Real Quilt vs. Digital Quilt
First of all, Happy Thanksgiving!
I usually design my quilts in The Electric Quilt Company’s EQ8 software. It’s easy to use and its features are endless. I’ve built my skills to where the final quilt actually looks very close to its digital EQ mockup.
This is my Color Coded design in EQ8, with lines showing between all the patches.
In this version, I deleted the lines to get a better idea of how it would look in fabric.
And you can see in the final flat shot above that the quilt does indeed look a lot like its digital counterpart. Color Coded appeared in the June 2019 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.
This was my vision for an autumn quilt in solids last year.
How it looked without the lines, above.
And the actual quilt from the Sept/Oct ’19 issue of McCall’s Quilting. It’s called Harvest Moon and you can still get the digital pattern.
This is how a recent idea for wrapped candies looked in EQ8.
And here is my actual quilt top.
With the holiday season upon us, I thought it might be fun to see what these candies would be like all dressed up for Christmas.
Variation #1. I think the charcoal is rather too dark to feel like Christmas.
Lightened up a little and rotated some of the candy.
Add more blocks and expand the palette of fabric colors.
Rotate alternate candies again.
Change the backgrounds to lights. I could play with this for hours and sometimes I do! But I think you get the idea.
When you’re making a scrap quilt, every block is a new adventure, and in the overall picture, most anything will look fine because it’s just a wild patchwork party!
Find the tutorial for this little block, free from Stash Bandit!
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Diane, Happy Thanksgiving! Tho as a friend who’s getting together with friends, as there is no family near, calls the potluck, Friendsgiving! I love that. 💖 I love the candy blocks in Christmas fabrics! I’ll be doing a table runner for a gift, with a white on white background. Happy 🎃 🥧!
I can’t wait to see your runner! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I love the idea of Friendsgiving! 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving! You are right, the software really shows how the quilt will look! I had a copy of the software on my old computer but when my computer went corrupt it was gone.
That’s a bummer! Electric Quilt Co has wonderful customer service so you might consider contacting them to ask what their policy is when that happens. EQ used to come with several authorizations so my guess is that you’re not totally out of options. Good luck!