When I went to play with rotating and fussy cutting some of the Waters Edge fabric pieces, I quickly realized some of the fabrics had a very large repeat. This first piece in the collection was 25 inches square -- and it isn't even a full repeat of the design.
Trying to rotate and fussy cut a 25" piece of fabric in a 2-1/2" quarter circle, did not work very well for me. So I knew I needed to approach the process a bit differently.
I thought about the time I did a One Block Wonder quilt (a real quilt -- not an EQ design) where I cut the theme fabric into strips that were exactly the same section of the fabric (essentially cutting the repeats). I then aligned each of the strips and sub-cut them for each of the blocks. Then sewed together for a kaleidoscope type of design.
The approach I chose for fussy cutting in my quarter circles in the Sashing and Block Combo EQ quilt was similar to that. However I chose to cut my strips larger than needed. Then I could have more options for fussy cutting the design to pick different elements to highlight.
I found that I could cut the 25" fabric swatch into 25 different 5" segments -- more than I need for the Sashing and Block Combo quilt.
In this weeks video tutorial, check out how I created smaller fabric swatches, rotated fabric and fussy cut in the quilt.
Here are my updated blocks. Check out the circle designs in each of them. The first 8 were from the fabric image shown above. Can you find the designs in the full fabric image?
Click on each block for a close-up view.
The last four were from the following piece. This is also from the Waters Edge fabric collection. This one had a full repeat both horizontally and vertically. The single repeat was 16-1/2" by 12-1/2".
Here is the final quilt.
I look forward to seeing what you choose to do with fussy-cutting. Feel free to share a block (or two) in the Learning EQ Facebook group.
What to do about Pixelated Fabric?
I reached out to Electric Quilt who shared with me that it was a known issue. I suspect related to these super large fabric swatches. The workaround is:
I was able to fix this project. However I did find that it doesn't work 100% of the time. So we may need to deal with a few "pixelated fabric swatches". FYI -- I didn't find any issues after cropping the large pieces.
Tech Know Quilters Working with Fabric Class
The first Tech Know Quilters class is all above working with fabrics in Electric Quilt 8. In addition to learning how to import fabric from multiple sources, you will even learn how to photograph and scan your own fabric. Won't that be a great stash busting option!
If you would like to join Tech Know Quilters ahead of the next open enrollment period, send me a note and I will send you information on getting started in September -- back to school for you.
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