Monday, July 11, 2016

Island Batiks Ambassabors: Christmas in July

July is here and we have only 166 days until Christmas.  I know its summer, the weather is beautiful outside and no one wants to start thinking about making Christmas quilts.

However, time marches on and before you know it the weather will start to change which means Christmas is really not that far away. So this month Island Batiks Ambassador challenge “Christmas in July”, will get you started thinking about those cooler temperatures and projects. We are to create a project using the “Holiday Happenings”, Fat Quarter Bundle.

It took me a little while to get in the Christmas Spirit and think of something new to make.  I finally designed this fast and easy quilt.

“Peppermint Swirl”, uses 4 fat quarters from the “Holiday Happenings” Fat Quarter Bundle and finishes at 26” x 26” to make a nice table topper or wall hanging. 

Have a great Quilting Day!


#christmasinjulyib  #ib

Sunday, July 10, 2016

EQ7 - Showing and Hiding Quilt Layers

EQ7 provides 3 separate design layers that provide flexibility and important design features in constructing your quilt layout.  With each layer serving a separate purpose in the quilt designing process.  You can locate the layer tabs at the bottom-left on your quilt worktable.

Layer 1 is for photos and blocks, Layer 2 is for applique, motifs, blocks, photos and text, and Layer 3 is for photos, embellishments, and stencils.

When a layer is selected you will notice that the tab will turn white, the rest will remain grey.

EQ7 enables you to isolate the layers you are working on by turning on the “Light Bulb” icons. To turn on the “Light Bulbs” you will have to open your Quilt Worktable Option.

Click on QUILT, then from the drop-down select Quilt Worktable Options at the bottom of the drop-down.

After you have selected the Quilt Worktable Option, will see the Quilt Worktable Option open in the middle of your screen. 

From under the Tool Options, select View Settings, which opens to View settings. 

Under the Layer Icons, you will see checkbox.  Click the Checkbox to select the option "Provide icons to show and hide quilt layers" this will turn on the “Light Bulb” to show and hide the layers.  Then Select “OK”.

You will now notice on the Layers tabs that small “Light Bulb” icons have been placed on them.

To toggle hide or turn on the visibility of the layers, just click on the “light bulb” on the layer tabs you want to make invisible.

Click on Layer 2 and 3 light bulbs and you will see only the contents on Layer 1 only.

Layer 1 Only
Turn off layer 1 and turn on Layer 2 once again you will see Layer 2 contents.  You will notice that layer 1 is now transparent.

Layer 2
Turn on all layers and you will see your design all together.

Layer 3
Quilt design process can be made easier with working with each layer independently, and being able to toggle them off makes it even easier to work with and isolate layers. I really suggest if you have not turned on this handy Icon; to do so.  Give it a try!

Make sure your check out other Bloggers Celebrating EQ7 Anniversary with themed EQ7 Blog posts.  Also visit Electric Quilt to enter their monthly giveaway from Island Batiks HERE.

Have fun Designing!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Island Batik Ambassadors: Modern Challenge

This month, was a particular busy one for me, I completed 3 new quilts designs for the Island Batiks. So now I have to just finish writing the patterns over the next couple weeks.  The patterns and quilts will be available for the Fall Market.

Now to get my Island Batik Ambassador Challenge done for the month.  This month’s challenge is to make a Modern Batiks quilt. 

So I started designing in EQ7, but I also wanted to play with the Half-Rectangle Triangle and the Kite Rulers I got from Bloc_Loc Rulers.  I love using the Bloc_Loc Rulers, they make cutting blocks so much easier.

Half Rectangle Triangle Ruler - Bloc_Loc

Kite Ruler - Bloc_Loc
Once I had my design made, I need to figure the fabric that would work for a modern layout.  I had a package of Fire Island stack (10” squares) and a yard of basic neutral fabric to work with. 

So I add the fabrics to my EQ7 and this is the design I came up with. 

EQ7 Design
 With a few color Modification, I made this small Modern wallhanging.

Final Modern Quilt
 Not bad for my first try with making a Modern Quilt.  The Block has potential for a future project.  I love my Island Batiks fabrics and Bloc_Rulers.

Check out the other Island Batik Ambassador Blogs that have complete their projects.


Friday, June 10, 2016

EQ7 – Create Fast Easy Designs

When designing with EQ7, there is a fast and fun way to achieve various combination of blocks by flipping and rotating all of them at once.  The Symmetry Tool allows you to do this; it automates flipping and rotating all the blocks simultaneously.

The tool can be found on the right side tool bar under the rotate and flip tool.  

Note: this tool is only available on Layer 1 and also all blocks must be asymmetrical blocks. 

Step 1: From the Quilt Worktable, set your blocks in the quilt.

Step 2: Click on the Symmetry Tool.  Hold the CTRL key and click on the quilt. The tool is capable of producing 16 variations of the quilt designs, the 17th click will return to the original setting.

Examples of some of the random combinations.

 Step 3: Click on Add to Sketchbook when you find a layout you like.

 Best Effect 
  Horizontal layouts with no sashing
Click to affect all blocks in the quilt (use the ALT + Click for alternating blocks)

Make sure your check out other Bloggers Celebrating EQ7 Anniversary with themed EQ7 Blog posts.  Also visit Electric Quilt to enter their monthly giveaway HERE.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Wanted Quilt Pattern Testers!

Hello everyone. I hope you are is having a good start to your there summer. I have been busy with vending at quilt shows and designing new patterns. 
Which brings me why I'm sending
this blog today. I'm in search of building an email list for people who want to become Quilt Pattern Testers for Quilting Affection Original Patterns. 

I'm looking for people that consider themselves as Intermediate/Advance skill level. Our patterns are both applique and pieced.  What I'm looking for is virtual testers that can meticulously proofreading, comment on flow and ease of the instructions, test the math, etc.  You don't have to make the blocks. I usually need this in a quick turn around time frame.  I will supply you with a full detailed list of what I'm looking for when I email a pattern testing request.  

In return for your help you receive a free final copy of the published pattern. Your help is greatly appreciated and I look forward to working with you as a pattern tester.  If you’re interested in becoming a tester please fill out the form HERE or on the top right side of the blog

If you chose to make the actual quilt I’d love to feature it on my blog and Facebook pages so please share photos. The best part of being a designer is to see the finished quilts everyone makes with my patterns!