Blogging from A-Z April Challenge – G is for


I find grids very useful. Squared paper is easy to obtain, but better still – the grid you draw.


Measuring isn’t obligatory – and I often start by drawing a rough grid by ‘eye’ in my journal.

Are you a quilter? Quite an interesting way of developing your own personal quilting pattern is to begin with your intials. Firstly – fill every alternate square with the initial of one of your names



Then choose a second initial and complete the rest of the boxes.



This simple pattern is based on an M and an h – upper or lower case can be chosen at will – and the shape of the letters doesn’t have to have any bearing on your signature.

Once ‘inked in’ the line becomes more apparent. The above needs a little touching up if it’s to be programmed into a quilting module – but for freehand quilting, either by machine or by hand, it gives a good indication of the final result.

I love using grids. You never know what you will discover

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. slfinnell says:

    Great quilting design! I hand quilt and am always looking for new designs 🙂


    1. nuvofelt says:

      This would make a lovely hand quilted surface. Let me know if you use it – give it a try with your initials – it would make a really personalised quilt.

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      1. slfinnell says:

        I will do that! Thanks 😊

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  2. jhwinterauthor says:

    I used to use grids when I first started drawing, when I was trying to recreate someone else’s work. They have many uses, and I love the initials idea for quilting! That is a craft I would love to learn how to do 🙂

    Ink & Stitches –


  3. Miss Andi says:

    That looks great, and a creative idea. Would the final product then have the layers in these shapes? (Sorry I’m obviously not a quilter lol but find it interesting. I’m actually now thinking how to use it on a top where the seams came loose…)


    1. nuvofelt says:

      The design would create patterns in the surface. Apologies for the long delay – I’ve just found out how to find comments! Talk about slow on the uptake…..


  4. I do gridding when I design cross stitch patterns, I have never quilted but one day I would like to try if I ever befriend my sewing machine.


    1. nuvofelt says:

      I hope you will give it a go sometime. If you don’t fancy using your machine for quilting you could always tie the top and backside together.


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