I’ve been tossing around an idea for a new quilt. Last week I took a few dozen photos, and today I spent quite a bit of time playing with them in Photoshop Elements. I did some mixing and matching from several pictures, choosing the elements I liked best.
Once I had the basic image settled, I started sketching. I like to use large sheets of paper that I get from the online office supply store. This 27″ by 34″ easel pad has a 1″ grid printed on in light blue lines, which makes it handy for planning small to medium wall hangings. When needed, I tape multiple sheets together so I can draw my quilt out full size.
So far, I’m liking the general composition, but I’m wondering if it is too small. I usually like to crop very close to the subject, but on this one I may include more air space. It’s all somewhat up in the air still. I think I’ll try doing a quick sample, sort of a fabric sketch, to get a better idea of whether it is working or not. That way I can also experiment with a new technique I’ve been wanting to try. I’m hoping next week stays relatively free so I’ll have lots of time to work.