I love this time of the month. I am able to go back and revisit all the awesome projects created by Tech Know Quilter members during the previous month. The hard part is figuring out what to include in this post -- as this is such an incredibly talented group of designers.
Apply What You Learned Challenge for June
At the end of each month, Tech Know Quilter's members are challenged to share a block or quilt that demonstrates what they have learned during the last month. Some will add a personal touch to a lesson or series of lessons. Others will create a block or quilt from scratch -- which really cements the concepts being taught.
Wanda Jewell This is one of the classes that I was really interested in taking. I design Boston Terrier and Boxer Blocks for my Rescue Quilts that I donate to different Boxer and Boston Terrier Rescues that I am friends with from my rescue days. I often draft a block from a photo of a dog by hand on paper, then use that design to draw out my templates. Using EQ to draw and then being able to print templates will hopefully make my designs faster from concept to actually putting them into a block. Although it looks like I am gonna have a learning curve before I can get them to look really good like my hand drawn ones do.
Anyway, the block I designed for this month’s challenge is NOT from a photograph. It is from me using the shape tools and tweeking the shapes into the shapes I wanted them to be. It was a lot harder than it looks. If you do a close up on the eyes, I think I did a really great job with them, The shape of the head and ears, not so much, but I think they will get better with practice. I need to figure out how to make the legs look better too. But everything takes practice so… practice, practice, practice will be my mantra until I get it down pat.
This month’s quilt uses the vine blocks that we learned in your Intro to Applique Class that I deleted and inserted modified flowers and leaves until I was happy with them. I did one vine with just leaves as I had put 2 flowers in the other ones and I didn’t want it to be too crowded. I am very happy with the way it turned out. I even got some of the leaves to overlap the inner border that we made in the block.
I placed the Boston Terrier that I made in a Churn Dash block. My Granny always called that one Hole in the Barn Door. He is off center on purpose as a Boston would never lay right in the middle of the design, they would be at a crazy angle.
Here is my Boston in a Barn Door Quilt. I am very pleased with it since I did not think that I would be able to do a Boston Terrier that looked good. I think he looks pretty doggone good for a first time drawing on EQ. 😊 Thank you so much for teaching me how to do this. I am hoping that the intermediate Applique lesson isn’t too far away. Then on to the next advanced one after that. I can’t wait to be able to whip out applique quilts on EQ8 with the precision that some of the ladies in past Challenges have done.
I can’t decide which of these 2 I like the best, so I am sending them both to you. 😊
Other EQ Designs and Quilts by TKQ Members
After pulling the submissions for the challenge, I enjoy going through the other posts from the last month in the TKQ private Facebook group. This is an incredibly talented group of quilters and here are a few of my favorite pictures shared last month.
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Last week, I shared a post on creating a swirling four patch block using EasyDraw. If you missed that post, you will want to check out the post and video, as we will be supersizing our work from last week.
Suzanne Golden shared her ideas for using this block in a couple of quilts.
This block has even more possibilities. The large square in the center is conducive to creating a merge block. Merge blocks is a feature under the Serendipity options in the Block Worktable.
As an extra bonus the merged blocks would work well in a sampler quilt.
In my video tutorial, I will my process for creating the blocks and the quilt.
Here is one of the merged blocks created with serendipity.
Here is the sampler quilt from the video.
EQ8 Drawing Blocks
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Swirling Four Patch Quilt
Here is the quilt from the video.
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I am enjoying some time with my sewing machine and a great group of quilters at my guild's quilt retreat. I will be back to work on Monday. So there is an abbreviated post today.
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Designing Around a Panel
Many of those in the United States celebrated Independence Day this past week. In honor of those who have served our country in military service, I designed a Quilt of Valor quilt that can be made from a panel.
Quilts of Valor are made to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing. You can read more about Quilts of Valor here.
Northcott Fabrics has designed fabric collections specifically focused on Quilts of Valor. Their most recent collection is Stars and Stripes VII - Stonehenge, You can access images of the collection here. This fabric collection has a nice assortment of patriotic fabrics plus a couple of large panels. that would be perfect for a Quilt of Valor.
I created a new quilt using Electric Quilt 8 that was designed to complement one of these panels.
Regardless of the panel chosen (or the fabric collection), this video tutorial will assist you in design your next panel quilt.
In the free video tutorial learn how to:
Here is the quilt from the video.
If you are ready to learn more about working with panels, there is a chapter in EQ8 Designing More Quilts book which includes much more information on working with quilt panels.
EQ8 Designing More Quilts
Follow the step-by-step lessons to create eight extraordinary quilts. You will be drawing blocks based on photos, designing a quilt with digital fabric panels, using a mathematical formula and special layouts to create amazing optical illusions, and so much more! Use the knowledge from the techniques you learn and make each quilt your own. After going through these lessons, you’ll feel like a quilt-designing genius!
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