Scroll down for a free Electric Quilt 8 tutorial on two quilt options featuring heart blocks of two different sizes.
Why Did You Buy Electric Quilt?
This week, someone asked me why I purchased Electric Quilt. My first EQ purchase was quite a while ago (back in the EQ4 days). But there were two problems I was dealing with that I believed EQ could help me solve.
Issue #1 -- Quilt Pictures without a Pattern
I was still a relatively new quilter and had begun buying a collection of books, patterns and magazines. In one magazine I saw a picture of a quilt that combined Wheel blocks with Jacob's Ladder blocks. The pictured quilt really appealed to me, but unfortunately there were no instructions on how to make the quilt.
Issue #2 -- Errors in Pattern Instructions
I had another quilt that I worked on from a pattern. The quilt was a full-size quilt. I closely followed the instructions in the pattern to cut out and piece the blocks. However, I started noticing that I had to do a fair amount of "stretching" to get my pieces to come together. I went back and double checked that I had cut the pieces correctly and then double checked my seam allowances. Both were ok. I ultimately took out the graph paper and redrew the block and recalculated the sizes needed for the triangles. The sizes were off by 3/8 of an inch. Unfortunately I did not have enough fabric to fix the problem. Ultimately I trashed the entire quilt wasting about $80 in fabric.
I also began talking to my quilting friends who shared with me that there were certain designers that always had errors in their patterns. This was a bit distressing as the quilts appealed to me and I wanted to be able to make them without a lot of problems.
Solving My Problems
My purchase of Electric Quilt 4 was motivated by wanting to be able to double check the math before working with purchased patterns along with the ability to easily draft a favorite quilt and have cutting instructions along with fabric yardage information.
Ultimately I learned that I could do so much more with Electric Quilt. It is my #1 quilting tool and is used with every quilt I make. And it has entertained me by allowing me to draft a whole bunch of quilts that I will never find the time to make.
Would You Like to Share Your Story?
I would love to know why you made the decision to purchase your first version of Electric Quilt. Was there a particular problem you were trying to solve or was there a particular feature that appealed to you? Send me a note, or post a response in the comments below.
Or are you still on the fence -- debating your first EQ purchase?
Simple Heart Quilt Options
In My Favorite Hearts blog post I shared how to draft two pieced heart blocks and how to create a custom set quilt that incorporates the blocks. I also shared how to add a block (or motif) from another EQ project file.
I also released a new pattern that includes my favorite technique for constructing these blocks and also included some simple applique that can be cut out using your favorite Electric Cutting system (Cricut, Silhouette or Brother Scan N Cut).
The full pattern with the bonus cutting files is on sale for the new release price of $5. The sale ends February 14, 2021.
In this weeks free EQ8 video tutorial, I will share will you two other quilt options for those 4" and 6" pieced heart blocks.
Here is the horizontal strip quilt from the video. This quilt finishes (before binding) 30" x 38". It includes nine six inch blocks and 10 four inch blocks.
Here is the horizontal quilt with sashing from the video. This quilt finishes (before binding) 34" x 44". It includes six six inch blocks and 16 four inch blocks.
A Few Additional Heart Quilts
I was excited to see pictures of your heart quilts inspired by last weeks free tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing your creations.
Electric Quilt Expert and Educator and Pattern Designer.