New Years Eve Celebration Block
Growing up, our parents would let us stay up on New Year's eve. We would closely watch the clock so we would know exactly when it was time to blow our paper horns and wish each other Happy New Year.
If you are a clock watcher on New Year's eve -- create your own clock using Electric Quilt 8.
This tutorial will share how to use PolyDraw and add some simple Applique shapes.
PolyDraw has some unique features that often makes is the best option for working with blocks based on a circular grid.
The block in the video was colored using the October 2019 free fabric download from Electric Quilt 8 -- Valley by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda. You can find and download the collection here.
November Apply What You Learned Challenge
Enjoy the virtual quilt show as Tech Know Quilter members shared what they learned during November. If you would like to join the wait list for the next open enrollment for Tech Know Quilters, you may sign up here.
Kristy Goodin Soard -- Immediately upon learning I was to design a sampler quilt, my mind harkened back to my days of designing counted cross stitch samplers for various publishers. I also wanted to make a memory quilt to honor my maternal grandma, and when those two thoughts meshed this quilt resulted.
Sabine Neuberger I love the patterns of Elizabeth Hartman and the technique she uses. Therefore I always wanted to draft a pattern, where I can apply this technique. Well, some of my blocks are pieced traditionally, but that does not bother me. I have used fabrics from my stash and I am sure, with some other nice fabrics it could even look better.
Camille Lechliter I'm doing Intro to Applique and I love being able to work with curves. Barbara Brackman posted a photo yesterday of an old quilt at an Oregon show that I fell in love with. Here's my quilt. I made one wedge and then stretched and pulled them to fit. As I was laying in bed last night I realized this being rainbow colors that there are 6 x 2 pieces.
Other Tech Know Quilter Projects
Cat Edwards Beckstead With some help from Kari I was able to draft a quilt from one of my history books. The quilt was intended for the 1933 Worlds Fair but the quilter got sick and wasn't able to send it in. This is a quilt that I will make.The picture on the left is my draft. The one on the right is from the book.
Foundation Tree Design Challenge
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Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design announced the release of a couple of new tools. If you like using Corner Pop as a replacement for the the folded corner technique, you will love how you can expand on the concept with these new offerings.
These corners don't need to be restricted to simple squares and rectangles. I wanted to explore what would happen when I added them to a pieced block.
See how to do this in my EQ8 video tutorial.
In addition to designing the Corner Pop 2 friendly block, learn how to use Shrink and Fit for a new block and Serendipity to play with block rotation in the Quilt Worktable.
Here are some quilt ideas using the block from the video.
In the last option, you can see how you can carry the block design into the border as well. Make sure to use Tile Square border for blocks that are square. Otherwise, they may not be Corner Pop 2 friendly.
End of Year Sale -- Shoot for the Stars with EQ8
Are you just getting started with Electric Quilt 8 and need some help?
Shoot for the Stars is designed to get you started with Electric Quilt 8 through training delivered straight to your inbox. This series includes 14 short (i.e.. 5-10 minute) videos delivered over the course of a month allowing you to learn the basics of this complex program in bite size increments.
The class is currently on sale for $30 (regular $50). Join now. (Sale ends January 1, 2020.)
Scroll down for the Canday Cane Joy Tutorial!
Converting Merry Christmas to a Wrap Around Tree Skirt
Step 1: Simplify the quilt. Eliminate the star in the center and replace it with a 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" piece. Eliminate one of the holiday lights blocks and replace it with an 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece.
Step 2: Trim the 8-1/2" piece 1-1/2" from the upper right and lower left corners. Discard the smaller corner.
Step 3: Layer with batting and backing and quilt.
Step 4: Before binding, cut through all layers from the center of the edge with the plain setting triangle to the center of the quilt. Cut a circle 4" in diameter for the center. Depending on the size of your tree trunk you could make this larger or smaller.
Step 5: Bind the quilt including both sides of the slice line and the center circle. Note that a bias binding would be easier to use for the center circle.
Step 6: Add iron on velcro pieces along the cut edge. Space them about five inches apart. The number needed will vary depending on the size of your quilt. The bottom velcro pieces (on the left side) should be applied to the top of the quilt and the top velcro pieces (on the right side) should be applied to the bottom of the quilt.
Joy Candy Cane Quilt
I went to the alphabet blocks and found a couple that I thought might work.
After some playing, I realized I couldn't nicely just add the candy cane stripes. So I decided to just start from scratch and create the blocks in Easy Draw.
My video tutorial this week will share with you how to draw these candy cane blocks for yourself.
Would you like to piece this quilt. Click on each image to obtain a download of the foundation pattern printed from EQ8 (9 inch finished size)
Pantone Color of the Year
My guess is that you will start seeing this color pop up everywhere -- including in quilts.
If you would like to be on the cutting edge in designing a new quilt for this color, start by adding the color and (related fabrics) to your EQ fabric library.
See how in this video tutorial.
Here are a few of the fabrics that matched my search for Classic Blue in EQ8.
If you have been thinking about joining Tech Know Quilters, please be sure to add yourself to the Tech Know Quilter Wait List. Prices are scheduled to go up in 2020 -- and there just might be a final opportunity to lock in on 2019 prices later this month.
Merry Christmas - New Pattern Release
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