Swimming has been a sport at every Summer Olympics. It is one of my favorite to watch. I especially enjoy the synchronized swimming event.
Today's block was inspired by the Snails Trail quilt block. I incorporate two of these blocks in the bottom half of the quilt to give the illusion of stroking.
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Here is what the layout looks like with the five blocks provided to date. There will be 22 different blocks in the quilt (with a few blocks used more than once). I still haven't decided on the sashing color. I am waiting for more of my blocks to be completed and potentially a trip to the quilt store.
Drafting Swimming Block Using Electric Quilt
Block>New Block>Easy Draw Plus Patch Draw
Import Image for Tracing in the Tracing Image tab.
Easy Draw Tab Settings
Block Width and Height: 8 x 8
Snaps: 48 x 48
Snapping Options: Snap to Grid
Draw Lines that are may be snapped to grid points (see image below).
Change Snapping Options: Snap to Nodes only.
Select line segments and click on the red dot with the Shape tool. Select Half for to add nodes at the mid-point of each line that needs to be divided.
Use the Line tool to draw the lines (connecting the nodes).
Continue subdividing and connecting the nodes to complete the block.
Select the Applique tab.
Select the Oval tool and draw the circle for the head.
Add to Sketchbook.
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