Playing with design techniques using graph paper and EQ7

Maple Leaf:


This is an EQ7 rendering of a maple leaf block.

I am blogging about the progress and design decisions I am making on my husband’s quilt.  I hope this will keep me on track and motivate me to continue to work on the quilt.

I have been trying to draft Maple Leaf pattern to the size I need using graph paper and pencils and on EQ7.  I know what I want to do but so far I have not been very successful.   I need to learn the EQ software better.  My computer drawing skills are dismal.  I  posted a picture of the EQ drawings and you will see what I mean.

After several attempts at designing the block I decided to wing it.  Here is a picture of my success (or failure)… this will go into the quilt but I have a lot to learn.   I will keep trying until I perfect the block patterns.  I also have several other patterns for different types and style of leaves.

I am using the inspiration I have been collecting for several years to design the quilt, but mainly it will be designed on a design wall.   Design visual arts / quilts visually.

   THIS is a rendering of the right upper leaf point.   I have done several versions of  this template.

You can note several mistakes on the quilt block.   I made a mistake on the stem piece coloration and had to redesign the stem.  I sewed the block using a inset seam technique but I should have just used an oversize block and used a half square triangle sew on the stem bloc instead.  I did not realize I could use that technique until after I finished the block.  YOU can also note the point on the leaf is out of alignment.  I need to work on improving the template for the point of the leaf.

 My plans for this quilt are to include every technique I know and want to learn.  I will be doing paper piecing and piecing quilt blocks, adding applique leaves by machine and probably some hand applique too.

Going back to my earlier post, PLAGUED BY UNCERTAINTY, I have the explanation of my thoughts about the color and style.  (Give away is in effect until end of June or early July, depending on my work schedule.  Just leave a comment and the win the chance for some books I am giving  away.)  I have re-purchased the fabric for the background, 11 yards of SHADOW PLAY by Maywood Studios.  This is in excess but I NEVER WANT TO BE SHORT FABRIC AGAIN.  Any left over fabric will be used in my stash.

You can note several mistakes on the quilt block. I made a mistake on the stem piece coloration and had to redesign the stem. I sewed the block using a inset seam technique but I should have just used an oversize block and used a half square triangle sew on technique the stem block instead. I did not realize I could use that technique until after I finished the block. My plans for this quilt are to include every technique I know and want to learn. I will be doing paper piecing and piecing quilt blocks, adding applique leaves by machine and probably some hand applique to. Going back to my earlier post, PLAGUED BY UNCERTAINTY, I have the explanation of my thoughts about the color and style. (Give away is in effect until end of June or early July, depending on my work schedule. Just leave a comment and the win the chance for some books I gave away.)

https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/plagued-by-uncertainty/ Plague by Uncertainty post one about this quilt

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