Nothing says spring more than a bright bouquet of daffodils. To celebrate, we will be designing a daffodil quilt. This was one that I was thinking about making into a formal pattern when originally designed in 2014. Time has slipped away and I am not sure if that will happen. But I will share how to create your own Daffodil Days quilt using Electric Quilt 8 and some basic construction instructions.
Spoiler alert -- They key was setting up the correct layout and then creating a series of setting blocks using Serendipity with Merge blocks.
Here is my finished quilt -- pieced and quilted back in 2014.
Piecing Daffodil Days
I often prefer to modify cutting information produced by Electric Quilt to incorporate my favorite construction techniques. So don't be surprised if the information below doesn't exactly match what you print from EQ8.
Daffodil Block Construction - Make 12 Blocks
Leaf Block Construction - Make 12 Blocks
For the Leaf Block, I used a tool from Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design. I love using these rulers as they provide for pieces that are slightly over-cut and then cut down once they are pieced. This gets rid of many challenges with block construction. For this block I am using the Corner Beam™ tool.
I've taken photos of the cutting and construction of this block as I think it really helps see how the ruler is used.
Layer pieces right sides together and raw edges even. Shift Background E down a little over ¼ inch so the point of the green piece is visible. Sew one side, press and then sew the other side.
Trim Down Instructions
True confessions! I can't draw. At all! Never give me a blank sheet of paper and tell me to draw anything.
As a result, I put off trying to draw applique in Electric Quilt for a long time. However -- it really wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. And I found that EQ gave me all these neat predefined shapes, so I didn't have to be a great drawer.
If you are drawing challenged, this video tutorial is for you. You will be amazed at how easy it is to create a bunny to welcome spring.
Would you like to create this quilt to celebrate spring?
The fabrics from this quilt were from the February 2021 Fabric of the Month Free Download on the Do You EQ website. The collection was Rose Whispers by Eleanor Burns for Benartex.
Here is my bunny from the video (created as an applique motif).
Here is the quilt.
If you would like to share a picture of your bunnies, I've set up a post on the Learning EQ Facebook group.
EQ8 Drawing Blocks
Would you like to 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!
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