Last week, I shared a post on creating a swirling four patch block using EasyDraw. If you missed that post, you will want to check out the post and video, as we will be supersizing our work from last week.
Suzanne Golden shared her ideas for using this block in a couple of quilts.
This block has even more possibilities. The large square in the center is conducive to creating a merge block. Merge blocks is a feature under the Serendipity options in the Block Worktable.
As an extra bonus the merged blocks would work well in a sampler quilt.
In my video tutorial, I will my process for creating the blocks and the quilt.
Here is one of the merged blocks created with serendipity.
Here is the sampler quilt from the video.
EQ8 Drawing Blocks
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Swirling Four Patch Quilt
Here is the quilt from the video.
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I am enjoying some time with my sewing machine and a great group of quilters at my guild's quilt retreat. I will be back to work on Monday. So there is an abbreviated post today.
Recently I was interviewed on the It's a Tribe Thing podcast about my story behind the creation of Tech Know Quilters.
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Designing Around a Panel
Many of those in the United States celebrated Independence Day this past week. In honor of those who have served our country in military service, I designed a Quilt of Valor quilt that can be made from a panel.
Quilts of Valor are made to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing. You can read more about Quilts of Valor here.
Northcott Fabrics has designed fabric collections specifically focused on Quilts of Valor. Their most recent collection is Stars and Stripes VII - Stonehenge, You can access images of the collection here. This fabric collection has a nice assortment of patriotic fabrics plus a couple of large panels. that would be perfect for a Quilt of Valor.
I created a new quilt using Electric Quilt 8 that was designed to complement one of these panels.
Regardless of the panel chosen (or the fabric collection), this video tutorial will assist you in design your next panel quilt.
In the free video tutorial learn how to:
Here is the quilt from the video.
If you are ready to learn more about working with panels, there is a chapter in EQ8 Designing More Quilts book which includes much more information on working with quilt panels.
EQ8 Designing More Quilts
Follow the step-by-step lessons to create eight extraordinary quilts. You will be drawing blocks based on photos, designing a quilt with digital fabric panels, using a mathematical formula and special layouts to create amazing optical illusions, and so much more! Use the knowledge from the techniques you learn and make each quilt your own. After going through these lessons, you’ll feel like a quilt-designing genius!
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Each month I give members in the Tech Know Quilters Membership Studio a challenge to apply the skills they learned during the last month in a quilt. And then to share their design and what they learned. Here are their submissions for their May classes.
Julie Pedersen It is hard to say just one thing that I learn from Kari's classes. I think this morning's Lesson 1 for the Advanced Border Design renewed something for me. I was looking at this and realized that it looked 3D to me...like I am looking down a hole. Sometimes the simplest thing can be the most profound. (1 block surrounded by variations of the same border)
Bev Crouse I just finished the Easy Draw class at the end of May. One of the features I had really never used is the partition and stagger so I some fun playing. Love these classes Kari Schell. So here's my really simple quilt which I've entitled "Glass Shards". A four by four layout and one block alternated with a plain block.
Suzanne Golden I took the Medallion center class and really enjoyed it. The center block was made using clip and flip and then serendipity. I then wanted to add the flying geese around. Had to figure out how larger to make the ring for the geese. I then created the borders using other shapes to go long with the others. One border uses the center block in a smaller version and then rotating and flipping the blocks. I really enjoyed.
Kristy Soard. - My Quilting Bee design truly evolved from a synthesis of the multitude of skills Kari has taught us! The center is set on a one patch quilt, which created some challenges in the design process. The process uncovered some features that I would love to be tweaked by EQ8, and have talked to them about them. They are always so receptive to our ideas. I have some other changes I want to implement before I totally call this done, but wanted to share as my challenge quilt for the Layout class.
Sharon Osborne I have not had a lot of time the last 6 weeks or so for designing new projects in EQ8 ( I hope that changes for July!) but I did learn something new in the second help session of May. I took a photo of a poppy in my garden that had just opened and turned it into a mosaic. I just love it. I have done several of Cheryl Lynch's mini mosaic quilts and I love them.
Barbara O'Brien Kaleidoscope classes have been great. As with all your classes, I've learned a lot , enjoyed them and gotten such a great sense of accomplishment. This is a block I designed, printed out the foundation pieces and actually made. It's the first time I've used their foundation printouts and they are amazing. Even the points are trimmed so that they are easy to piece. Can't wait till we do the next classes.
Micheline Herzan's very first fabric landscape quilt - "Santorini Sunset". These bell walls are approx. 1,200 feet above sea level. The left one is my fabric version. The right one is what I drew originally in EQ8. I did not finish the edges as I want this 12.5" x 12.5" quilt framed like a picture to hang on a wall. Kari, thank you very much for the great lessons on Landscape quilts.
Caroline Block Thank you Kari for the tutorial on designing a pillow sham for a bed quilt. The photo on the right is the bed quilt designed in EQ8 using an traced photo of an applique of Kim Diehl's, surrounded by Hexagons, with a tile squares on point border with a Variable star in the tiles. quilt size is 104x110. The photo on the left is the designed standard pillow sham. The size of the sham was adjusted to accommodate piecing. The fabric used are from Kim Diehl's line Wit and Wisdom.
Other EQ Designs and Quilts by TKQ Members
After pulling the submissions for the challenge, I enjoy going through the other posts from the last month in the TKQ private Facebook group. This is an incredibly talented group of quilters and here are a few of my favorite pictures shared last month.
Would you like to join the community? Tech Know Quilters membership is currently closed -- however there is a wait list so that you can be notified the next time it opens up.
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