Art and Stitch Certified Instructor Achievement
Before we get started with the quilt along, I have a quick announcement. I was notified this week that I am now a certified instructor for Art and Stitch. It has been a fabulous experience going through the certification process and I've learned a lot working with Loes and Theo.
Part of the process included writing an addendum for the software. My addendum is entitled "How Do I Quilt This?" If you are interested in reading this, it is on the Art and Stitch website under the Certified Instructors.
My friend Erin Kennedy made this really cute baby quilt. She designed it around a theme fabric and then did a series of chevrons rows in the quilt. I have a number of baby quilts of my own I need to do and I started to think about how I could create a series of quilts that were different -- but not complex.
Using Erin's quilt as inspiration, I decided to start with a theme fabric, This was a great place to use one of those fabulous kids prints. I then picked 6 fat quarter bundles that complemented the colors in the theme fabric. I selected a dark and light (sort of) print in each of three colors from the theme fabric. I then picked an accent color for the sashing and the binding. This could be the same or different fabrics.
Last week I posted both cutting charts and piecing diagrams for a donkey and an elephant block (based on designs by Evaline Foland for the Kansas City Star). One reader sent me a note suggesting that with a couple of additional blocks, these would work nicely for a child or baby quilt.
I'm somewhat drawing challenge (I remember an old Pictionary game where I drew a bird with four legs.) so I knew I wanted some help getting started on my additional quilt block. A few months ago when putting together some handouts for an Electric Quilt class I ran across the Photo Patch quilt layout. I decided to use this as a start for drafting my quilt block.
Here is my inspirational photo along with the final block I created in EQ (using only squares and half square triangles consistent with Foland's blocks).
This took me about 30 minutes to create with Electric Quilt. See how I created the block in this weeks video. The video was shortened to 13 minutes by deleting much of the coloring parts of the video.
To make it more consistent with Evaline Foland's donkey and elephant blocks, I suggest having just one background.
If you are interested in the FREE Electric Quilt 7 file, please click here.
If you are interested in a FREE pdf of the block diagram, please click here.
Now for a quick follow up on the other "election" blocks in last weeks quilt.
Elections are next week. True confessions -- this time of the year I completely turn off the TV (or focus solely on HGTV and the Hallmark channels) to avoid all the political ads. This makes me much happier.
My political promise to you is that views in this post are solely about quilting.
Did you know that quilter's expressed their political viewpoints through their quilts? I thought I would share with you the story behind two political quilt blocks.
In 1931, Evalineline Foland designed this elephant quilt block, named for an elephant in the Swope Park zoo in Kansas City. About a week after the pattern was published by the Kansas City Star, the ladies of the Congregational Church made a GOP elephant out of him.
Many of the Stars readers demanded equal representation. The Star responded with Giddap, a Very Democratic Donkey a pattern that remained very popular throughout the Depression and Franklin D. Roosevelt years.
I decided to make my own "political quilt" using both the elephant and the donkey. I redrafted the blocks in EQ (cutting down the number of pieces along with the size of the blocks).
Here are my redrafted blocks.
Here is my finished quilt.
Anybody want to guess at the names of the other block's in this quilt. HINT: They can also be considered political blocks. Feel free to post your thoughts.
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