Are you ready to take your Electric Quilt 8 skills to the next level? I will be sharing how to draft a series of newly designed piecing friendly blocks that would be suitable for a Spring themed quilt. You will be the first to see these new designs.
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 mystery is FREE, you must sign up to receive the video tutorials. The mystery will start on Wednesday, March 10th.
Tree of Life Prayer Shawl Quilt
A pastor at my church requested prayer quilts for a local nursing home. He wanted something tangible that could be used to pray for the resident. Rather than a full size quilt, we realized that it would be more appropriate to do something the size of a prayer shawl that could be draped over the shoulders of the person.
Fortunately there were lots of posts on prayer crocheted prayer shawls and I found the size was general between 24 and 36 inches high with a length of around 70 inches.
I didn't want to create something too complicated, but thought it would be appropriate to use a block with a Biblical reference or name.
In this blog post, I will share how to draft one of my designs using Electric Quilt. The tree block is designed with a 10 x 10 grid and finishes at 10" x 10". Since the block was directional, it looked better when placed on point, so I merged it with an on point block. A 10 inch block will measure 14-1/4" on the diagonal.
For those of you that are into the math, the size of the center block was backed into after creating an on-point tile square border. An on-point tile square border ensures that all blocks (patches) have the same width and height. It will add a spacer border so that everything fits. To eliminate the spacer border, you can increase the size of blocks and border prior to the tile on point border. What I chose to adjust was the width of the center block so that everything fit.
If you are not into the math, just use the numbers as laid out in the video. I've verified that they will work.
Note that in Electric Quilt we always design in finished sizes (before seam allowances).
I used the default palette to color the quilt. But I am debating scrapping out the blocks and combining them with 2 background fabrics and along with a border fabric.
My quilt group at church will be creating a number of prayer quilts for this project. I look forward to sharing pictures at we get them pieced and quilted.
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