Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pause for thought.... What to do?

Before you start working on a project, do you plan it in detail?
That is something I have never been able to do, because I know there will always be changes. This time I want to make some cushions, but I don't know if they will end up cushions - or something else! :)
I purchased EQ6 a couple of years ago and this year I upgraded to EQ7. The truth is I haven't played around with EQ6/7 as much as I thought I would... I think it is about sitting down and concentrate learning the program, because it is a lot to learn. Or am I just lazy?!
Well, over the last days I've been playing in the 'block librairy' and this is one of the blocks I've chosen for cushions. 
The size of the block is 18 inch / 45cm square. The square in the middle is 8 inch / 20cm and it is here I am stuck... The original plan was to applique the poinsettia, but I don't think it will fit together with the fabrics I have chosen...


The fabric I have used have pine cones, pine needles and leaves in the colors of beige, green and red. The yellow is different, some swirls.
I haven't added all the pieces together yet... Here's one of the corners...


I thought of using one square of the yellow fabric, but since the square is 8 inch / 20 cm, it will be too big and won't look nice at all.. After some sips of coffee, the idea now is to add a block in the block, but what kind of block? A log cabin, a house, a star....?
Please! Any ideas?


And yes, he had to! :)) Those pieces of fabric were the only ones on the cutting mat - and he had to put his feet on them! This is something he is not allowed to do, but you know... when I turn my back to him.... :)


I'm finally working on a 50th anniversary quilt (to be finished next year) and here is the first block...



I haven't planned this quilt in detail either. The quilt is going to be a gift to my dear childhood friend Johnny. We have known each other for almost 45 years (Gosh! Are we getting old?!) and my idea is to make blocks that resembles our childhood and adult life...

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9 comments:

Wenche said...

You said it yourself, you have to play more with EQ. Why not use that to make your decicion? I think a School House block would fit in just nicely. Keep using the same fabric if you can. :)

karenfae said...

I have had a hard time learning EQ. I do not use it enough and then have to relearn each time I turn it on. It was a waste of money for me - I shouldn't have gotten it, I am not interested enough in it to spend the time to learn it.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Hilde said...

Fint det du har startet på. Hvorfor ikke appliker 2-3 mindre julestjerner på isteden for en stor. Fine farver du har valgt.

Hilde said...

Har sett nøyere på det nå. Hvis du har nok til midt stykke av det lyse med grønt på vil det passe som bakgrunn på blomstene.

Kjerstis løse tråder said...

Så nydelig dette blir, jeg ville hatt en stjerne i midten også for å holde temaet:) hilsen Kjersti

Notjustnat said...

Thank yu Astrid, it was fun to read your post. I have never used EQ6 or 7. I make scrap quilts and don't know how to make a quilt from set fabric, but you make it looks easy. Cute cat paws on fabric - Hugs Nat

PJs Lapperier. said...

spännande att se hur du utvecklar detta med EQ7. Har varit sugen på programmet men inte slagit till ännu. Vad gäller att planlägga....hmm....försöker väl...men det slutar alltid med att jag syr "som det blir"...

Så typiskt dessa ljuvliga katter....självklart får han uppmärksamhet av matte då han står på tygbittarna han VET hon behöver :o)

QuiltSue said...

It might be interesting to put smaller versions of your green corner units together for a block in the middle? Or make a small star with eight points so the yellow points you have at the moment could maybe look like extra rays?

The best thing would be to try a few things in EQ.

Bev C said...

Hello Astrid,

Maybe you should just shrink the poinsetta on a photocopier and use that. I don't know anything about these EQ things. Or maybe your cat is telling you something he wants to be in the centre block!!!
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo