Project Quilting 10.3: EQ8 and French Inspiration

Project Quilting 10.3: EQ8 and French Inspiration

This is the third challenge in Season 10 of Project Quilting, and the only rule is that it’s “Bigger than a breadbox” Wikipedia says they’re usually 16″ x 8″ or so, and that’s the MINIMUM size for the completed piece to meet this week’s challenge” … OK, I can do that.

I’ve been wanting to challenge myself by:

  1. Using a small French linen printed panel I bought at the Madison Quilt Expo
  2. Improving my piecing ability
  3. Designing it completely on EQ8 (Electric Quilt software)

First I got out every red & beige fabric I could find from my stash. I love the fat quarter pack I recently found at the Craftsy site (which is now Bluprint), called Boundless Ruby Rue. Isn’t it beautiful fabric?

Next I opened up my EQ8 software and created a quilt the size of my center panel (finished 6×6 inches) and experimented by adding one border after another until I reached the required size. EQ8 lets you import pdf images from fabric companies (I found my Ruby Rhu online & downloaded) so I could “paint” the blocks on my pattern draft with my actual fabric! And could scan the panel so it shows ad well. So cool.

I printed out a first draft the quilt (full color & one just outline), and rotary cutting instructions (see above & below).

After adding the first two borders (above), I did a little tweaking on the pattern to get the next borders right.

Piecing 4-patches this tiny isn’t easy. There are so many seams, even a slight error on piecing really adds up to a disaster! I found it helpful to “square up” each tiny 4-patch before continuing to piece the row.

It helped enormously to do some checking every step along the way! You wouldn’t think it, but even a sliver makes a difference (and I can use all the help I can get).

Almost there! All I need is one more border. I had just enough of the light rose stripe to finish the last row of 4 patches…so I’ll need to choose a different fabric for the last border.

Here’s the final draft of the pattern for my wall hanging done on my EQ8 software…

And here’s the actual wall hanging…it ended up to be 20 inches square.

I couldn’t bare to part with it, and I think I found the perfect spot for it on my kitchen wall…next to my Cappuccino maker.

But first…coffee! LOL. (My sister brought me this sign the last time she visited…my morning for sure!)

I’m entering this wall hanging in this week’s Project Quilting Challenge Season 10, challenge #3. Stop by their website to see this week’s entries and to vote for you favorites (hope one of them is mine, #25 hint, hint).

Voting starts Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10 -& runs through Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.

HOW TO VOTE: Just go to the link above, scroll down to the bottom until you see the thumbnail photos of the quilts. Then click on the heart in the upper right hand side of the photo of the entry you want to vote for ❤️ and it’ll fill the heart in & tell you how many votes you have left. If there are over a hundred entries, you’ll get 10 votes. Enjoy!

UPDATE: Voting has closed. Thanks so much for your votes!

I didn’t win, but a very talented quilter, fellow Etsy Quiltsy Team member, and good friend Sally Manke did! Very well deserved. congrats Sally! Mine came in at #29 of 136 entries

Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!


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Salvaging Your Selvages

Salvaging Your Selvages

Salvaging: (Verb) … the act of saving anything from fire, danger, etc.” (the trash)

Selvage:  (Noun) ..the edge of woven fabric finished so as to prevent raveling, often in a narrow tape effect, different from the body of the fabric.”

The selvage of the fabric is that little strip down the lengthwise edge of the yardage.  It gives you lots of information…the fabric company, the fabric line, the designer, and little test dots in various colors.  They’re usually white, but occasionally may be a pale color.

Want to salvage your selvages?  Let’s get started!

Save your selvages.  I’ve learned to rotary cut at least 1-1/4” from the edge of the fabric so I can get a bit of the actual fabric along with the selvage edge.  That way I can decide later how much of the actual fabric I want exposed in my project.  I put the selvages in a container, one by one, and over time I accumulate a bunch of them.  You can see in the photo that I’ve got quite a pile.

Next you’ll need a foundation.  I used a piece of cotton muslin, but any cotton weight fabric will do—even that fabric you no longer like (it won’t show in the final project).  Then I cut the foundation fabric into the size square I wanted (5”).

Starting at one corner of the foundation square, lay down a small piece of fabric, then cover the raw edge with the outside edge of a selvage. Roughly cut off the ends—so it’s just a little larger than the foundation.  Next, pull another selvage from your pile and cover up the raw edge of the previous selvage with its outside edge.  Continue doing this until you have the entire foundation covered.   If you don’t like it, you can move them around at this point.

Once you’re happy with the arrangement, carefully set them next to your sewing machine in order and one by one top stitch each into place over the raw edge of the previous selvage and foundation piece.  You can choose to let a lot of the fabric show, or none at all—it’s up to you.  Continue sewing until the entire foundation is covered with your selvages.

I like to give it a good press with Best Press or other fabric sizing.

Then turn it over on your cutting mat and cut it to the size of your foundation piece, using your rotary cutter and ruler.


And there you have it!  A beautiful block you can use any way you’d like.  Because these were done diagonally across the foundation block, they make a nice zig-zag pattern when two or more are put together.

You can make several and sew them into a quilt.  Or make just a few and sew them together to make a bag or pouch.  The possibilities are endless.

I chose to make four blocks (two for the front and two for the back),

…added a bright green lining & batting and did a little straight stitch machine quilting…added a zipper

and made mine into a cute little zippered bag.


It’s the perfect size to carry a cell phone, sunglasses, keys, etc.…


or for keeping small things in order inside your luggage bag for the next trip…


My talented sister taught me how to do micro macramé while I visited her in Michigan (she makes amazing jewelry)—so I made a macramé zipper pull with a few beads just for fun.

What will you use your selvages for?  A quilt? …pillow? …vest? …purse?

Start saving them now, so you’ll have them when the creative urge strikes you! you can salvage your selvages!

(If you’re interested, the little zippered bag is for sale in my Etsy Shop HERE.)

Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!


Mulberry Patch Quilts

Paper Pieced Border Collie

Paper Pieced Border Collie

I’m back…seems like a long time since I last posted.  June was a very busy month:  family home, vacation in Door County, and then more extended family visiting.  So life is “back to normal” (whatever “normal” is), and so I’ve taken time to start a new quilt.

Have you ever tried paper piecing by machine?  Not “English paper piecing”, but actually piecing using a line drawing on paper?  It’s fun, once you get the “rhythm” of it.

At first, everything seems to be the opposite of what you’re used to because you’re piecing to the back of a piece of paper with a line draw pattern on the top.  But once you get going, it’s actually relaxing and satisfies that part of me that loves puzzles.  In the end, all the pieces “fit” together…or at least you hope they do!

I saw the cutest paper piecing patterns at the EQ (Electric Quilt) store: EQ Boutique (also available at Janeen Van Niekak’s shop). After purchasing, I immediately emailed the designer, and she graciously gave me permission (all the way from South Africa) to use her patterns to create quilts or quilted wall hangings for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Now I somehow had it in my head when I envisioned the patterns that each animal would turn out to be 6 or 8″ squares.  I was going to use them as pieced blocks in a baby quilt with sashing.  However, when I downloaded the patterns I realized that each animal was much bigger than I had anticipated (each one about 30″).  Yikes.

There were too many pieces to shrink the pattern for small blocks, so on to “Plan B”.    I decided to try my favorite animal pattern–which she calls “The Sheep Dog”–and shrink it down to 20″ instead of 30″.

I actually think it’s a border collie–and not a sheep dog…don’t you agree?  Although it was with the farm animals probably to herd the sheep.

Take a look below at the piecing progress…

First the mouth

First the mouth










Then the nose was added

Then the nose was added

The shoulder

The shoulder









One ear

One ear & eye

Other shoulder

Other shoulder











more of the head

more of the head

other eye

the other eye










Another ear

and last, the other ear

Here's what the back looks like (with the paper still in)

Here’s what the back looks like (with the paper still in)










I only completed one section a day–so it actually took much longer than it seems by the photos.  It’s very time consuming.

Here’s the final Sheep Dog, with border…ta da!



After completing the pieced dog, here’s what the back looks like.  I had to take out each piece of paper before finishing the quilt.









Just need to quilt and bind it.  Pretty cute 🙂

I counted almost 90 pieces in the dog alone…whew!  But it was both a challenge and fun.

Have you tried paper piecing by machine?  I don’t think I’m ready to make all the farm animals in my pattern collection–but I may try another one at some point.



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Honeysweet Quilt Done–An EQ7 Experiment

So I created an EQ7 (Electric Quilt) challenge for myself —

...try designing a new lap quilt using EQ7 from start to finish, downloading the exact fabrics (before even seeing or buying them), and then make the quilt almost exactly as shown…

As you know, I fell in love with Moda’s “Honeysweet” fabric, so I downloaded the line from their website HERE, so I could import it to my “fabric library”.  EQ7 software makes it so easy to do this.

Then I could “paint” the quilt with the fabrics to see how they might look.

Here’s my first try:

DQ7 first try

Another version:

EQ7 try 2

And my final version that I decided to work with:


I liked playing around with the dresden plate, which reminded me of flowers (the hope of spring to come!)….

HoneySw Dresden

EQ7 doesn’t realize some short-cuts–I had to re-draft the pattern a bit so I could create the points of the “petals” by making a seam, turning it, & pressing.


It also doesn’t know that I take a short-cut doing corners on this alternate block by using a smaller square & sewing the seam corner to corner.  So I had to make some changes in my pattern & accommodate for extra rose & green fabric.

Closeup appl

But it was a lot of fun! 🙂


And here’s how it turned out…


I decided not to quilt inside the Dresden plate–but to “echo” the secondary square instead…


And add a hand dyed floss “tie” to the center of each “flower”.


All in all, it was a fun experience…and I may try doing it again.

HoneySweetQuilt   Blog Finished

On the to next…

Happy Quilting!


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New Project with “Bungle Jungle” Charms by Moda

I have more charms left from my Bungle Jungle charm pack (by Moda), and I’ve been thinking about incorporating white into a scrappy-look baby quilt.  I think it would be bright and cheerful.  So I fired up my EQ7 (Electric Quilt Vsn 7) to see what I could come up with.  I love my EQ7 software–it makes it so easy to draft patterns and try different variations, and I can even upload specific fabric (like the Bungle Jungle) into the program to see what it might look like in the project.  And it tells me how much fabric I need.

Here are some of the potential quilt ideas printed out and sitting on my design wall.  Where do I begin?  So many quilts, so little time!!! 🙂


I don’t have enough charms left for the first one, not enough of the same color charms for the other two, and I’ve already done the two smaller ones, so I think the last one–a three-log rail with sashing will do nicely.  I might need to buy some more white fabric.


Cut all the “logs” out of my charm pack pieces and the white Moda fabric and pieced them together  Aren’t they cute?  I just love the Bungle Jungle line.


Chain piecing the extra log onto each end….  I don’t’ know about you, but I have to put them back row-by-row on my design wall or I can so easily get them mixed up!!


I’ve added the sashing between the rows, but now I’m waiting for more white fabric to finish the final outside border, and then I can do the quilting and binding to finish.  I’m not sure if I’ll do straight stitching to give it a more modern look, or put it on my mid-arm to do a circular pattern.

Decisions, decisions!

To be continued…