For such a small quilt, there was a great amount of time taken to finish it.
And a great lesson learned!
It measures 25.5" x 25.5" and I really think it is beautiful!
This project is my "Live and Learn Project".
It began when I saw the Electric Quilt Scrap Challenge on May 1st.
The submissions were due by May 31.
Yes, a way to use my scraps (I have scraps!), and submit one of my creations for the quilting world to see (well, atleast the EQ world)!
Taking into consideration a week for my mother-in-laws memorial
with people staying at our house in the middle of May,
working at the store a once a week
and a wedding last weekend -- Yes! I was sure I could get it done.
I chose the Scrappier 25.5" x 25.5" quilt design.
EQ asked us: "Like this one best? Download and open it in EQ7. Then, click the “View Sketchbook” button to view this quilt. Remember: You can print the blocks, rotary cutting instructions, foundation patterns and templates right from EQ7!"
I downloaded it...BUT...I did not want to use foundation patterns or use a template.
This is how the block is sewn in the EQ file. How would I make those blocks quick and easy?
I decided to use the Creative Grids 2-1/2" Trapezoid Strip Ruler.
I knew I would have to trim the blocks down, but I thought that would be easier than tearing paper off the blocks or trying to use the rotary cutter with a template.
I figured I could make the quilt with blocks that were sewn this way:
And the Trapezoid tool really did work well. I will post about how I did it next week.
The design wall would aide me in the arrangement of the blocks.
Away I went. And things were going very well indeed.
I used up many scraps of purple fabrics and greens.
(I know it didn't made a dent in my scrap bins!)
I enjoyed the quilting process. It went easily.
Of course after I made the first pass with the swirls,
I realized I could have quilted more blocks in fewer passes
by using a different path with my free motion movement.
I got it done with time to spare! It looks lovely, wouldn't you say?
Ready for submission!
Except, I made a BIG error!
I looked at the EQ quilt diagram and
I looked at my quilt and it hit me like a brick!
Follow the Rules:
And Rule #1 is very clear!
You must follow the design exactly.
I changed the position of the blocks even with the diagram on my design wall.
I wanted to focused so much on the flowers in this pattern,
that I didn't seem my mistake in the design!
I did not follow the patterns given because I wanted to make blocks easier.
I learned a valuable lesson.
And when this type of mistake happens, it is ingrained in the mind.
I will remember this!
I will not be able to submit this quilt for the Scrap Challenge.
I will send it to the EQ Gallery where it will be visible to the EQ World after all.
Note: I have been inspired by the quilt photos that my friend Elizabeth, at OpQuilt.com
posts on her website; so I gave it a try.
Lupines and iris,
hanging in nature,
and dappled by sunshine on my dining room floor.
Have a wonderful day and I hope a hobby is part of it.