A Swirl with Hexagons
Tech Know Quilters Update
I have been crazy trying to catch up after market. I've been finishing up my videos for my new Tech Know Quilter Club program. This Electric Quilt club program is now ready to be released to brick and mortar quilt shops across the country.
Here are the quilts included in this program.
If you know of a shop that may be interested in the program (or maybe you may interested in leading a club) -- let me know. I would be happy to send out more specifics on the program to shops and potential club leaders.
About a month ago(pre-market), I mentioned on a Facebook group that I have been having fun playing with drafting Hexagon blocks in Patch Draw. I had done a series of hexagon blocks from a well-known book and was hoping to share one of them here -- but the author was concerned about copyright.
Linda Frantz jumped into the conversation and graciously offered me permission to use any of her 300 hexagon blocks to demonstrate my technique. Linda Frantz is the owner/designer behind Inklingo. Inklingo are shapes that can be printed on fabric or on paper. They are extremely popular for hand piecing and English paper piecing. (I have personally use the Shape #2 Collection for Flying Geese, Half Square and Quarter Square triangles -- which I did by machine since I don't have the patience for hand piecing.)
This morning I decided to take an hour and play. Wow! I absolutely love Linida's blocks. And they are very friendly to draft in PatchDraw within Electric Quilt.
Here is my first rosette using four of her blocks.
This week's Electric Quilt video tutorial will share how I drafted one of the blocks from her 300 hexagon block book. Click here to access the Inklingo page with the complete video of all Linda's hexagon blocks. The website also has links to her shapes collections to purchase and download the shapes for piecing all of her 300 hexagon blocks.
Here is one of Linda's block redrafted by me in Electric Quilt followed by my Electric Quilt video tutorial.
These blocks are very addicting. I may need to draft all 300 of them.
11/11/2016 08:18:25 am
11/11/2016 10:46:59 am
I enjoyed the video and tried it out and started creating already with a border and star inside the hexagon. It is addictive! Thanks for the tutorial. Seems I remember Inklingo from years ago. I'm going to see if I still have it on my computer. Old becomes new again!
11/11/2016 12:47:39 pm
You could print the templates with seam allowances directly onto fabric. However you need to group by fabric and then you will probably need multiples of each fabric. I also remember in a tutorial from Linda that there is an issue with black ink setting (which is why her downloads offer printing in different colors and intensities. So if you wanted to try that, you would probably need to use an intermediate program such as Inkscape to make the necessary modifications. Hopefully you can find your old CD or information -- as I suspect it might be easier. :)
11/12/2016 04:46:23 pm
Thank you, Kari, for a very clear tutorial. In summer I drafted all of your olympic blocks and in the process learned a lot about working with EQ. I love hexagons and I suppose now will start experimenting with my own designs - the possibilities are endless!
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