Archive | October, 2021

How do I love thee, let me count the ways…

26 Oct

Fellow Quilters,

Pop the champagne!  This is a week of anniversaries for me.  Yesterday was my 35th wedding anniversary – woohoo!

My 35th wedding anniversary - a night to celebrate!

My 35th wedding anniversary – a night to celebrate!

Hubby and I celebrated this auspicious occasion by cooking our own romantic dinner for two (pan-seared scallops – my fave!) and savoring them with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot.  While this may not sound so romantic to some, we both love to cook, especially together, and sipping on some bubbly while creating our gastronomic delight added to the fun.  Did you know that the traditional gift for a 35th anniversary is coral?

The traditional gift for a 30th anniversary is pearl, and today I am part of Electric Quilt’s 30th anniversary celebration through their Pearls of Wisdom weekly blog series. Pearls of Wisdom PC-headshot Congratulations to Electric Quilt! Each week, EQ features a quilt designer and shares the designer’s favorite tip – “pearl of wisdom” – for using the EQ quilt designing software.  I have gleaned some nuggets from these posts!  You can follow along through the EQ blog here and read my pearls of wisdom.

As a prolific quilt designer, I use the EQ software weekly, if not daily.  I can navigate through the program easily.  So, here’s the thing.  Like most software programs, EQ can do so much more that what I do with it (how many of us are actually using or even know all the features of some everyday software programs such as Word?).  I thought I knew the in’s and out’s of the program until I subscribed to the blog.  Through the Behind the Mouse blog, I receive mini lessons in my Inbox every week – the EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne, EQ8 Lessons with Lori, the EQ8 Block Spotlight, and more.  Did I mention that they’re free?!?  This continuing education is delivered directly to me – no effort on my part.  How awesome is that?  I used Lori’s tip from last week when I was designing a quilt the other day and it made my life easier – perfect!  If I ever have a situation where I don’t know how to do something in the program, I use the interactive Help.  More often than not, I find the answer there.  And if I can’t find the solution to my design dilemma, I can email EQ through the website and the personable team will respond promptly, almost always with an easy solution.  They are the best!  A shout-out to everyone on the EQ team 😊

Here are some of the unique ways I used the EQ program in the last week:

I published my new Cottage Sampler pattern, which I designed in EQ, and I did the diagrams in EQ.

My Cottage Sampler pattern includes throw and queen-size options

My Cottage Sampler pattern includes throw and queen-size options

This quilt features my Canoe Lake fabric collection by Banyan Batiks, shipping to quilt shops this week (woo-hoo!!).  Since there are 3 colorways in the collection, I wanted to use gray-scale fabrics in the diagrams.  For the 9” square mini panel fabric, I imported the line drawing of my design (the one that was sent to the mill to print the fabric) an used this line drawing as a “fabric”.

The diagram for the mini panel block uses the line drawing of the panel fabric image

The diagram for the mini panel block uses the line drawing of the panel fabric image

How cool is that?!?  PS.  I am super-excited to be hosting the Cottage Sampler Quilt-along starting December 29 – the sign-up is on the main page at Patti’s Patchwork and it’s free to join.  All you need is a copy of the pattern.

Sign up for the quilt-along at Patti's Patchwork

Sign up for the quilt-along at Patti’s Patchwork

At my guild’s charity quilt virtual sew day last Saturday I had each participant snap a photo of their block and email it to me.  I imported each photo as a “fabric” into EQ and quickly created a quilt image that very closely represents what our finished quilt will look like.

A proposed layout for my guild's charity quilt, created in EQ with pictures of everyone's blocks

A proposed layout for my guild’s charity quilt, created in EQ with pictures of everyone’s blocks

I then shared my screen during the sew day to show everyone our “quilt”.  The members were fascinated.

I am using EQ to recreate my guild’s block-of-the-month program featuring barn quilts in our area.  I look at the block (this month’s block is Goose Tracks), search through my BlockBase+ program that is linked to EQ to find the block, resize the block to our 18” size that we’re doing and ask EQ what size to cut the pieces – done!

I use the BlockBase+ program from Barbara Brackman (linked to my EQ) to find the block

I use the BlockBase+ program from Barbara Brackman (linked to my EQ) to find the block

Then I can write the instructions for the participants quickly and easily.

I just designed my next fabric collection, Color Play, using EQ.  I did the layout for several fabrics in the program and designed several motifs in EQ as well.  This collection is intended to be a learning tool for free-motion machine quilting and I will be doing a series of YouTube videos showing techniques on each of the components in the various fabric designs. It will be shipping to quilt shops next August.  The collection hasn’t been released yet but here is a tiny taste of it.

A snippet of my design created in EQ

A snippet of my design created in EQ

A snippet of the actual fabric

A snippet of the actual fabric from Color Play

So, I want to know, do you EQ?  Have you used this amazing program?  If so, what is your favorite feature of the program?  Let me know!  Post a comment below by midnight November 1 for a chance to win a fat ¼ pack of my Canoe Lake collection (mention your favorite colorway so I know which one to send you😊).



A Flask from my Past

5 Oct Alchemy (Erlenmeyer flask) block by Patti Carey

Fellow Quilters,1 pinnable image October Quilt Block Mania

Oh what fun I had designing my block for this month’s Quilt Block Mania blog tour!  It took me back to my university days, working in the chemistry and pharmacy labs, conducting experiments to prove/disprove theories, and creating tinctures and creams for a variety of ailments.  During one lab session I even made Pepto-Bismol liquid from scratch, complete with strawberry flavoring, and it worked!

This month’s theme for QBM, organized by Carolina at Always Expect Moore, is “science”, and the color palette is acid green and yellow with smoke and hemlock – sounds like a true witch’s brew, ideal for Halloween.

True confession time here – I am a science geek.  Science & Nature is my go-to category in the Trivial Pursuit board game.  When I make homemade salad dressing I S-L-O-W-L-Y add the oil to the other liquid ingredients to create the perfect creamy emulsion instead of a layer of oil sitting atop

an Erlenmeyer flask

an Erlenmeyer flask

the layer of vinegar.  How, you ask, do you easily create this creamy deliciousness?  By swirling the liquids in an Erlenmeyer flask of course!  Its narrow neck, conical shape and wide base are perfect for incorporating and combining liquids.  Now, if you are fresh out of Erlenmeyer flasks, you can also use a blender or a whisk.

This flask was designed by German chemist Emil Erlenmeyer in 1860, whose work focussed on theoretical chemistry including early atomic theory.  You could say that he was ahead of his time, perhaps rather modern.  I like to think he would have enjoyed and appreciated having a quilt based on one of his inventions.  Without further ado, I present Alchemy, my Erlenmeyer flask quilt block 😊.

Alchemy (Erlenmeyer flask) block by Patti Carey

Alchemy (Erlenmeyer flask) block by Patti Carey

Don’t you just love those flasks half-filled with acid potions?

You can download the pattern here.

For fun, I popped this block into the table runner setting I used for July’s Kebab block.  How cool is this?!?  Uber modern!

Alchemy 4-block 12" x 48" runner

Alchemy 4-block 12″ x 48″ runner

And here’s how it looks in a 48” x 60” lap quilt – just perfect for all the modern chemistry geeks out there 😊 😊

Alchemy 48" x 60" lap quilt

Alchemy 48″ x 60″ lap quilt

Or combine my Alchemy block with one or more of the other 11 blocks included in this months QBM blog tour.  Here are the links to the other participating bloggers’ posts and blocks.

Rocket Ship Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Using Fibonacci in Quilts at Scrapdash
Microscope & Test Tubes by Appliques Quilts and More
Test Tubes FPP Block at Penny Spool Quilts
Benzene Ring from QuiltFabrication
Erlenmeyer flask at Patti’s Patchwork
Fall Prism at Blue Bear Quilts
Atomic at Pretty Piney Quilts
Test Tubes by Mom and Me Quilting Co
Discovery by Inquiring Quilter
Molecules at Perkins Dry Goods
Gravity at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting

Last month I had 2 giveaways in blog posts:  Congrats to Lisa England for winning a copy of Quilter’s World magazine and some Winter Frost fat ⅛’s by FIGO to get you started on your own Ski Village quilt.

Congrats also to Cathy B for winning a bundle of Northcott’s Dublin linen-look fabric in the Seaside Adventures Row-along.  This fun free event continues until October 25, with 2-3 free row patterns each week.  Find the details at The Quilting Room with Mel.

Lastly, stay tuned for information on the sign-up for my Cottage Sampler Quilt-along, running from December 29 – March 16.  The sign-up starts October 15 – woo-hoo!