It can be very exciting to be at the beginning of a quilting project. One of my favorite steps is picking the quilt pattern, a topic which I’d like to talk about now.
First of all, you need to judge your skill level. A challenge can be fun, but if a particular pattern is so difficult that you’ll just give up after a few days, you should pick another. If you’re a beginning quilter, try to find a pattern which is easy enough for your skill level. On the other hand, if you have some experience, find a pattern which will be complicated enough to impress others and keep you excited with the process.
Think about why you’re making this quilt. Are you making if for a certain person? What are their interests, favorite color schemes, or designs? Where will this quilt be used? Perhaps it will be a decorative wall covering, which may lead you to pick a certain design over another. If you’re making a quilt to be for a baby’s crib, that will influence your decision of a pattern. Another driving factor could be that you’re making a quilt bedspread or throw.
Make sure that the design is interesting enough to carry you through the entire project. There’s nothing worse, after all, than a quilt that is forever half finished. Choose a quilt that will capture the attention both of those who will admire the quilt when it is finished and of you as you are sewing the quilt and putting all that work into it. For example, unless you are a naturally dedicated person, choose a pattern that you really like and you can imagine working on for months to come.
And if you wondering what my opinion is on the best place to find quilt patterns, that would have to be online. You’ll find the most designs online and for the best price, too.