Saturday, November 22, 2008
Using the Computer in Quilt Design
This is a quilt I designed on Corel Draw to use the special fabric I dyed that gradates from dark to light and back to dark.
What you are seeing is the computer image.
After I designed it with the computer I had no desire to create it in fabric. The satisfaction I get designing was fulfilled.
Corel Draw and Corel Photo Paint are my graphics programs of choice.
Generally I just play with them and sometimes I come up with something that gives me the spark I need to create a quilt.
I have found if I design a quilt with Draw once I try to translate it into fabric it just doesn't work the same way. Unfortunately most of the things I have done with Draw can't be saved in a format that will allow me to post them here for you to see.
If anyone knows a way around this I'd really appreciate knowing about it.
I like to work directly in fabric. Sometimes I have a general idea what I am trying to achieve and sometimes the fabric just leads me.
I tried to design this quilt with Corel Draw and had what looked good on the computer. I chose fills for each section that resembled the fabrics I was working with. I started by making the Tulip units. When I put them on the design wall in the original configuration it just didn't work at all.
Fortunately I was able to rearrange the units I had already made and add other units to make the quilt work.
It was definitely another good lesson for me.
Another way I use Corel Draw is to create black and wite designs that I then have made into thermofax screens.
The other graphics program I find I enjoy using is Electric Quilt. Again, I use it more for ideas. Once I've seen a diagram of a completed quilt I have no interest in making it.
Since so many of you are enjoying the puzzles I have a version of the first quilt for you to solve as a puzzle.
I consider this a relatively easy puzzle.