Virtual Design Wall

I’m making a queen sized quilt from my 100 Tula City Sampler blocks using this design. I made several layouts in EQ8, my design software, and chose this one.I love this layout, but it’s turning out to be a bear to piece!

BTW, I don’t recommend this design particularly. The sashing is waaay too fiddly.

Anyway, I have assembled the top in 4 quarter panels to improve the accuracy of my piecing. Now I’m ready to assemble the panels into a quilt top, but we are still in our rental house so I don’t have much of a design wall.

I thought I would wait until I have a big design wall in the new house, but then I had another thought. I took a picture of each of the quarters, edited them all with Photoshop, and custom printed them so each quarter is 7″ square. The pictures aren’t perfect, but I think they’ll work!

Now I can play with arranging the quarters in various ways. The printed colors aren’t great (I used regular printer paper) but this is going to be much easier than moving 4 big panels around on a big design wall. I may even use this technique again when I have a big design wall available.

I’ll let you know what happens.

10 thoughts on “Virtual Design Wall

  1. Sometimes I can dream things up in software that I have no business trying to piece in fabric. Or should I say, that any quilter in their right mind should piece in fabric, so I totally understand what you were saying at the beginning of the post.

    I think your idea of shrinking the quilt to paper that you can move around is brilliant! I do this a lot of time in my Affinity Designer software–letting the small screen make the moves that would be harder on the wall with fabric. But paper is more easily accessed, for sure! Impressive quilt, by the way!

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