Category Archives: Playing with Design in Electric Quilt

Judy’s Virtual Challenge 2

I am late to the party, but better late than never.

I participated in the Virtual Quilts first challenge to use Electric Quilt 8 to play with a block. The result of that challenge is here.

Challenge #2  was to select one of my virtual designs and add  Christmas colors.

I chose the Alpine Cross from this blog post to play with.

* You can also find the Alpine Cross by clicking on the Quilt Blocks tab above my header.  There are more designs there for inspiration.

How I originally colored it:

Alpine Cross On Point Set 4

Now in Christmas colors:

Alpine Cross On Point Set 8

Thanks for the fun, Judy!

Judy’s Virtual Challenge

Judy, of Virtual Quilts fame, issued a challenge to use the Electric Quilt 8 program.

The hardest part of this first challenge was for me to make the time to actually do it.

And then, it didn’t take that much time after all.

Judy challenged users to select an Antique Mosaic block from the Classic Pieced EQ Library.

That was simple.

Challenge 1 Mosaic, No. 5(2)

I chose  Mosaic, No. 5(2).

Here is the color version from the library:

Challenge 1 Color Mosaic, No. 5(2)

And here is my colored version, using fabrics from the default fabric library:

Challenge 1 Color 2 Mosaic, No. 5(2)

We are challenged to add at least four seam lines, and play with color placement.

Challenge 1 Adding Lines Mosaic, No. 5(2)

Challenge 1 Moving Color Mosaic, No. 5(2)

We are also challenged to delete lines.

Challenge 1 Deleting Lines Mosaic, No. 5(2)

Challenge 1 Deleting Lines 2 Mosaic, No. 5(2)

This was a fun little challenge.  If you are an EQ user, perhaps you’d like to join the fun!

There is an Electric Quilt Facebook group that you might like to join.  I am going to link this blog post there.

Queen Charlottes’s Crown Quilt Block

So Scrappy and The Academic Quilter are co-hosting the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler project.  September’s block is the Queen Charlotte’s Crown quilt block.

Queen Charlottes' Crown

This block is easily drawn with a 5 x 5 grid.

I found this block difficult to visualize, so I decided to play with it.  I haven’t used any alternative blocks in any of the following designs, nor have I played a lot with value, so there is room for plenty more creativity!

Here is the block set side by side in a straight set:

Queen Charlottes' Crown Straight Set

I think I like this block after all!

Here is how it looks set with sashing:

Queen Charlottes' Crown Straight Set 2

Still a straight set, but rotating alternate blocks:

Queen Charlottes' Crown Straight Set 3

Moving value around:

Queen Charlottes' Crown Straight Set 4

Queen Charlottes' Crown Straight Set 5

Queen Charlottes' Crown Straight Set 6

Queen Charlotte’s Crown blocks set side by side in an on point setting:

Queen Charlottes' Crown Variable Point Set

The ‘lattice’ really shows up in this layout; it would be fun to play more with the value.

And with sashing:

Queen Charlottes' Crown Variable Point Set 2

Still an on point setting, but rotating some of the blocks:

Queen Charlottes' Crown Variable Point Set 3

By the time I finished playing, I had enough designs for a couple of blog posts.  Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted my project file.


Waterwheel Quilt Block

I have been using  the Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar 365 Quilt Blocks A Year to inspire myself to practice design. One of the August blocks is called Waterwheel.

Waterwheel Quilt Block

I drew my block on 4 x 4 grid using Electric Quilt 8.  You can certainly draw it with a pencil and graph paper.

I like to set the block side by side in a straight set just to get a feel for how it looks.

Waterwheel Straight Set

I had such a hard time getting inspired by this block that it has taken me weeks of procrastination to play with it.

Maybe sashing would make it look better?

Waterwheel Straight Set 2

Maybe rotating the blocks would help.

Waterwheel Straight Set 3

Rotated blocks without the sashing:

Waterwheel Straight Set 5

Maybe I’d like it better with a different colorway.

Waterwheel Straight Set 6

Or how about set on point?

Waterwheel On Point Set

Waterwheel On Point Set 2

Perhaps you might find a setting and/or a colorway for the Waterwheel block that really inspires you.  

As for me…I am ready to move on to another block.

Train Quilt Block

Some time ago, I thought it would be great practice for me to work my way through drawing the blocks found in Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar 365 Blocks A Year.  The calendar was published in 1999.  I don’t know that I have had it that long, but I’ve certainly had it a very long time.

Obviously, I don’t work a block a day, but I’ve worked (I should say played) my way through quite a few blocks.  You can find them by clicking on the Quilt Blocks tab in my header.

And I have learned, and gained confidence, in using grids to draw blocks, as well as experimenting in quilt design.

The following block is simply named Train in Nancy’s calendar.

Train Quilt Block

Train is easily drawn using an 8 x 8 grid.

I think this block is a great little block for children’s quilts!


Or perhaps use just one block and a track border for a fun little pillow for a child.

Mother’s Choice Quilt Block Part 2

In this blogpost, I showed a few straight set quilt designs using the Mother’s Choice Quilt Block.

I also played with the block using an on point setting.

Mother's Choice Quilt Block

The same block set on point with no sashing or alternate blocks:

Mother's Choice On Point Set

I don’t like the above design at all.  However, I do like the blocks set with sashing and cornerstones:

Mother's Choice On Point Set 2

And I like the block set with plain setting triangles; they frame the design:

Mother's Choice On Point Set 3

Maybe I would like this one better in a different colorway, or with some alternate blocks to play with:

Mother's Choice On Point Set 4

I like the center of this one (and it doesn’t look set on point, but it is):

Mother's Choice On Point Set 5

The stars are coming out to play:

Mother's Choice On Point Set 6

Also set on point, but looks like a straight set:

Mother's Choice On Point Set 7

Which design appeals to you?  Or would you create a different one?  There are lots of possibilities!

Happy quilting!

Mother’s Choice Quilt Block

I took some time this week to play with some virtual quilt designing.

The Mother’s Choice block shown in Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar 365 Quilt Blocks A Year was my choice to play with.  I have had this calendar for years and am using it to inspire myself in design.

Mother's Choice Quilt Block

Drawn on a 12 x 12 grid.

Set in a side by side straight set:

Mother's Choice Straight Set

Again, set side by side but with the addition of sashing and cornerstones:

What I like about this block is that when you shift the value, you can bring out the stars!

Mother's Choice Straight Set 3

You can also add and/or delete lines within the block to create alternate blocks.

Mother's Choice Straight Set 6

What I haven’t shown, but what I think would be great fun, is to sew this block with lots of colorful scraps.  The block can be composed of many half square triangles creating lots of opportunities for using scraps.

Mother's Choice Straight Set 7

Those half square triangles also create lots of opportunities to experiment with value placement to create interesting designs.

Happy quilting!