Elsa and Anna - Part One
Last fall I ordered and Elsa and Anna fabric panel, thinking it would make a great Christmas gift for my four year old niece. She is a HUGE Frozen fan.
The panel was on back order and I didn't receive it until after Christmas. And then I was dealing with a few higher priorities. I finally opened the package this week and am very excited to begin playing with the panel.
I decided this really needed to be a four-part series. Even if you do not use the Elsa and Anna panel, there will be lots of great suggestions for using any panel.
Importing the Fabric Panel into Electric Quilt
I started by measuring my fabric panel I decided to just use the center without any of the borders I also cut it down a bit to make it easier to work with when designing additional borders.
The panel (minus the borders) measured slightly over 28" x 34". So when I go to cut the panel I will want to cut it at 34-1/2" x 28-1/2".
The following video tutorial will show how I imported the image and re-sized it in Electric Quilt.
I don't have a lot of bright fabrics in my collection. So I decided I needed to go shopping to get some fat quarters in both the magenta and blue colors that stand out in the quilt panel.
I found this new online store (at least new for me) that has this really nifty tool for finding matching fabrics. The following video will demonstrate how I used this tool. The website I used is Thousands of Bolts… Only One Nut.
In addition to demonstrating the color picker, I'll show you how I imported the images of these fabrics into Electric Quilt. This will allow me to design my border while waiting for the fabrics to arrive.
Next week I will demonstrate the creation of my pieced border using Electric Quilt.
God's Light Warms the Soul
I am currently exhibiting 11 of my quilts in a private showing at North Heights Lutheran Church. The exhibit is entitled "God's Light Warms the Soul". It includes original designs (including Sun Rays, Whim Wham Stars, It's a Mystery and Be My Valentine) along with quilts I made from purchased designs. If you live in the Twin Cities, this can be a fun outing for cold day.
The address is:
North Heights Lutheran Church
1700 West Hwy. 96
Arden Hills, MN 55112
The exhibit will be on display through the end of February.
Be My Valentine
Are you looking for a quick Valentine's day project? How about the "Be My Valentine" table runner? The pattern is now available in quilt shops across the country. If you cannot locate it at your favorite quilt shop, I am offering it for a limited time with free shipping for those in the US and Canada. To order click here.
To enable "free shipping" select ECONOMY shipping during the checkout process. This subtracts $2 from your order.
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1/31/2015 01:54:27 am
Thanks Kari! I look forward to seeing part 3. I learned a lot I didn't know in your videos today, especially how you handled the sizing of the image and to fabric.
1/31/2015 03:44:49 am
Your baby quilt sounds fabulous. I would love to see a photo of the finished quilt.
1/31/2015 03:27:12 am
1/31/2015 03:51:24 am
I'm using Windows 7. (I mention it, because it may be different depending on your platform.) There is a "resize" button next to the "x" button in the upper right corner. If you click on the resize button, it will transform to a partial screen. (If you click it again, it will go back to full screen.) You can now see all the edges. You can pull the edges to get to the size you want. You can move the screen, by dragging the top bar. However it you drag it to the corner it will pop back to full screen.
2/18/2015 07:28:00 am
Thank you so much for the EQ7 tutorials. I have had EQ7 for a few years and have used it quite a bit, but I still learned an awful lot by your tutorial. I am now working on a panel quilt for a new grandbaby, and I would have had no idea how to even get started with it without your help. Thanks!!!!!
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