The most recent issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks is hitting the newsstands now. Can you believe it is Volume 13 of this great magazine?
I'm thrilled to report that a block I designed is included in this issue.
Toscana is 100% cotton - that looks like suede. There are 135 colors in the collection, from the palest pales to the darkest darks in a full rainbow of colors (plus neutrals). I can always find a color to coordinate with prints in my stash.
I decided to work with fabrics from my stash and use my Electric Quilt software to show you a few quilt designs using my 'Flashlights' block.
I'll be giving away some of these fabrics too! Details at the end of this post.
About using fabrics in Electric Quilt software:
Did you know that you can download fabrics images from Northcott's website to use in your Electric Quilt software? I do it all the time when designing patterns with Northcott's fabrics.
Here is a YouTube video showing you the steps to download the fabrics from Northcott's website.
Note: The website has changed a bit since that video was posted. To find the Toscana fabrics follow these steps on the Northcott website.
Select Products > Essentials
Scroll down to Toscana 9020 and Click
You will see images of all the fabrics and the button 'Download Fabrics for EQ' in the sidebar. Click the button and follow the instructions on the video to save the Zip file on your computer. Your EQ manual includes instructions to import the fabrics into your project file.
So...let's see some quilt designs with my block. For the quilt images that follow I used 2 color combinations and I added 1 more fabric for my blocks. I changed the applique semi-circles to be 2 values of the same color.
Here are the colors I used:
Quilt #1 uses 2 types of rows of blocks. In rows 1, 3 and 5 the blocks are arranged horizontally and in rows 2 and 4 the blocks are arranged vertically. There are 5 blocks in each row.
Sashing (4" wide) is sewn between the block rows and a 4" border surrounds the quilt. The final border is 1" and the quilt is bound in the same fabric. This quilt measures 70" wide x 86" long.
|QUILT 1-A - BLUES and GRAYS - VERTICAL and HORIZONTAL|
|QUILT 1-B - BROWNS - VERTICAL and HORIZONTAL|
Quilt #2 takes advantage of rotation for the blocks. You need to have an even number of blocks across and down for this arrangement. Every 2nd block is rotated 90-degrees in this arrangement. I call this arrangement 'Windmill' since the rotation results in a windmill effect where the blocks meet. This quilt measures 48" square.
|QUILT 2-A - BLUES and GRAYS - WINDMILL |
The use of 2 fabrics for the applique makes the windmills stand out in this colorway.
|QUILT 2-B - BROWNS - WINDMILL |
The use of 2 fabrics for the applique makes the windmills stand out in this colorway too.
Quilt #3 is a horizontal set quilt, with no sashing between the blocks. To my eye there appears to be an optical illusion where the lighter value melon shapes appear to be tilting. They are not tilting at all. It appears as if those patches are being 'pulled' toward the darker rectangle of the blocks. Do you see this too? This quilt measures 48" wide x 60" long.
|QUILT 3-A - BLUES and GRAYS - TILTING MELONS|
|QUILT 3-B - BROWNS- TILTING MELONS|
Quilt #4 is a straight horizontal set quilt too. But this time I changed the color placement for the strips, in the block to eliminate the 'tilting' effect that appeared in Quilt #3. I also changed the color for part of the block to see what would happen. This quilt looks like rows of beads.
It was easy to re-color the blocks in Electric Quilt and to print the 2 different blocks that are required for this arrangement.
|QUILT 4-A - BLUES and GRAYS - BEADS|
The re-colored and re-arranged blocks used for this quilt:
|QUILT 4-B - BROWNS - BEADS|
The re-colored and re-arranged blocks for this quilt:
And now for my giveaway. I have 3 prizes, but I would like your opinion. For a chance to win , please leave a comment telling me which quilt above is your favorite (#1A, #1B, #2A, #2B, #3A, #3B, #4A, #4B).
I will randomly draw 3 names and each person will win 1/2 yard of each of the fabrics used in their favorite quilt plus a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 13.
The deadline for comments is midnight, Saturday, May 7th (Pacific Time).
I will draw an additional name and Quiltmaker will send this lucky winner a copy of the magazine too!
Don’t forget to visit Quiltmaker’s blog to see what the other bloggers in the tour have for you as well. Most of all, thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the latest issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.