In my last post, I gave you a sneak peak of part of the mini quilt that I designed for the #igminiswap.
Its not the whole design, but for the moment I choose to keep the rest of it hidden so as not to spoil the surprise for my partner.
The other part of the design was my starting point for the quilt, but it wasn't enough.
I needed more.
I wanted something that was whimsical and romantic without being too cutesy or twee. I thought long and hard as to what it should be.
I considered the silhouette of a kissing couple and various other such images, but I either couldn't get the design ideas to work the way that I saw them in my head, or they were likely to become too complicated.
I wanted a simple outline, something with impact that could be easily recognised.
Then it struck me, I needed a girl jumping in puddles. I loved the idea of such a carefree, romantic, fun image, it was perfect for what I had in mind.
I also loved that I could keep the image strong by using the strong saturated colours of Oakshott for the umbrella and simple solid black for the body.
Once I had made the block. I decided to have a play. I reduced it down in size to 7 inch x 5 inch. This time I used a background fabric with sparkles to depict rain and I used colourful fabrics to give the girl a cute umbrella, clothes and boots.
I must admit that although I like this version, my personal favourite is the first one.
I intend to use these mini blocks to make my first ever sew together bag- wish me luck!
I showed my blocks on instagram and immediately received a request or two for the pattern and volunteers for pattern testing. My testers produced an interesting mixture of interpretations of the block.
To me, this is part of the value of having my patters tested. Not only do testers give valuable feedback and ideas, but they also provide the opportunity to show the scope and versatility of patterns.
Nicole (Saphre1964 on instagram) had great fun with the pattern. She made up three different versions. I love the way that she incorporated rain and clouds in the background fabrics.
Allison went for pretty colours. I love the pink dress, don't you?
Virginia went for a simple colour scheme.
Sarah Elizabeth chose extreme simplicity- Liberty and oakshott- such a perfect combination don't you think!?
The pattern is now available from my Craftsy Store.
Singing in the Rain will be reduced in price for at least the first 48 hours.
I hope you love this pattern as much as I do.
Oh, and a word to the wise- if you would like a chance to get your hands on a copy of the pattern, keep an eye on Sarah Elizabeth's blog!