Sunday, May 27, 2012

bubblegum and EQ

Okay, so it's not just BUBBLE gum, it's the quilt Bubblegum dreams I've been working on! :-)
Yesterday I finished the 2nd part of the blocks - the bubble gum wrappers...

Then I laid them all out on my table- instead of the design wall and started sewing them together.

here's the main part of the quilt top done, without the border.
The picture showed a square quilt, I guess for a different size, so I was kind of surprised this was a rectangle, which of course I don't mind.
The border will have LOTS of applique, so I'm waiting a little bit on that.

Then I started playing with EQ7 again.
for some reason at church today I started thinking about log cabin blocks
(Hey, I WAS still listening!)

I thought of an appliqued motif in the middle and then having the log cabins go around, so I found this cute butterfly block and I matched the colors to fabrics and added to the log cabins.

of course, I can't just leave it at that, I had to play with the layout of the log cabins.

Here I just changed the center of the flower to a dark orange and then changed the outer border as well

now this is kind of cool!

But I liked this better!

Back to a different log cabin block and a focus block with candy canes
Oh, this is SO traditional!

I saw this cute space ship block too and oddly enough, the colors were the same as the butterfly block so I just had to plop it in the middle and take the colors from the log cabins and add them to the space ship, is it boyish enough?

the other day I started playing with animal blocks in EQ as well
I think I got inspired by that from the simple series in quiltmaker ( I think that's the magazine, with just squares and HSTs to make cute animal layouts)

So I thought of an elephant.
a cute boyish quilt!

the giraffe block was very complex so I figured it needed to be BIG, I'm not really into the brown and yellow combination though, reminds me too much of growing up in the 80s :-)

Then I found these penguin blocks, I actually really LIKE this layout.

How about a cute simple bunny? without being too much like easter!

and here's a smaller version

My daughter then came in and was wearing this shirt that had a chick on it and read CHICKS rule!
so of course I had to copy that :-)

This layout is better

I like to have little blocks in the corners and then I centered the text

here's I added more of the "diamond" blocks and colored them differently and added an ! in front of the text

I also tried to create my own little chick.

When I got tired of the chicks, I searched for a bear block, there were so many, but then I figured I'd create my own again like the chick and of course use a bear claw block also.

I also added a "double diamond" block instead, don't think that's the name of it, but that's what I'm calling it for now :-)

here's another update on my 2012 list

#1 welcome to the hive-turned into a pillow DONE!
#2 lotus quilt- DONE!
#3 blue flower table runner- DONE!
#4 pumpkin star pillow- just needs to be stuffed and sewn together
#5 red mini star table topper- top done and ready to quilt DONE!
#6 Bunny table runner- DONE!
#7 Connecting threads KIT fabrics- all 12 blocks are done.
#8 giraffe wall hanging - still working on needleturn applique, mommy giraffe almost done
#9 pineapple black and blue quilt- giving these a break now
#10 Blue star quilt- lots of blocks done
#11 Pine tree BOM- MARCH is done
#12 Next Stitch STAR- quilted! and binding attached
#13 snowmen table runner- DONE!
#14 Elenar Burns star Go! die- pieces cut for a scrappy look- SCRAPPED!
#15 aqua owl- DONE! and made a pair of hotpads too for a neighbor
# 16 geese in a ring- DONE!
# 17 Bonnie Hunter ORCA mystery - top done- skipping the border
# 18 Little twister blue- SCRAPPED
#19 green, red, yellow flower quilt- top done, just taking forever removing the papers
# 20 small embroidered trees (4 blocks) - DONE!
# 21 spring swap blocks- got plans but no background fabrics ordered yet
# 22Making memories embroidered panel- needs to be made into a cute wall hanging
# 23 black, red white asian quilt- DONE!
# 24 color block swap- top is done, done and quilted!
# 25 fall leaf blocks swap- top done
# 26 Baby gingham dog boy quilt- DONE!
#27- a doll apples quilt- DONE!
#28(jan 2012) need to quilt 2 donation quilts- done and mailed off
#29(jan) bubble gum quilt kit won at quilt show - main quilt top done without border
#30 (jan) wonky block- mailed off DONE
#31 (feb) jelly roll quilt- DONE!
#32 (feb)5 x 1yards of beige/ black batiks- DONE!
#33 (mar) won 9 march BOM from pine tree guild- make into quilt top
#34 (mar) batik quilt for McCalls - DONE!
#35(mar) #2 quilt for McCalls- DONE and shipped
#36 (all year) Round Robin swap -May mailed out
#37(mar) Dr seuss baby shower gift- DONE!-missing label
#38 (april) blue strip pieced blocks - top done
#39 (april) won a pattern and two charm bundles- top done and backing and batting ready
#40 wonky block swap block- wonky houses- top is done, May is done and shipped out
#41(may) Civil War Legacies- DONE! extra blocks ready to ship out
#42 (may) blue and white lil' twister- main part of top done, waiting for border fabrics


Michelle said...

Wow -- you've been busy busy busy!

Marianne said...

You have been very busy, wish I had that much done! Question- I know you have a Voyager, I am considering buying one, have you had any major issues, are they easy to repair, etc? Thanks for any advice. Marianne

Heather said...

I really liked your last butterfly block and the penguins too. Nice work on the bubblegum quilt, I can't wait to see the applique!

Cheryl Willis said...

the layout on the giraffe quilt looks like it could go with any style center applique. I will have to make a note of to and add to my TO DO list.
The 9-patch, snowball and block for applique is another neat layout that I not thought of.
Thanks for sharing. cw

Beema said...

You spent a LOT of time making those EQ7 quilts! Good job! I need to work on playing in EQ myself. I got a Silhouette Cameo (vinyl cutter) and have been playing more with that lately! So fun!! But I love EQ too! How long did you work on all those quilts?

Connie said...

Your Bubble Gum quilt is cute, looks like you are having lots of fun with EQ7 too! Thanks for sharing!
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Missy Shay said...

I love the penguins!

Dora, the Quilter said...

I love your bubblegum quilt. Such happy colors. I'm looking forward to seeing it when it's finished. (I liked seeing your EQ play too!)

gwenziegler said...

Bea, I would love a link for Accuquilt and EQ.
Also, I am interested in the pin cushion exchange... I just need to find a free pattern as I do not own one. When is the last day to sign up?