The current challenge to Tech Know Quilter Masters members is to create their own pumpkin blocks and quilt. A very appropriate challenge for the month of October. I have been seeing some phenomenal submissions and look forward to sharing their ideas once the challenge is complete.
I decided to challenge myself to create a pumpkin block. I started with a simple block that would be easy to piece.
However, as quilters we may wish to select a different piecing method (not considered by EQ8). For this block, I would cut the orange piece 5" x 6-1/2" (1/2" larger than the finished design size of the lower section of the block). Then I would add 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" folded corners (sometimes called flippy corners or cheater corners) to each corner of the orange rectangle.
When I alter the EQ cutting chart, I will often print out a picture of the block and note the cut sizes on the picture (as shown below).
If you haven't used folded corners, it is a very efficient want to work with patches with 45 degree angles. Here is how to construct a folded corner.
I then challenged myself to create a slightly more interesting pumpkin.
Click on the photo to get a downloadable PDF to use in piecing your own pumpkins.
Pumpkin Time Electric Quilt 8 Tutorial
Would you like to see how to draft the two pumpkin blocks using EQ8? The tutorial includes practical tips on how to minimize the number of sections in your foundation block along with tips for finding coordinating fabrics from the EQ library.
Would you like to learn more about either Shoot for the Stars with EQ8 or Tech Know Quilters?
I suspect you will find the process of creating foundation friendly pumpkins very addictive. I would love to see your foundation friendly pumpkins. Feel free to post in the Learning EQ Facebook group.
Tech Know Quilter Foundation Friendly Tree Challenge
During the Foundation Class offered in Tech Know Quilters, members were challenged to design their own tree block. Back when I originally released the Tech Know Quilter's Foundation Blocks class, I had done a show of many of their designs.
These are all new designs created by students who have subsequently gone through the class.
Love their creativity.
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You can learn more and sign up for the wait list for the next open enrollment period here.
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