I pulled out an old book this week - Infinite Stars by Gayle Bong. This book is amazing. Basically the concept is to take a rectangular block and convert it to a 60 degree triangle block using 60 degree graph paper. Then use a 60 degree ruler to rotary cut the pieces.
I remember trying to use EQ4 (I think that was the version back in 1992) to draft these blocks and really struggling. However there is absolutely no need to struggle today.
This weeks video will be about creating a 12 point star quilt from a couple of traditional quilt blocks.
This video tutorial will also explain how I used Shades and Tints (and ultimately mapped them to fabrics). Barb Vlack's Club EQ Challenge this month is designing One Color Quilts. I may submit these projects. (If you would like to submit one as well, click here.)
If you would like to read more about Gayle's technique and great suggestions for piecing your Infinite Star blocks, I would highly recommend Gayle Bong's book -- Infinite Stars. I believe it is out of print -- but can still be found on Amazon.
Over the Fourth, I made it to North Dakota to spend some time with family. We had a great time with mini golf (I lost), a sewing project with Josie, fireworks and even weathering a hail storm. I learned that if you don't have access to a garage in Bismarck, a downtown ramp works great to protect your car from hail. That same ramp provided a great view of the fireworks going off at the capital.
Josie did a great job on her mother's machine. A very consistent 1/4 inch seam allowance! I can't believe I didn't get a picture of the finished quilt -- a Fourth of July table runner.
Hanging out with my niece and nephews. Missing Sara this year who just started her residency program in Oklahoma City.
Watching the storm roll in.
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7/9/2016 10:03:31 am
Amazing! I know that EQ7 is a great software program but you really prove what it van accomplish with just a few clicks. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.
7/9/2016 11:59:25 am
I spent some time with my great niece this past week. She's 6 and she made her first quilt too (babydoll sized). I've been doing several QOV tops, so had R,W and B fabrics handy (and it was the 4th afterall). She picked out a few, and I cut them into squares. She laid them out as she wanted, then she guided the fabric thru the machine while sitting on my lap as I ran the pedal. Once that was done, I layered a perfect size of leftover batting and sewed the edges using Eleanor Burns' birthing method, the quilted thru the layers in the ditches. I got a photo with my new phone, only to find that it can't send photos to an email address. So it's stuck there until I figure out another way to get it. I won't say that she's hooked on quilting yet, but hopefully I've started a tradition.
7/9/2016 06:43:38 pm
Isn't it fun working with them. I was amazed at how much Josie's fine motor skills had improved in the last year (she is 7 now). She was able to run the sewing machine independently and maintained a fairly decent 1/4 inch.
7/9/2016 01:08:16 pm
WOW! That was so cool. I didn't know about collecting the tint thing option. I'm writing that all down in my notebook as I work through the tutorial. I do have a question though, you altered the dimensions of the quilt and had a note pop up that you should have used 45 at one point - was that all corrected in the math using the calculator? I'm not very math skilled and just want to make sure the numbers are what you wanted them to be at the end with that other notation differing from what the video says at the first, audio-wise. Thanks so much. I think I'll try some different blocks. I would want to actually finish it in my lifetime if I gave it a try - so many pieces - but love to see all the variations using differing blocks as I play on EQ. Thanks again Kari!
7/9/2016 06:41:01 pm
The quilt was adjusted to the 30 inch width (which was what I used in the calculator). Everything is proportional and so it looks fine. If I had wanted to work off a 1 inch grid, I should have use 45 inches (there were 15 snap points in the block x 1 inch x 3 blocks is 45 inches total). The 30 isn't wrong -- but it isn't as easy to work with.
7/10/2016 02:57:31 pm
Wonderful tutorial! Those quilts are beautiful! Thanks Kari.
7/12/2016 05:27:24 am
Kari, thank you for showing theses great lessons. I'm a beginner and I'm amazed at the things the program can do. You help decrease the fear to try.
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