I've been quilting, writing directions, picking up yardage by the carload, designing, and coloring blocks in EQ software.
All of the blocks I've been working on are in my Country Sampler quilt, the quilt I'll be teaching on the quilting cruise in July. When I made this quilt, I combined several different lines of Kansas Troubles fabric together. Of course the identical fabrics are no longer available.
I'm using the fabric line called Fresh Cut Flowers by Kansas Troubles. Cloth and Quilts in Turlock ordered the entire line. Margaret, the owner, called me and said I was going to love this line.....and I do. Yesterday Mr. Joe, Mazey and I drove to Turlock and picked up bolts of the border and sashing fabric so I can include it in the kits.
I downloaded all of the images of the line from the Moda site and imported them into EQ. I'm using the images to fill in the components in EQ software. I can then import these images into the pattern directions.
This block is from the original quilt.
This is the same block using different fabrics and placement is everything. Can you believe it?
I also make my signature block layout sheet for each block. The component size on the sheet is the exact size your components need to be. I use a touch of glue from a Sewline glue stick and place my components on the sheet. This sheet leads to accuracy, and gives you a good preview of what the block is going to look like. The block layout sheet also includes pressing directions.
My pattern writing process has evolved over the last 10 years. I'm trying to cut down the amount of words and rely more on pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words.
During this entire process I designed a new quilt using the blocks I created in EQ. Sometimes I can't help myself and get so distracted when it comes to designing. The possibilities......oh the possibilities are endless.
Spend your day creating and you can't help being happy.