Sketching and thinking

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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.

4 Responses

  1. Susan O. Schaller

    Very sweet picture! Your drawing is beautiful…..I think of your daughter. I’m sure it will be another one of your beauties. Seems like the judges always give awards to the bigger quilts nowadays! Did u make it to IQF?

    • Maria

      Thanks, Susan. For this one, I’m not concerned with winning anything, but I would like to be able to enter it into Houston. No, I didn’t get down to IQF in Cincinnati. Maybe next year.

  2. Queenie Believe

    A very beautiful image. I like it just the way it is but if you wanted to expand the size perhaps there could be “memory” types of images of folks from generaltions before thie little family… Sort of like folks gone before looking down on this brand new wee one. Just a thought.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie