Thursday, October 4, 2012

Kaufman fabrics and more

Yesterday in the mail I got some goodies from Kaufman.
- fabric samples-
as I'm about to make two more quilts for McCall's they sent me these to pick from.
Now I wanted to make one quilt in Kona solids in 12 colors of the rainbow.
WHO can pick just 12 from 243 Kona solids???
Didn't know it would be that hard.... I just drooled over these colors.
Who knew little things like that could excite me this much...
On the left are quilters linen and Fresco on the right- didn't pick from those

now look at this HUGE package.
Mix masters Dot to Dot and Fizz

Once I opened it up, these were inside, wow! more drool.
All these are glued down in skinny strips, but I can still drool :-)
I picked my fabrics last night and ordered what I needed for the two quilts.

Tuesday we had our monthly neighborhood get together at my house, I had to clean up the table, so here's a BEFORE picture (Oh, and I wongot some dotted FQs from the Dot blog hop)
Here's AFTER, I removed everything!- sewing machine, embroidery machine, laptop, tool caddy etc.
We ended up being 8 people.

Yesterday I finally got around to quilting my neighbor's wall hanging, because it was a panel, I wasn't sure if I should do custom work or all over pattern, in tan (mother goose) thread or black.
We decided on an all over pattern in black 

My loopy swirly pattern again, actually looked great on there.

I was afraif of the panel, how it would look, but it looked good there too.

this was the back

Yesterday I also prepared another block for the Hidden Forest quilt 

And someone is smiling! wearing a knitted sweater from my best friend in Denmark :-)

I have also been playing in EQ7
here's a string spiderweb quilt- I really want to make one of these ONE day
fun with a new york beauty block I modified

Last night I started going back into my old files and changing the layouts and colors to be for a small baby boy, just to get ideas, I kept the width around 40" so you only need one WOF for the backing.
these are both fitting the Go! dies

A small log cabin quilt

rail fence and pinwheels
star blocks- I actually made this star block in b/w for a swap a few years ago

umm, can't remember the names here

Bow tie blocks and four patches

again bow ties with the "ladder" block

I guess I went a little crazy with the BLUE :-)
So I dug into another file I had and changed the layout and colors
here a twisted log cabin- I was thinking scrappy with each section on one block be the same fabric but only once on the quilt.

I found this tree file, so I played a little with that too
changed the borders.

Would any of you want to have "regular" EQ tutorials here? maybe weekly?
feel free to suggest certain things.
Let me know, because if I don't get any feedback, then I won't do it :-)
 I'm off to cut batting- a big roll of warm and natural arrived yesterday!
and backing fabrics for my older tops should arrive tomorrow!


Anonymous said...

I don't know anything about EQ, except that it's expensive. I do love that last tree that a paper pieced block? can you share a tutorial on that?!?!? =)

Janet O. said...

I'm on a Mac so I can't use EQ, but you have WAY too much fun with it, girl. Some great ideas here! : )

Dresden Quilter said...

I would love to have some EQ tutorials.

Alycia said...

Holy cow you were busy!! I would have a hard time choosing 12 of 243 fabrics too!! Heck half the time I don't choose, and ta da - I need more space LOL

Melody said...

Wow,what a wonderful post with so much to see. Love that little smiling face.

Pat from Florida said...

You have such a lovely upper room to work in! Love it.

Rhonda said...

I would love it. I do have version 5 but I'm sure a lot of what you do is very similar. I just haven't taken the time to learn it.

Judy B said...

Darn, I have a Mac also, so no EQ! Maybe I should get a cheap laptop so I could join the fun.

Michele said...

I would drool too with all those options and sicne I love rainbow themed things as you well know I'll be anxious to see what you come up with.

Kay said...

Isn't EQ great for playing around with design without the costly commitment of fabric purchase? My 8 year old grandson and I have been tweaking his quilt, "Spikey Death Trap," (don't ask) for several months now. I think he's finally satisfied that this will be the uberquilt for his generation. Thankk you, EQ!

Nanbon44 said...

thank for the info,

Fleurette said...

Some great designs!

Abbigail said...

I really like that tree quilt and would love to have directions for that one! great patterns you have made while "playing"!LOL!

Kathryn said...

You've shown that you can really play with designs on EQ. I'll add your blog to my favorites, and will look for further EQ tutorials if you do them. Thanks.

Ariane said...

I love your EQ quilts!!! So inspirational!! I would love to see tutorials using EQ!!!!

Marcia W. said...

I woould love to win a copy of EQ7 so can do what you did on this post with your designs! Otherwise, cannot afford it.
The Asian panel quilt is lovely too.

Carol said...

I would love to learn some new tricks and get better at using EQ. I design in EQ7. Mainly applique at the moment but would love to play with patchwork more too.

Connie said...

Your room looks beautiful and the quilting you did on your neighbor's quilt is wonderful! My gosh what beautiful samples to choose from, can't wait to see what you'll make!