Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Getting ready to draw that first line....
I then like to take my quilting rulers to mark out the size I want. The large square ruler is my favorite to use as I then end up with a grid that later helps me when I draw. Using an ordinary ball-point pen (it's subtle but permanent as there will be lots of erasing later on), I divide the quilt into squares or portions of squares and trace around the ruler, using the large straight one to also help me stay "square". Then I like to take a Sharpie felt pen and outline around the edge of the pattern - just having that line down already makes me feel like I'm doing something with all that white space and gives my eye some point of reference.
Now to give me a little more of a structure to work within so I can have fun with drawing the details (which I'm still thinking about), I sat down and figured out the main lines, sections or "bones" of the piece on a bit of paper. I also used a contrasting yellow line to divide this sketch into quadrants so I could more easily draw these lines onto my pattern. At this point I just need a steady hand and a good eraser to start making those first lines.