Jul. 28, 2008

Harry's Ties

OK. Grab the box of tissues. This one came into my mailbox over the weekend and really got me this morning. [sob]

Andrea Lester in Oklahoma wrote to tell us about a recent project she did using EQ. Here’s what Andrea says:

“I want to share a project I made using the shirting templates in EQ6. A few months ago my friend Marilyn asked me to make her a quilt using her husband’s ties (Harry had just recently passed away). There were only nine ties to work with, not really enough to make even a lap sized quilt.”

“To make a long story short, I browsed through EQ6 shirting templates and came up with the attached design. I had nine ties, nine tie clips many silk “hankies” to use in the pockets I added. Red was Harry’s favorite color so I used the red ties in the center blocks, red cornerstones to make the whole thing “pop”, without being overwhelming, and I used the red ties for the hanging loops.”

“The minimal quilting was done by another friend of mine. She quilted in the borders and quilted the shirt, so it looks like it is pleated.”

“My friend has two grown daughters so I made 3 wall hangings using 3 ties per hanging, one for each of them. On the back I added a picture of Harry with some of his favorites sayings.”

“It was an honor and a privilege to make this for my friend. It was also a great responsibility to get it right. Thank you to EQ for helping me make Marilyn and her children happy by bringing Harry to life for them.”

Thank you for sharing this story. What a great friend you are to do this for their family. And to think that you were able to give all 3 women something to remember Harry by. I’m sure they will cherish the wallhangings you made them.

[as I run for more tissues and a group hug]

Jul. 25, 2008

Great for Group Projects – Part 2

Last month Sherry Herringshaw wrote in about an opportunity quilt she did with her guild (designed in EQ of course). That was one cool medallion.

It must be a popular use, because Jan Steinhoff wrote to say she did the same.

Here is Jan’s original EQ design:

Jan says:

This is the quilt that Amador Valley Quilters will market in order to raise money for the guild. We use it primarily to buy materials to make and give away over 500 quilts a year to local shelters We sell tickets to other guilds and at local quilt shows, such as Pacific International Quilt Festival in Menlo Park. The appliqué on the borders is based on patterns from Gwen Marston and Pat Campbell (who also gave permission to me to use them).

Here is the finished quilt:

Hopefully this opportunity quilt gave you just that – the opportunity to do a lot with the money raised. Congratulations to you and the rest of your Amador Valley buddies.

Jul. 23, 2008

Spectacular Star Quilt

I hope you all have had a chance to play with the star layouts in the EQ5 or EQ6 library. Beth Davis did… and wow. You should see the spectacular “Star Burst” quilt she came up with. Here’s what Beth says:

“I thought you might enjoy seeing a quilt that I just completed. It is called “Star Burst” and is 102″ X 102″. I designed it using EQ5. I used one of the existing quilt layouts from the library. I used a pineapple block with commercial fabric for the 8 pointed star and radiating star points. I tried different pieced blocks for the plain block areas but nothing was working.”

Beth’s “Star Burst” quilt

“Last summer I took a Shibori class with Marjie McWilliams at Quiltuniversity.com. When I auditioned the star burst hand dyed fabric in those plain blocks, I thought the quilt came to life. I was able to dye an additional 7 yards with similar color and pattern. The quilting was done with 12 wt. variable cotton thread on top and 30 wt. in the bobbin. Because the quilt was so bright, I didn’t want the stitching to get lost. I stitched flames radiating from the center.”

Corner and Hand-dyed detail

Can you see the Pineapple block she’s talking about? I outlined it here in white to show *just how much piecing* was involved in making this quilt.

Beth goes on to say:

“The part that I think is so neat is that the software will skew a square block into a diamond and print accurate foundation or templates for you. Thanks for making such a great product. I am thoroughly enjoying my EQ6.”

Thank you Beth for making such a great quilt and sharing the pictures with us!

Jul. 22, 2008

It's Finally Done

A while back I showed you some projects Margaret was making incorporating the printable fabric photos of leaves. Well I promised I’d show you the finished pieces and she’s finally done!

Below are a few photos of the finished quilt. Circling the center diamond, there are four photos of leaves and greenery. By themselves they are just four diagonal blocks made from photos but Margaret has done something really cool to really make them apart of the quilt.

Take a look at the finished quilt from far away

Now zoomed in on the center photos.

Now REALLY close, you can see what Margaret has done.

You can see that the photo of the leaf is inside the tiled rectangle but then you can see that the photo of the leaf somehow extends out from the photo as if it’s growing into the quilt! Using each photo as a starting point, Margaret imagined what the rest of the leaf might look like and cut it out of green fabric. She then fused the leaf to the quilt and quilted around the outline of the leaf so it would stand out. She did this to all four photos and the outcome is that the photo and the quilt become one in the same and are a unified piece.

I love this Margaret!

Jul. 18, 2008

Starting A New Tradition

Maureen from New York shared a very special printable fabrics project with us. Her niece was getting married and Maureen made her a VERY special purse to carry on her big day. The purse was made of material from her mother’s wedding dress, material from her mother’s veil, and photos of the dress receipt, wedding photo, and newspaper announcement on EQ printable fabric. The purse turned out beautifully and is such a unique and sentimental gift.

“I love your fabric sheets. This is the first time I used them. I was making a purse for my niece, who is getting married, I used the velvet from my mother’s wedding dress and the Madeira lace from her veil. I had her wedding picture, the bill for the wedding dress and the announcement from the newspaper. printed all of these on the fabric and used it as the lining for the purse…. I am hoping that the bride comes up with an idea to sign her name and pass the purse down to younger brides in the family.”

Maureen, Farr Port Jervis NY

Maureen, what a thoughtful idea with a beautiful outcome. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Jul. 11, 2008

Great use for the PatchDraw Ellipse tool

If you’ve ever used Wreathmaker and wanted to do more… here’s a technique I’ve used a lot to redraw the Quiltmaker blocks for the Quilting Designs series.

Pages 244-245 in the EQ6 User Manual describe the Ellipse tool a little bit.

  1. Add the Ellipse tool to your PatchDraw Appliqué toolbar.
  2. Drag out a big ellipse.
  3. Ensure its a perfect circle by typing in the size in the Precision Bar.
  4. Make the size the same size as your block.
  5. Change the ellipse style to “partition evenly into sections.”
  6. Set the number of times you want the design to be in the circle.
  7. Center the ellipse using the Precision bar button.
  8. If you don’t want it perfectly up and down you can rotate it some number of degrees (like 5 or 18.2… whatever you want).
  9. Make a second smaller perfect circle and center it.

Your block should look something like this now:

***EDIT*** On the Precision Bar, click Convert to Patch for both circles. (Or, go to the Color tab and back to the Applique tab to convert them both at the same time.)

Convert the whole thing to guides. And draw in one of the wedges. Make the line start and end on the smaller circle where it crosses the wedge line.

Then, write down the position (X, Y) and size (W, H) of the shape from the precision bar when the object is selected. Do this math:
Block Width – x – w = ??? x for new piece
Block Height – y – h = ??? y for new piece

Clone and rotate the shape 180 degrees. Type in the numbers you get for the position of the new piece. You should be able to Select All, and rotate and center to get the rest that go around the circle. The degree of rotation depends on how many wedges you have. I did 12 wedges (360/12=30), so once I have the the first set I can rotate the new cloned pairs 30 degrees until I complete the circle.

I know this is like …. super-duper-advanced PatchDraw, but I know if I don’t write it down now, I’ll forget.

Here are some other quilting stencils done with this same technique.

other stencil

other stencil

Jul. 11, 2008

Creating Shadowed Blocks

I love to play in EQ6. I wanted to share yet another use for “BLOCK > Serendipity > Merge Blocks”.

If you start a new block in EasyDraw and draw this:

Then you can merge it with any other block in your Sketchbook to create a “Shadowed Block”. Set the new block in a Horizontal quilt with sashing, color it, and you’ll get this:

Happy EQ-ing!