Friday, April 19, 2013

Adventures in EQ

I've had EQ7 for a while now, but I've only opened it once and figured out how many blocks I needed to make for a quilt last year. A few weeks ago I received the latest issue of Quiltmaker and a quilt caught my eye. I've been wanting to make a southwestern quilt and I showed you this one a few months ago that I've got on the radar for the foot of the bed:

                                


 but then I saw this one:


This was a staff challenge and this one was made by Eileen Fowler. I like the idea of using Batiks like she did, but that would be the beginning of another fabric collection and I certainly don't need that! They don't give a pattern, but it's a row design and how hard could it be? So I set about sketching it on a blank piece of paper last night and this morning I dusted off EQ and played. First off, y'all did not warn me how addictive this is! Hubby left at 4:30 so I found myself with a few extra hours, but I lost the entire morning and barely managed to whip together something in time for dinner. This is worse than Pinterest and I try not to get on there for that very reason.

This is a little brighter than I intended, but I just used the fabrics they had available and by the time I got to selecting colors, my eyes were beginning to cross. I have a big wall behind the bed and I think I'll work this up to hang in that spot:

At first I worked it up for a bed quilt, but I really want to keep the bed simple so a largish wall hanging it is.

Next, I think I'll try importing the fabrics I've pulled and see if that doesn't tone this down just a notch, but this sure is a fun way to play with designs. Y'all know that I'm a Texas girl at heart, but I'm thinking that New Mexico is  finding a spot there as well. :)

7 comments:

Elita en Suisse said...

That looks great! I love my EQ6 and my mum just arrived yesterday with my upgrade to EQ7. Oh happy day! Don't forget that there is a Fabric Library that you can use too. Helps to get an approximation of colour scheme, if not exact print. Looks like you're going to need to do a number of half-square triangles & some flying geese blocks. I would recommend these two links on how to do those quickly:

http://quiltingtutorials.com/all/fast-easy-pinwheels/

and

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/12/flying-in-squares-quilt.html

You'll need to figure out what size square to do the HSTs this as she uses charm squares but it's easy math.

Good luck!

Nancy said...

My sister has EQ and doesn't use it much. It is not compatible with my computer.

I like what you did and can't wait to see it with your fabric colors.

Vickie said...

OOOOOoooo, I like what you did with the colors ! Have you started yet ?

Judith Blinkenberg said...

Oh I love that pattern. I have some southwestern fabric. It is going to be a fantastic quilt. Are you ever allowed to copy those patterns? It looks like a neat program. I look forward to your quilt.

Denise :) said...

I adore EQ ... I think I've mentioned before that I could spend as much (if not more) time playing with virtual quilts as I do the real thing! It's *really* fun when you pull your fabric stash into the EQ library! I think you're right about the piece of the New Mexico in there! We'll just call you TexMex for short. ;)

Staci said...

That sounds like a great way for a morning to slip away from you!

Julie Feldhaus said...

I love that quilt pattern can't wait to see it done. I haven't been sewing much just trying to clean my sewing room and fabric. I have a big bag of old ugly fabric ready for Goodwill!! I have a few days left but I'm getting there.

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