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Judy’s Virtual Quilt Challenge 5

Back in March, Judy, the Virtual Quilter, posted Virtual Quilt Challenge #5.

We were to select a block from the EQ Library and play with it.  We are learning to create applique designs!

Judy gave more examples here and here.

I wish I had more time, because this is a really fun challenge!  As I play, more ideas keep coming, but this will have to do for now.

I chose to work with the block that is in the upper left square.

Judy's Challenge 5

I am saving this file so that I can come back and play!

To see my play results from the other challenges, click on the following links:

Challenge 1
Challenge 2
Challenge 3
Challenge 4

 

Judy’s Challenge 4

Judy, of Virtual Quilter, posted her 4th challenge in learning to use Electric Quilt.

We were to select block designs from the previous challenges and learn to create and save libraries in EQ.  This was a good reminder for me, since I have many, many blocks from all of my EQ playtime that I have yet to organize into the library.  I have got to make time to do this!  For this lesson however, I chose a very few variations that I had from Judy’s challenges.

Judy's Challenge 4

Challenge 1
Challenge 2
Challenge 3

 

The second part of Challenge 4 was to use the blocks to design a quilt.

I stalled out, since I couldn’t see how these blocks could work together.

Today, I made myself sit down and play with them.  How could I know if I could make them work together if I don’t try?

Turns out that I could use more time to play.  This was fun!

The above are a nice starting point…similar…the block placement is merely reversed.  I like the depth created.

Judy's Challenge 4

I experimented with simply alternating blocks to visually see how they would look set side by side.

Judy's Challenge 4

Judy's Challenge 4

Judy's Challenge 4

I am really liking these floating ‘bow ties’!  Maybe that is because my leader/enders are bow tie blocks.

Judy's Challenge 4

Judy's Challenge 4

Then I tried experimenting with featuring a block and using another block for the background.

Judy's Challenge 4

Judy's Challenge 4

I will be saving this file!  It is worth coming back to and playing some more.  There are definite possibilities here!  Especially when one begins to play with color, value, adding and deleting lines to create more blocks!

Thanks for pushing me, Judy!

 

Judy’s Challenge 3

Judy, of Virtual Quilter, posted her 3rd challenge in learning to use Electric Quilt.

We were to choose a kaleidoscope block, one made from many sections, and choose a fabric collection to play with.  I chose the Faceted Star block and  Modern Marks fabric by Christa Watson.

This was a great exercise!  By playing with value/contrast, the block could be made to look so different without ever adding another block or more fabric. 

With more play time, I could have come up with more variations, but here is what I have done with this challenge:

Judy's challenge 3

And just to see two of the many possibilites:

Judy's challenge 3

Judy's challenge 3

This was fun!

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.

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!

Train

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