So, I got a new toy!
I’ve been having a great time playing with it, and will probably write some proper thoughts about it when I’ve had more time to work with it. But so far, I’ve been pretty impressed with how intuitive EQ7 is to pick up.
I thought I’d get straight in there and use it to make some potential designs for a baby quilt (aimed at beginners or those very new to quilting) that I am designing and stitching for my friends at Black Sheep Wools, using beautiful Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Now I can’t decide which design I like the best, so I’d really like your input! As a bit of a bribe, anyone who leaves an opinion will get entered into a draw to win a bundle of lovely large scraps from my stash… (you can choose Liberty lawn if you’d like it!). All the quilts are about 40″ square (or square-ish) if that helps with your thinking.
My aim with this first design was to create a very restrained, calming selection of colours in a super-simple design, which would give beginner quilters their first experience of putting together that quilting classic, the nine patch block. This one is very achievable for a beginner over a weekend I think.
This is another nine patch, although it’s not quite so easy to tell that it is. The construction of this one will be more complicated for a beginner, but it’s still just squares, so shouldn’t be too off-puttingly complicated. I think there is a wow-factor here! I don’t like the whole colour/gender thing (pink for boys – yay!), but I know some people would only make a pink quilt like this for a girl.
I loved the pink heart so much – but it is quite a lot of work for a beginner, so I thought I would tweak it a bit. This quilt is made up of single squares rather than blocks, and would be constructed in columns/rows. I chose red because it’s the colour that babies can discern first. I am not as happy with the heart shape in this version – it’s tricky to make it smaller!
This is the final design – and something completely different. Is it too much to expect a beginner to deal with half square triangles do you think? Now I am wondering about using these brights and making a version of the basketweave pattern (first picture). Hmmm!
I would so love to hear your views… don’t forget, a lovely large bundle of scraps is available as a prize to one person who has left a comment (to be selected at random!).