This particular image I found around the Holidays when I was making a birthday gift for a friend of ours. He loves Genesis and Phil Collins, (there's a story there but we don't need to go into it here....). Anyway, the last two years I've given him a gift of a Genesis album cover that looks like the real thing but is changed up in a way that reflects his interests. This year I had the lady in front holding a baseball bat, and the lady behind kicking a soccer ball, (he's a youth sports coach).
Anyway, while going through some images in my computer I came across this Genesis cover. If you look at it kind of squinty eyed, (or in my case, without my glasses), you can see the basic geometric images. I decided to play aound with it and see what I could come up with.
Now, I have a Photoshop Elements which is a great program for many uses. It's actually pretty easy to use and you can pick up an older version for under $40 bucks online. What I love about it is that it gives me a quick and easy way to see if an image will work as a quilt block.
The first thing I did was manipulate the image on a larger page. I discovered that if you lay it out this way the pattern was kind of interesting. So, I merged the layers and converted the image to black and white with lots of contrast.
When you do this you see the image a little more clearly in terms of what the quilt block might actually look like. I like the way the black "squares" show up on each block, I'm picturing making those "squares" a contrasting color for a bold look.
By taking the image and roughly coloring in the shapes I can get a good idea of how this quilt would look in a color combo I'm considering. In this case, yellow, with green and purple.
It looks pretty good doesn't it? I can imagine this pattern done in solids like what i see here, or as a scrap quilt with lights and darks and bright flashes of color in the squares. Of course I realize that the shape of the "rays" might be difficult to piece as all the seams would end up in the same spot so I would probably make the rays larger and have fewer of them in the final pattern. I'll have to play with this pattern in my EQ software to see what I can come up with.
Now for those of you who don't have a computer, you can do the same thing by roughly tracing your image and creating a block on some graph paper. Then you can make copies of the block and lay them out to see which way works best. I've drawn up many a block on graph paper with colored pencils before we even had home computers.
I'd love to see if you can come up with some cool quilt designs in your day-to-day life. It's a great exercise to try to train your eye to spot them. As I waited with my son at the doctor's office I noticed a great pattern in the ceiling tiles, I wish I'd had my notebook with me to record it. I need to make sure I have it with me all the time. Oh well, I'll be there again on Wednesday for the hard cast so I can draw it out then!
Happy Stitching, and Designing!