One of my favorite parts of a longarm group I was a part of was the show and tell. Members were encouraged to bring quilt tops they were struggling with. The group would typically throw out a number of ideas on how they would quilt the top – often feeding on suggestions from the other machine quilters.
Here is the quilt:
This quilt has been sitting in my unfinished top pile for at least a decade. The name of the quilt is Irish Eyes. I think I saw the quilt in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. I'm not even sure if instructions were provided.
The quilt that inspired this was made by Irma Gail Hatcher. It was part of the 40 finalists in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine's Contest: Discovery - A New World in Quilting. It won a Judge's Award, and appeared on the cover of The Quilter, a magazine published in London, England. It was selected as Fairfield's Batting Christmas quilt and appeared in their ads in October, November, and December, 1992.
1. Create a blog post between April 12-18 focused on how you would quilt this top. You can use any media you want to draw out your planned solution. Art and Stitch, Electric Quilt or any basic drawing program would work. Or just print out a photo of the quilt and draw your solution by hand. Take a photo of your results and upload it to your blog.
2. On April 12th, I will set up the party on my blog. Post a link to your blog post through the inlinkz button on that blog. Include a link back to the party (i.e. the April 12th post) in your blog.
4. Review and comment on at least two other participant’s blog posts.
5. Agree to be notified about subsequent link-ups. (I will add you to a mail list to keep you informed about these link-ups.)
Copy the photo of the quilt top.
Within Art and Stitch, select Paste Backdrop. This is in the "Edit" section. Select where you would like to save the image.
FYI - I believe Paste Backdrop is a new feature in Version 3. It makes savings backdrops even easier as you can do it on the fly as developing a project.
Save the image on your computer. Within EQ, go to the "Work on Image" tab. Import this image.
I did try to resize the photo to to 38 x 38 (the maximum block size). However it made the image way too large and it no longer worked within the program. So I decided to work with a smaller size for the block and the quilt..
You could also import the image on the "Work on Block" tab. Crop a section of the quilt image to work with a smaller area at a time.
I would love to see what you develop and look forward to your linking your blogs to next Saturday's post. I will be working on my own design ideas this week.
If you aren't blogging, come back to see all the ideas quilters have developed.