One of my favorite special exhibits at the 38th Annual MN Quilt show was entitled Stripes. This was the staff challenge for Glad Creation's Quilt Shop. Here are a few of the quilts from that exhibit. I also took some close-ups so you could get a better feel for the "stripe".
This exhibit inspired me to make my own stripe quilt. Mine, however, was done in Electric Quilt.
For this week's Electric Quilt video tutorial, I will share some tips for working with stripes in Electric Quilt. If you haven't used Rotate Fabric and Fussy Cut recently -- this video is for you.
Most of the stripes used in this quilt were from Michael Miller's Stripe collection. These images were less than perfect for coloring my quilt -- but I will share a few tips on dealing with that as well. :)
I also picked up the latest Stash Collection from Electric Quilt and had to play with that as well. This is a collection of the latest released fabric lines from the major fabric manufacturers. Here is my It's a Mystery pattern done up in the Americana II fabric collection by Riley Blake.
Featured Pattern - It's a Mystery
This quilt was originally designed for a mystery weekend – hence the name. This seemingly complex quilt is easier than it looks. Instructions provide for strip pieced and over-sized units that are cut down with the use of the recommended rulers from Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design.
Three sizes are available: Lap 57 x 69 (shown), Twin 69 x 93 or Full 93 x 93
Click here to purchase a digital copy of the pattern for immediate download.
Click here to purchase a physical copy of the pattern that will be mailed to you.
Wow! What more can I say about the Minnesota 38th Annual Quilt show. I had a fabulous time teaching 7 different Electric Quilt classes and presenting my lecture on Specialty Rulers. I met an amazing group of women and saw some awesome quilts.
Check out the slideshow of a few of my favorite quilts from the judged and non-judged categories at the show. I will share some additional quilts from the special exhibits next week.
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Importing Fabric Collections
One question I frequently hear is "How do I bring my fabrics into Electric Quilt?". Whether you are working with entire collections from manufacturers websites (my favorite source for fabric scans) or individual images or photos -- this Electric Quilt video tutorial will move you from JPG to EQ!
Featured Product - Private Coaching Program
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Last week I shared instructions for drafting the Summer Sunburst block in Electric Quilt. Click here if you missed the video.
This week I will share with you how I finished by drafting the quilt. It is pretty basic -- but it does involve working with Custom Set.
As a bonus, I will also share with you a fun way to put a faux binding on a non-rectangular quilt. I also added my quilting design from Art and Stitch through Add Embroidery button in Electric Quilt.
Featured Product - Rotating Fans Quilting Design
Are you interested in the Rotating Fan quilting design used in the video? The digitized design is available for both longarm quilting and in three different embroidery sizes (4 x 4, 8 x 8 and 10 x 10).
For me, summer and sun usually means sunburn -- but today's summer and sun combination is much more fun.
Summer Sunburst was designed in response to the latest challenge at Do you EQ? The challenge is to design a quilt around Jelly Rolls (those 2-1/2" strip sets that we all love to purchase).
I decided I wanted a circular quilt, so I designed my block in PatchDraw and set it using Custom Set.
The pieces in the wedges are all cut 2-1/2" wide (2 inch finished). The quilt will finish 48-1/2" x 48-1/2" (with binding).
I used a variety of fabrics from Anthology Fabric's spring collection (since I already had them loaded in Electric Quilt for my redo of my Ferris Wheel quilt and loved their bright batiks).
This quilt could be strip pieced and the wedges cut using a 10 degree wedge ruler. I purchased mine years ago from Phillips Fiber Art. If you would like to see how the ruler works check out their website.
Part 1 of my Electric Quilt video tutorial will cover drafting and coloring the block in Patch Draw.
Part 2 (next week) will cover using Custom Set.
MN Quilt Show Update
The show is less than one week away and I am super excited to be teaching my favorite Electric Quilt classes. Class handouts have been finalized, run off and stapled, more Studio 180 Design rulers ordered for my Specialty Ruler lecture and quilts are being packed into suitcases.
This week I thought I would highlight a few new projects that are included in my Pieced Patch Draw class. This class is sold out -- but there are still a few seats in a couple of my other Electric Quilt classes (Applique, Beginning Settings and Borders, and Pictoral Foundations). Pre-registration has closed -- but you can still purchase seats for these classes at the show.
Featured Project - Ferris Wheel
This quilt is pre-cut friendly. Use both charms and either fat quarters or fat eighths. Optional instructions are also provided for using both the Corner Pop and Tucker Trimmer 1 tools from Studio 180 design.
Ferris Wheel Quilt Pattern (physical copy mailed to you)$10
Ferris Wheel Quilt Pattern (digital copy for immediate download) $10
Ferris Wheel Quilting Design Bundle Click on link to see all the patterns included in the bundle.
Ferris Wheel combined Piecing Pattern and Quilting Bundle.
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