Quilt Show and Book Signing
I am still trying to get a quilt done for the show -- it is one the long-arm (row 1) -- so we will see.
Tech Know Quilters April Showcase
Here are a few of the beautiful quilts that were created by Tech Know Quilter's members during the last month. I continue to be amazed at the creativity and talent in the group.
Easter Basket Challenge
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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 $35 (regular $50). Join now.
In my recently released book - EQ8 Drawing Blocks - I shared how to draft a foundation friendly basket using EasyDraw.
In my free tutorial this week, I will share with you how to use this basket to create a fun Easter Basket filled with surprises.
One of the blocks combines the foundation friendly basket with the Peek-A-Boo Bunny from the EQ8 Contemporary Applique library.
For the other block, I used the Duckling in a Shell block from the EQ8 Contemporary Applique library and added it to the basket block. This took a little bit more work as I needed to modify the duck to give the illusion of him being under the basket pieces.
To color the blocks, I used the free fabric of the month collection from Electric Quilt Abstract Garden. The collection was designed by Christa Watson for Benartex. It has some fun bright fabrics -- perfect for my Easter baskets.
The blocks were set in a horizontal layout. I sized the blocks at 15 x 15 and flipped one of the duck blocks.
Border #1 was the yellow section with Happy Easter added using the font Baby Kruffy.
What will you add to your Easter baskets? I would love to see your designs.
EQ8 Drawing Blocks
EQ8 Drawing Blocks has been released and I received my first shipment from Electric Quilt on Monday. I am officially a published author!
Watch me open my first box of books.
Learn the Fundamentals of Block Drawing
Each chapter focuses on one of the EQ8 drawing styles. Learn how to draw the blocks below, plus many more!
Chapter 1 Drawing Pieced Blocks in EasyDraw
Learn how to set up the Precision Bar for drawing success, determine the best size to draw a block by examining the block’s grid, trace a photograph to create a foundation-friendly block, and more!
Chapter 2 Drawing Pieced Blocks in PolyDraw
Learn the difference between the EasyDraw and PolyDraw drawing styles, use the Clone and Rotate method for faster drawing, draw a block on each of the special grids, and more!
Chapter 3 Drawing Applique Designs
Learn to use the Draw and Shapes tools to create unique applique patches, use WreathMaker to make beautiful designs, modify a block from the library to make it your own, trace an antique quilt block, and more!
About this Book
Size 8½” x 11″
Softcover, spiral binding, full-color content
You may purchase directly from me (with the option of a signed copy) or from Electric Quilt.
I only ship within the US.
Here is the quilt from this video.
Photo Backdrop Quilts
I am in the process of releasing my Landscape Quilts class in the Tech Know Quilter group. Here are a few designs that were posted f from Lesson 3. The fun part of this lesson is each person selected one of their own photographs to use as the backdrop for the quilt. They then used either an image from a fabric panel or a personal photo to add a bit of whimsy to their background.
I absolutely loved the creativity shown by these designers.
EQ8 Drawing Blocks Book Update
Fabric in the Video
In the video tutorial I used the Uppercase Volume 2 fabric collection from Windham fabric. I downloaded images from the Windham website, resized and cropped them in EQ. It is a fun collection.
For those that have completed the Tech Know Quilter's Working with Fabric Images class, this would be a great exercise as a refresher to Lesson 7.
Here is the block from the video. If you would like, feel free to download and trace my block.
Dresden Quilt Center
There is more work to be done. But here is the quilt with the main block added and rotated along with some tweaking on coloration.
Next week we will work through the slightly tricky borders for this quilt.
New Book - EQ8 Drawing Blocks - Scheduled for Release
If you have taken the Tech Know Quilters Introduction to EasyDraw, Introduction to PolyDraw or Introduction to Applique classes (and a smaller part of the Foundation Patterns class), you will find there is an overlap in the material.
If you would like to pre-order a signed copy of the book, please select the purchase link below.
I only ship to US locations.
Feathered Star Variations
A couple of weeks ago, I posted a tutorial on drafting your own feathered star blocks (the easy way). There were a number of Electric Quilt users that rose to the challenge and drafted their own feathered star blocks and quilts.
I was super impressed with their creativity. Here are a few of their designs.
Did you missing the original post and video? You can find it here.
I would love to see your Feathered Star.
Electric Quilt Expert and Educator and Pattern Designer.