I usually fill up most of the month with virtual quilts from the assorted series I am using, and throw in a few oddments.
This time I needed 6 oddments, so went looking through the EQ5 archives.
Soon after I bought Electric Quilt 5 I learned to draw applique blocks, and set about drawing designs previously only ever scribbled on the backs of envelopes.
This particular group came about when I altered some EQ Block Library blocks and added some of the shapes to ones I had drawn from my sketches.
I played around a bit with the quilts in the project file, deleted all but six, and exported them so I could use them here.
I find that with EQ I can fiddle and make miniscule adjustments until an applique fits exactly the way I want it too.
Being able to adjust the size of the applique shapes can totally alter the way a quilt looks. Sometimes I want the design to fill the whole block, sometimes I want just a tiny shape in the centre of a block. I can also turn the design from sitting on the block squarely to the diagonal with just a few clicks.
Almost every applique design I have drawn is saved on the straight, and on the diagonal, but then is adjusted for size when I use it in a design. I am learning how much space to leave around and between appliques so they don’t crowd each other or get lost in space.
The border is one straight from the EQ with applique blocks added.
The darker fabric in the border is where I played with these today, adding a bit more contrast.
I also added the plain border around the outside.
I am not too sure which I like best, with or without the plain borders.
When the world goes back to work after the weekend, the Electric Quilt Company staff will be shipping EQ7, and I will be posting another 6 virtual quilts, including No 1,000!
Then I will go back to a daily virtual quilt.
Except on Wednesdays for the Mid week Log Cabin Retreat, when you will get at least two, usually more.
And when I introduce a new series I usually start of with about half a dozen.
And maybe I will find a few excuses now and then to add more than just one, so stay tuned!