Analyzing an Antique Quilt
How would you redraft this antique quilt?
Often the hardest part in figuring out how to draft a particular quilt is identifying the layout along with the blocks. This is something that is often not intuitive for most quilters. But it is something that can be learned. And once you have trained your brain, applying what you learned to drafting the blocks in Electric Quilt is a breeze.
Here are the questions I like to start with when redrafting any quilt. Take this short quiz and see how your answers compare to mine.
Just because your answers were different then mine, doesn't mean your answers were wrong. There are often more than one way to recreate a quilt.
Would you like to try to draft this quilt for yourself? Here are the blocks I identified.
Challenge yourself to draft the blocks this week. This is a good refresher for those that have taken the Introduction to EasyDraw class in Tech Know Quilters. Tech Know Quilters in a training program/membership for those desiring to master Electric Quilt 8. (Hint for those drafting the four blocks -- Go back to Introduction to EasyDraw Lesson 7 on Solving the Snaps Horizontal and Vertical Mystery.)
Would you like to share your blocks. I've set up a post in the Learning EQ Facebook group.
Harvest Elegance Panel Quilt
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Harvest Elegance Panel Quilt Tutorial
After sizing, cropping and positioning the panel in a quilt, I decided the quilt called for a pieced border. But I didn't want to overwhelm the panel with too much piecing in the border. So I elected to include only 10 3 inch leaf blocks and fill the remaining space with spacer borders.
This leaf block is one of my go to blocks for any fall quilt. It is so versatile and is easy to construct using a variety of construction techniques.
Do you have a panel that you are ready to turn into a quilt? Share you panel (and if you have come up with a quilt idea) in the Learning EQ Facebook Group.
Grandma Keller loved to quilt. In fact the first quilt I owned was one that she made for me as a teenager. Her quilts were fairly simple designs. I am guessing that most of them were made between 1950 and 1975. This wasn't a very popular time for quilting and cotton fabrics were not very plentiful. She used a lot of solids in her quilts. And they were all hand quilted.
This week I spent some time photographing a number of her quilts. This quilt measured 79" x 106". Definitely not a small quilt.
In the tutorial this week, I will share how I drafted the block and the quilt in Electric Quilt.
Here is one of the quilts drafted in EQ8. The block is asymmetrical -- which makes it a great candidate for the Symmetry tool in the quilt worktable.
Do you have a favorite quilt from a mother or grandmother that quilted? I would love to see pictures of your quilts -- along with their stories.
Feel free to share a favorite quilt in the related post on the Learning EQ Facebook group.
Badminton Mini Quilt
I have heard from a few people who went through the Summer Games challenge that rather than making the full Summer Games quilt, they would prefer to highlight one of the blocks -- featuring a sport that a family member or friend enjoys.
In this tutorial, I will share with you how I started with the Badminton block (which will be the center of my mini-quilt). Then I will use that block to copy and resize the lines for the shuttlecock (birdie). This provided the guidelines for drafting a complementary block for the corners.
I also share my trick for making the racket string lines visible on the quilt (without the other patch lines).
Here is the badminton mini-quilt from the video.
Whether you were in the Summer Games challenge (or not) consider drafting a mini-quilt with a complementary border. I would love to see pictures of your design. Feel free to post pictures on the Learning EQ Facebook Group.
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