Sunday, September 29, 2013

Quilt Design with Mirrors - I'm Obsessed

Have you ever drawn quilting designs using a mirror?  I'm obsessed with this technique, especially for whole cloth quilts.
Design 1 Piece

I saw some videos by Sharon Schamber where she described the technique, once you get the concept, it's easy to do...

  1. Fold a square piece of paper in half to make a triangle.
  2. Mark the center and the outside center.
  3. Draw your design
  4. Look at it in the mirrors and make adjustments.
  5. Scan, enlarge, copy, etc, and you have a quilting design that is balanced, and even on all sides.
This is REALLY oversimplified, but you get the idea.  

Design 1 with Mirrors
By drawing only part of the pattern, then using mirrors to show what the whole quilt would look like, you are looking at 8 identical parts of the design, and everything is the same in each section.  

Design 2 Piece
See Sharon Schamber's YouTube videos or the Designing for the Quilting Process workshop on her web page for more detailed instructions.  I also saw Designing for the Quilting Process when it was on The Quilt Show for a short time, but it's no longer available :(

Design 2 with Mirrors

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