Self-published quilting patterns are all the rage. This is because individuals are given much more creative freedom to be experimental with their designs than those working for a large corporation. It is because of this sole reason that large scale designs tend to become monotonous and lack flavor for individuality that many quilters took to creating their own stencils, even going as far as making a living from selling them. With a drive for design and the initiative to publish DIY quilt patterns, it is possible to get into business with a few simple skills and basic tools like a sketchpad and a camera. As the process becomes easier, or perhaps a clientele is established, it is possible to upgrade to design software.
The first step to creating designs is to learn from the masters. Research readymade quilting patterns and look through online tutorials. Keep a list of all the information that these sources provide including the level of skill needed to complete the project, the size of the finished project, type and quantity of fabric for each project and the supplies needed. Once the type of quilt patterns you like has been sorted out, you can start creating your own ideas on paper. Having a dedicated notebook for sketching ideas and taking progress pictures will really help with the thought process.
Once the process is set to go, the inspirations are endless. Muse on daily objects and nature and convert it into quilting stencils. Look at famous abstract paintings; their straight lines and clean look are easier to reproduce for a beginner. Keep in mind that all your stencils will suit all the quilts you make. Take a look at the fabric and choose a stencil that best shows off the fabric’s print. Sketch the idea on scarp paper before transferring it to graph paper or digitalizing it.
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