The start

I’m getting going on a new quilt. It’s a commission so there’s a deadline and with the state of my sewing mojo these days, I need one! It’s been hard for me to get back into the habit of spending time in the sewing room…

Anyhow – on to the quilt! Using Illustrator has increasingly become a part of my process for my quilt designing… I’m always open to a quilt transforming along the way (and it often does) but I’ve gotten so that I want to see an idea of the big picture before I get started. If I’m writing a pattern, it’s a given that I have to work this way, but even if I’m improv. piecing the whole quilt, I want to have a sense of where I’m headed.


I’m going to improv. piece the columns here, and I won’t keep the height of each piece uniform. The end product will look quite different from the digital mock up, but this helps me with the overall color story and with where I’ll want to place the different pops of color.

I’ve pulled some fabrics. That new Kona orange, Flame, is so great. Definitely a needed addition to the Kona line up!

Commissions stack

I need more blues though. I’ll pick those up at my great local shop this weekend…

And it’s bound to be a fun weekend down here for the LAMQG! Elizabeth from Oh Fransson is coming to teach and speak. We’re so excited to have her!

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  • Anne

    August 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply

    I use Illustrator for most of my quilt designs. Sometimes after starting in out in the sketch book, other times right from the beginning. Only problem is I can have so much fun designing it’s hard to pull away and start sewing.

  • Amy Hodge

    August 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply

    Love this to pieces!!!!

  • Connie

    August 3, 2012 at 5:33 am | Reply

    Wow is all I can say – I really can’t wait to see how this develops.

  • ChristaQuilts

    August 3, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Reply

    I love the colors! Do you design all of your quilt patterns in Illustrator? I’m stuck designing on graph paper because I can’t settle on which designing program to sit down and learn!!

    • Alissa

      August 4, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply

      Hi Christa! I do use Illustrator only. I’m not very proficient with it, but I can do what I need to and find that if I hit a stumbling block I can usually find a tutorial online to learn how to do what I’m trying to do… I love that you can design to scale with it – helps a lot!

  • Jenniffier

    August 4, 2012 at 7:55 am | Reply

    I like the colors you picked. Can’t wait to see how it turns out, especially because you are going to improv. that is something I would love to train my brain to do, but it just doesn’t seem to be me.

  • Jenny

    August 6, 2012 at 8:41 am | Reply

    Interesting! After a quick, easy, baby quilt gone awry, with some buying and lots of cutting and then a decision that the layout in my head wasn’t going to work, I like the idea of having a good tool for doing a mock-up. I’ll have to inch toward giving this a try (like figure out what it takes to acquire Illustrator). Thank you!

  • cinzia allocca

    August 6, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply

    Lovely color choices! Can’t wait to see the end result! That orange IS great against those cooler colors.

  • Marcia R.

    August 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply

    Very nice! And you are so lucky to have Sew Modern as your LQS! My daughter lives less than a mile from there, so I have spent some $$$ on a visit. But in my little town in Tennessee, the lqs is Hancock’s. I purchase plenty of notions from them, but ALL of my fabric purchases are made online. I love the folks at Sew Modern!

  • Carrie

    August 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply

    How gorgeous!

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