Just picked up 100 BLOCKS from QUILTMAKER MAGAZINE, this has become one of my favorite magazines. I look forward to each new issue. I enjoy going through and seeing what new blocks have been designed and picking out ones that MIGHT someday end up in a quilt of mine. I love redrafting the designs in ELECTRIC QUILT 7 program and seeing how they look in a quilt. I know QUILTMAKER MAGAZINE releases another issue featuring quilts made from the blocks …. but I usually CAN NOT WAIT for that issue to be released. I also find the blocks and colorways they choose are not the blocks I would have chosen. So instead I draft my own blocks, of course, there are some changes because I am not very good in EQ, but I am getting better. I love seeing the blocks put into quilts …. I can then dream of making the quilts in the future.
There are a few things I do not like about the magazine, and it is a really small dislike, is the change in the participants. When the magazine first started releasing these designs they and the instructions were written by the average quilter who sent in block designs. I have noted a big shift to block designs by the quilting superstars and fewer and fewer blocks by the average or novice quilter. What attracted me to the magazine in the first place was blocks design by average quilters … I felt it was inspirational. I loved the blocks by newbies, I hope in the future they at least balance the submissions half newbies / nonprofessionals and the other half of the submissions by the quilt divas.
The main dislike I have with 100 BLOCKS MAGAZINE has to do with the block instructions. They are not newbie friendly. Many of them are poorly written or shorten to the point the blocks will be difficult to figure out. I dislike they do not have the size of the units going into the block, especially for the complex blocks. The instructions use to be much clearer and sometimes took more space / pages to explain the construction of the block, but now they seem truncated or abbreviated. (The magazine use to have more pages, this magazine seems thinner and less detailed.)
I will say one of the reasons I redraft the blocks is I have trouble understanding the instructions in most patterns, not just the ones in this magazine. I have better luck figuring out the pattern myself. And yes I frequently make changes along the way. So do not go by the redrafts but check out the magazine. You might have better luck understanding the instructions than I have. I am not very good at redrafting the blocks but my skills are improving.
I will be posting pictures of the blocks and quilts I have redrafted in EQ as time and energy permits. I should warn/ tell you I tend to pick solid color fabrics or tone on tone for coloration of the blocks. I rarely pick prints because they do not show well in EQ. Over the years I have used less and less print fabrics.
. SPIN CYCLE page 58 #856
I have been playing in EQ7 again… I started wondering what would a quilt look like if the small center squares in the uneven NINE patch blocks also had a strip of fabric, making it look like the big (A) blocks. So I redrafted my blocks and plotted out the quilt. I will tell you I have to work on the measurements for the the mathematical measurement would be 1.33 inches ( then you have to add a half inch for seam allowances to cut out your patches.) Who ever, heard of having 1.33+ patches, what number is that in real, useable measurements. I am going to have to convert those numbers but I am not going to deal with it until I actually have time to make the quilt. I will probably use my old tried and true method of cutting out the large patches ( on gridded paper) that fit the project then subdividing it to the appropriate size patches so they will fit the project. I have done this before and it usually works… best there is no math involved…
Here is an illustration of the EQ7 design. I have found some cute baby fabric I can use to make this quilt as a 3 block by 3 block layout. Using large blocks result in faster assembly. And as you know .. we have babies coming to this family.
* * * Well this is all for now… got to get to WALMARTS to buy some plastic tubs. This will be my first trip out of the house..
SO as always, HAPPY QUILTING,
I saw this border on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/pin/74731675037465272/ … BORDER ON PINTEREST ) I am including the link to the PINTEREST picture because I do not think it is KOSHER to lift a picture without posting the link and I have not followed the links back to the original blog. I have seen similar borders and want it for a quilt I am working on. I am going to test it out on a baby quilt and it works use it on a bigger project.
I kind of changed the block to a rectangular shape. ( FINISHED: 7 inches WIDE by 4 inches block.) The sewing of the block is easy but what I found hard was to balance are the colors to form the pattern. The placement of the light, medium and dark fabrics. All the colors blend into each other. If the light (medium or dark) fabric goes the wrong place it throws the pattern off. I thought I could use a simple fast sewing technique (similar to sewing half square triangles.) but the colors often end up in the wrong placement. The blocks for THIS pattern have to be balanced and in the same / correct placement in order to form the X-pattern. Getting the placement of the colors was the hardest part as I wanted it to blend into each other in what my daughter called R.O.Y.G.B.V…. rainbow colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. Each block’s colors will depend upon the next blocks color. My design wall will be used to plan the color placement.
Here is my first attempt at the designing the block. I used mono-chromatic color placement. I also tested gray-scale to test my placement.
I later tried making a scrappy border in E.Q. I am still trying to get my scraps to behave nicely with each other. Each time I make a leaf I try to put aside fabric to make the border. Sometimes, I do not have the right color for the blending process but I think by the time the quilt is finished it will be worked out.
This is a block from Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, a couple of my favorite designers. I attempted to make a block in EQ7. I was not very successful. I need to learn how to line up the snap points better. I also made a picture of what the quilt looked like. That is the really reason I am playing in EQ…. I want to see what the quilt would look like in an entirety. I think that was one of the few things I did not like about the book. There were no picture of quilts made from the block in book.
The instructions to make the block were easy to understand. I have some cute baby print fabric I plan to use to make the blocks. I know Ringle and Kerr, used solid material /colors but I plan to work out of my stash in order to make my quilts. I will post pictures when I am working on the project.
Speaking of Ringles and Kerr, they are publishing a magazine.