Easter Eggs Revisted
Do you dye Easter eggs? That was our family tradition for Good Friday growing up.
Or are you interested in a quilting alternative? .Last year I did a few posts on creating Easter egg designs. I thought I would replay the video on drafting an applique Easter egg using Electric Quilt.
I really wanted to sew that Easter Egg. Since I have been playing a bit with my Brother Embroidery machine, I thought this would be an opportunity to try an applique design on that machine.
The new video covers the steps to transfer the design from Electric Quilt to Art and Stitch, Auto Tracing function in Art and Stitch, creating an SVG file (new with the latest version of Art and Stitch), and preparing the design for cutting in Silhouette Cameo.
There are no videos of the stitch out, but it is pretty basic. Everything can be done in a standard 4 inch hoop. Art and Stitch provides three layers per design element:
The embroidery machine stops between each layer which allows me to add the fabric or change threads.
Here is the finished design -- turned into a mug rug.
Since I was having so much fun, I decided to try a second egg with the zigzag and the circles as a fill stitch rather than applique.
For the third variation, I decided to do a Redwork design. For this I used a bean stitch to outline all the elements. I am not sure I liked the metallic thread -- but this one stitched out super fast.
Do you want to try any of these designs on your embroidery or longarm machine. These designs are free -- my Easter gift to you. You will need to enter your contact information to check out -- but you will not need to enter your credit card (since the price is free). Purchase here.
The Art and Stitch file is also included if you wish to play with other variations.
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It has been a bit chilly, but spring is just around the corner. And spring always reminds me of flying kites.
This pattern has 20 pages -- so it chocked full of illustrations. You can choose to use the Studio 180 Design tools (which I love) or not. Either way the pattern will provide lots of information on how to piece this quilt.
I also simplified an edge to edge pantograph -- which will be super fast to stitch out on all major longarm systems.
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Paper Pieced Easter Egg
Happy National Quilting Day. I hope you find some time to enjoy with your favorite part of quilting. I have two quilt group meetings today -- and will be spending quality quilting time with some special friends. Post a comment to let me know if you are doing anything quilting related today.
Do you like to foundation paper piece? If so you will love this weeks video tutorial.
It will show you how to create your own foundation pieced Easter egg.
I will also show you how to add another block in the center of the egg. You will be amazed at how easy it is to do this!
I am also including the Egg foundations (pdf format) for your personal use. Both in a 6" and a 4" size. Click on the size for the link to the file.
Electric Quilt Learning Opportunities
Would you like to enhance your Electric Quilt skills? Here are a few current opportunities:
Shamrock Mini Quilt
I was playing with my embroidery machine today and thought that I needed to stitch out a few of my shamrock blocks. These were originally designed for quilting, but I am really liking them for embroidery as well.
They were so cute, I decided I really needed to design a quilt for them. This one is very simple (i.e.completed from beginning to end including the quilting in one day).
All ready for St. Patrick's Day.
Even when I know what I want to do, I find it useful to go back to Electric Quilt. It helped me to gauge the size of the sashing and borders compared to the blocks (4-1/2" finished size).
This week my Electric Quilt video tutorial is very short. I will share with you how I brought the photos of my stitched out embroidery into Electric Quilt to assist with auditioning.
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Are you ready to get started? The pattern is now for sale. You have a choice of the Shamrock Mini Digital Bundle or the Shamrock Mini Digital Pattern. The Bundle includes not only the pattern, but also 5 digital shamrock designs for embroidery or quilting machines. The embroidery designs will work in a 4" hoop and are perfectly sized for the Shamrock Mini pattern.
The Shamrock Mini digital pattern is only $6. And the Shamrock Mini Digital Bundle is on sale for an introductory price of only $12.50.
After playing with shamrocks in Art and Stitch last week, I knew that I also wanted to try drafting them using Electric Quilt.
This is a fun Electric Quilt tutorial on Drafting a Shamrock and then using Wreathmaker to create the applique block.
Here is my block.
Here is the video.
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I am excited to announce the release of my complete set of Shamrock quilting designs. Many of these designs include multiple sizes (with one of the sizes conducive to the small 4" machine embroidery hoops). There are also both embroidery and quilting formats included with the downloads for these patterns. (No need to purchase separately.) All of these designs are on sale for 50% off this week.
Click on the photo to be taken to the store to purchase individual designs. There is also an option for purchasing a bundle of all of these designs plus my Smiling Irish Eyes piecing pattern for additional savings. For the bundled set click here.
Shamrock Digital Bundle
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