Happy Friday, and welcome to summer! I hope you are having a wonderful beginning to your summer.
I was reading Geometriquilt’s blog this week and intrigued to see her post about a new website that she contributes to called QuiltFill. It’s kind of like EQ7 (or 8) for dummies. You can’t make new quilts but it’s entirely possible to take one of their collection of quilts or blocks and re-color them to your own satisfaction with real colors that people actually use. There are quilts with Kona options and some with Riley Blake Confetti Cotton solids options. I don’t think that you can pick the palette you want, so that’s a bit of a limitation. Another limitation is that you can’t break apart the quilts, so if you don’t want to construct your quilt in the same way, you’re kind of stuck (For instance, with the Concentric Stripes quilt, I would have liked to have each concentric square a different color fabric, but alas. Not an option)
In addition to the great colors that are built into the platform (EQ7 is miles behind on this), I love the Randomize tool. Keep clicking on that button and you can get some crazy color choices that you definitely wouldn’t have put together for yourself. It’s not always a winner but occasionally you’ll hit something new and fun.
I decided to play with a Leland Ave Studio quilt and what fun I had. Blue was my first choice, and I love all of the blues that Kona has to offer.
But then I had to branch out a bit into green with a little yellow, which is definitely not something I’ve ever tried in real life. But I could do it if I wanted to – because QuiltFill tells you the exact Kona colors that you have put into your quilt.
And then I tried a little purple as well and also made a few value changes to highlight the different things happening in the piecing.
Here is the original quilt. I think it’s so interesting how color can really change whether people like a quilt or not. The cool grays definitely make it look more modern but the parfait color is definitely not my thing.
I’m more of a hot pink girl. And once you add the green in there, it totally loses the air of sophistication that is present in the original version.
Maybe this is a bit more sophisticated?
The beauty of all of these changes is that they took me SECONDS. In EQ7 (and I’ll assume that 8 isn’t much better), it’s much more complicated. For me, that includes Google, likely a YouTube video, grinding my teeth, and possibly a computer reboot. So while there are definitely limitations to QuiltFill, I’m having fun playing with color and ignoring the limitations.
The designers who are currently contributors have a mix of free and for sale patterns on the site. While this pattern isn’t technically free (for Free Pattern Friday), it is from the Modern Patchwork magazine, June 2017 edition. I subscribe, but if you don’t you can follow the link and get an electronic copy for less than $5 (no affiliate links on any of my posts!).
So enjoy your totally free access to QuiltFill (you aren’t even required to set up an account, if you can believe that) and have a wonderful weekend!