Woop! My new FPP pattern Fortune Teller is out in the wild and can be purchased through my Payhip.
I have partnered with the Electric Quilt Company for 3 months and I’ve been posting on my Instagram account about Electric Quilt and my designs since. It’s been a great journey. I have already run an Electric Quilt software giveaway, shared quite a few images of my designs, a couple of videos recorded from the software and much more.
Use Promo code EQ8IRINA for 20% off of the entire ElectricQuilt.com (EQ8, EQ8 upgrades, books, add-ons, etc.).
My partnership with EQ also motivated me to finally learn the software better and start practising with the book I have had for some time Drawing Blocks. Exercises in EQ8 Block Design by Kari Shell.
I haven’t finished the book yet, but I have completed all the exercises from Chapter 1: Drawing Pieced Blocks in Easy Draw. This familiarised me with lots of new tricks that I didn’t know how to use before and I learnt lots of shortcuts that save so much time while designing in the software.
I always wanted to design an FPP star. I thought it was a good time for it thus I drew a block that I wanted to call Stripy Star at first.
Then I coloured it in my favourite colours using colour palette in EQ8.
I like playing with fabric tool ‘Randomize’. The software offers me different ways of colouring my quilt with each click of the mouse. Once I chose the one I like, I can map this colour scheme to the similar fabrics I have in my software Sketchbook. So in the end I can get many colour designs and coloured with actual real existing fabrics.
Have a look at the fabric combinations offered by EQ8 that I liked:
This is a great way to get ideas which fabrics and colourways you’d like to use when you want to sew a block or a quilt.
I used fabrics from my stash and sewed my very own version of the block.
I asked Instagram folks for a name suggestion as I wasn’t sure about the Stripy Star name. Lauren @englishquilter suggested Fortune Teller as it reminded her of origami paper fortune tellers that kids make. I loved the name and here it is!
Even though I had lots of fun sewing the block, it took me some time. I was also thinking of the FPP beginners that they will need some patience to finish the block. So I decided to remove a few lines from the pattern and to create a simplified version of the block. And it looks totally different but still very striking in my humble opinion 🙂
This is my fabric version.
The pattern includes two 10″ block versions, original and simplified.
I also played a bit with block placement in EQ8.
Here are just 4 examples but there are so many more possibilities.
Thanks for reading till the end.