Saturday, July 21, 2012

The thrill of seeing your design through the eyes of another!

Last month one of our intrepid NEQDC designers, Beth Helfter, posted an article about how great it feels when a designer sees one of her quilt patterns transformed into a fabulous finished quilt by someone else.  It is hard to describe how it feels to experience your own design as seen through another quilter's eyes -  their color choices (ones you might never have thought of), their placement of dark and light fabrics which can completely change the feel of the design, and so on.  It is an awesome experience!  I always ask quilters who purchase my patterns to send me photos of their finished projects.  I wish more people would do that.  I would love to have a whole page on my website of examples of my patterns made by other quilters.

Above is my own "Here Comes the Sun" - a pattern I recently published. (All of the fabrics used in this quilt are from the Marblehead line, designed by Ro Gregg for Fabri-Quilt.)  I had asked my good friend Trudi to test the pattern using her own fabric choices.  See how different her finished top looks from mine!  What beautiful colors and the use of the center panel sets the tone for the entire quilt.  (I hate to say it, but I think I like her quilt better than mine!)  Thank you Trudi for doing such a great job!  (I am very lucky - Trudi has offered to test future patterns of mine as well.  Woo Hoo!)

By the way, you can see members of NEQDC and all of our fabulous quilts, patterns, notions and other "quilty" goodies at the Maine Quilt Show, in Augusta ME next weekend, July 26-29.  Hope to see you there!

Cary Flanagan
Something Sew Fine Quilt Design
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