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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!

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.