Back in my early years of using Electric Quilt, there were a number of "letter" exchanges. This was before the Text Applique feature was added to EQ. This was a chance to get an entire alphabet of a particular font, while only drafting a couple of letters. The other bonus of the exchange was that it gave us a chance to practice using the applique drawing features in EQ.
Through Art and Stitch (the program I use for creating digitized designs for my longarm), I was introduced to a font called Hawaiian Quilt. Each letter is a Hawaiian Quilt block. Click on the photo for a pdf of the entire alphabet.
I was realizing this week that my applique drafting skills in EQ have gotten a little rusty. To challenge myself to relearn them, I decided to start tracing the Hawaiian Quilt block alphabet.
I decided to start with E, as I liked the block.
Check out my video on how I drew this block using Electric Quilt.
I would love to hear any additional tips for drafting this block in EQ. Please post in the comment section.
I just released my latest pattern. The Sun Rays quilt is based on a favorite antique block. The quilt may be completed with seven fabrics or may be scrapped. I suggest using just one background fabric for continuity. On the cover quilt, I used a controlled scrap technique. For this technique, I used the same fabric in each of the main blocks, but used different fabrics for each of these blocks. (For example, I had 12 different Medium Tans – one for each block.)
Size options include: Wall Hanging (34” x 34”); Lap (66” x 82”); Full (82” x 98”); Queen (98” x 98”).
Here is my cover quilt. It will be on display at the Minnesota Quilt Show next week -- as part of the faculty quilt exhibit. If you will be in St. Cloud for this event, you can check the quilt out in person.
Here is a draft of the wall quilt version in Electric Quilt.
There are two recommended tools.
V Block Trimmer™ from Studio 180 Design is used for cutting pieces and trimming down finished tall star point units.
Diamond Rects™ is a new tool from Studio 180 Design that is used for cutting pieces and trimming down elongated diamond units. This unit is used for the border.
Alternate instructions are also provided if not using the tools.
The Sun Rays Pattern is for sale on my website. Retailers can contact me for wholesale orders.
I want to say a special thank you to both Rose and Kathy. These women tested the pattern and gave me great feedback.
Happy Quilting -- and I hope to see some of you in St. Cloud next week.
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