I've been watching some ice skating on television and am beginning to get excited about the Winter Olympics. I decided I wanted to create a few blocks to honor some of my favorite winter sports.
My first block is on snowboarding. The block is foundation pieced and my video tutorial will go through my logic in creating sections and drafting each of the sections to create an ideal block for paper piecing. (Even if you aren't into snowboarding -- there are some great tips on drafting foundation patterns in general.)
If you would like to draft this block in Electric Quilt, I have pictures of the block that can be imported for tracing. I created two options -- one shows the lines I used in drafting the block. The other show the coloration only and you need to do some additional analysis of the image to figure out the best way to section and draft the block.
Which one will you use as a backdrop for your block?
Check back next week to see the next block in the series.
New Tech Know Quilters Session Starts February 2nd
Are you ready to master Electric Quilt 8?
Tech Know Quilter's EQ8 Membership Studio allows you to learn this program from the comfort of you home. Each lesson is limited to 10 minutes in duration to allow you to learn in small increments.
You can choose to start the program with one of the following classes:
Each month you will receive:
Information on creating a Snowflake Sampler custom set quilt layout is presented in this post. But I wanted to start with some important updates for Tech Know Quilters.
Tech Know Quilters February Classes
For those enrolled in the Tech Know Quilters EQ8 membership studio, you have been doing an amazing job with working with fabric images. I am hoping you are enjoying playing with fabrics that you love in Electric Quilt.
It is hard to believe it is already time to start thinking about February's class -- or should I say classes.
My original plan was to offer just one class -- Introduction to EasyDraw. But after thinking through the large number of you that just went through Easy Peasy Easy Draw in EQ7, it felt a bit repetitive. So I decided to offer an alternate class for those intermediate EasyDraw designers. This one is entitled EasyDraw Kaleidoscopes.
Are you ready to sign up for Tech Know Quilters? For those just getting started, you will actually have a choice of three different classes for February:
New Store for Subscription Services
For those already enrolled in Tech Know Quilters, you purchased your original class(es) on my Weebly store. Unfortunately, Weebly does not offer a subscription service, which is necessary to administrate a program like this.
I've spent the last two months researching options that would allow for the convenience of automatic payments, a secure payment gateway to protect your financial information, along with a vehicle to allow you to easily cancel or defer a session when life gets too hectic. I am excited to tell you that I have selected Shopify as the platform that meets all these criteria.
The changeover will require that you re-enroll in Tech Know Quilters if you wish to continue with the program. Current members should have received an email on Saturday morning with more information on the changeover. Please refer to that for more specifics.
If you didn't receive an email, drop me a note and I will get another copy off to you.
Snowflake Sampler Quilt Layout
Last week I shared with you how to find some blocks in the Electric Quilt block library and turn them into snowflake blocks. This week I will share a custom set layout in an Electric Quilt 8 video tutorial.
If you would like to redraft this quilt, here are a few photos taken during the video that will be useful.
After 2 weeks of sub-zero weather (between North Dakota and MN), it warmed up for 3 days this week. But winter is back with a vengeance with snow and bitter winds. After shoveling snow this afternoon, I came in and looked at the temps. Minus 12 windchill. Brr!
Mug Rug Update
I thoroughly enjoyed the hot chocolate and tea mug rug drawings that were shared with me. They warmed my heart! If you would like to join you the Learning EQ Facebook group, you can request membership here.
Here are some of the completed renditions shared on social media this week..
If you missed the tutorial, you can still watch here.
Snowflake Sampler Quilt
This week we are going to collect blocks from the EQ block library that can remind us of snowflakes. We are also going to collect fabrics that remind us of snow as well. Your collection can be completely different from mine -- but the goal is to have approximately 15 snowflake blocks.
If you would like to work along with me, color your snowflakes and save them to your Project Sketchbook. Next week we are going to use a custom setting to showcase the sampler blocks.
Here are my colored snowflakes -- all from the EQ8 Library with only a couple of modifications (as outlined in the video).
Tech Know Quilter's Update
We are off to a roaring start with the Tech Know Quilter's EQ8 training program. The January session has been all about working with Fabric Collections and members have been busy grabbing images off their favorite fabric manufacturer's websites. For those that started on January 3rd, they will be working with photographing, scanning and importing their own fabrics next week.
This is a great opportunity to unleash the power of Electric Quilt the Easy Peasy way.
What is the Easy Peasy way? Training delivered in bite sized increments (think 5-10 minute videos plus written step by step instructions). You will receive 13 lessons a month -- delivered directly to your inbox.
It's not too late to join the fun. And no need to worry about catching up. After you enroll, you will receive three lessons a week (delivered on Monday/Wednesday/Friday).
EQ8 Lesson for Beginners Book
It has been really cold this week (below zero plus a nice stiff wind to make it feel even colder). I am so thankful for heat in my house, but it is still hard to ward off the chill.
So this week, I decided my quilt needed to be a mug rug. Made to house a nice hot cup of cocoa -- or the warm drink of your choice.
The applique from this quilt was adapted from blocks in the EQ8 library. You could always delete the marshmallows for a different drink and swap out the snowflake. Feel free to share your mug rug designed in EQ on social media.
Shoot for the Stars with EQ8
Are you just getting started with Electric Quilt 8 and need some help?
Shoot for the Stars is designed to get you started with Electric Quilt 8 through training delivered straight to your inbox. This series includes 14 short (ie. 5-10 minute) videos delivered over the course of a month allowing you to learn the basics of this complex program in bite size increments.
The class is currently on sale for $25 (regular $35). Join now.
I am also bundling this class with the purchase of Electric Quilt 8 software to ensure you can hit the ground running with EQ8.
Electric Quilt Expert and Educator and Pattern Designer.