7/10/2010

Drafting and Inking and Colorizing the Bird of Paradise Quilt

Still plugging away on drafting the Bird of Paradise quilt, I should say my adaptation of the Bird of Paradise quilt, hereafter known as A Bountiful Life quilt :-). I have the center blocks and borders drafted and inked. I spent all day yesterday coloring in the inked drawings of the center blocks in order to make a color picture of the quilt:

I hadn't really done much coloring in my imaging software before, so it was enjoyable but I was falling off the computer chair by the time it was finished.

Now I'm trying to figure out how to make the color image of the four borders. Since the drawings are different sections of the border and some things are repeated, well sigh, I'm just not sure how to overlap them. Wish me luck today!

I began drafting this quilt for myself since I want the blocks to be square and I wanted to follow the original border (just love those birds and horses and big ol' dogs). But
I'm also thinking of putting all of this on a CD in case anybody is interested in the pattern but I don't know how to do that either LOL! There are soooo many images involved and on a CD, I could include the color pictures of each block as well. Forge on, Karen.

14 comments:

MJinMichigan said...

OMG That sounds like an almost impossible task! Of course, many of us will be interested in the finished product. Do you intend to publish and sell the pattern?

Karen said...

You amaze me. I don't know how to do what you have done to get to this point.

Jeanne said...

You are so talented!

Miri said...

Looks wonderful! I know exactly what you mean about falling off your chair

Kathie said...

looks amazing!!!!
my neck would be killing me if I sat at the computer that long!
hope you figure that all out a cd would be awesome!
Kathie

QuiltNBike said...

I would be *very* interested in this pattern! You are far more gifted than I with your imaging software. I did once take a photo of an antique quilt and enlarge it, on my computer and on my printer, to make a full-size block (it's a "Flowering Almond" applique block). I should get back to that one of these days.

Deb said...

It looks wonderful. I can't imagine the time it must take you to do this!

Cyndi said...

Wow, Karen, the design of that quilt is amazing! Don't sell yourself short, you are doing a fantastic job. You really should sell your designs!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Gretchen said...

Your design is amazing! I think you should definitely sell it as a pattern.

QuiltNBike said...

OK, I had to go pull out my "Treasury of American Quilts" and look at this quilt again; it is stunning! (Also found three other patterns I had bookmarked.)

Micki said...

I know how hard that quilt was to make..amazing!
Micki

Tracey said...

WOW Karen, it looks amazing...it is going to be one gorgeous quilt!!!

:) T

p.s. you asked about my barn photo - I used a texture called "distress 2" from Kim Klassen, she has wonderful textures she sells for Photoshop!

Libby said...

You are AMAZING! I can't even figure out how to open such a program, let alone work with it. You are my new hero *s*

Julie-Ann said...

Holy Cow, Karen! The quilt and your design work are amazing. I would love this pattern. It's all applique? I could start on it this winter and in 30 years I will have it completed! Seriously, you need to package and sell this pattern. If you want a "tester" for it, let me know. However, you may not want to wait the 30 years!