This post is a couple of days early.
In the US the fourth Thursday in November is Thanksgiving. During this national holiday we have a chance to reflect on things we are truly thankful for.
I am so appreciative of those that follow me on my blog and social media and those who take classes from me. I enjoy sharing my love of quilting (especially Electric Quilt) with you and I feel blessed having you in my community.
My free video tutorial this week is entitled -- Give Thanks. During the video I will be sharing how to obtain and work with fonts (and text) in EQ8.
Here is the quilt from the video. The fonts were obtained from https://www.1001fonts.com/
The fonts used in the quilt were Rouge Script and KR Fabulous Fall.
Gobble Gobble Tommy Turkey Quilt
During this free video tutorial. I will share with you a quilt that was designed to feature Tommy Turkey. This is a great project for any beginners to EQ8. This would also be an easy project to piece.
Do you have any special plans for Thanksgiving? I am planning a trip to North Dakota. But will be back on Sunday -- so I can fly to Michigan to spend time with the West Michigan Quilt Guild next week. I am hoping to meet some of you then.
Featured Tech Know Quilter Projects
During the Foundation Piecing class, I challenged participants to design their own foundation friendly tree. Here are their very talented results.
I started to think about Thanksgiving this week and decided I needed to create a new turkey block in Electric Quilt. This is a fun block that uses PolyDraw to complete the feathers along with some of the shape tools in applique. You will be amazed at how easy this block is to draft.
Do you have a Dresden ruler tool in your collection? If so, this would also be super easy to piece. Maybe I should try to piece him next week.
If you would like to piece him, click on the image below to download templates for a 12 inch block.
Tech Know Quilters Designs
Check out some of latest designs created in the Tech Know Quilter's private Facebook group.
Click here to learn more about the Tech Know Quilter's group and sign up for the wait list for the next open enrollment period.
Northwoods Loon Pattern
Did you recognize the variations on my Northwoods Loon pattern in the quilts created by the Tech Know Quilter group? I turned my design into a pattern.
The Northwoods Loon quilt pattern is now available for purchase!
Purchase a physical copy of the pattern (mailed to you). This is includes a sufficient number of foundation patterns on newsprint to complete the quilt.
Purchase a download copy of the pattern.
Ararat versus Giddap Political Debate
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, Evaline 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 historic "political quilt" using a number of political blocks. I redrafted the blocks in EQ (cutting down the number of pieces along with the size of the blocks).
See how I did this in my free Electric Quilt video tutorial.
Here were my "political" blocks.
And the quilt made from the blocks.
Or how about turning the elephant block into a non-political inspirational banner?
September Apply What You Learned Challenge
Tech Know Quilter's members were encouraged to submit designs to showcase what they worked on during the month of September. Here are their amazing results.
Would you like to join these amazing designers. Sign up here to be placed on the wait list for the next Tech Know Quilter open enrollment period.
Individual Class Opportunities
If you aren't ready for the Tech Know Quilter's membership program, you may purchase individual classes. Current offering include:
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