Would you love to own or gift a quilt that really shows off a favorite team, school or sport? Have you looked in vain for logo designs or really cool ready made quilts, only to discover that they are licensed and (if available) are outta this world expensive?
I can help!
Several years ago, I designed a quilt for a young Oregon Ducks fan, as a gift from his grandparents.
I shared it on social media sites, and soon received several requests for a pattern using my design for Ducks fans as well as other schools and teams. If you ARE a Ducks fan, you can find my FREE Ducks appliqué pattern HERE.
It’s modern and bright, works for guys and girls, and it’s a lot of fun to make! I don’t have the time to design appliqué patterns for every school and team out there, and I couldn’t sell them if I wanted to – licensing is expensive for me, too! SOOOOOO I decided to develop a basic quilt pattern using my (slightly revised) layout and include an appliqué design tutorial so that everyone can create their own unique quilt – done and done! You can find the pattern with tutorial HERE!
Here are a few quilts that have been made using my Team Spirit pattern, and a few concept ideas for other teams.
The appliqué design tutorial helps you create your own pattern using a picture or graphic you find online following a very basic process. If you are familiar with Adobe Illustrator or PhotoShop, you can save yourself several steps!
If you have a hard copy of your chosen design available, it may be easier to take it to a printer and have them blow it up to the correct dimensions and print it out for you there than to go through this process.
A few suggestions/guidelines before we get started:
- Find the simplest version of the picture of graphic you want to use, with the fewest colors and design details.
- Be prepared to further simplify as you go through the process to make it easier on yourself!
- I decided to follow a visual route when walking you through the process. Screen shots and photos are accompanied by brief descriptions.
- I used Windows Live Photo Gallery and Paint when developing my process.
It’s a very detailed, step-by-step tutorial, but I would like to share a few of the steps here to give you an idea of how it works. If you are would like to see the complete tutorial, click HERE to visit my Appliqué Design Tutorial post. Following are a few snippets from the Team Spirit pattern to show you how easy it is to create your own appliqué patterns using my tutorial:
The next few steps set up the resizing process, continued here…
If you choose to print your actual-size image on your home printer, you may have several letter-size pages that need to be put together. If so, you will probably have something like this:
Simply follow the last few steps, and your appliqué pattern is complete!