Hello, I thought I would give you a sneak peek into how I come up with designs that I plan to turn into machine quilting designs on my Tablet PC.
I open Photoshop Elements and create a new document. I just start sketching freehand style and erase any designs that seem not to work. I do not worry about the lines if they are wobbly at this point, since I know I will redraw and edit lines later on in this digital format.
If I am designing a small wholecloth design, often I will just draw a section of the quilt, then copy, paste and flip to make a square shape. I love to work digitally.
Here is my quick sketch design, with color added just for fun:
Now it is time to redraw and edit the design. I know that the center is rather boring, so will adjust that. I will also edit some other lines, too. Sometimes, I will redraw a design multiple times, until it flows for me.
Here is what my first edit looks like. Again, I added color just for fun:
At this point, I can edit further, or pull out individual elements that could make nice simpler designs all on their own. These designs can later become part of a larger set of designs.
Breaking down the larger design into smaller designs also allows me to play with the idea of creating matching borders, sashings, corners, etc. Here is an example of a smaller design from the larger quilt design:
Anyhow, this gives you a general idea for how I work. I plan to redraw these designs and fine tune the stitch path for commercial application.
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment. Happy Quilting! Carla