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).
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 Social, Midweek Makers. Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.
Have a wonderful day! Patty