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20.2 Evolution of Exothermic Wonders

October 2, 2011

Ugg.  I love / hate the design process.

Here’s a short version of a story I’d like to tell more elongatedly.

I made a weaving, rectangular, quilt design in February that matches current decor perfectly.

“Eh it’s boring”. That quilt is still in pieces, ready to be put into rows, ready for me to decide a clever weaving border for it.

… Then there’s been my recent smaller square quilts that I’ve been doing …  in addition to the hurricane quilt that hasn’t been touched since I’ve been trying to baste it to remove the oil stain on it (might not remove it all the way, it’s starting to add more character to the hurricane story I’m building around this quilt).

and more … “eh, squares are really just not my thing”, “I’m not digging that color”, “can’t you put in some more exciting blocks” ….

hmm …. okaaayyyy ….

So I was working on the alternate blocks on electric quilt for my latest quilt, Exothermic Wonders, current version that you’ve seen below.

This is what I started with. the variation I liked the most of what people also liked the most.

But I ran out of black & so did the store.  So I got some lower contrast, darker orange /red-orange fabrics for alternate blocks, and I finally put the fabrics into EQ7 this weekend, thinking as long as the blocks are fairly low contrast, there is still the main design.

Here’s one version:

But here’s the version I liked even better that that one:

I was working out how much fabric would I need for the alternate blocks as I was designing them, so I removed the outer borders from the electric quilt design, which, I have had completed for at least a month or two.

And finally, from over my shoulder:

“Hey, I like that!”  “I could see that quilt if you take out the pink ones because they’re too distracting, but I like that.”

And this was said without the borders, so I quick put the picture above on the screen and say, you mean this one?

“No.  I don’t like the borders.”  “Do it without the borders.” “Well, it’s your quilt, and you can do it how you want, but I like it without the borders – too distracting.” “This new design is simple – more symmetrical.” “The borders look too much like the quilt on the inside, same style”.

So if I listen to this request, I get a quilt that is ACTUALLY wanted, but then … not large enough.

So I need to make more of the middle blocks (that are done & have been sewn together since July, & cut since April), and then, what the heck do I do with all the borders that are also already done? I suppose I could do the back with them, or have a bonus quilt from it?

That, and to do the alternate blocks the way they are, I require more fabric anyway.  But I DO like the stability of the alternate blocks as they are.  (Actually slightly lower contrast than what’s shown here also)

So here’s my new design, assuming I don’t revert back to the border one.

Which I do admit, I like (right now).  But this means a lot of paper piecing for the alternate blocks.  Hopefully I’ll like the end result.

Tried putting the borders as alternate blocks, and I almost liked it too, less work, but more scrappy, and I do like how non-scrappy these alternate blocks are.

(sorry about the poor quality, it looks better before I post the design, don’t know what’s going on with that).

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17.7 Reality Check

July 24, 2011

I wrote an e-mail to Nonnie about my podcasting experience through a survey she had sent out on Big Tent.

When it got to the editing section, boy did I really analyze the use of my time on podcasts.

I will not bore, err, scare, err intimidate, err enlighten you with the lengthy list of things that I do for a podcast, unless requested.

The good news is that other podcasters don’t spend anywhere near the time that I do, and so if you’re ever holding back with podcasting because of what I say, just know that I am NOT the norm.

Just know that if you’re a slow poke, perfectionist that tends to say the wrong words, stutter, trip over your own tongue, puts together (sometimes) lengthy blog posts, and wants to discuss a topic that has to be researched, that you’ll likely have the same frustration experience as I do.

Overall it was a good reality check.

… in other news …

My computer was being a pain this morning so I got to sewing… two days in a row.

This weekend:

Pinwheels for me.

Pinwheels for others (some of them).

Rulers on the wall. (yes first time hanging them)

Exothermic something (the orange and yellow quilt) flags, sewing the blocks together – finally.

Center of the Disappearing 4 patch sewn together.

Reality check on D4P:

This disappearing four patch is meant as a practice piece, but I don’t know if it’s useful at this size.  Will not tend to hang on the wall, but already took apart and tried the technique.  Will see if this will work as a lap quilt with borders.

And I worked on both the harlequin quilt top in EQ7 (which gave me my current blog background), and the Exothermic quilt borders.

Reality check on Exothermic:

I spent a TON of time looking at the borders, which were meant to be a solution for using the leftover bits from making the blocks.  The blocks I was left with was:

Well the black isn’t in the block yet, so I had to work out the size the block would be first.

But the direction of the strips limited my initial exothermic quilt design a bit. the strips I thought would be more going along the bias instead of jutting out like this.  Which means something different to the design symmetry of the piece.

I came up with what I feel is a reasonable solution:

I think I finally got the black and silver border to be the correct width to give the blocks outside the correct height / width.  That took me a long time.

Not so sold on the corner squares in the absolute outer edge, but I am waiting to see if I love this layout or not.  Hard to gauge without going through the trouble of putting in all my fabrics.

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17.6 Harelequin Choices

July 23, 2011

This is what happens when you play around with EQ7 and variations on an idea.

You have a lot of choices that will probably NOT be your finished quilt.  But I’ll share because it’s fun!

Here’s a teal version.

Here’s a pink and blue version.

Too busy, so let’s add some sashing.

Still busy, but I’ve never done the sashing with the stars.

If the sashing was white as well?

Still way too busy.

Needs borders but this emphasizes the circular parts.  Hmm.  Probably none of these designs will be the final, but there’s a few ideas!

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17.5 Pinwheel Circus

July 22, 2011

Please excuse the title, I am working out the title of my quilt.

I am in a pinwheel swap with the quiltcast supergorup ladies on swap-bot.

Go ahead and go sign up for swap bot, you can’t sign up for this pinwheel swap now, but may swap more blocks in the future.

We are making the pinwheels from the Missouri Star Company using charm squares.  Very quick and easy method of pinwheels.

And yes, I am in the process of making them, but am not finished.

But … and you know what’s coming here …

I couldn’t make them ‘just pinwheels’.  AND I couldn’t NOT design something for these to go into BEFORE swapping them all out.  I just couldn’t.

So I was looking at quilter’s cache and I saw something that said harlequin, an original pattern by Marcia at Quilter’s Cache, which would be an amazing setting for these pinwheels!

(go take a look, but come back to see – can’t show you a picture of her block unless I actually make it!)

And then I was playing around with electric quilt, and I stumbled across a quilt frame called harlequin frame in electric quilt.

And this would be an amazing quilt!

Here is a colored view of one block (not sold on aqua for the color that ties everything together though.

Here’s how it looks in electric quilt 7.

Not necessarily to scale or anything, but just wanted to see what the pattern looked like with the frame.

I really like it and I could see myself paper piecing it.  But I may make the outside light pieces white/white too, but if I did that, I may lose the alternate block feeling.  We’ll see.

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15.2 You guys are amazing!

April 24, 2011

Hey!

The last two weeks have been progressively better.  I do know I owe a whole bunch of you individual e-mails of appreciation and thanks.  And a podcast.

Now that my mood has been improving, I am getting better sleep (mostly) and as a result, I have been less frustrated with myself.  Yay!

Although, now, I am battling with the “we must do a new project, and do it right now, and go to home depot like 15 times in one week, and go to Bass Pro Shops, and go fishing, and go play pool, and play video games … ” kind of strain on my time.

Today is the first day I have started out my Saturday and Sunday at home in like 6 weeks, but today is Easter away from home.

I want to do a podcast on swapping, and one on fluid dynamics, and one on the periodic table, and one on inflorescence, and one on perfectionism …

No time to record, house is always busy with activity recently.  I need a quiet house to record!  I was listening to a podcast that was o

A few notes.

  1. Yes, I never received my 2nd set of swap blocks from the Strip Twist swap, and I haven’t started remaking them.  Someone offered to make blocks for me and I haven’t e-mailed back and said that’d be great!
  2. The hot flashes swap was canceled before putting all my blocks together so I can go scrappy on it, and I have two design possibilities to share (see below).  One less swap, but the quilt is being built anyway.
  3. I signed up for the next swap with the quiltcast supergroup, which you need to be a part of the group on swap bot to join up.

Swap-bot swap: Scrap Swap!
I swap with Swap-bot!

Here are some choices for hot flashes quilt.  Neither choice has the border fabrics exactly the right size:

Choice 1

Choice 2

I have to go to get to easter in time!

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14.3 Hoping with the Stars

March 27, 2011

Even though my sleeping problems are still as crappy as they were a week ago, this weekend turned from ‘grumpy monkey’ to ‘hopeful’.

I honestly shouldn’t be around anyone else when I am in grumpy monkey status – thus the week hiatus.

It appears that hope is coming in the form of having a choice, when a week ago, I wasn’t even aware of this choice being available.

But now we have a plan in place, so even if the hope from this weekend doesn’t turn out to be good, a backup plan is in place, which makes me settled, and less grumpy.

That being said, if things happen one way, then this blog/podcast might go even more quiet for a period of time while the dust settles.  If it goes the other way, I should be able to find the time for you all similar to how I am finding time now.

Clear as mud?  Good.

….

Enough personal life.

Meanwhile, I’ve been on the search for the perfect fabrics for my next quilt, which was referenced in a past post.

The ‘pink quilt’ uses atypical fabrics, which again intrigues me.  Which may be a good departure for me.

And I am learning more and more about EQ7 once I finally settled down into it.

Here is the original block for my pink quilt, castor and pollux, without all the lines needed to paper piece it.

And here is a fabric set that I’ve been debating and debating over, with all the available choices for each fabric.

Considerations

  • The color hue of the lightest set (on the far left) is the most desired in the middle fabric, but the top fabric has silver sparkles! The one in back has lighter lights (which is desired), but also darker darks (not desired).
  • My favorite two choices for the ‘medium periwinkle’ color are the bottom two, one of which is a fabric that I’ve already used before in my mini black baltimore quilt.  The dark one is electrifying, but almost too dark, and the fabric on top is what I purchased for this quilt, but still wasn’t grabbing me as ‘me me me first!’ as I walked out the quilt shop.
  • My favorite color choice for the ‘medium pink’ is the one on the bottom that has all the little tiny flowers on it.  My only concern is that the lightest lights of this fabric will be too tight and too noticable.

And the dark pink is just lovely!

I am leaning heavily toward THESE colors, although I suspect I could be happy with the other variations too.

So I played around with EQ7 and my images of my fabric seen here as fabric scans and I put all into EQ.

My scale doesn’t exactly match up due to how I ‘scanned the pictures’.  How did I do this?

  1. I took pictures of the fabric,
  2. opened the picture in photo shop,
  3. got the right color/saturation etc
  4. highlighted around the fabric in question,
  5. Copy
  6. New
  7. Paste
  8. Merge Down
  9. Save as (fabric name)
  10. Open the project in EQ7
  11. Libraries
  12. Fabric Library
  13. Import
  14. From Image Files
  15. select image
  16. Open
  17. Add to sketchbook
  18. Work on block
  19. Add color to block
  20. Find the picture in EQ7
  21. Color the block
  22. Save to sketchbook
  23. File
  24. export Image (to show all you)
  25. Work on quilt
  26. Set block
  27. Chose block
  28. Click the tiny triangle on the bottom to get the other color
  29. Set the block in the quilt.
  30. All of them
  31. Set colors for borders.
  32. All of them (missed very outside border here)
  33. Save quilt to sketchbook
  34. File
  35. Export image (to show all of you)

The lightest fabric still is a little dark to my taste.  It may turn out okay though.

Now I’ll have to work on the block and see.

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14.0 Quilting ‘Actual Stars’

March 17, 2011

A couple of days ago on my personal facebook page, I posted a design I had happened to see on an antique geometric website.

The name of the block intrigued me, Castor and Pollux.

Two ‘actual stars’ known by western society as the two brightest stars in the constellation of Gemini, which have some Greek Mythological roots.

I then decided to tackle EQ7 again, downloading the Castor and Pollux picture from the website above:

and superimposing this picture onto a 10 by 10 grid.

Tackling EasyDraw again, I came up with a very pink variation of the block, and gave myself something that I could paper piece (in theory).


My final version of this block actually has more lines than this (from what I can see here, it’s not putting all the lines in to show the paper piecing version.

Here is my printout of the block, black and white (no color ink)

And since each block is four of the same ‘sub blocks’, here is a sub block printout with notation.

 

And I thought of a quilt pattern for this block.

So 4 subblocks in a block, and 16 blocks in a quilt.  This is definitely a Long Term Project!

If I decide to do it.

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13.7 Small Victories over EQ7 How to Draw and Color and Save a block Image

March 11, 2011

For like FOREVER, I’ve been saying that I’ll figure out EQ7, and have been taking it personally that I haven’t really spent the time to learn the program properly.

Well, today I did a small victory over “the EQ7 confusion lords,” which have subsequently cast a magic potion and convinced me that EQ7 is hard.

Victory over the same “confusion lords” who have removed any knowledge of the program from my memory, including a wonderful class taught by a friend.

I was trying to visualize a block color option for a swap, and I created the following block.

They say that teaching someone else is the best teacher, so lemme share my small victory with you. Let the lessons begin!

1) Block Menu / New Block / Easy Draw Block

2) For a nine patch, put three for the horizontal and vertical grids.  For a 16 patch, put 4 for the horizontal and vertical grids.

3) For a split 9 patch, draw the diagonal lines using the pencil tool on the left.

4) Don’t forget to draw all the rest of the lines or you’ve only created a Half Square Triangle! ;)

5) Chose the color tab on the bottom to color the block.  Then chose a color you want to use in the box that opens up.

6) Click in the middle of all the blocks you want to be a certain color.

7) Now save to sketchbook once the block is colored the way you want.

8) Color the block differently, and add to sketchbook after each set coloration you chose.  When complete, view sketchbook.

9) You’ll see the latest color option present.  Double click on the color option you want.

10) Make sure the color tab is clicked, and if you want to save this version of the image, go to file/export image.

It saves images of the block as a bitmap.

If you have other colors that have saved to the sketchbook.

11) View Sketchbook.

12) Use the arrows on the bottom left to flip through color options.  Once you have located the block color you want to save, double click the block to open it up.

13) Click the color tab on the bottom

14) File export image

For a split 9 patch, I created 6 different colored block choices and exported these images.

Due to the JPG way I saved these, there is a little bit of compression issues here, but I think you get the idea.  You can save with higher quality of jpg from the EQ7 program directly than what I used here.

TIP: Blocks do seem to look better in this format as gif or bmp, (or perhaps TIF or PNG, but I don’t use those formats)

So I hope you enjoy my small victory!

Now to set these blocks into some quilts!

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13.1 New Online Toy!

March 1, 2011

Sharon B from PinTangle just posted today about this new online site that if you’re a quilter, and you’re afraid of color, this would be a good online toy.

 

The name of the site is Kuler, and when you first go to the site, you see some color pallets.

So you have the option of using other people’s color pallets, but the magic is under the create on the left side!

From the create menu, you can modify a color pallet from a base color.

And this looks all techie and stuff, but you change one thing, and it changes the whole color pallet very easily.

But my favorite is the create From an Image (just below from a color)

As you can see here, I have signed into the scientific quilter flickr website and I have zeroed in on my favorites quilt pictures from flickr.

And I can pick any one of these pictures to delve the color pallet from it!

Here I have a picture from Jackie_Quilts that I liked the colors, and I could easily pick a good color pallet from this quilt and translate it to another quilt!

You can drag to areas of the picture that you like, or you can click on different color combinations, such as light, dark, muted.

And you can save your color pallets if you register and sign in.

 

This site is fun to mess with, and is VERY easy.  These colors could be the inspiration for your next quilt!

 

This was all my excitement after 20 minutes with the site, and I am sure there is more and more… you could take a photo from flickr of a non quilt, and it could inspire your next quilt color pallet!

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11.5 New Logo Tryout Session

February 1, 2011

I have been playing around with the idea that in the new year, perhaps I would enjoy a new logo for my avatar. 

I haven’t come up with a “top of the blog border” design as of yet, but I may wait and try out the new avatar for a while and see what I think of seeing it around in the little tiny pictures everywhere before I make the change permanent.

In my photoshop, at full size I think the picture looks quite sharp, but you know how it is when those things get shrunk down.

I am not necessarily asking for your opinion, but I am posting it here to try it out for myself.  If you would like to voice your opinion, that’s okay too.

If I find I do not like it in a few weeks, I’ll either come up with something new or revert back to the old.

Full sized

Medium

Thumbnail

Thanks for your patience.

EDIT:  Seeing the tiny square doesn’t inspire me.  Too busy.  Will try for something close, but not the same.  Here is a smaller (less busy) version of the above design.

 

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