Learn about Hawaiian quilting
Be introduced to a Hawaiian quilt font
Learn to design your first Hawaiian quilt in Electric Quilt
Sale on EQ8 Drawing Blocks book
Background on Hawaiian Quilting
Hawaiian Quilt Font
A number of years ago, I discovered a Hawaiian quilt font. Each letter provided a Hawaiian applique quilt block. When I looked on the Internet today, I discovered three different Hawaiian quilt block fonts.
You can download the fonts for free from Netfontes.com The fonts were designed by Pokelele.
I decided that these "letters" would make great quilt blocks, and would also be good practice for learning to use the applique tools in Electric Quilt 8.
Drafting a Hawaiian Quilt Block using EQ8
Here is the quilt from the video.
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Last week I shared how to create an asymmetrical block. Harvest Stars was colored with All Hallows Eve, a Moda fabric collection by Fig Tree Design. I then created a number of quilt options using Symmetry in Electric Quilt 8.
If you missed the tutorial, you can still catch it here.
This week I decided to create a quilting design for the Harvest Stars quilt. I originally pulled a quilt block called Spider Web from Block Base and set it on my quilt. But I wasn't super excited by all the straight lines.
Spider Web Quilt Video
In my Electric Quilt 8 video tutorial this week, I will show you turn a Kaleidoscope block from the EQ library into the Spider Web-like block designed by Finley. (If you have Block Base, you can import this block instead of drafting it as I did.)
Then we will use this block to create an applique motif that may be set on Layer 3 of a quilt in Electric Quilt.
Here is my spider web quilting design.
Quilting the Spider Web Design
This is one of those designs that would be super forgiving when stitching out either on a longarm or on a domestic quilting machine. Start by quilting the straight lines. Then add the continuous curves. The curved lines don't need to be "perfect" -- just sew a gentle curve from one straight line to the next.
This design would work for a Halloween quilt, a fall harvest quilt -- or any quilt that could benefit from some gentle curves.
I applied the Spider Web stencil to the Harvest Stars quilt from last week. The Spider Web stencil was set at 16 inches x 16 inches.
This did leave some holes in the corner that would need to be filled. I found a spider block in the EQ library that I modified to turn into a quilting design and added to the quilt. (Instructions for this were not included in the video tutorial.)
Just for fun, I tried the Spider Web stencil on a different pieced block.
Where would you apply this stencil?
Included in this blog post:
Harvest Stars EQ8 Tutorial
Learn to draft an easy asymmetrical block, color it with a All Hallows Eve, a fabric collection by Fig Tree Design that was produced by Moda. Then use Symmetry in Electric Quilt 8 to audition various rotations of the blocks.
I think this creates a great quilt to celebrate harvest time -- or Halloween.
Here is the block and quilts, I saved during the video tutorial.
Harvest Stars Block Construction using Folded Corners
I often receive questions on how I would approach piecing a particular block. For this block, the most efficient cutting chart is not the one produced by Electric Quilt.
Instead I would cut squares and rectangles as noted in the annotated diagram below.
FC is my abbreviation for Folded Corner. It is a square piece of fabric that is sewn onto another square or a rectangle.
If you haven't used folded corners, it is a very efficient want to work with patches with 45 degree angles. Here is how to construct a folded corner.
After adding the Folded Corners on the square and rectangular base units, combine units per diagram below.
Tech Know Quilters September Showcase
Current Tech Know Quilter members were challenged to apply what they learned at the end of their September class. As you can see, they learned a lot!
Gees Bend Challenge
Tech Know Quilters in Modern Quilts class, were challenged to create a modern quilt inspired by the Gees Bend quilts. You can read more about Gees Bend quilts here.
Here are some additional designs that were shared in the Tech Know Quilter's private Facebook group.
I absolutely love viewing the creations by this incredibly talented group. Although enrollment to Tech Know Quilter's is current closed, click here to be put on a wait list. You will be the first to know when enrollment is open to new members.
I am working on a quilt for an upcoming class at the MN Quilt Show and purchased a number of Moda Grunge fabrics for my quilt.
I thought it would be super easy to color my quilt in EQ -- since Grunge is one of the Manufacturing Basics collections. However, I found that only a fraction of the Grunge fabrics are included in the EQ Collection under Manufacturing Basics.
I decided I really needed all of the Grunge fabrics at my design disposal. Do you ever get obsessed with things like this?
While pulling in the collection I encountered a problem with some of the downloaded swatches which required some additional editing in EQ.
My free tutorial for this week will take you through the entire process of gathering, importing and editing the fabrics to create a complete grunge library in EQ8.
Here is the link for the Moda fabric downloads. Just enter Grunge in the keyword search box.
After completing the video, I went back and added the additional Grunge styles and imported the additional grunge fabric collections from the Moda website. So now I have a complete collection of grunge fabric images -- at least until Moda adds more Grunge fabrics.
Here is one of my blocks from my upcoming class. Can you spot the Grunge fabrics in this block?
Tech Know Quilter Masters Showcase
See what some of the more advanced Tech Know Quilter members accomplished in September.
Masters Row Quilt Challenge
Those in Tech Know Quilter's Masters are encouraged to work on their own projects and designs. Each month they are provided a challenge to allow them to explore their design skills. In September they were challenged to design a row quilt.
Progress toward Goals
In Masters, members are encouraged to set goals for themselves. They are not necessarily EQ specific. Here are some pictures on the progress they made (or are making) toward their goals.
Tech Know Quilter's opens for enrollment only a few times a year. Sign up for the wait list to be informed the next time it opens.
Do you decorate with quilts for fall? I love working with fall fabrics and using quilts is my decoration of choice. I just created a new fall quilt that could easily be stitched up before the snow starts to fall. (Or since an early snow is in the forecast, maybe before the snow stays on the ground until spring).
Fall is in the Air Quilt
Last week I shared how to take a number of applique motifs from the EQ8 library and combine them to make a wreath. If you missed the tutorial you can catch it here.
In addition to sharing how to create the wreath, I also discussed how to convert the file to an svg format -- which is usable with Silhouette Cameo, Brother Scan n Cut and Cricut Maker cutting systems. So it would be super easy to make this 20 inch wreath.
This week I will share with you how to create a simple setting and some easy to piece blocks for a fun new fall quilt.
The maple leaf block is 3" finished and easy to rotary cut and the large 20" finished block would be conducive to foundation piecing -- or adding 5-1/2" and 3-1/2" squares for folded corners.
Additional Cutting Information for Borders
Quilt will finish 44" x 44" (without binding).
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