As you may remember, next week's fabric design contest is specifically for doll panels. [Deadline is Monday, October 19th, at noon, EST. Entry form and details are here.]
We've received a couple of good questions about this particular Fabric Of the Week theme and I thought it would be a good idea to post the questions and responses here in case anyone else is wondering the same thing. [questions below paraphrased from our scrapbooking friend KarenHarveyCox]
o What size should I make the doll panels?
They can be any size, but we will preview the panels in the contest as 1-yard pieces rather than quarter-yards, which is what we usually show for contests, so size your design to display well at one-yard. A yard of quilting weight is, by default, a 6,300 pixel canvas (42" x 150 pixels). So if your doll panel is 1,575 pixels wide, it will repeat four times across the width of the fabric preview. If it is 1,050 pixels wide it will repeat six times across. A yard is 5,400 pixels tall by default. To repeat your panel twice vertically, it would need to be 2,700 pixels tall.
o Does my doll panel have to show the front and back of the doll?
Not required, but cool.
o Spoonflower seems to have lots of doll panels, teddy bear panels, etc. I'd like to design an apron panel. If I do that, how do I size it?
As with all files on Spoonflower, we don't alter or adjust the file you upload in any way. If you want to create an apron panel, you'll need to design it yourself using a graphics program of some sort. If one-yard of canvas is enough to make your apron, you should try to design your panel to a one-yard canvas. In the case of quilting-weight cotton, you should design to a 6300 pixel by 5400 pixel space (42" x 36" at 150 pixels per inch). Large designs that take up an entire yard will almost certainly have to be saved either as PNGs or JPGs rather than TIFs in order to get them under our 30MB upload limit.
If anyone else has questions about the doll panel design theme, please post them in the comments!