I buy fabrics that catch my eye from my favorite store. In this case I bought some bold patterns by Michael Miller, Sandi Henderson, Denyse Schmidt, and Park Slope. In order to visualize the arrangement of pattern and color, I scanned the fabrics and created thumbnail sketches to scale on my computer. I’ll move and readjust the scans, playing Colorforms on my Mac, until I find a pattern I’m happy with. After a lot of cutting and a few early morning sessions at the sewing machine using my sketch as a guide, I had the finished quilt pictured below. It was for a newborn and measured 35″ square.