Drafting an Quilt featuring Applique Blocks
During the Stay at Home order, I challenged myself to improve my drawing skills. Who would have guessed that all you need to do is Google "how to draw a XXX" and there are lots of tutorials on how to draw just about anything. Rather than using pencil and paper, I chose to do my drawing in Electric Quilt 8.
I did my drawing as live events, which allowed me to get immediate feedback on my drawings and make suggested changes. For those that chose to join my live events on Zoom -- thank you for being there with me. I loved interacting with you and so appreciated your encouragement and feedback.
If you would like to watch any live event replays, they are posted on my Facebook page, under videos. They are a bit long and messy (i.e no editing) so they won't like like any of my lessons or my blog posts tutorials.
I ended up with a total of 36 different critter motifs. Definitely enough to draft a quilt. For today's tutorial, I will share with you the quilt I designed to feature the majority of these critters. Even if you don't have a collection of critters, you could swap my critters out with a favorite collection from the EQ library. Or use each critter two times so your favorite young person can play a matching game.
Here is the quilt from the video. I am hoping to start cutting out critters on my Cricut Maker this weekend. I am a little nervous about this process as some of the pieces are really small. I will let you know how it goes.
Other Critter Creations
Here is a collection of critters from others that joined in the fun and posted their images in a Facebook group. It was so fun seeing where they chose to take their drawings.
The following were designed by Tammy Dunn.
The following were designed by Kay Jennerwein
The following were designed by Helen Hicks
Camille Lechleiter's critters, plus her full quilt design
I hope these will inspire you to create your own critters in EQ8.
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