Learn to draft an easy asymmetrical block, and color it with a Spooky Hollow, a fabric collection by Melissa Mortenson that was produced by Riley Blake Designs.
The Spooky Hollow fabric collection is part of EQ Stash Online - 2021 Download 01 which is available for purchase from EQ. For those that were on my webinar earlier this week, you learned how you can download the collection from the Riley Blake website. Feel free to refer back to the pdf for the webinar for including fabrics directly from the Riley Blake website.
Then use Symmetry in Electric Quilt 8 to audition various rotations of the blocks.
I think this creates a great quilt for Halloween.
Enjoy this free EQ8 tutorial.
Here is the Spooky Stars block and my favorite Symmetry quilts using the Spooky Stars block.
Spooky Stars Block Construction using Folded Corners
I often receive questions on how I would approach piecing a particular block. For this block, the most efficient cutting chart is not the one produced by Electric Quilt.
Instead I would cut squares and rectangles as noted in the annotated diagram below.
FC is my abbreviation for Folded Corner. It is a square piece of fabric that is sewn onto another square or a rectangle.
If you haven't used folded corners, it is a very efficient want to work with patches with 45 degree angles. Here is how to construct a folded corner.
After adding the Folded Corners on the square and rectangular base units, combine units per diagram below.
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Tech Know Quilters Virtual Quilt Show
Current Tech Know Quilter members have been sharing their class projects along with their original designs in the membership's private Facebook group. Enjoy this show of some of their recent creations.
Members include Wanda, Sharon and Vicki who are writing (or have written patterns) for their designs. And Julie who decided to spend time designing quilts based on Ricky Tims' convergence idea.
If you would like to join this amazing group of quilters, you can sign up for the wait list here.
Scroll down for a new tutorial on designing a wool label using Electric Quilt 8.
Quilt Label Showcase
In the month of July the primarily focus for Tech Know Quilter Masters members was labels.
Tech Know Quilters Masters members have received at least 12 months of Tech Know Quilter classes. In the Masters lessons, participants not only work on EQ skills, but have lots of opportunities for enhancing their design skills as well.
Here are some of the projects submitted in the private Facebook group for the various label making lessons.
Enjoy the virtual show!
Label Making Basics Submissions
One of the great part of making labels is you don't need to actually piece what is included in the label. Members demonstrated that this was a great opportunity to play with the auto borders.
Fonts and Applique Submissions
Did you know you can add text with any True-Type font on your computer? Using different fonts is a great way to personalize your next label.
Long Text Label (with curved text) Submissions
Sometimes the text tools in EQ can seem a bit limiting (no spell check and no options to curve text). We explored some work-arounds.
Tuck In Label Submissions
One of my least favorite parts of quilting is sewing down labels -- and that has often kept me from putting labels on many of my quilts. I have no excuse after this lesson -- as the label can be folded on the diagonal and tucked into the binding.
Photo Label Submissions
A picture is worth 1,000 words -- even in a label. And shapes don't need to be square to incorporate a photo into an EQ design.
Would you like to join this talented group of EQ designers? You can sign up for the wait list for the next Open Enrollment period for Tech Know Quilter's here.
Wool Label Tutorial
There were so many ideas to explore when creating the labels class, that I didn't have room to include them all.
One additional option is creating a wool label. They could go on the back of a quilt. Or with some sizing changes, it could be turned into a penny rug.
Learn how to draft a wool label/quilt using Electric Quilt 8.
If the plan is to use the design as a label, I suggesting reducing the size to 5 inches before printing out templates.
I would love to see your wool label or (if you prefer) your favorite label designed in EQ. Please feel free to share in the Learning EQ Facebook group.
I was recently made aware of sublimation. Sublimation is a process that mixes specialized ink within the fabric fibers. Think of it as a variation of printing and/or using vinyl on fabric. However both of these other examples put the material on top of the product. With the sublimation the product is infused into the material.
I am doing a deeper dive into the process in the TKQ Masters class this month. However I though I would share a simplified process in this post.
In the video, I decided to decorate a 9 x 7 cosmetic bag. I had purchased some cosmetic bag blanks from Cricut that I used for this project.
Since I own a Cricut Maker and am most familiar with Cricut Design Space, I will include information at the end of the tutorial on my process for transferring the design from EQ to Design Space along with the process for cutting out the design and using an EasyPress 2 heat press from Cricut for the actual sublimation.
The one area that did not work super well for me was the actual transfer of ink from the transfer sheet to the the bag. In hindsight, I should not have included the zipper the pressing area. That caused heat to escape and I ended up needing multiple transfers to finally get the ink infused on the bag.
Here is my infused cosmetic bag.
Do you have experience working with infusible ink or infusible transfer sheets? I would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations on the process.
If you chose to create a sublimation friendly design in EQ8, please fee free to share in the dedicated post in the Learning EQ Facebook Group.
In a previous blog post I shared my techniques for redrafting an antique quilt.
Here is the inspiration quilt along with my EQ8 rendition.
One of the things I really love about using EQ8 is that you don't need to stop there. Once you have the basic quilt drafted, you can start thinking about how you would like to personalize a design and make it your own.
I decided to play with creating a more modern version of the quilt. As you will see in the video, this really is so easy -- and so much fun.
The updated quilt requires:
Here is the updated quilt.
I look forward to seeing how you will update this classic quilt. Feel free to share you pictures on the Learning EQ Facebook page.
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