It’s that feeling when the stars align and pieces fall into place, an Ah-Ha moment. So let me tell you a story about Serendipity in my life this week.
I read a lot of quilting blogs, and Sew Mama Sew featured interviews with the women who started “Quilt Design A Day.” You can find related posts on facebook and instagram. The basic concept is to design a new quilt pattern every day. Participants are using design software and spend 15 – 30 minutes playing with their design each day. Check out their posts for lots of eye candy and inspiration!
The starting point for today is this picture from Design Seeds. You can use the color palette or the picture as a starting point. Because of the windows in the picture, I might make a quilt design with a lot of negative space and just a few floating blocks on one side.
I have been designing quite a few quilt patterns lately and I am getting close to the publishing stage. I bit the bullet and got EQ7, the quilt design software, since I was tired of driving to my mom’s house to use her copy! Right after I installed the program, I got a message asking for contributions for a new quilt design. I went right to work and had a basic design to submit within a few hours. If my design is selected, you will see it in September. If not, I will share it sooner :-)
Electric Quilt is a great company with lots of resources for their users and the whole quilting community. I will be a frequent visitor to their site – Do You EQ? They offer a monthly download of new fabrics, and this month they have a contest to design a block and be entered into a raffle for Tonga batiks. Yummy fabric, and how hard is it to design a block? See what I mean about serendipity?
Here is what I started with:
The fabric is Tonga Cabana. The EQ website has detailed instructions for how to upload these fabrics into your own EQ library. Once that step is complete, you start on the Block Worktable to design your block. I am imagining stars from the white portion at the bottom and sunrise colors from the three pieces along the top. This is just one quadrant of my star. EQ7 includes an option in the Block menu called “Serendipity” so of course I had to check that out, it’s the theme of the week! There are many tools for creating additional blocks. I used the Shrink and Flip tool which spins the block in a variety of ways.
Here are two versions using the basic quadrant, a star:
And a pinwheel:I love my new tools! And a shout-out to a fellow blogger BeaQuilter, who has many tutorials about EQ7 features. Check them out here.