Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design announced the release of a couple of new tools. If you like using Corner Pop as a replacement for the the folded corner technique, you will love how you can expand on the concept with these new offerings.
These corners don't need to be restricted to simple squares and rectangles. I wanted to explore what would happen when I added them to a pieced block.
See how to do this in my EQ8 video tutorial.
In addition to designing the Corner Pop 2 friendly block, learn how to use Shrink and Fit for a new block and Serendipity to play with block rotation in the Quilt Worktable.
Here are some quilt ideas using the block from the video.
In the last option, you can see how you can carry the block design into the border as well. Make sure to use Tile Square border for blocks that are square. Otherwise, they may not be Corner Pop 2 friendly.
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Scroll down for the Canday Cane Joy Tutorial!
Converting Merry Christmas to a Wrap Around Tree Skirt
Step 1: Simplify the quilt. Eliminate the star in the center and replace it with a 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" piece. Eliminate one of the holiday lights blocks and replace it with an 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece.
Step 2: Trim the 8-1/2" piece 1-1/2" from the upper right and lower left corners. Discard the smaller corner.
Step 3: Layer with batting and backing and quilt.
Step 4: Before binding, cut through all layers from the center of the edge with the plain setting triangle to the center of the quilt. Cut a circle 4" in diameter for the center. Depending on the size of your tree trunk you could make this larger or smaller.
Step 5: Bind the quilt including both sides of the slice line and the center circle. Note that a bias binding would be easier to use for the center circle.
Step 6: Add iron on velcro pieces along the cut edge. Space them about five inches apart. The number needed will vary depending on the size of your quilt. The bottom velcro pieces (on the left side) should be applied to the top of the quilt and the top velcro pieces (on the right side) should be applied to the bottom of the quilt.
Joy Candy Cane Quilt
I went to the alphabet blocks and found a couple that I thought might work.
After some playing, I realized I couldn't nicely just add the candy cane stripes. So I decided to just start from scratch and create the blocks in Easy Draw.
My video tutorial this week will share with you how to draw these candy cane blocks for yourself.
Would you like to piece this quilt. Click on each image to obtain a download of the foundation pattern printed from EQ8 (9 inch finished size)
Pantone Color of the Year
My guess is that you will start seeing this color pop up everywhere -- including in quilts.
If you would like to be on the cutting edge in designing a new quilt for this color, start by adding the color and (related fabrics) to your EQ fabric library.
See how in this video tutorial.
Here are a few of the fabrics that matched my search for Classic Blue in EQ8.
If you have been thinking about joining Tech Know Quilters, please be sure to add yourself to the Tech Know Quilter Wait List. Prices are scheduled to go up in 2020 -- and there just might be a final opportunity to lock in on 2019 prices later this month.
Merry Christmas - New Pattern Release
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Merry Christmas - New Pattern Release
How to Construct a Quilt Designed in Electric Quilt using Folded Corners
One question I am frequently asked is -- "How do I make a quilt that I designed in Electric Quilt?"
There are many ways to approach piecing a block.
I love working with folded corners as all the pieces are squares and rectangles. No cut triangles are required when using this technique.
I will share my suggestions for creating folded corner cutting charts for your Electric Quilt blocks.
What is a Folded Corner?
Back when I started quilting, I had a book from Mary Ellen Hopkins entitled "It's OK if you Sit on My Quilt Book". In this book she introduced the quilting world to connector corners. I think this may have been one of the techniques that revolutionized modern day quilting. Over the years I have heard a number of names for the technique including "cheater corner" and "folded corner".
The technique refers to a method of adding triangles to a quilt block using only square or rectangle pieces of fabric. It is frequently the suggested method for creating snowball blocks, square within a square units and flying geese units.
Simple Folded Corner Construction
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a folded corner piece from corner to corner.
Drafting Cutting Charts for Folded Corner Blocks
As you can see, piecing a folded corner block is super simple!
However when we design in Electric Quilt, EQ does not give us rotary cutting measurements that are conducive to using the folded corner technique.
My video tutorial will share with you how to create cutting charts that utilize the folded corner construction technique. This technique works best for blocks with patches that are square or rectangle and have 45 degree angles.
Here are the rotary cutting charts from the quilt in the video.
October Apply What You Learned
Enjoy the virtual quilt show as Tech Know Quilter members shared what they learned during October. If you would like to join the wait list for the next open enrollment for Tech Know Quilters, you may sign up here.
Tech Know Quilters Masters Challenge - Quilts Inspired by Your Favorite Quilting Tool
Other October Projects
In the US, we will celebrate Thanksgiving next Thursday. I will be joining much of my family in Bismarck for our traditional family celebration. As we approach this season, I am reminded of how much I truly have to be thankful for.
In this post:
TKQ Masters Thankful Quilt Show
In my Tech Know Quilter's Masters group this month, I challenged them to draft a Thankful quilt. It could be related to Thanksgiving, or people or things they are thankful for.
Introducing Kristy Goodin Soard
Kristy Goodin Soard designed the Thankful Word quilts above. I asked her to tell me a bit about her family and her background. I hope you will be as touched by her story as I was.
I was born Kristy Ann Goodin in a small town in Ohio. I was blessed with an idyllic life surrounded by family and friends. However, at age eight my dad died as a result of a tragic work-related accident. My maternal grandma came and stayed with us for a year as our now family of four created our new normal.
My mom always sewed all of our clothing and household accessories, but was not doing much quilting with three little ones to raise. During my grandma’s stay she and my mom exposed me to more and more sewing on the Kenmore machine. I would refer to those days as the true impetus for my lifelong passion for creating.
Machine sewing right into my finger did not deter me from continuing, I was hooked. My mother had made a Dutch Girl quilt in her teens, and my Grandma made numerous quilts, all of which I still treasure to this day, but they didn’t start me quilting at that juncture.
It was in my freshman year studying accounting at university when I chose my first elective as an art class, that quilting became a focus. We were given free rein to choose a topic for our major paper for that quarter. I chose quilts. It was around that time I made my first-full size quilt, a hand applique Rose of Sharon/Ohio Rose Quilt. It is in my living room to this day reminding me of my beginnings.
Fast forward to eight years later and the birth of my first child when quilting became part of my life full time. My favorite parts about quilting are the prayers that are included with each stitch. Generally, I make each quilt with a purpose or specific recipient, and it is during its construction I focus my prayers for those people. I must admit I love the feeling of satisfaction I get when the recipient expresses an emotional response to my quilt for them.
I do not have a favorite type of quilt, as that seems to change over time. However, it is my life endeavor to continue to learn in every aspect of life and to be open to where I am led. Circumstances in life change, and I like to think I adapt and continue to create a legacy for my family. So, with each new quilt, I try to learn and attempt something new. Quilting is the perfect art to allow my passion for creating to flow.
In 2017, Joyce, my very dear long-time friend introduced me to Electric Quilt. I had previously designed my quilts with paper and pencil. She encouraged me to purchase EQ7, which I did and I have never looked back. We both decided to dive into the Tech Know Quilter classes by Kari, and we have not missed a single class to this day. It is important to me to be able to design my own quilts so I am able create exactly what I see in my mind’s eye (which often is very specific).
When asked to submit a photo of myself, I find that the best image of me is found in the faces of my dear grandchildren. I like to believe you will see “me” in them! In one it may be the smile, or eye color, or proclivity to be tall. Or perhaps if you know them you will recognize their creativity and artistic talent, or a love numbers or writing, or perseverance during a challenge, or an extremely quick wit, or compassion and empathy for others, or a desire to share the gifts and knowledge with which they’ve been blessed, or a striving to always do their best, or a deep sense of loyalty. I can only hope that each of them will carry a positive part of me in their heart and life.
Of course, above all it is my prayer that when I am gone and they wrap up in the quilts I made specifically for them, they will feel how very deeply they are loved.
-- Kristy Goodin Soard
As you can see, not only is Kristy a great quilter, but a lovely person. Here are some of my favorite designs by Kristy.
Kristy's Quilting Bee quilt evolved over a number of months. The center was inspired by the Laura Heine quilt with the bee and involved starting with a one patch quilt (the hexagon background) and adding motifs and more motifs plus text. And then carrying one of the motif's on the bee into the border.
Kristy was inspired by a block on Pinterest and used a technique from Advanced EasyDraw to fragment the block. Edyta Sitar's Sequoia fabrics were used to color the quilt.
Kristy's daughter wanted to paint a quilt on her dining room floor. So, she designed several options for her to choose from, and then they created a stencil for her to begin painting.
Wicked Witch was inspired by the musical Wicked. Kristy used this design to create a birthday card for her daughter the year they took her to see Wicked.
Kristy loves to come up with ways to decorate with her quilt. Look what she did with a mariners compass block.
Drafting Your Own Thankful Word Quilt
I loved the concept of a word quilt using Electric Quilt and Kristy agreed that I could share how to recreate her design with you.
When doing your own word quilt, start by coming up with a group of words that you want to feature in your quilt. I decided to stick with the thankful theme and included close family members, activities and groups that represented many of the close friends I have in my life.
I found I needed many more words that I thought. You will find that you will want to move the words around as you work on your quilt. I wanted to have a certain balance to what I was drafting and it took a bit of playing to achieve that. Fortunately EQ is very accommodating to playing with a design.
Here is my Thankful Words quilt.
As we close this post, I want to say how thankful I am that you allow me to share my love of quilting and Electric Quilt with you every week. I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve you.
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