The theme of this months Club EQ was Modern Quilts. Modern quilts are considered to be high in color contrast with big prints and solid colors. In some ways this is a challenge for me because I’m not someone who likes to use solid colors in quilts. In this quilt, I was trying to challenge myself to create a pieced border that flowed with the quilt design itself. I always love my quilts to have what I’ll call an interactive border. I think it looks cool to have the borders be different but still be part of the overall design versus adding “strips of fabric” to the outside part of the quilt area. To me, it helps the quilt flow better and the overall look seems to appear better. Not mind you that anything is wrong with strips of fabric borders, I’ve certainly used them for quilts I’ve made and to frame wallhangings, and other small quilted items. Continue reading
This months Club EQ quilt challenge was Landscape Quilts. Talk about a swirling of ideas. I could have created hundreds of quilts literally, the ideas were so heavily flowing in my mind. It was pretty much anything goes, pieced or appliqued. I finally settled on creating the Sealife quilt you see here. I would have probably done a second quilt, but this one pretty much took up all of my time for the month and I barely got this in on time. Why? Simply because everything in this quilt was drawn or traced by me.
This quilt features over 50 drawn objects. The mermaid alone took over a day to trace. There were objects drawn for this quilt that I couldn’t even fit into it, and at the same time, because I hope to redraw this quilt at some point hopefully featuring a bit more land so I can add some palm trees, or perhaps a lighthouse. I am hoping to create part of the borders with a sky.
The challenge this month was to create New York Beauties quilt designs.
This was a difficult challenge. In fact, i wasn’t even planning to participate because my lack of knowledge in regards to the challenge requirements wasn’t what I thought I could handle. Then, a small miracle happened. My dear friend Bea, added a tutorial to her site for her EQ Tuesday Tutorial series and I was saved. Because she posted the Layout Library tutorial, I was able to come up with a quilt for the challenge in May.
Well I’ve been a bad bad girl. It’s not that I haven’t thought about posting. I’ve just been very busy doing many things and playing with EQ and Bernina’s Designer Plus software trying to learn both. I have managed to do a few things in these few short months since I last posted and I will follow up with those posts here in a few moments.
I’ve also gained permission to post tips for the Viking machines from the site known previously as Sew Much For Retirement, originally created by Janice Hemming. I am currently working to get that area of the site up and running so people who loved her tips and tricks on using there Vikings can again enjoy those really helpful tips.
There may be a few problems on the site as I work thru having upgraded WordPress and while I will try to get them fixed, I will ask you if you would kindly let me know if you run across any errors, or bad links on the site. One can never know what will go wrong when you upgrade any type of script.
See ya soon,
For me, the last day of the contest has arrived and I have gone thru the list of comments and been to random.org to let them pick the winner.
We now have a winner for the Quiltmaker 6 Quilting Designs CD from Electric Quilt.
And the winner is…
Today I submitted my first Club EQ project and these are what I submitted for April 2013. I wanted to show you my boo boo on this project, submitted anyway, because it says on there page they will fix errors. LOL So I hope they will laugh when they see mine. It’s quite obvious, apparently somehow, somewhere along the way I ended up with this block like thing in my quilt, and for my lack of knowledge, I couldn’t figure out what I did, so I ended up with a block on the outside edge of my project. You can see it via the first image. No matter what I did, I couldn’t figure out how to remove it. I don’t even know what it is.
It’s been an amazing week full of fun, learning and great times at each of the different sites for Bea’s EQ Applique’D Animals Blog Hop. For me, being a new blog site, I’ve learned not only about EQ itself, but taking care of my blog and how to do things I was not aware of prior to people coming to visit me. I wish to take a moment and thank each of you who visited, especially those of you who left comments, compliments and the wanting to learn. I hope you will take the time, or purchase EQ and realize that your dreams can come true in quilting.
The above image gallery is a beautiful reminder of the sites I’ve learned from this week and a wonderful opportunity for you to continue to visit.