to finish one of 3 quilt tops. I do not think I will get that quilt top finish, but the good news is I finished my first quilt design for the first quilt.
I had mentioned that I was looking to do something like this:
Well then I was in a meeting the other day, and someone had put up a powerpoint slide, which lead me to designing my own block using threadbias.com. It has a set of arrows that point in (this way) and a set of arrows that point out (that way). Here is a look at the block:
The quilt is for a boy who loves blue, so playing with blues and this design here is what I think the final quilt will look like. What do you think?