Some fun new custom quilt features to share from the site Pattern Jam.
Pattern Jam is a quilt design platform where you can design your own blocks and quilts and then use the library of the latest designer fabric collections to audition fabrics and colors in your designs. This post talks a little more about the quilt design process using Pattern Jam.
It is REALLY fun to play with those designs and color/fabric combinations. You can save your designs for future use and share them with others for inspiration.
Pattern Jam now has a new feature – customized quilt tops. Using this feature you can design a quilt top using the available designs and a variety of fabric choices. For example, using this quilt design, Emily Herrick’s Big Game pattern, you can choose and drag the fabric choices into the quilt design, then order the quilt top printed in your custom pattern. No sewing or cutting involved! A great way to get a custom design quickly – or perfect for someone who loves the look of a pieced quilt top, but isn’t confident in their skills yet.
Here is another example using my Lattice Quilt top design. This design is easy to customize in a variety of colors and ‘fabric’ options. This finished print is 50″ x 63″ – a great size for a wall-hanging or lap quilt.
Here’s a close-up of what the printed ‘fabrics’ look like. The custom panels are printed on a 100% cotton fabric and shipped within two weeks. The fabric is slightly stiffer than regular quilting cottons you buy at the quilt shop. I’m curious to see if it softens as it washes.
My purple-loving teenager fell in love with this version and we’ve already got it basted and under the needle to be quilted. I’ll share the finished version as soon as it’s done as well as what effect washing has on the fabric and print.
As of right now, there are 10 different customizable designs, including this Social Butterfly pattern designed by Lella Boutique.
Another fun version is this United States map print. I played with the design tool and came up with this version. I’m excited to quilt it up and hang it in our rec room in the basement. That room is in serious need of some wall-decor, but because of flying nerf gun bullets, wrestling boys, and dodgeballs, I’m always leary to hang actual pictures on the wall. This quilt will provide some good color and design, but hopefully be less destructible.
Right now (through today, December 31, 2015) Pattern Jam is having a fun promotion. Go on and design your own version of the My State in America template. Share your version in social media with the hashtag #12DaysonPatternJam. A winner will be chosen tomorrow, January 1 and the winner will receive a free version of their design!
Even if you don’t want to enter, just go play with the quilt design tool, or be inspired by the other quilts in the Design Stream. It’s a great way to play with fabrics and colors but not have anyone appalled at the size of your stash. 😉