Virtual Challenge – Using applique drawing tools

Yesterday I challenged myself to use some of the drawing tools I have rarely used. I have drawn many applique blocks but have not used some of the available tools more than a couple of times. I was wondering what this months challenge would be so decided it should be something I needed to do myself.

I usually start drawing a new shape by drawing a square, then changing straight lines to curves, adding nodes, and adjusting until I got what I want. It works for me most of the time, but there are more tools to master, so I decided to use Brushstroke.

I only had a vague idea of what I wanted, but drew a couple of lines, and had to read instructions a few times to work out how to do what I wanted. There were quite a few coffee breaks or walks down the real garden path to get from the right side to the left side of that thing above!

Much later I had the variations above. By the end of the day I had added some pre drawn shapes from previous blocks and had something vaguely like an applique design.

At the end of the day I felt that I could use more practice, but it could be worthwhile making time to get that practice.

So, I encourage you to select one, or more, applique drawing tools and spend some time playing to learn how to use it … and if you get a block design worth sharing let us see it! I have spent many hours in four versions of Electric Quilt to learn some of the basics, and time to see if those other tools work. My guess is that they do, I just haven’t made the effort to try this one. I might even try some other tools this month!

About Virtual Quilter

I am a quilter who designs many more quilts than I will ever make, and I am sharing one quilt design every day in Virtual Quilter. I also share my completed projects in Stuff-Ups, and Christmas decorations in Christmas Everyday of the Year.
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4 Responses to Virtual Challenge – Using applique drawing tools

  1. Laura says:

    I love the mirror image block that you created, Judy! 🙂
    I haven’t had time to play with EQ, but I plan to, when I catch up on the oldest UFO’s that are crowding my mind!


  2. cindythequilter says:

    I love this as well. Like Laura I have not played with my EQ near enough to be anywhere close to proficient. I will have to take a page from your book Judy and take time to play with the program to learn how to use it properly.


    • Cindy,

      I find it boring learning stuff I don’t want to use right now, so learning to use a new program I just concentrate on what i want to do, not work my way through manuals and lessons which do not lead directly to what I want now.

      When I first got EQ5, I played with blocks from the EQ libraries to work out how to make alterations, by removing or adding lines to pieced blocks, and adding, deleting, and changing shapes in applique blocks. I knew that I wanted to draw all my scribbled designs, so concentrated on working out how to do that. When I had learned a few basics, I then tried designing quilts I had made, or had started making.

      I have since drawn most of the blocks I had scribbled on scraps of paper before I had EQ, and with each block I added to my collection I added more and more modifications. I have pretty well mastered some tools, others I have rarely, if ever, used.

      However, do not ask me how well I am going with a machine embroidery program!!!

      Judy B


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