Last weekend, I went on a quilt retreat with a bunch of sewing friends – basically just a long weekend away, in a lovely location, doing more sewing that I’ve managed in ages. I got loads done, including sewing curves for the first time (yay!). They were much easier than I’d expected – so much so that I cut and sewed an entire quilt top in around 2 days (the first top I’ve finished in quite a while!).
Anyway, that’s all just to explain why I’ve been playing with curves more in EQ8 this week. Now that I know I can tackle them in real life, I’m more inclined to use them in my designs. Here’s one of a series that I’ll share in the coming weeks….
I started playing with curves, and then the curves just cried out for arrow heads and long tails, which I knew would work well in groups of 4, like a pinwheel. Then I nested the pinwheels so that the arrow heads were facing one another. I love the movement in this design, not to mention the colours! It uses 3 different blocks, with squares, rectangles, flying geese (or half-square triangles, or even quarter-square triangles) and curves (drunkard’s path).
I haven’t had much time or inclination to hand-sketch lately, so I’ve been dipping into EQ8 to create quick designs that I can play around with. I’ve been trying to use more curves in my EQ8 designs, because they’re one of the things I can’t easily hand-draw.
I’ve been playing around with one block in particular, which combines some straight lines and a double curve. You might be able to tell from the design below where each block starts and finishes.
I’ve created a completely different design with this same block, which I’m not quite ready to reveal yet. I’m actually going to try making this mystery design using Papper Sax Sten’s 7″ double drunkard’s path template, which I bought awhile back but have been too scared to use 🙂 . In the meantime though, I’ve had fun rotating and flipping the block on EQ8 to see what else I can come up with.
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using double drunkard’s path curves (best made using templates), squares and rectangles.
(I’m not really scared to use Jenny’s template, but I have high hopes for these curves, so I’m procrastinating trying them for the first time. Wish me luck!)
I think this is the first time that I’ve featured curves in my Sunday sketches. And it only took 107 weeks…!
I mentioned last week that there are a few things that Electric Quilt 8 is particular good at. There’s one more: curves! I can’t do curves with a pen and paper… at least, not very well. But they’re a cinch with EQ8.
This is one of several curvy designs that I’ve created recently. They all tend to use the double drunkard’s path block, which I really like. I want to try making one of them soon, but did I mention that I’ve only sewn one (single) drunkard’s path block in my whole quilting career…? It wasn’t pretty. I’ll need a lot of practice if I want to get better. Luckily I bought a 7″ template from Papper, Sax, Sten, which should help!