Testing, Testing…



I am coming down to the home stretch and just like my applique designs, I am also fastidious about originality in my quilting designs. The problem is, it takes sooooooooo long to work out the design even though I can use Illustrator to speed up the process. Normally this is not a problem, but as most of you know from my recent belly aching, I am dangerously too close to a deadline and time is not my friend.  Too many times I have dropped design elements for the sake of a deadline, but I refuse to do that anymore.

I am testing various drawings I have created to see what works within the style of the APPLIQUE quilt design. Too many (way too many) times in quilt shows lately, I see quilting gymnastics that have no relationship to the quilt’s other components whatsoever. I do NOT want to fall into that trap for the sake of time, or blinding my audience with my <ahem> brilliance.  Oh sure.

As you can see in the above photo, I lay everything together and see if they work well together or are just thrown together into a dysfunctional combination. Since this is going to be an ornately quilted border, I also must make sure that the quilting design shows up on the chosen background fabric, or it will become a colossal waste of my time because you won’t be able to see it.  I made that mistake….once.

I make it a point to incorporate the applique design elements into the quilting design and that successfully marries the two together.  I don’t want to create two competing Divas with the quilting AND the applique aesthetically competing with each other and souring the whole.  There is only room for one “star”.  Remember that, and your quilt design will be the better for it.

My helper:  Notice the faux quilt he is laying on? I tricked him so he would stay off of the one I am working with!




You have no idea how much real estate this cat takes over on my work table!  He refuses to budge and will stay there all day as long as I am working.  As if I have very much room already.  grrrrrrr.




©2009 Sandra Leichner

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About Sandra

I am an Author, Designer, Illustrator and a major international award winning quilt artisan. I love working with fabrics and threads and they have become my medium of choice.

14 thoughts on “Testing, Testing…

  1. I think your blowing away your audience , with your talent !!! ceratinly making them want to look more and longer and closer !!

    because you take the time to analize what you do and come up with the most amazing combination of art and applique .
    The time you take to make it all work is well worth your end result and it shows !
    I can understand why the cat wants to be in the middle of it ; )

  2. Don’t you mean “Purrrr”? I have a very similarly marked white and tabby cat who has her special spot in my sewing studio. I put a piece of 1 inch foam covered with a hand towel next to the window, and she usually stays on it. Anyway, very interesting to see how you deal with this design issue!

  3. Your attention to detail is just amazing and it shows! I am anxiously awaiting your book. I have told my applique groups about your book and they are looking forward to it too!

  4. You gotta love those cats eh? LOL

    Sometimes my imagination doesn’t match up to reality so I trust my eyes. I admit I am not a “creative free spirit” who throws caution to the wind to find out what would happen anyway. 🙂

  5. Just went to the NQA show and tracked down the Superior threads vendor. He told me “Highlights” was being discontinued–have you heard the same?

  6. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Are you serious? I think a phone call is necessary on Monday. I will not be happy as it is my staple thread for Machine quilting.

  7. I checked directly with Bob of Superior Threads and he said….

    “Not true, Highlights are here to stay”

    phew, I can let out my breath now. 🙂

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