Overwhelmingly, the results are that the pattern comes first. That’s how it is for me too. Recently I was asked to come up with a design for a new fabric. That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done . . come up with a design for a fabric that was handed to me. I so often work with tone on tones and this had prints . . I thought I wasn’t going to be able to do it. It was nothing but luck that I finally came up with a design and I must say . . it was fantastic with the fabric but I don’t think I’ll ever sign on to do something like that again.
There was a time when I thought it would be fun to design quilts to go with new fabric lines but I don’t think that any more.
Here’s a little exercise for you:
If you’re one of those who usually chooses the pattern first . . do this:
Choose a fabric from your stash . . maybe one that’s been there for a while. You can draw a design in EQ, you can buy a pattern, you can choose a pattern you already have but start with the fabric and come up with a design. You don’t even have to really make the quilt if you don’t want to but just stretch . . get out of your comfort zone a bit.
If you’re one of those who usually chooses the fabric first . . do this:
Choose a pattern . . a pattern you’ve purchased, a pattern you have to buy or something you’ve drawn in EQ. Then pick the fabric for the pattern. You don’t have to make it either . . just do something different from how you usually do it.
If you’re one of those who do it either way . . you’re ahead of the rest of us. You have no assignment today! 🙂
If you want to talk about this on your blog . . choosing your pattern/fabric and stepping out of your comfort zone, you can comment here and leave a link to your blog. You can comment here whether you leave a link to your blog or not! I love comments! 🙂