Are you ready to take your Electric Quilt 8 skills to the next level? I will be sharing how to draft a series of newly designed piecing friendly blocks that would be suitable for a Spring themed quilt. You will be the first to see these new designs.
This free challenge is designed for both beginners to Electric Quilt 8 and those that would like to expand their bock drawing skills to a whole new level. My goal is to encourage you to spend a small amount of time using Electric Quilt each day to allow you to become much more comfortable with the software.
Although the mystery is FREE, you must sign up to receive the video tutorials. The mystery will start on Wednesday, March 10th.
Tree of Life Prayer Shawl Quilt
A pastor at my church requested prayer quilts for a local nursing home. He wanted something tangible that could be used to pray for the resident. Rather than a full size quilt, we realized that it would be more appropriate to do something the size of a prayer shawl that could be draped over the shoulders of the person.
Fortunately there were lots of posts on prayer crocheted prayer shawls and I found the size was general between 24 and 36 inches high with a length of around 70 inches.
I didn't want to create something too complicated, but thought it would be appropriate to use a block with a Biblical reference or name.
In this blog post, I will share how to draft one of my designs using Electric Quilt. The tree block is designed with a 10 x 10 grid and finishes at 10" x 10". Since the block was directional, it looked better when placed on point, so I merged it with an on point block. A 10 inch block will measure 14-1/4" on the diagonal.
For those of you that are into the math, the size of the center block was backed into after creating an on-point tile square border. An on-point tile square border ensures that all blocks (patches) have the same width and height. It will add a spacer border so that everything fits. To eliminate the spacer border, you can increase the size of blocks and border prior to the tile on point border. What I chose to adjust was the width of the center block so that everything fit.
If you are not into the math, just use the numbers as laid out in the video. I've verified that they will work.
Note that in Electric Quilt we always design in finished sizes (before seam allowances).
I used the default palette to color the quilt. But I am debating scrapping out the blocks and combining them with 2 background fabrics and along with a border fabric.
My quilt group at church will be creating a number of prayer quilts for this project. I look forward to sharing pictures at we get them pieced and quilted.
My mother (who is in Assisted Living) received her second vaccine a little over two weeks ago. I decided to surprise her by taking her out for a late birthday meal. It will be her first time in over a year that she has been able to leave her Assisted Living Center. Unless you count the trip by ambulance to the ER after a fall.
So instead of working on an Electric Quilt tutorial for this blog post I will be driving to North Dakota today for a short trip. I already have an idea for next week that I think you will enjoy.
Be inspired by the showcase of projects Tech Know Quilter members have been doing.
January Apply What You Learned Challenge
Tech Know Quilters is a membership of Electric Quilt 8 owners who are mastering Electric Quilt through online training. At the end of their January class, they were encouraged to apply what they learned during the month of January.
Tech Know Quilters is open to new members only a few times a year. You can sign up for the wait list here and we will notify you of the next open enrollment period.
I love having people at different stages of the EQ journey submitting designs. I am so proud of this group of quilt designers.
Dresden City or Town Quilt Challenge
The Master's challenge for January was to design a Dresden city or town quilt. The inspiration for this challenge came from the a pattern by Persimmon Dreams (Kim Lapacek). Also check out her Pinterest page. The goal was not to copy her pattern, but to create a circular quilt comprised of homes in your real or imaginary town.
Scroll down for a free Electric Quilt 8 tutorial on two quilt options featuring heart blocks of two different sizes.
Why Did You Buy Electric Quilt?
This week, someone asked me why I purchased Electric Quilt. My first EQ purchase was quite a while ago (back in the EQ4 days). But there were two problems I was dealing with that I believed EQ could help me solve.
Issue #1 -- Quilt Pictures without a Pattern
I was still a relatively new quilter and had begun buying a collection of books, patterns and magazines. In one magazine I saw a picture of a quilt that combined Wheel blocks with Jacob's Ladder blocks. The pictured quilt really appealed to me, but unfortunately there were no instructions on how to make the quilt.
Issue #2 -- Errors in Pattern Instructions
I had another quilt that I worked on from a pattern. The quilt was a full-size quilt. I closely followed the instructions in the pattern to cut out and piece the blocks. However, I started noticing that I had to do a fair amount of "stretching" to get my pieces to come together. I went back and double checked that I had cut the pieces correctly and then double checked my seam allowances. Both were ok. I ultimately took out the graph paper and redrew the block and recalculated the sizes needed for the triangles. The sizes were off by 3/8 of an inch. Unfortunately I did not have enough fabric to fix the problem. Ultimately I trashed the entire quilt wasting about $80 in fabric.
I also began talking to my quilting friends who shared with me that there were certain designers that always had errors in their patterns. This was a bit distressing as the quilts appealed to me and I wanted to be able to make them without a lot of problems.
Solving My Problems
My purchase of Electric Quilt 4 was motivated by wanting to be able to double check the math before working with purchased patterns along with the ability to easily draft a favorite quilt and have cutting instructions along with fabric yardage information.
Ultimately I learned that I could do so much more with Electric Quilt. It is my #1 quilting tool and is used with every quilt I make. And it has entertained me by allowing me to draft a whole bunch of quilts that I will never find the time to make.
Would You Like to Share Your Story?
I would love to know why you made the decision to purchase your first version of Electric Quilt. Was there a particular problem you were trying to solve or was there a particular feature that appealed to you? Send me a note, or post a response in the comments below.
Or are you still on the fence -- debating your first EQ purchase?
Simple Heart Quilt Options
In My Favorite Hearts blog post I shared how to draft two pieced heart blocks and how to create a custom set quilt that incorporates the blocks. I also shared how to add a block (or motif) from another EQ project file.
I also released a new pattern that includes my favorite technique for constructing these blocks and also included some simple applique that can be cut out using your favorite Electric Cutting system (Cricut, Silhouette or Brother Scan N Cut).
The full pattern with the bonus cutting files is on sale for the new release price of $5. The sale ends February 14, 2021.
In this weeks free EQ8 video tutorial, I will share will you two other quilt options for those 4" and 6" pieced heart blocks.
Here is the horizontal strip quilt from the video. This quilt finishes (before binding) 30" x 38". It includes nine six inch blocks and 10 four inch blocks.
Here is the horizontal quilt with sashing from the video. This quilt finishes (before binding) 34" x 44". It includes six six inch blocks and 16 four inch blocks.
A Few Additional Heart Quilts
I was excited to see pictures of your heart quilts inspired by last weeks free tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing your creations.
Sharing Your Heart
Every time I share a quilt, I feel I am sharing a piece of my heart with the person gifted with the quilt.
This last week, I learned that a recipient of a quilt that I created with some friends from my church passed away. The family shared with us that she was covered with the quilt during her last days on earth. I like to think that it comforted both her and her family to know that she was loved.
My guess is that many of you also express your love in the quilts you make for others.
My Favorite Hearts
In the class, I also included how to combine the quilts with a calendar (also designed in Electric Quilt) that could be used as a screen share on your computer.
If you are a current Tech Know Quilter member and are interested in adding on this class, send us a note so we can send you the discount code for the add-on class. If you are not a current Tech Know Quilter member, you can learn more about Tech Know Quilters and sign up for the wait list for the next open enrollment period here.
In the following free tutorial I will share how to draft the two pieced blocks and how to create a custom set quilt that incorporates the blocks. I also share how to add a block (or motif) from another EQ project file.
Here are the blocks from the video.
The blocks and quilt were colored using the Riley Blake collection New Dawn designed by Citrus and Mint Designs. I liked the pinks along with the modern vibe of the fabric. They were included in the Stash 2020 Download Collection 2 that is available for purchase from Electric Quilt.
You can also download the the swatches directly from Riley Blake. The collection was released in August 2020 --- so it should still be available in quilt shops and online.
Here is my designed Valentine quilt using the New Dawn fabrics.
New Pattern Release -- Valentine
I just released a new pattern that use the folded corner technique to easily piece the quilt along with adding some simple applique.
The pattern also includes files for using your favorite electronic cutting system for the the applique elements. This includes a svg file sized for Cricut Design Space, a CWPRJ file for Brother Canvas Workspace and a Silhouette V3 file for Silhouette Studio users.
The full pattern with the bonus cutting files is on sale this week, for the new release price of $5. The sale ends February 14, 2021.
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