I like getting insights and hearing other designers designing their quilts … and I'm a quilt designer! I know what matters! And I'm pretty sure I'm not alone with that … right? So I thought I was going to tell something about my design process while creating the origami quilt pattern.
The design process
The inspiration for quilt designs can come from an infinite number of sources. For my origami blanket, inspiration began with a blanket for my mother-in-law and the fabrics she had bought in Japan so I could use them.
The fabrics lay on a pile for quite a while, as I stared blankly at them for weeks, wondering what to do with them, so that the beautiful, but busy prints work together. Until dinner, when my husband suggested that they looked a bit like origami paper, and maybe I could do something like that.
DING DING DING!
… origami paper … with this small folded corner used on packaging to show what prints are on the back of the paper … and I could use one or two tsuru blocks to create the origami paperwork of the design to highlight … and we were gone! I found some Japanese paper pictures online that could stand as representatives of the fabric and put them inside EQ8, used some coordinating prints as a contrast and we had a winner.
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