Category: my favorite tutorials

My Favorite Tutorials: Chicken Pin Cushion

I originally learned about these Chicken Pin Cushions from Cindy Needham, several years ago,  as a guild she belongs to was making and selling them as a guild fundraiser.  Of course, I bought a “flock”, as they were so cute and for a great cause.

I was delighted when I saw this tutorial by Jenny Doan, of the Missouri Quilt Company, and knew instantly that I wanted to share it with you, as one of My Favorite Tutorials.

If you are using a MAC, or have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link where you can watch this video directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyvomCiN9Oo

You can find Jenny and the Missouri Star Quilt Company at:

www.missouriquiltco.com
http://blog.missouriquiltco.com/
https://www.facebook.com/QuiltingDeals
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWnhR7raxVFDHmDXqCIzuAw
https://twitter.com/missouriquiltco

25 Years with the Electric Quilt Company – An #EQ25 Celebration With Prizes and More – and an EQ Tutorial too!

This month, the Electric Quilt Company, is celebrating their 25th Anniversary where you can win yummy fabric from Island Batik, as well as other prizes.

IslandBatikLogo-198x137

And, to help with the celebration, I’m sharing an EQ tutorial which I hope and, I’m thrilled to have several blogging friends joining me today, to help celebrate.  As you may already be aware, many of us, will be sharing a EQ themed blog post on the 10th of every month this year, where you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational projects, as well as hopefully some fun quilty insights, as well as learn about how to win amazing prizes.

EQ 25 Celebration EQ logos

DESIGNING FOR ENGLISH PAPER PIECING (EPP) IN EQ7

I love to continue to create when I’m traveling.  And, I’ve found EPP projects are great to take on a trip. While I could cut my own paper pieces, I’ve found great value and excellent customer service by ordering such templates from Paper Pieces.  I’ll also confess I’ve sometimes ended up on a trip and forgotten my paper pieces, or not brought enough.  But they are super good about shipping orders out quickly, I don’t hesitate to place an order with them while traveling.

As I’ve heard many quilters  mention that “they can’t design hexagons in EQ7”,  But that isn’t true. I do it all the time and love how easy it is to do, as well as how helpful it is to plan my fabrics and colors within EQ7 for such projects.  While I initially thought I’d share a tutorial on this, there are actually so many excellent EQ7 tutorials for creating hexagons, as well as showing different ways to do so, that I wanted to heighten awareness of a few of My Favorite EQ7 Tutorials for creating Hexagon designs:

As I’m currently planning a couple of EPP projects using the 60 degree diamond shape, sized for easy cutting of 2 1/2″ strips, I thought I’d share a tutorial for you, based on what I’m planning to create.

MY TUTORIAL:  DESIGNING PROJECTS IN EQ7 FOR 60 EPP 

NOTE:  As with life, there are many different ways to design in EQ7.  This is one of the ways I approach this type of design.

Launch (aka run) your EQ7 software.

On the CREATE A NEW PROJECT TAB, type the name of your project (I used “EPP 60 degree diamond projects”).

On the file menu bar, on the top, click on BLOCK >> NEW BLOCK >>EASY DRAW + PATCHDRAW BLOCK

 

 

Change the settings in the DRAWING SETUP menu for a 10″x10″ block.

drawing setup

CLICK on the EASYDRAW table

CLICK BLOCK LIBRARY and CLICK the HEXAGON block and CLICK ADD TO SKETCHBOOK.  

CLICK on the VIEW SKETCHBOOK BUTTON  

View Sketchbook button

The Project Sketchbook will appear.  CLICK on the  HEXAGON BLOCK and CLICK the EDIT button.

Project Sketchbook

Edit block 2


Click FILE EXPORT IMAGE and browse to where you want this image to be created on your computer.  For me, I selected desktop.

Click NEW BLOCK PATCH DRAW MOTIF

Click on the TRACING IMAGE TAB, located at the bottom.

tracing image table

Click on the IMPORT IMAGE button

Image import button

Browse to select your previously exported Hexagon block image.  You will not need to crop this image, so when the pop up window appears simply CLICK OK and then click anywhere on the TRACING IMAGE TABLE to have your image appear.

tracing image table with imported hexagon image 2

Click on the APPLIQUE tab

Applique Tab

 

We will now trace this image to create an applique shape for our EPP project.

To do this we will use the LINE TOOL.  Left click on a point, drag release and the end point. Repeat to get all sides of each diamond.

line tool

 

CLICK the HIDE/SHOW IMAGE button, to view your drawing independently of the image. This helps to see if you missed drawing any of the diamonds.

hide show image button

applique six pointed star 2

Your Undo button is your friend as you can click it to undo steps you have created within the software that you may not want. It is located in the row underneath the file menu, towards the top of your screen.  

undo button


EPP Six pointed star idea 1

As we have completed several steps, let’s be sure to take a few quick steps that are actually good habits to periodically during any EQ7 project, as well as at the end of your projects, before you close the software:

  • Click the ADD TO SKETCHBOOK, to save a copy to your sketchbook.

save to sketchbook

  • click the save icon to SAVE THE FILE.

save tool

TURN THAT DIAMOND SHAPE INTO A TUMBLER BLOCK:

You simply take three of your 60 degree diamond shapes, rotating to create a block.

tumbling blocks rotated 59 degrees

 

Highlight your tumbler block, then Ctrl C and Ctrl V to copy paste to create more blocks.

tumbling blocks 2

tumbling blocks 3

 

Very easy to nudge your blocks into place and continue to build your tumbling block design in EQ7.tumbling blocks 4

 

Have fun using the color/fabric selection tool to plan your project too!

EPP Six pointed star idea 2

Easy peasy to design EPP projects in EQ7.  What do you think?  This was really a quick tutorial, which I hope to inspire you to play with EQ7 software to design and plan out your EPP projects.  If you have any questions, or feedback let me know.  You can leave a comment on this post, or email me.  I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can and help you, while also incorporating your feedback to make this tutorial easier to follow.

PRIZES/GIVEAWAY:

EQ and Island Batik have great prizes you could win this month, as part of the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration: Wouldn’t it be fun to win a bundle of fabric from Island Batik or a copy of EQ7 this month?

For a complete schedule of events, as well as information on the amazing prizes and generous sponsors:  http://electricquilt.com/eq25/contest-schedule/
 
Use the hashtag #EQ25 on social media throughout the 2016 as much as possible! Pair the hashtag with something related to EQ and you may be chosen to win a prize!

DID I MENTION BLOGGING FRIENDS HELPING TO CELEBRATE THE EQ 25TH ANNIVERSARY?

Yes, each month several blogging friends are releasing a post on the 10th of each month to help celebrate the EQ 25th Anniversary.  Along the way, you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational project and various EQ themed insights.  Here are some bloggers that I hope you’ll click thru to visit today:

Marian of Seams to be Sew 

Pamela of Pamela Quilts

Tina of Quilting Affection

Lastly, if you are a blogger that loves EQ and wants to help with the 25th Anniversary Celebration, consider releasing an EQ themed post on the 10th of each month (e.g. tip, tutorial, inspirational project you’ve made all showing how you use EQ products).  Let me know and I’ll include you in my blog post, to encourage others to pop by your blog and check out your EQ themed sharing.  I’ll also make sure you are on My Creative Blog List, which is a easy to use site designed to follow creative blogs, as well as increase awareness of blogging events.

 You can find the Electric Quilt Company at:
You can find Paper Pieces at:

Here are links to my prior posts for these monthly  #EQ25 celebrations, many include tutorials. And all include links to posts by blogging friends who are also sharing EQ tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on the 10th of each month, to help with the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration:

#EQ25 – Tutorials to create more than quilts in EQ7

Today’s post is another in my series to dedicated to the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Electric Quilt Company.  They are celebrating with monthly giveaways.  I’m honored to have blogging friends who also love EQ, help with this celebration by releasing EQ themed posts on the 10th of the month.  Along the way you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational projects, learn about amazing designers that use EQ software to design, as well as giveaways all with an EQ theme.

EQ 25 Celebration EQ logos

Don’t forget you can certainly design more in EQ7 than quilts.  Here are a few examples for what you can use this software for:

  • Organizing spices in a kitchen cupboard
  • furniture planning a room in your home
  • planning a garden
  • designing a wine bottle vest
  • Purses, bags, and totes
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • banners
  • greeting cards
  • glass etching
  • quilt labels
  • gift tags
  • book marks
  • circle, heart shape, hexie shape, even musical note shaped quilts! 

The possibilities for what you can design in EQ7 is endless.

Tutorial to dress up a dish towel

 First, measure the width of your dish towel.  Mine measures 16″.  Determine the height you want your fabric trim to be for this dish towel.  I’m using a max of 4″.  Thus, adding 2″ of buffer all around my design, I’m going to start by creating a block in EQ7 that will measure 20″ x 8″, giving me plenty of work space.  Steps for this are:

  1. open EQ7

2. start a new project design file called “Dish Towel Trim Design”

3. click on the BLOCK icon

block icon

4. Using the main menu bar, click BLOCK > NEW BLOCK > EASY DRAW + PATCHDRAW MOTIF

5. Click on the EASY DRAW TAB, located at the bottom of the screen.  In the DRAWING SETUP menu bar, towards the top, adjust the block size to be 20″ x 8″.  And, click on  GRAPH PAPER CELLS box and set the grid for HORIZONTAL at 20 and vertical to 8.  Also, uncheck snapping options.

drawing setup

6. click on the APPLIQUE tab

7. use your LINE tool to draw three sides of a rectangle box that measures 16″ x 2″, where you draw both sides and the top of the sides of a rectangle.

 

step 1 frame

8.  Click on the ARC tool and draw an arch that is 1/4th the width of your towel (or the increment for the number of curves that you want).  For now, I recommend you draw this arc slighly under your 3 sided rectangle (your arc should not touch anything right now).

step 2 frame

 

9.  While on the Applique tab, click on the BEZIER tool and draw a half circle, below your three sided rectangle.  You’ll want this half circle to be 4″ wide (1/4 the width of your dish towel) and approximately 2″ deep.

BEZIER tool

10. Click on the SHAPE tool and click on the half circle.  You’ll now see handles on each side that you can move and drag to change the shape of this circle.  Play with it to create the desired curve.

step 3 frame

11. Click on the PICK tool and then click on your half circle, followed by clicking on the center point (a black square).  Click Ctrl C (copy) and control V (paste).  Use your mouse to click and drag the half circle, by clicking on the center point.  You want to move it to where it is connected to the right of the lst half circle.

step 4 frame

12.   Click on the PICK tool and click, hold, and drag your mouse around the two half circles to highlight them.  Then click Ctcl C and Ctrl V.  Again, use your mouse to click on the center point of the 2nd set of half circles and drag them into position next to the lst pair.

IF your four half circles does not line up with your 3 sided triangle, use your PICK tool and click, hold, and drag your mouse around all four of the half circles to highlight them.  Then you can use your mouse to click/hold on one of the corner nodes to reduce the size, or enlarge your halfcircles to be the perfect width for your dish towel.

step 5 frame

13.  Once you are comfortable, using your PICK tool, click the center point of these half circles and slowly move them into position where the left and right sides touch the left and right side of your half square triangles.

14.  Use your ZOOM tool to check to make sure all points of your design are connected, to create an applique’ shape vs a disconnected set of lines and curves. I like to use the enlarge (+) tool by clicking on it and then using my mouse to draw a box around corners or points where I have connected lines or curves to find any area that may not have been connected.  Should you find a spot that is disconnected you can use your PICK tool to grab and drag a line to another one, to connect them.  And use your FIT TO WORKTABLE tool (4th tool on the right below).

zoom tools

15.  Color your dish towel applique design within EQ7.  This step is also a good check to confirm that all of your line and curve drawings are connected, as if they are not, you’ll end up coloring the entire block vs the applique shape you wish to create.  To color your applique’ shape, click on the COLOR tab at the bottom.

Your SKETCHBOOK for fabrics should appear and you can click to select a fabric/color of your choice.  Use your PAINTBRUSH tool to click on (aka to paint) your applique shape.

step 6 frame

 

16.  While we now have an applique’ design motif that would work for the top side of our dish towel, we want to increase the top part of the strip, that will be able to wrap around the backside of the towel, be tucked, as well as stitched to secure. To modify this shape, what we need to do is increase the width of the “band” only, by 1″ on each side.  To do this we:

Click on the SHAPE tool and then RIGHT CLICK on the applique’ shape to get the EDIT NODE tool bar to appear.  We then click on the line, slightly above the left side of the left most half circle.  We can then click on the ADD button in the EDIT node menu bar.

edit arc menu

Now, click on the ADD button in the Edit Arc Menu.You will see a new node handle appear.  Using the PICK tool, click, hold and drag that node to the left, adding 1 – 1/2″.  

tabs

Now grab the top corner node and drag it to the left the same distance.  Repeat those steps on the right side to create a 1 – 1/2″ tab on each side of your kitchen towel band.

 

step 7 frame

The design possibilities are endless.  How about reverse applique’ hearts?  Or text applique? Or Machine embroidery ?

step 7 frame with hearts

Remember when you print your templates, you do need to adjust the size of your template to align with your block, as well as adjust settings for 1/4″ seams (or how ever you prefer).

print templates

For those that may struggle with visualize how this design can be stitched out on a dish towel, I do want to share that I will soon release a tutorial showing you thru those steps.  But today, I simply wanted to inspire ideas on how to use EQ7 for more than designing a quilt, as well as provide a basic tutorial to use EQ7 to help create designs to embellish dish towels.

As I was inspired for this tutorial and project, by way of a dish towel apron tutorial, from Kimberly Jolly of the Fat Quarter Shop, I wanted to share a link to her great video tutorial on Youtube. While her tutorial turns a dish towel into an apron, the same technique that she uses to tuck the fabric behind the dish towel, is what this EQ design tutorial incorporates with the tabs on each side of the circle design.  Here is a link to Kimberly’s tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPNKDoWqnxA 

PRIZES/GIVEAWAY:

EQ and Aurifil have great prizes you could win this month, as part of the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration: Wouldn’t it be fun to win a some yummy Aurifil Thread or a copy of EQ7 this month?  While I wish I could let you know exactly what the prizes are this month, I’m writing this post before they are officially announced. But, you can visit the EQ site to find out more details about the specific prizes this month.

For a complete schedule of events, as well as information on the amazing prizes and generous sponsors:  http://electricquilt.com/eq25/contest-schedule/
 
Use the hashtag #EQ25 on social media throughout the 2016 as much as possible! Pair the hashtag with something related to EQ and you may be chosen to win a prize!

DID I MENTION BLOGGING FRIENDS HELPING TO CELEBRATE THE EQ 25TH ANNIVERSARY?

Yes, each month several blogging friends are releasing a post on the 10th of each month to help celebrate the EQ 25th Anniversary.  Along the way, you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational project and various EQ themed insights.  Here are some bloggers that I hope you’ll click thru to visit today:

Marian of Seams to be Sew 

Pamela of Pamela Quilts

Carol of Fun Threads Designs

Carole of From My Carolina Home

Tina of Quilting Affection

Lastly, if you are a blogger that loves EQ and wants to help with the 25th Anniversary Celebration, consider releasing an EQ themed post on the 10th of each month (e.g. tip, tutorial, inspirational project you’ve made all showing how you use EQ products).  Let me know and I’ll include you in my blog post, to encourage others to pop by your blog and check out your EQ themed sharing.  I’ll also make sure you are on My Creative Blog List, which is a easy to use site designed to follow creative blogs, as well as increase awareness of blogging events.

You can find the Electric Quilt Company at:

 

Here are links to my prior posts for these monthly  #EQ25 celebrations, many include tutorials. And all include links to posts by blogging friends who are also sharing EQ tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on the 10th of each month, to help with the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration:

#EQ25 – EQ7 Tutorial – Creating Colorwheels

Today’s post is another in my series to dedicated to the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Electric Quilt Company.  They are celebrating with monthly giveaways.  I’m honored to have many blogging friends who also love EQ, celebrate by releasing EQ themed posts on the 10th of the month.  Along the way you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational projects, learn about amazing designers that use EQ software to design, as well as giveaways all with an EQ theme.  

EQ 25 Celebration EQ logos

There are so many reasons why I love playing around in EQ7 software.  One is helping me with color and fabric selections, as I’ll confess I’m not very good when it comes to picking out colors for any project.  But, EQ7 comes with just about every color that exists and a large selection of fabrics.  Plus, every month they have a free fabric collection of the month, which you can download and easily import into your fabric library.  You can also scan in your own fabrics, to use within EQ7 software. Electric Quilt also has digital fabric “stashcollections, from top fabric manufacturers, that you can purchase and use in your EQ software.

color wheel

 

Today, I’m sharing an EQ7 tutorial that walks you thru how to create a colorwheel.  For those that have EQ7, or are considering purchasing it, I always encourage users to consider “playing” with the software for 15 minutes a day.  You’ll be amazed how much you’ll learn and how quickly you’ll be comfortable with the software to create.  Taking time to go thru the EQ tutorials available on the EQ website, as well as shared by fellow bloggers, are all excellent ways to learn and improve your EQ skills and have fun while learning.

Here is my tutorial for creating a Colorwheel in EQ7 software:

Launch (aka run) your EQ7 software.

On the CREATE A NEW PROJECT TAB, type the name of your project (I used “colorwheel”).

On the file menu bar, on the top, click on BLOCK >> NEW BLOCK >>EASY DRAW BLOCK

New block

 

Change the settings in the DRAWING SETUP menu for a 10″x10″ block.

drawing setup

CLICK on the EASYDRAW table
easy draw menu

Click once on the ARC TOOL, which should be located on the left hand column of your screen.  You will now be in arc mode and when you click, hold, drag, release your mouse you’ll create an arc.  Drawing from left to right will create an arc that bows to the right, while drawing fro right to left will create an arc that bows to the left.

arc tool

Your Undo button is your friend as you can click it to undo steps you have created within the software that you may not want. It is located in the row underneath the file menu, towards the top of your screen.

undo button

Before proceeding, play around with the arc tool and use your mouse to create various arcs.  And, use the undo tool to remove, until you are familiar with these tools.

To create the arcs for our Colorwheel:

Click the arc tool, to be sure you are in the mode of creating arcs.  Use your mouse to move your cursor to the top right hand corner of your block.  Click the mouse, hold and drag your mouse to the left corner of your block and release.  You should now have your first arc.

first arc

Repeat to create another arc 2″ down from the corner top right, to 2 inch inside of the bottom left corner.

arc 2

Repeat to create a 3rd arc 4″ down from the corner top right to 4 inch inside the bottom left corner

Repeat to create a 4th arc 6″ down from the corner top right to 6 inch inside the bottom left corner.

arc 4

As we have completed several steps, let’s be sure to take a few quick steps that are actually good habits to repeat periodically during any EQ7 project, as well as at the end of your projects, before you close the software:

  • Click the ADD TO SKETCHBOOK, to save a copy to your sketchbook.

save to sketchbook

  • click the save icon to SAVE THE FILE.

save toolNow we are going to divide our arc into three pieces, which you may want to visualize as slicing a pie.  To do this we will use the LINE TOOL.

line tool

Click on the LINE TOOL and then click on the right corner of your block, hold your mouse and drag to create approximately 1/3 slice of this pie.  I dragged to the upper line releasing my mouse at the 4.5″ mark, but any place you wish to release to create your slice is fine.

Repeat this step releasing your mouse, to create a line using the ruler on the left side of your block.  Again, I released my mouse at the 4.5″ mark. .

block for the color wheel

Click to save this block design to your sketchbook and click to save your file.

We now want to create a quilt layout that will hold four blocks, which we will turn into our color wheel vs a 1/4 slice of pie.

 

Click on the WORK ON QUILT button.

quilt button

Click on the LAYOUT TABLE.

layout table

On the Horizontal menu change the settings to reflect:  Number of blocks horizontal and vertical = 2 each, Finished size blocks 10″x10″

horizontal layout

Click on the Borders Table

borders table

Change the default settings in the borders menu to reflect no borders (move the slider to the far left).

borders menu

click on the LAYER ONE TABLE

layer 1 table

On the right hand column you’ll find the SET BLOCK TOOL.  Click on this tool once.

set block

Your BLOCK SKETCHBOOK appears showing you all the blocks you have saved to your sketchbook, for this project.  Click on the block you wish to use (e.g. 1/4 color wheel circle that is sliced into three pieces) and move your mouse over to the block on LAYER 1 and click, to fill that block your block design.  Click again, one time on each of the remaining three blocks to place a block in each quadrant of your project.

For the example below, I had added the blue color to my block, saved that version to my sketchbook, thus it appears in each of my four blocks.

quilt layout for color wheel blocks need to be rotated

click on ROTATE BUTTON, located in the right hand column.  Now click one time on the block in the upper right corner, to rotate it.   

Click twice on the block in the lower right corner.

Click three times on the block in the lower left corner.

 

You should now have all blocks rotated where you can see your uncolored colorwheel (again, my example has blue in each quadrant, but don’t worry about that).

quilt layout for color wheel blocks after rotation

Save your design to your SKETCHBOOK and SAVE your design file, using the buttons referenced in earlier steps of this tutorial.

Now we are ready for the fun part – picking colors and fabrics for our colorwheel.  We will start with pulling fabrics, for our project, from our fabric library.

library - fabric

CLICK ON LIBRARY > FABRIC LIBRARY

Scroll around the fabric library and select fabrics you want to use in this project by click on your selections and click on SAVE TO SKETCHBOOK.

save to sketchbook

Click on the PAINTBRUSH tool.

PAINTBRUSH TOOL

The SKETCHBOOK FOR FABRICS AND COLORS will appear:

Click on any fabric/color swatch and then click on any share in your Colorwheel to color it, as you wish.  As mentioned, this is the fun part.  Play with it and enjoy.

quilt layout for color wheel playing with color

I’m actually amazed. Coloring is fun. I’m still “playing”, but I do hope I’ve inspired you for another fun way to use EQ software.

color wheel 2

Ok, now you can see that I’m challenged when it comes to working with color.  But, this is another example how one can use EQ7 to learn and improve their quilting skills. Not just for designing, but for auditioning fabrics and playing with color, it can also be a great tool to learn about color.  And, that is exactly why I designed this colorwheel in EQ7.  I simply wanted to play with color and fabrics to challenge myself and build my skills and comfort for working with color.

Don’t forget to save your file.

As mentioned earlier, I hope I’ve inspired you to play with EQ7 and use this tutorial to create your own colorwheel.  I also hope you’ll share on my Facebook page any colorwheels you create.  And, if you go thru this EQ7 tutorial and have any feedback on how to make it easier to follow, or have questions, please feel free to email me, or leave a comment.  I’ll do my best to help you thru this tutorial so that you can learn and create your own colorwheel, as well as use your feedback to update this tutorial to make it easier to follow.

PRIZES/GIVEAWAY:

EQ and Riley Blake Fabrics have great prizes you could win this month, as part of the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration: Wouldn’t it be fun to win a bundle of Free Spirit Fabric or a copy of EQ7 this month?

For a complete schedule of events, as well as information on the amazing prizes and generous sponsors:  http://electricquilt.com/eq25/contest-schedule/
 
Use the hashtag #EQ25 on social media throughout the 2016 as much as possible! Pair the hashtag with something related to EQ and you may be chosen to win a prize!

DID I MENTION BLOGGING FRIENDS HELPING TO CELEBRATE THE EQ 25TH ANNIVERSARY?

Yes, each month several blogging friends are releasing a post on the 10th of each month to help celebrate the EQ 25th Anniversary.  Along the way, you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational project and various EQ themed insights.  Here are some bloggers that I hope you’ll click thru to visit today:

Marian of Seams to be Sew 

Pamela of Pamela Quilts

Mary of Quiltin’ Grandma’s Blog

Carol of Fun Threads Designs

Carole of From My Carolina Home

Tina of Quilting Affection

Lastly, if you are a blogger that loves EQ and wants to help with the 25th Anniversary Celebration, consider releasing an EQ themed post on the 10th of each month (e.g. tip, tutorial, inspirational project you’ve made all showing how you use EQ products).  Let me know and I’ll include you in my blog post, to encourage others to pop by your blog and check out your EQ themed sharing.  I’ll also make sure you are on My Creative Blog List, which is a easy to use site designed to follow creative blogs, as well as increase awareness of blogging events.

 You can find the Electric Quilt Company at:

Here are links to my prior posts for these monthly  #EQ25 celebrations, many include tutorials. And all include links to posts by blogging friends who are also sharing EQ tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on the 10th of each month, to help with the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration:

Ten Of My Favorite Valentine’s Day Theme Projects

Thinking about the upcoming Valentine’s Day, I began to wonder if I’m the only one who likes to make handmade items to decorate my home, or give as gifts.  Thus, my question of the day “Is Valentine’s Day an event that inspires you to be creative?”  

I hope you’ll leave a comment to let me know what you think about this being creative for Valentine’s Day. I also hope if you have photos to share, for any form of creativity that you’ve made for Valentine’s Day, that you’ll share it on my Facebook page. 

Today I’m sharing ten Valentine’s Day theme quilting projects that have caught my attention and I wanted to share with you today:

 

E:PATTERNS/MARTINGALE

Martingale has a great selection of e:patterns, but this design by Ellen Pahl, called “THREE OF HEARTSis a lovely wallhanging quilt design is a downloadable pattern that is easy to love.

Three-of-Hearts-quilt

SEW KAREN-LY CREATED

This amazing heart pattern, called I Heart NYB, includes a variety of design options, available in Karen’s Craftsy store.

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BARB GADDY OF BEJEWELED QUILTS BY BARB

This sweet applique table topper would certainly be perfect to decorate your home, or for a gift, for Valentine’s Day, or anytime throughout the year.  It is a downloadable pattern available in Barb’s Craftsy Store.

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My Valentine Quilt Pattern by Frivolous Necessity

This amazing designer has many gorgeous patterns, all available via downloads via Craftsy. Her Valentine Quilt Pattern has a whimsical feel, that would be perfect for decorating your home, as for a gift.

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HERE ARE FREE TUTORIALS  that I’ve added to  My Favorite Tutorials List.

quiltshopgal's favorite tutorials

HEART MUG RUG:  

Poor House Quilt Designs has a free downloadable pattern afor this super cute design that would also make excellent gifts, as well as creative fun for your home or workplace.  

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ENRICHED LOVE

A beautiful circular table topper is a free downloadable pattern available from Laura at Kittens and Threads.  

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HEART OF MY HEART QUILT

While I wish I knew who designed this quilt, I only know that it is a free pattern that you can download from the AccuQuilt website.  

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KEEP THE HEART TRUTH GROWINGWallhanging Quilt, from Janome

This free downloadable pattern has a whimsical flare and is great fun to make.  

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LOVE LETTERS 

The Crafty Quilter has a tutorial to make this sweet mini-quilt.


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GETA’S QUITING STUDIO

This gorgeous pillow design has a free tutorial from Geta’s Quilting Studio.  This pillow would be absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day, Weddings, or any romantic celebration for you to enjoy in your home, or to give as a gift.  

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Don’t forget I’d love to hear how you celebrate Valentine’s Day and if you do any special handmade decorations or gifts.  And, as always, I hope you’ll share pictures on my Facebook page of what you create.  

You probably already know, I’m working on the Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt Workshop with Leah Day.  My goal is to have this project completed by Valentine’s Day.  I post every Saturday and you are invited to join this #FMQStitchAlong anytime, where you can also enter to win prizes by sharing your progress, as well as a finish of this project in the Linky Party for this event.

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#StitchAlong – November 21st – Bag It! with Patty D of Elm Street Quilts

Welcome to another #StitchAlong, where you are invited to join the fun. I’m participating in an event hosted by Patty D of Elm Street Quilts called “Bag it” .  Each week in Novembershe is providing a bag tutorial and you get entered to win prizes, with every bag you make (the more bags you make, the more entries you get).  Here is her schedule:

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BAG IT #StitchAlong

I followed Patty’s Basic Zippered Pouch Tutorial” .  This tutorial definitely goes into my favorite tutorials list.  I have completed eight bags so far.

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I boxed the corners on six of these little bags.  Jocelyn of Happy Cottage Quilter has also been participating in Bag It and yesterday she shared that she added some charms from WalMart, as zipper pulls.   So, I made a trip to my local WalMart and found some perfect beachy theme charms for my bags.  

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Today I’m stitching  two more of the zipper pouches that I’ve already cut and I hope to make some of the Boxy Bags using Patty’s tutorial. I hope you’ll join Patty’s fun Bag It event, and #StitchAlong with me.

Don’t forget, if you share your photos to include hastags #elmstreetquilts and #stitchalong.

 

You can find Elm Street Quilts at:

http://www.elmstreetquilts.com/

 

I’d love to have you join me in these virtual #StitchAlong projects.  You can share on social media (e.g. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc) using the hashtag #StitchAlong.  Of course, I also hope you’ll also share in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties which I host every Friday.   And, these zipper bags will be some of the “handmade surprise prizes” randomly given to participants in these weekly parties.

 What ever you do, I hope you find joy and time to create.  

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Here is a list of previous posts for #StitchAlong:

#SummerCamp: Paper Bag Houses (Think of Villages)

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Summer Camp is all about creativity and having fun, for kids of all ages.  Today I want to share insights with you about creating houses out of paper bags, a fun summer time crafty project for kids.  But don’t stop at creating a single house.  Think of villages!  Possibilities for creative fun are endless with this project and I’m sure you’ll see why I’ve added this to my list of Favorite Tutorials.

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This inspirational video tutorial was created by PBS Parents:


If you are on a MAC, or have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link where you can watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSYlvYhCDqU

 

I hope you enjoy it. And, of course I hope if you and your kids create any related housing projects that you’ll share them in our weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties.

Want to know how to join #SummerCamp?

Everyone is welcome to join #SummerCamp, but there have been a few changes due to lack of participation.  To clarify, we’d love to have you participate but we no longer have a linky party to join, nor will there be prizes awarded at the end of this event.  Participants are asked to share what they create on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and use the Hashtag #SummerCamp.

Here is a list of previous #SummerCamp posts:

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#SummerCamp – Marbled Clay Beads

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Welcome to another #SummerCamp activity, which is all about encouraging kids to have a creative summer!

I’m happy to share with you today, more of my favorite tutorials.  These are also a #KidFriendlyProject tutorial, perfect for #SummerCamp.

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Craftulate has an inspirational tutorial for making Marbled Clay Beads.

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Then She Made has a tutorial to make a lovely pendant with clay, stamped with a design.

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Want to know how to join #SummerCamp?

Everyone is welcome to join #SummerCamp, but there have been a few changes due to lack of participation.  To clarify, we’d love to have you participate but we no longer have a linky party to join, nor will there be prizes awarded at the end of this event.  Participants are asked to share what they create on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and use the Hashtag #SummerCamp.

Don’t forget to share any of your #SummerCamp projects in any of our weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties.  Everyone is invited to share any form of creativity in these parties that start on Fridays.

Here is a list of previous #SummerCamp posts:

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#SummerCamp – Chalkboard Paint

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Welcome to another #SummerCamp event.  Today I’m sharing #KidFriendlyProjects, from my list of Favorite Tutorials.  These fun activities use chalkboard paint and the possibilities of what you can create with them are endless.  They can certainly provide great fun for kids and the entire family.  I hope you’ll be inspired to create one or more of the project activities I’m showcasing today.  

Our fun  #SummerCamp activity involves Chalkboard Paint.  There is so much creativity that you can do with Chalkboard Paint and many are #KidFriendlyProjects.  As such, I’m happy to share with you some of my Favorite Tutorials for creativity with this paint.

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Homedit shared an inspirational outdoor Chalkboard, made with plywood and Chalkboard Paint, to create a perfect outdoor artistic drawing wall for kids of all ages.

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I hope you enjoy it. And, of course I hope if you and your kids create any creative projects that you’ll share them in our weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties, but the #SummerCamp linky party is for kids or adults that create with kids – any project showcased during summer camp, which can share what they created in the summer camp linky party.

Want to know how to join #SummerCamp?

Everyone is welcome to join #SummerCamp, but there have been a few changes due to lack of participation.  To clarify, we’d love to have you participate but we no longer have a linky party to join, nor will there be prizes awarded at the end of this event.  Participants are asked to share what they create on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and use the Hashtag #SummerCamp.

Here is a list of links to previous posts for our virtual #SummerCamp 

#SummerCamp – Clothespins

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Somewhere in the Middle has a cute tutorial to make caterpillar clothespins.

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Hot DIY Tutorial has a fun tutorial to make airplanes out of clothespins with a magnet on the back.airplane magnet craft

Reading Confetti has a tutorial to make cute clothespin mermaids

clothespin mermaids 2QuiltyCat has a tutorial to paint a sweet cat on clothespins.

 

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Want to know how to join #SummerCamp?

Everyone is welcome to join #SummerCamp, but there have been a few changes due to lack of participation.  To clarify, we’d love to have you participate but we no longer have a linky party to join, nor will there be prizes awarded at the end of this event.  Participants are asked to share what they create on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and use the Hashtag #SummerCamp.

Here is a list of links to previous posts for our virtual #SummerCamp


 

 

 

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