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:
Now in Christmas colors:
Thanks for the fun, Judy!
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.
I chose Mosaic, No. 5(2).
Here is the color version from the library:
And here is my colored version, using fabrics from the default fabric library:
We are challenged to add at least four seam lines, and play with color placement.
We are also challenged to delete lines.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Maybe rotating the blocks would help.
Rotated blocks without the sashing:
Maybe I’d like it better with a different colorway.
Or how about set on point?
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.
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 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.
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.
The same block set on point with no sashing or alternate blocks:
I don’t like the above design at all. However, I do like the blocks set with sashing and cornerstones:
And I like the block set with plain setting triangles; they frame the design:
Maybe I would like this one better in a different colorway, or with some alternate blocks to play with:
I like the center of this one (and it doesn’t look set on point, but it is):
The stars are coming out to play:
Also set on point, but looks like a straight set:
Which design appeals to you? Or would you create a different one? There are lots of possibilities!