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Today’s design wall picture is actually from yesterday at Stitchers, before I started sewing the sashings to the diamonds.

I have had some consternation with this pattern that I had drafted in EQ7 and wasn’t getting the expected results with the rotary cutting instructions.

(I am following an online tutorial where the quilter used 60deg diamonds but smaller than mine, and used 1″ finished sashings. So I knew it could be done.)

But EQ7 wanted me to cut 1-3/8″ strips with a 7/8″ finished sashing and I had specified 1″ finished. I just wasn’t understanding why and finally today on the INFO-EQ mailing list, I got my answer (it’s complicated, there’s MATH involved LOL).

I cut my strips 1-1/2″ and chain pieced the diamonds to each strip like the tutorial says to do. That went well, except for the first angle cut I made where I didn’t see that I was supposed to press my diamonds first and then cut the angle. So I had to re-do that first one.

So now all the diamonds have a sashing strip on one side. This morning I sat down to do the same thing with the corners, and top/bottom and left/right setting triangles. Yikes, I couldn’t figure out what angle I needed to cut and where (the tutorial doesn’t have a photo of that step), so I stopped before I did something stupid. 🙂

One of the suggestions I got from INFO-EQ is to make a separate layout when doing any on-point quilts, doing all that math just for accurate rotary cutting instructions. I’m afraid that when I do that, I’ll find out that my diamonds are cut wrong. Maybe what I should do is just cut all those sashings down by 1/8″. I could live with a 7/8″ finished sashing.

When I laid all the diamonds out on my design wall at home, they didn’t line up right. And I’m wondering if that’s because of the 1-1/2″ sashings. I’ll have to ask INFO-EQ.

So that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

Check out Judy L’s page to see what everyone else is working on.


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The super-secret quilt was finished and delivered yesterday. I’m very pleased with how it turned out. My friend Margaret quilted it for me.  I’m grateful she was able to do it quickly.

Now on my design wall is a bunch of test diamonds for the next charity quilt. I used EQ7 to do the layout (just diamonds and setting triangles with sashing) and bought some rulers/templates with the hope that they’ll make the cutting process easier. What I did this morning was easy enough, but I won’t know until I add some sashing if the units will play nicely with each other. After I confirm that everything will fit together correctly, then I’ll cut more for the “real thing.” I’ll just kit them up at that point and take them to the next Stitchers meeting and do the sewing there.

So that leaves me with the next personal project. What will it be? I was gifted years ago with a fat quarter bundle of indigos that I’ve always loved but never had a pattern in mind for. Since they were all blue, I’ve added some beige/tan FQs and some maroon ones for a more well-rounded color palette. I have found a pattern I like, so I think I’ll work on that next. I don’t have a purpose for it, but I don’t think that’s a requirement, now is it?

That’s all for me, head on over to Judy L.’s page and see what everyone else is working on.


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The super-secret project is at the longarmer’s. The binding has been prepared and just waiting for the next step.

I have a new Stitchers project in my head (and in my Electric Quilt). It will be scrappy 60-degree diamonds with sashing.

EQ7 doesn’t have tools to deal with diamonds and triangles that require geometry to figure out. In my case, I found a layout in the library that looked like the diamonds should be 60 degrees, but you have to stand on your head to find out what the default angle is. Here’s how you do it: color a plain block in the layout and select it with the select tool (the black arrow at the top of the vertical toolbar). Then go to Print>Rotary Cutting>Preview>Zoom in>click and drag over cutting diagram  to see what the angle is. In the case of the 8″ x 14″ Variable Point the default is 59 degrees (close). The 7″ x 10″ Variable Point is 70 degrees. I didn’t want a block as big as 8×14, so my problem was trying to figure out a good size and keep it at 60 degrees. I want to be able to use either a ruler with a 60 degree mark or a specialty ruler in the construction, rather than templates.

So, at Stitchers yesterday, we talked about how to accomplish this but none of us could remember our high-school geometry. I asked about it later on the Info-EQ list and got a very detailed method which requires the Pythagorean Theorem. I think there should be a website that you can use to calculate this kind of stuff. It would be even better if it were built into EQ. After all the trial and error, I settled on a 6″ x 10-5/16″ diamond.

Anyway, that’s what’s going on over here, head on over to Judy L’s site to see what everyone else is working on.


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turnstile block (EQ7)

I had seen a quilt with this block in a magazine and decided I would like it in a baby quilt. I looked for it in the EQ7 block libraries and also in BlockBase, but didn’t find it because I was searching on “pinwheel.” I had to ask around and someone else found it in BlockBase as “turnstile” although the pinwheels turned the other direction. By then I had already drafted it myself, which is the better way to go, because we all need practice with Electric Quilt, don’t we?

I made a 9″ test block, for an adult-size quilt and it came out very nice. I’m always hesitant to work with triangles but this was a breeze:


Although it doesn’t look like it, it is square.

But for a baby/kids quilt, 9″ blocks are too big, because there are not enough of them to make for a good looking layout. So I tried 6″:

Test Turnstile block #2-Edit

What a disaster! When I squared it up to 6.5″, I lost my seam allowances on 2 sides and one side is not a full 1/4″.

So I tried it again:

Test Turnstile block #4-Edit

Much better!

But I also wanted to try paper-piecing:

Test Turnstile block #1-Edit

Holy cow, this is what happens when you don’t print a mirror image of the block. And to think I got the whole thing put together before I figured that out.

So I did that and tried again:

Test Turnstile block #4-Edit

It came out very lovely in the end, but not without some drama. I found that in one of the quadrants I’d switched the positions of the light and printed fabrics and had to take it apart and fix it.

This is why I don’t design many quilts on my own. Too much stress! LOL



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I spent yesterday afternoon with the Stitchers group and got the top for the baby quilt on the right finished.

The other Chinese Coin that was in last week’s photo hasn’t made any progress, I didn’t find any matching blue fabric for a border, so I might sew all the remaining coins together and see if I have enough. If not, I’ll go through the brown stash bins next month and see if I can find something nice.

On the left in this picture is a length of children’s fabric that I’m going to use like a panel. I’ll probably cut it down and add blocks to it.

Yesterday at Stitchers seemed to be panel day. Several of the ladies were customizing identical panels and the variety of ideas was very neat.

These ladies design their quilts on the fly, I can’t do that. I have to have a clear vision (or pattern) before I cut and sew anything together. That’s why I love Electric Quilt so much.

Happy Monday!


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Just wanted to show off a finally-completed project that I’m calling the Gratitude quilt. Gratitude to God for a friend’s recovery from cancer.

My quilt photography needs some improvement, because the wavy border looks rather lumpy around the edges in this photo. I promise you, all the waves are consistent and symmetrical. I used Electric Quilt to design it:

It’s the third quilt I’ve made from a pattern in Alex Anderson’s Start Quilting. I just love, love, love Irish Chain quilts and this pattern uses a single Irish Chain block paired with a Nine Patch.


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You might have noticed this quilt in my sidebar of UFOs.  OK, it looks a little different. My original plan was to put my first-ever scalloped border on it but I chickened out. I saw a picture of a quilt with a wavy border with much gentler curves and I knew that’s what I wanted to do for my first time.

The time has finally come for me to get this thing finished. I spoke with my longarmer, Sara Parrish, about it and she requested that I mark the waves on the border so that she can quilt right up to it. So I’ve done that and I wanted to share my method.

Since I used Electric Quilt to design the quilt, printing templates for marking was a breeze. I “printed” them as PDFs (although that part of it was not really necessary. Experienced EQ users have learned that if you go ahead and make a PDF out of your templates rather than sending them straight to the printer, you don’t have to go back and re-invent the wheel if you need to re-print) and when you’re doing this, don’t forget to change “page scaling” to none when you send the PDF to the printer. I didn’t the first time so was glad I had made the PDFs.

Here you can see that I had to overlap and tape together two pages for each of the larger templates, which is not a problem because EQ shows you right where they are supposed to overlap. You can’t see it here, but I printed two templates for the corners.

My next step was to trace the templates onto freezer paper.

Once the templates were cut out, I simply pressed them (shiny side down) to the border. I marked the vertical centers on each template (even the corners because I had mitered the border) for correct placement.

You may find, as I did, that the templates don’t exactly line up with each other correctly. If they’re not off by much (maybe you didn’t get them precisely overlapped or the freezer paper shrunk a little when ironed on) and as long as you’ve got each one centered, go ahead and draw around the outside edge of the template with your marking tool of choice (I used a fine point Sharpie as I got a better line than I did with the Pigma pens I own. They’re pretty old.) Take off your templates and freehand a connecting line between the two templates. No one will be the wiser. Because of the versatility of freezer paper, the templates can be re-pressed to all sides of the border.

You can’t see the line very well in this next photo, but it’s there. When I take it to Sara, I’m going to ask her to baste just inside the line for me (I think she normally does that). Then when I get it back from her, I’ll cut all three layers on the line and attach the binding just like normal. With the gentle curves, I can use a straight-grain binding.

This quilt needs a name. The back story is that it was originally intended for a friend who had just gotten a cancer diagnosis. It was going to be a healing quilt. But she had successful surgery, didn’t need further treatments and didn’t need a healing quilt. At 66″ square, it’s probably too big for that purpose anyway. So I think the name should reflect gratitude to God for the outcome, what do you think? Any ideas?


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Have you ever had a quilt design go horribly wrong at the end of the process? I imagine it’s happened to someone before, only not to me. I have Electric Quilt, I’m supposed to be able to work out all the kinks on paper (or on screen) before a single fabric is cut. Well, that didn’t work for me this time. And it’s not EQ’s fault, it’s all user error.

You see, I found this oh-so-cute fabric online:

And I decided to make it the focus fabric for my granddaughter’s first quilt. And I used the swatch to design it.

Here is the first version:

And I loved it very much.

But when my fabric order arrived and I took it down to Quilting Adventures to pull the coordinating fabrics, it quickly became apparent that my original color palette was too pastel for the fairies fabric. Also, the EQ version looks very busy and the scale of the fairies is actually quite large, each fairy is about 5 inches wide. I was originally going to put the fairies into the interior blocks too, but even with 9 inch blocks, the fairies wouldn’t show in those small patches. So I scrapped that plan.

I bought small pieces of the coordinating fabrics so that I could change the EQ design accordingly:

I wasn’t crazy about this, but I couldn’t really put my finger on the reason, other than that the border was so much lighter-looking than the interior. Well, I went and bought all the fabric anyway and made the quilt top. I guess at that point I was just hoping it would all work out in the end.

I knew I wasn’t going to get it completely finished by Christmas, but I had to have the top done this week because Erin’s local friends were throwing her a surprise baby shower and I wanted to present it to her then. And I worked on it up until the day before the shower. I spent an entire afternoon putting on the borders and when it was hanging on my design wall, I had a disheartening realization:


I’ve never had this happen before. But there was no way I was going to give it to her like this, and I wasn’t going to scrap the whole thing either. I could have, she didn’t know about it. But I’ve put several months into this project and damn it, I’m going to fix it.

I decided that one thing I didn’t like about this is that the pink fabric, which looks so nice with the purple, does not look good with the fairies. It did in the quilt shop, but not at home. So I took the fairies border off. The fairies will only be on the back. The fairies will not touch the front of the quilt. The narrow purple border will stay, and I’ll bind it with the same fabric.

We do have a happy ending. The shower was last night and Erin loves the quilt. That’s all that matters.

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It’s here!

Electric Quilt 7

It was on the front porch this afternoon. I think I’m going to install Win7 on my system before I install this.  I have  a couple of projects to work on so the sooner the better.

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Electric Quilt 7

I was notified this week that my upgrade to EQ7 has been shipped. I should get it next week. Woohoo!

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