The idea of this week's blog hop is to show how much fun it is to use EQ software!!
Even if you don't have the software, take a look at the links, you never know what you will learn. The year of challenges is for anyone, you don't have to have EQ software, if you have an interest in Red and White quilts (or even in quilts full stop) you may find something that tempts you. (There is even a challenge for R&W quilts that are already made!)
When it was suggested I take part in this Blog hop I was pretty concerned - I've seen other clever people do fabulous tutorials and make fabulous quilts using their Electric Quilt software, and while I am a keen user, I'm very much an amateur and a wannabee really.
However, we all know the best way to learn is to play. So what if I just played and saw what happened??! Maybe it would encourage others who are in the same boat to do just the same. A whole lot of playing sounded fun to me!!
(If you don't have the software, just scroll through and see the pretty pictures!)
I decided to take one block and see what I could do with it.
So my post today is based around the Serendipity function of EQ7. It is not a function I had really looked at before and I have had a blast.
Choose a block you want to play with and click on the following in your EQ7 software.
Work on Block > Block> Serendipity
The first option is 'frame' - lots of possibilities —
The second option is Tilt —
Select the angle you want it tilited at.
It seems to be in increments of .25'
The third option is Merge. For this you need to import another block to merge with your first block.
Not all blocks can be merged, but a bit of playing finds plenty to choose from :-)
The block above merged with one of my
'framed' Bears Paw.
The fourth option gets even more tricky. Essentially EQ7 takes your block, chops it up and reorganises it!
Clip and Flip.
|Serendipity>Clip and Flip|
Using one of the 'framed' blocks.
Fifth option - Shrink and Flip - more tricky business going on!
|Serendipity>Shrink and Flip|
Again, using one of the 'framed' blocks.
Sixth option - Kaleidoscope
There are different options for this,
based on the different quarters that EQ7
splits your block up into.
Seventh Option - Fancy Star
Original Bears Paw block used.
Whew! You can see that just from one block I have created many new ones!! The options appear endless!! Of course not all of them are pretty and not all of them are practical (but what a challenge to sew some of them!!). If I'd known about this button for my Stars class last year I would have saved myself a lot of redrawing!!!
Of course you can open up each new block you have created and edit it, resize, draw in bits (or take bits away), recolour and so on.
So the next phase of my playing was to see how the blocks would work in quilts.
I chose a simple layout with a simple border and just plonked the blocks on it.
Here are some quilt possibilities —
|Simple with the original Bears Paw, centre block colours |
|Using one of the framed blocks|
|Framed and flipped|
|Shrink and flip|
|Combining the kaleidoscope with shrink and flip|
(This photo enlarged as the colours went silly on the smaller size.)
|A shrunken one in the middle|
As you can see, I had a lot of fun while PLAYING! Now to think a little more and work out which - if any - I want to sew up. Some will have funny measurements which will make piecing difficult, some will be better suited to foundation piecing rather than straight piecing and some will go into the delete bucket.
However some are worth a second look and I could end up with something truly unique!
It doesn't take a lot of time to play but it can be very rewarding - so, if you are like me and have some underused EQ software - PLAY!!!
The other participants in the Bloghop are —
Behind The Mouse - the Electric Quilt blog with Heidi
KISSed Quilts with Marlene
Freemotion by the River with Connie
Beaquilter with Bea
I haven't visited them yet as I wanted to write my post without influence (or feelings of inadequacy!!)...I look forward to their wise words - the glimpses I've seen when I did the linkups looked very impressive!!
Don't forget to visit SewCalGal too, for more information on this year's Red and White Challenges as well as more EQ7 tips and techniques.
Happy playing everyone, thankyou for visiting
Have a great day,