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Giant Double Aster Block and EQ7

Giant Double Aster Block and EQ7

on Jun 14, 2012 in Blog, blogging others, eq7, free spirit fabrics, quilt, tutorial | 7 comments

I came across a neat block on Pinterest. It is a link for a flickr image found here.  Turns out the quilt block is a Marcia Hohn Quilter’s Cache block called the Double Aster Block.  (Her block is “on point” where mine is straight on, by the way.) Well that background story is all good, but I really thought the block had enough interesting lines by itself, to make it into a quilt. One block- one quilt.  Not 12 identical blocks.  I mean really ONE BLOCK = ONE QUILT.  You read that right. Doesn’t look too big in the photo, right?  Just look like a block? Let me show you how I went about making the block super-sized.  This is the how-to, which I did, of course you can always go all MATH on it to make it bigger also.  My method uses Electric Quilt software.  (EQ7)  If you have the software, this is super easy.  You don’t even have to work in the quilting worktable.  It is just one BIG block.  {{Click on the images to make them larger.}} First, I had to draft out the block in the Easy Draw board.  It might already be a block in the block library EQ provides, but I thought it’d be quicker to just draw it out.  (You can do this One Block = One Quilt with any block) See that red arrow in the above picture?  That box tells you the blocks finished size.  My default is 10″ (I don’t know why, I’ve never made a 10″ block???) Simply, change the 10 to whatever you like.  In my case, I made the BIG block quilt 50″ square, so both number 10’s were changed to 50’s.  See how the ruler changed along the edges? Next up- super easy, color it in.  Or don’t.  It’s up to you.  Then all you have to do it go to FILE-> PRINT-> ROTARY CUTTING… There are a few variables to change around when you are looking at the print menu, like rounding all seams to 1/8″ of an inch or allowing for a 1/4″ standard seam allowance, but that stuff isn’t tricky, so I didn’t do a screen shot. Now you have the cutting...

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Fabrics Matter

Fabrics Matter

on Aug 25, 2010 in eq7, northcott fabrics, pattern, quilt | 3 comments

Have you seen a quilt made in a couple different colorways and thought “WOAH, Its completely different.” I’m always thinking that. In fact, its one of the reasons I love EQ7 software. You can change up fabrics with a click and audition colors, prints, and scale within minutes. I put the Fabric Matters to a test recently with my own pattern, Teddy Bear Circles RD2021. The pattern was designed based on digital fabric files from Northcott Fabrics. At the time, Northcott’s Teddy Bears For All Seasons was not yet available in real life, ready to ship- so my tester made the quilt using a Moda Layer Cake. Since the 40 ten-inch fabric squares in a layer cake represent a piece of fabric from the entire line- the quilt has a much more eclectic look.The original flannel fabrics from Northcott shipped this summer, just in time for shops to carry the flannel for fall/winter projects. I was able to make up the pattern to match the cover design. The fabric in real life was much more rich in color than the original digital files. And once I made it in the flannel I got to thinking: “I planned this pattern design based on a modern concept and look. So- why not give it a more modern edge with some solid white and Amy Butler prints.” That was that. I chopped into one of my IKEA white cotton sheets and about 2 total yards of Amy Butler fabrics. Its two prints, both from her Love collection, I think. (I might be wrong on the collection.) I tell you, its like night and day. The variety baffles me. I’m fortunate to be able to try out the different looks in real fabric, as well as EQ7, on a quilt that is quick to make and still big enough to use or gift. Now, to build the backs and get them quilted. I should have time nowadays, with all my office assistants back in school. =) Tell a...

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