Happy Friday to everyone! I had a busy and fun week, as per the usual! Not as much quilting as I would like, but I am making progress on quilting a quilt constructed by someone else with Feed Sacks: True Blue by Linzee Kull McCray. I’m usually not really excited by these types of fabrics, but I do love the darker blue background with the red flowers (third row from the bottom, third from left), and the quilt is backed in this fabric so I’ll get some scraps once I trim and bind the quilt!
The quilt from last week’s Free Pattern Friday definitely interested a few people and while it was easy to SAY what I would do to change the quilt, I found it to be much more challenging to actually accomplish that change! The color alteration was reasonably easy to achieve in EQ7 – I used my favorite For You by Zen Chic color way and went to town. However, when I exported the image, the scale of the fabric didn’t show up properly so I went with solids (but still went to town!!!).
There’s still a lot going on here (which was one of my criticisms of the original quilt), but I think it’s a lot more fun here. For the center block, which was just a large blank square in the original, I thought that a crazy paper pieced star might be just the thing that would make the whole quilt work. I couldn’t make that happen with my limited EQ7 skills, but did pick out one from Wombat Quilts. It’s ironically in black and white but I think that the triangles echo the geese in this pattern nicely. What do you think?
There are a lot of neat paper pieced patterns on this site and I love reading her blog. It’s definitely worth checking it out!
While I was playing around with EQ7, I thought the Merge Block function would allow me to put the Wombat Quilts block in with the When Sparks Fly quilt. Alas, not. But, I thought I’d give that a whirl and make my own quilt for Free Pattern Friday. Hmmm… this whole quilt with EQ7 thing is way more complicated than it should be!
Introducing the Wrapped Star quilt. As per the quirks of EQ7, which I am not capable of sorting out, there are two paper pieced patterns (the star is separate) and a rotary cutting list. I wouldn’t be too trusting of the rotary cutting dimensions! And, the paper pieced instructions will require that you tape pieces of paper together since it is so large.
Similar to last week’s pattern, I think that the exterior of this pattern is superior to the interior – I think a different block merged into this quilt will vastly improve the look and possibly the construction pitfalls. One of the things I love about quilting is the ability to just test things out and see what happens next. Despite this not being an award winning design with perfect, easy to follow instructions, I hope you enjoy the process. If not, you can always check out the link to Wombat Quilts’ free patterns – that’s enough to keep anyone busy until next week’s free pattern!
Have a great weekend!