Seeing as it’s Black Friday I felt this Rise & Shine quilt by Daphne Greig seemed appropriate to start the day! Daphne has been an EQ user for a long time now and we love keeping up with everything she’s doing. We caught this quilt that was recently featured in McCalls magazine. We love it and thought it would help to wake you up on this day of early shopping. So we asked Daphne to tells us more about her design. Enjoy!

This quilt was designed in EQ! One of my recent Give & Take Appliqué patterns was based on a traditional New York Beauty style block. This is a fused appliqué method where one fused design is cut into a group of shapes and then the shapes are fused to two background blocks. It is a great way to get perfect points and smooth curves with no headaches!

So, when Patti Carey from Northcott showed me Mark Lipinski’s new line called Oakdale I thought of creating a design with spikes and arcs. The fabric line has excellent dark and light fabrics – working with values is very important for lots of quilt blocks and high value contrast is an integral part of all Give & Take Applique designs.

I created the quarter-block design fairly quickly. The ability to partition arcs helped me create the spikes in the design. I tried putting four quarter-blocks together and then wondered ‘what if I put sashing between them.’ It was easy to try this in EQ. Then it was a matter of deciding which fabrics to use. I had scans of the fabrics so could try different arrangements before I began cutting and sewing. On the Quilt worktable, the ‘rotate fabric’ tool was perfect when I wanted to try the interesting stripe fabric for the wide sashing between the blocks. I placed the fabric in the sashing and then rotated it so I could see exactly what it would look like when I cut the fabric. I also used the ‘fussy cut’ tool to place the roosters in the cornerstones to see how that would look.

One thing that you may not see in the photograph is how I added the narrow orange border next to the stripe. I am fascinated with dimension in quilts so this is a folded insert to edge the stripe. Again, I needed to have a stronger value between the stripe and the blocks. This is a fun addition that makes the quilt more unique.”

~Daphne Greig

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