After a years delay, the Summer Olympics is about to happen with opening ceremonies scheduled for July 23 in Japan. (Fingers crossed it will all come together.) Even if you are not a huge sports fan -- there is something about watching the Olympics that encourages patriotism along with healthy competitiveness. It shows us that anyone, anywhere can achieve greatness and truly be a hero worth aspiring too.
Just as we will watch athletes up their game as they compete at a world-wide level, you will also have an opportunity to up your quilting game through honing your Electric Quilt 8 skills. Just think -- you will become a hero to those in your quilting guild after you show them the blocks that you were able to create.
In this free Challenge project you will learn how to draft a series of sports themed blocks. Most of the blocks will be paper piecing friendly with some very simple applique. Image the confidence you will gain after a little bit of work in both the EasyDraw and Applique worktables.
This free challenge is designed for both beginners to Electric Quilt 8 and those that would like to expand their bock drawing skills to a whole new level. My goal is to encourage you to spend a small amount of time using Electric Quilt each day to allow you to become much more comfortable with the software.
Although the challenge is FREE, you must sign up to receive the video tutorials.
Videos to Set Yourself Up for Success during the Upcoming Challenge
The getting started videos are available to all -- regardless of whether you choose to join the challenge.
I've put together three short videos to give you a head start for the mystery:
Video 1: Setting Up Your Project File and Adding Fabrics
In this tutorial, I will share with you how to set up your project for the Summer Games Mystery. You will also learn how to add fabrics from the library and to organize a large fabric collection in your project to speed up the coloring process.
The fabric collection in the video series will be Bella Solids by Moda. I recommend sticking with with fabrics that are either solids or are fairly monochromatic as most of the blocks will be small pictorials which could get lost with busier prints. Many of the collections under the Manufacturer Basics section in the EQ8 fabric library would work very well. You can always chose to add a more interesting print when the block calls for it -- which I did when piecing my blocks.
I found it useful to have a number of backgrounds when creating my quilt.
Video 2: Import a Picture for Tracing Plus Practice Rising Sun Block
Video 3: Exporting an EQ Block Image to Facebook
When exporting a block you wish to share on Social Media, the process can be different than sharing a quilt. In this tutorial, learn how to export an image of a block and then add it to a Facebook post.
In your emails, you will receive a link to a specific post for each block from the challenge. Please post your images as a comment to the referenced post.
Here is the link the the Learning EQ Facebook post that is referenced in the videos.
If you haven't enrolled in the challenge, now is the time. I look forward to working with you to become more comfortable in drafting your own foundation friendly blocks. The first block will be sent out Friday, July 9th (that is this coming Friday) at 8 am.
I've been asked by those that are in one of my classes or receive my weekly newsletter if they are automatically enrolled in the challenge. The answer is NO. So please sign up using the link if you would like to participate in the challenge.
For those currently in the Tech Know Quilter group, check your emails for your special bonus option for the challenge.
Electric Quilt Expert and Educator and Pattern Designer.