Sometimes I use Adobe Photoshop to design my quilts. It may be that I can see an image in my head, but don’t know how to begin to draw it. Most of my quilts are representational, but sometimes I like to venture into the abstract. Photoshop comes in very handy then. Photoshop helps me combine straight lines, not-so-straight lines and shapes, and color them in different ways--or not. I can easily try one idea, discard it, and try another. In the drawing at left, it made it easy for me to manipulate Fibonacci spirals and try positioning them in lots of different ways. Mixing new technology and an old, time-honored craft like quilting can be inspiring. Creativity isn't just about seeing the destination in your head. It's also about the journey along the way.
One year, the fundraiser theme was knots, another maps. This year, it is the lens. So, being a quilt, I went online and found some interesting lens quilts. As it turns out, the traditional Log Cabin pattern especially lends itself to lens variations. Who knew? My search also led me to the Scientific Quilter and Op-Art quilts from Aussie quilter Linda Robertus which I think you will enjoy. But I needed something fairly small and simple that I could complete in a short time. So I used Photoshop to play around with bars and spheres. Then I tried distorting my sphere, using what’s known as a “barrel distortion” to give the impression of a round lens.