I worked on my oriental lap quilt for several hours on Sunday and got a good bit of it done. I needed a break from all the quilting and thought I'd make a little crazy quilt greeting card.
It's a birthday card for a friend. I seldom use all the fancy stitches on my machine and thought this might be a good place for them.
I've wanted to make a crazy quilt for a very long time. Way before I even started quilting I thought I'd make one by hand. This little test showed me a lot I'll need to figure out prior to making anything as big as a quilt (even lap size) but I did learn what not to do. This was just put together with no forethought and even thou the stitching is machine done it turned out pretty. I also need another way to attach the mini quilt to the card stock. Glue left the interior of the card a bit wavy. Not a good thing.
The lap quilt I'm working on has a panel in the middle that I just loved when I saw it. I put the top together a good while back but wasn't real good at quilting then and wanted to hold off on quilting it till I got better. Even thou I still have tons to learn about machine quilting I felt I was ready to finish this quilt. I just have the outside 6" all the way around left to quilt and then I'll get the binding done.
Already have my next quilt drawn up. This made me wonder how different people plan their quilts. I make a pencil sketch first to work out the layout then move on to the computer and draw up the final pattern. This is where I work out my colors. I use Illustrator for this. I also design all my foundation piecing patterns in Illustrator.
I'd like to hear from you on how you plan your quilts.