Sunday, February 20, 2011

Getting inspired by a simple pattern

I really like this kati cupcake pattern, less for the pattern itself specifically (although it's perfectly nice) and more for the idea chain it starts. Inspiration is always great!

Take a close look at the pattern. The body of the quilt itself isn't anything overly special. Just a basic brick. Could be nine-patch, could be railfence, could be anything that you've dismissed in the past as being too boring, easy, basic, blah. (Or is that just me?) What takes this from ordinary to special is the detail added on top.

First is the big applique flower, which breaks up the bricks and adds some interest. And it doesn't have to be a flower. It could be circles, it could be butterflies, it could be a snail - any simple applique shape would work and can be the difference between a boy quilt and a girl quilt.

The second detail she's thrown in there is giant ric-rac, which is a trend I haven't gotten on yet. She sews it along the lines between the blocks, again breaking up the busy background and making it more interesting. I've done something similar using my decorative stitches on my machine to topstitch tops either as decoration or as the actual quilting. A little more hidden than the ric-rac would be but a nice detail, none the less.

What inspiration do you take from this pattern or extra details do you add to your baby quilts?

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suemac said...

I like the pattern. I am looking for something unique. I just got some really bright fabric "Urban Landscapes" and need a pattern to use with it.