Friday, July 21, 2017

State Map Applique (A Tutorial)

I made a thank you gift for my sister celebrating a state they love to visit.


The pillow is 18'' square.  The states and lakes are raw edge appliqued and outlined in black several times using my FMQ foot.  The edges of the lakes that meet up to the state are appliqued in blue.

I wrote the names of a bordering state, the lakes and of Canada in a matching thread.


I used a fusible fleece for this front piece - the back shows off the quilting.  I think this looks cool.


To create the applique outline for state and the great lakes, I used EQ7.  I thought I'd share a brief tutorial on how I did this.

First, I screened grabbed from google maps using a snipping tool.   Choosing New Block then Easydraw+Patchwork Draw, I then imported the image into EQ7 (see red circle upper left in diagram below). 


Then, using the applique tab and the Freehand tool (see red circle upper left in diagram), I traced the state outline.


Over to the color tab to check it out and confirm I have a nice closed image.  (If you color it in and the color bleeds out of the shape just start over.)


To print, I choose print block and go to the OPTIONS tab in the print dialog.  There I make sure MIRROR is checked so it prints a reverse image.


Back to the BLOCK SIZE tab, I choose 15 x 15 '' for my applique, sized for my 18 x 18 '' pillow.


Choose PREVIEW to make sure you are getting what you expect.  My applique will print over four pages - easy to tape together to make my patterns.  You can see how the image is nicely reversed.


I choose new block and repeated the steps for the Great Lakes.  It could have been done in one big block but it was helpful (to me) put the lakes in a second block.  Less to start over again with when things went wrong as they are known to do.

Does that all make sense?  Drop me a question in the comments and I'll be happy to help.

For a tutorial on putting a zipper in a pillow back, please see this post.


I'll be linking up my pillow with  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

An otter and a bird

How can I resist such a cute face on this otter?  Or this sweet Kingfisher?


I am having fun with Juliet from The Tartankiwi's latest QAL called Woodland Creature 2.  The sweet hedgehog is next (although I'm not sure about all that sharp points!)



I'll be linking up my blocks with  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Awesome Bernina Giveaway

Did you see the amazing giveaway from FQS?



They are giving away a special edition Cotton + Steel Bernina 350SE!

To enter, visit Fat Quarter Shop



No purchase necessary to enter.  Commenting on this blog post does not count as an entry.  Fat Quarter Shop employees, Bernina employees and bloggers paid or compensated by Fat Quarter Shop are not eligible to enter this giveaway.

Have a wonderful day! Patty