Last week, I showed you how I straightened and edited an image of an antique quilt I found on the Quilt Index. This week I have been obsessed with redrafting this quilt and knew it needed to be my next Electric Quilt tutorial.
1880's Farmer's Delight is a quilt pattern specific to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This fine example was made in the 1880's with a tremendous variety of late 19th century fabrics. It is very well quilted in a clamshell pattern. Measurements are 76" x 88". This quilt was exhibited at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1994.
The biggest challenge in drafting this block is the number of triangles in each ring. The first ring has 27 colored triangles, the second 34 and the third 42. Patch Draw is limited with 60 spokes and Easy Draw partitioning is limited to 15. So I couldn't make it work.
I finally decided I needed to adjust the number of triangles for the sake of sanity. If I make the number of triangles divisible by 4, both Easy Draw and Patch Draw will work a lot nicer. And my guess is that few would notice that I now have 28, 36 and 44 triangles per ring.
See how I drew my slightly altered Farmer's Delight in my latest Electric Quilt tutorial. I used PatchDraw within Electric Quilt for drafting the block.
Here is my drafted block from the Electric Quilt tutorial.
Here is the full quilt.
And for those who are wondering -- I am not planning to piece it. I was perfectly satisfied with recreating it in Electric Quilt. I will leave the piecing to another brave soul.
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8/22/2015 01:12:15 am
This is fascinating! Are you sure you don't want to piece this? I would love to give it a try!
8/22/2015 01:25:04 am
Thanks again Kari. Again another tutorial that explains everything so well. Looking forward to how you will quilt this one as well.
8/22/2015 01:35:03 am
Thanks so much, Kari! These complex blocks are the ones I want to learn to draw in EQ, the ones I struggle with.
8/22/2015 01:36:46 am
As always Keri another great video. I had been trying to fashion a circular table mat quilt and was having trouble getting it to the proper size...with todays video you have shown me the 'light' and now I can go back and make it do what I want it to do.....thanks! I truly appreciate the time and effort you put in to helping us less knowledgeable EQ'ers.
8/22/2015 02:54:56 am
You make it look easy. Gives me the resolve to get back to lessons and start using this powerful software more. Thanks!
8/22/2015 04:08:46 am
This is a great video. You make everything so clear. Many thanks1
8/22/2015 04:41:19 am
This was SO GREAT Kari. I've taken notes, tried it in EQ7 and altered the size to fit my larger queen. I had to do the drawing twice because I missed the starting point to draw the first set of blades and ran out of space for that outer portion of the block at the last but hey, it just reinforced the process. I love all the little tips and tricks because I have trouble remembering them and I'm finally getting used to the patch draw block now because of your tutorials. GREAT WORK Sis! Keep 'em coming and thanks so much for sharing your time and expertise!
8/23/2015 03:19:48 am
Kari, I am always mesmerized with your videos using Electric Quilt and I think I will have to give it a try piecing the Modern Maze quilt but only as a wall hanging and using my scraps that I always cut and save after finishing any quilt.
8/31/2015 08:09:17 am
Yet another wonderful video. I always pick up a trick from you, like clicking the Pick tool, then moving the node to turn the full triangle into the half triangle. SO well done, Kari!!
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