A special welcome to the visitors from Seams Like a Dream. I hope you enjoy my Electric Quilt tutorial along with the wonderful braid quilts you may create.
I have a passion for sharing my love of quilt design with you and offer both online and in person classes along with private coaching to assist you in designing your dream quilts.
My friend Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream recently shared a tutorial on her website on using this really cool braid-making tool. I wouldn't be surprised to find Kate's best selling book, Smash your Precut Stash book in your library.
After watching the video and looking at her tutorials, I decided that I wanted to be able to play with a braid block in Electric Quilt. For this block I wanted to be able to use either 1-1/2" strips (sometimes called Honey Buns) or 2-1/2" strips (sometimes called Jelly Rolls).
I also wanted the design to be tessellating. What is a tessellation? It is a shape that is repeated over and over again without any gaps. This would allow be to set my blocks together in a row that looks like it was designed as a single block.
See how I designed my pre-cut friendly braid blocks in this week's Electric Quilt video tutorial.
Then hop over to Kate's blog and see how her ruler works. She also has a special sale for the next week on her ruler. So take advantage of it, while you are there.
Block and Setting Ideas
I just couldn't stop playing with this block. Here are a few of the braids I designed, plus the proposed setting.
For those that own either EQ7 or EQ Stitch, I would like to offer a download of all my braid projects. For the next two weeks the download is free. Just click here. (At the end of two weeks the cost is $9.99.)
Horizontal 4 x 5 Layout
Braid designed with 5 x 5 braid. Block (sized at 7" x 7") made with 1-1/2 inch strips.
Vertical Strip Quilt
Braid designed with 5 x 5 braid. Block (sized at 14" x 14") made with 2-1/2 inch strips.
Horizontal Strip Quilt
Braid designed with 4 x 20 braid. Block (sized at 11.2" x 56") made with 2-1/2 inch strips.
Horizontal Layout with Sashing
Braid designed with 6 x 6 braid. Block (sized at 8.4" x 8.4") made with 1-1/2 inch strips.
Horizontal Layout Serendipity
Braid designed with 4 x 4 braid. Blocks were sized at either 5.6" (made with 1-1/2 inch strips) or 11.2" (made with 2-1/2 inch strips). For this layout I played with the Serendipity option to find different block rotations.
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Introduction to Electric Quilt 7
Then I printed the block (using the block size of 12" x 12") on 12" x 15" freezer paper sheets using my wide-carriage printer. Then I didn't have to tape any sheets together.
Carefully cut out the three circles.
Iron on the back of a strip segment. Cut the strip segment.
Here are the free downloadable freezer paper templates (pdf format).
You may get by with just one set of templates. I found they could be reused multiple times.
Create the Fusible Rings
I had 3 separate ring blocks in Electric Quilt. One for each size of ring. Great for designing. Not so great on economizing on usage of Steam-A-Seam 2 (particularly since I only had one package of five sheets for the project).
I used the large ring (12")as the base.
I opened the 8" ring, selected it with the Pick tool and then selected Copy.
Then opened the 12" ring and selected Paste. I then change the size of the copied ring to 8" x 8". Add to Sketchbook.
Then I opened the 6" ring and repeated the process. Add to Sketchbook.
Change your paper size to 9 x 12 (the size of the Steam-A-Seam sheets) and print. You will have to tape some of these together after printing.
Here are the free download pdfs for the Fusible Rings. These may be used for either tracing or printing on fusible webbing.
Rough cut the rings. Peel and stick onto Ring fabric and cut out.
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