Reeze Hanson of Morning Glory Designs is partnering with me on lessons focused on converting Electric Quilt designs into formal patterns. Our first collaborated lesson appeared this last week in the Tech Know Quilters Modern Quilts session. More will be added during future months.
Reeze is a talented pattern designer specializing in designs that incorporate both pieced and applique components. I know you will want to hear her story.
EQ is the reason I became a designer. Hi, I am Reeze Hanson and my design career started because I needed help drawing blocks and arranging them in quilts.
When I was learning to quilt I joined several online quilt groups and we participated in dozens of block exchanges. Before long, my sewing room was spilling over with bags of swap blocks and I needed a way to turn them into quilts. A friend told me about EQ4, I got a copy and taught myself to use it. I designed settings for all the blocks I received, and then designed settings for others in the group. They liked my ideas and wanted instructions, so I started writing patterns!
I started teaching with EQ5. It was the first Windows version of EQ and was vastly improved from the earlier DOS versions. I offered classes at my local quilt shop and soon began teaching all over the midwest.
Then, my local quilt shop challenged me to come up with some table runner patterns they could sell and kit, and that was the start of my professional career. I designed 12 table runner patterns featuring one-patch centers, and applique borders. I called them Charming Botanicals as a play on words.
Here is the EQ image of one of the first of these table runners. This the September Asters and Morning Glories runner. I designed the linked diamond background to look like a trellis and wanted the flowers to be wound in the trellis. I made this flower to look like an aster.
It wasn’t exactly what I wanted. I kept researching photos of morning glories. I finally found an image I liked in an old embroidery pattern. This image had the flower shape I wanted, the leaves, buds, and tendrils.
It was just the look I wanted with the two flowers mixed together. I drew each flower, leaf, vine segment, bud and tendril separately, and composed the completed vine on the quilt worktable. That way I could manipulate the placement, rotation and size of each of the elements of the vine.
Reeze Hanson Electric Quilt Tip
I drew each flower, leaf, bud and tendril separately as a MOTIF using Patch draw applique. On Layer 2 I placed one of each Motif. Using the Adjust Tool I copied each Motif and moved them around until I had created the vine. By saving each new vine and flower placement to my Sketchbook, I had a series of images to choose from when finalizing the quilt. It was a great way “see” the finished quilt before cutting the fabric.
Shoot for the Stars with EQ8
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Tech Know Quilters Show
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