Check out some of the latest challenge submissions by Tech Know Quilter Master members.
Then scroll down to learn how to create a school house quilt using EQ8. Just in time for back to school.
There is No Place Like Home
A couple of months ago we added a level in Tech Know Quilters for more advanced users. This group is given an opportunity to focus more on their own projects and designs, while still receiving support and encouragement.
During July, this group was challenged to create a block or quilt around the theme Home. Here are the results from the challenge.
Adrienne Quinlan I came across this picture by John Kelly of the bridge in my fathers home town of Killaloe in Ireland. I loved the shadows. I divided each of the elements into 4 and these each measure 16in square, the small squares measure 1in so I should be able to make them bargello style. This version measures 72in square including the borders.
Wanda Hizer This is the Row by Row I designed for our local quilt shop a year or so ago. The theme was Home Sweet Home. I also wrote and diagrammed the pattern for them. I've done all their Rows since 2016 and I design several block of the month programs for them, too. This picture is the actual pieced row. The big chicken is an actual landmark and is a KFC restaurant.
Joyce Drenth I had been planning to do a Birds of a Feather Flock Together family heritage quilt with a modern flair. So I drafted some blocks prior to this challenge. I have since changed my mind about the ancestry plan but I have many birds already stitched. Perhaps this Home Sweet Home quilt will allow me to use them and have a cute little quilt after all.
Susan Sorensen I'm making a wedding quilt for my assistant's daughter, I don't know her well, so it has been a real challenge which I have been pondering since January. This challenge has been a real motivator. Her favorite color is olive green, not something I would ordinarily use except as an accent color, if ever. And the wedding is now only 4 months away, so I have to limit the complexity of the blocks. I designed about 10 quilts for this project, but when the mother of the bride saw this one in EQ she said this is the one. I plan to use a several tone on tone green and blue fabrics for the main half rectangle triangles and a variety of low volume fabrics for the background, some will be half rectangle triangles. I'll quilt more of the triangle shapes into the background. Have EQ designs with and without 1 inch sashing, will decide about sashing after some of the blocks are on the design wall.
Sharon Osborne I hope mine is legal since I did design this a few months back but never showed it. I was involved in a "Home" Challenge with another group I belong to and this is what I designed. I'm from Colorado so that is the reason for the Colorado flag.. Trees for the mountains and earth for our big home. □
Kathy Autry This is a quilt that I just finished FMQ on this month . Now I just need to do the binding. It is a Xmas gift for my grandaughter who just decorated her bedroom around Artic Wolf theme. I went back to Kari's classes on using a panel and then put it into EQ and started designing other blocks in the custom setting. I used a Deb Tucker quilt "Rangeley Wall Quit" as the start of my design and put two of her star blocks into my quilt. I love to do FMQ so I put in lots of negative space and created my own designs in those blocks. I did a lot of FMQ on the panel hoping to give depth to the picture. I used Hobbs wool and quilters dream for batting to help give the panel a trapunto look.
Back to School
Many parts of our country are already sending kids back to school. And if the kids aren't back, the teachers are probably busy preparing for their new classes. This quilt is in honor of teachers and school workers.
It is a two color red and white quilt -- so super simple to color. And a fun quilt to piece once the drafting is done.
Here is the school house quilt from the video. The quilt finishes 31" x 29".
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