Expanding Beyond the Basics
Why Should I Redraft a Block in EQ8?
We now have over 350 participants in the Summer Flower Garden Challenge -- many of who are sharing their designs in the Learning EQ Facebook group.
I have had a few participants question "why they should draft a block if it has already been drawn and is in an EQ library". Maybe you have had a similar question.
Although some of the designs in the Summer Flower Garden Challenge are original designs, others are historic blocks. The reason I included the variety of blocks is to allow us to explore different techniques for drafting blocks using the EasyDraw tools. Redrawing these blocks, helps our brain learn how to use the tools. And it is often faster to redraw a block that find it in a library.
I have been challenging more advanced participants to draft the block before watching my video, However, I then encourage them to watch the video to see if there is a new technique they can add to their arsenal in drafting their own blocks.
What are EQ8 Users Learning from the Challenge?
Carol shared that she learned how to add nodes to make more complicated shapes in a matter of minutes.
Holly shared that one of the advantages of the class is learning the options available in EQ8 and trying options you never would have tried to use.
It is not too late. This is the final weekend to be able to purchase the Summer Flower Garden challenge. Sign up here.
Exploring New Possibilities from Old Blocks
Whether drafting blocks for the challenge, class, or even just for fun, the act of drawing the blocks allows our brain to take action. Sometimes this is through a conscious decision to play the "what if" game and sometimes it is through a mistake that opens up new ideas.
As challenge participants moved to deepen their understanding of the concepts shared in the design challenge, numerous participants decided to take their designs to the next level.
Let me share some of their creative playtime here. (The blocks they drafted are a variations of one of the blocks shown above.)
Cactus Flower Block
Combining Flower Blocks
Possibilities in a Six Pointed Table Topper
Those in Tech Know Quilter's Masters are more advanced Tech Know Quilter's members. They receive exclusive Master's level classes every other month and are encouraged to work on their own projects and designs.
This month they are working on Advanced Custom Set Designs. They were encouraged to create a six pointed table topper quilt and populate it with their own blocks.
I hope you will be as inspired by their designs as I am.
Pat Harkins also created a number of quilting designs that she auditioned on one of her quilts.
Tech Know Quilter's Masters is open to Tech Know Quilter members who have taken a minimum of 12 Tech Know Quilter's classes.
Tech Know Quilter's opens for enrollment only a few times a year. Sign up for the wait list to be informed the next time it opens. (FYI -- the next open enrollment will be really soon.)
Summer Flower Garden Challenge - Block 12
Would you like to see a sample of what challenge participants are watching each day?
The Tiger Lily block will show you a way to draft this 9 patch based design as a 12 inch block.
The Summer Flower Garden Challenge will be retired this week. So this is your last chance to enroll and receive access to all the past videos.
Note: Enrolled participants will always have access to their purchased material.
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