TouchDraw & a New Block

"There's an app for that," my husband and I joke all the time.  And, most of time it's true or at least someone should invent an app for that.

Lynne over at Lily Quilts discovered an application, TouchDraw, which is a vector based drawing application.  It works great for drawing quilt designs.  She's done a couple tutorials on how to use the application specifically for designing quilt blocks and quilts.  

I played around with it a bit and came up with a few designs.  

Kaleidoscope block layout

The first is a Kaleidoscope block and quilt.  Last year, I started working on a Kaleidoscope quilt.  It's stll in process, but I was (with help from Lynne) able to design a block and quilt based on the colors I'm using in the quilt.  It took quite a bit of trial and error to figure out how to create the triangles.

Then I started playing around with the application a bit more and designed this block:


Which in turn, led to this quilt:


Or with a little bit of playing around, this quilt:


As you can tell, I'm enjoying this app.  It's pretty intuitive.  As I learn different processes, I'm able to build on that knowledge and "figure out" how to do something else.  The possibilities are endless.

How do you design blocks and quilts?  What tools have you found useful?  I'm always up for sharing knowledge and bouncing ideas of one another.

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