With temperatures reaching over 100 this last week (and high temps projected for next week), Minnesota has moved into summer mode even if the calendar still officially says spring.
When looking through the blocks in Block Base Plus, I came across the block "Pride of the Prairie". The pattern was sold by Old Chelsea Station (a mail-order company that started in 1933). The Brackman ID is 1489.
Doesn't this look like a sun?
I did some research to see if I could find any finished quilts made with this block. The only quilt I was able to locate was documented on the Quilt Index.
I came up with a layout for the block, which you can create in EQ8. In this video you will learn how to
Here is the quilt from the video. I would love to see pictures of your quilts. Feel free to post in the Learning EQ Facebook group. I've set up a separate post for your shared designs.
Cutting the fabric using Cricut Design Space
Curved piecing -- yes or no?
While I love the look of curved piecing, it is not my go to piecing method. Using templates to cut all of those pieces by hand is not my idea of fun. So I decided to use my Cricut Maker to do the cutting for me. The rotary cutting blade is fantastic for cutting through fabric and no sizing or backing is required on the fabric.
In the bonus video, you will learn how to work with the design in Cricut Design Space. Warning -- Cricut Design Space did an update last week (v6.9.163) and as a result the templates are no longer being imported at the correct size. There is a workaround that I will share with you. Electric Quilt was really thinking ahead when they added that 1" square in the export.
Tech Know Quilter Members Share Their Designs and Learnings
In the private Tech Know Quilter's Facebook group, I ask members to share their favorite designs for the month along with sharing what they learned.
Tech Know Quilters is a membership of Electric Quilt 8 owners who are mastering Electric Quilt through online training.
I wanted to share Melonee Noll's story as I am sure many of us can relate to her struggle. I enjoyed the problem solving skills she employed to create a better quilt.
Melonee had "picked" this quilt top apart twice. This is the third version that had been sitting on a spare bed for almost a year because she didn't like the way it looks.
(I will admit that I thought it looked pretty awesome.)
In April, she took the EasyDraw Kaleidoscope lessons and learned how to rotate fabric and use Serendipity. In her EQ quilt design she incorporated new concepts including using a photo of a previously made block in quilt as a block along with incorporating newly designed kaleidoscope blocks. She also played with different sashing and border ideas.
Using her new EQ design, she is now set for one last "picking" session to create her newly designed quilt. Well done Melonee! We look forward to seeing your final quilt.
Here are some other fantastic designs submitted by TKQ members.
Tech Know Quilters is open to new members only a few times a year. You can learn more and sign up for the wait list for the next open enrollment period here.
Masters Kaleidoscope Challenge
Tech Know Quilter members who have completed twelve months of Tech Know Quilter's class are eligible for the Masters program. They are given an opportunity to participate in a Masters challenge each month.
Their challenge for April was to design an original kaleidoscope quilt.
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