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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