It's already the third installment of my series on quilting! Wow. The third "step" to starting a quilt is picking out a pattern to use and making measurements to go off of. I used "" around step because this step could be interchangeable with choosing colors. It really just depends on which is more important to you at the time. Sometimes you may be dead set on a certain color combination and other times you may be dead set on a specific pattern.
This post will only have suggestions and ideas. There is no science to deciding what you like best.
T I P S
1. For your first quilt, choose a quilt pattern that includes all squares so you can avoid any weird sewing angles.
2. Choose a pattern that can be repeated throughout the whole quilt easily.
3. Choose measurements that are easy to divide and multiply so you don't get confused later on.
4. Use graph paper to fully map out what the quilt will look like. You can be simple and just map out the outline, or you can use colored pencils or markers to fully color it in. Mapping it out really does help keep you on track while you're sewing it.
5. You can always choose a traditional pattern and pair that with a modern color scheme (like the log cabin pattern for example). Traditional patterns have some really cool stories behind them.
P A T T E R N S I H A V E U S E D:
1. A simple bar and square pattern that I found on Pinterest.
2. A 9 patch variation: Pinterest has a lot of cool ideas for this one! Basically, you sew nine patches together, then cut them at different places, then sew them back together in a different order.
3. An Irish chain.
4. I'm still piecing this quilt but it's pattern is just a diamond and bar variation.
5. I'm still piecing this one as well but I am using the grandma's garden pattern.