This month’s Quilt Block Mania theme is Graduation. If you are making graduation quilts or wall hangings this may come in handy. I decided to go with the traditional mortarboard cap.
I know the colors are weird. . . but we are given a palette to work with and I am a rule follower when it comes to things like this!
My recommendation would be to use two similar colors for the cap- like dark gray and black or white and light gray. The tassel can represent that all important school color and you may even use a print for the background.
This is a paper pieced pattern. Here are some links if you need some help with this process.
A lot of people don’t realize that your quilt binding can be added to the quilt top while it is still on the frame. This is a game changer for me because it eliminates a lot of wrangling the quilt on my domestic machine which is great for my neck and shoulder muscles.
Less Pain = Happy Quilter!
Another bonus of using the longarm to sew your binding on is that I think it takes about half the time. The quilt on the video is 64″ x 64″ and I had the binding put on in about 14 minutes. And that was dealing with video concerns. So. . .
Less Time= Happy Quilter!
If you don’t have a longarm, I’ll bet that you could ask your longarmer to attach the binding for you. I know it is a service that is offered by many longarm professionals.
Tips for the best finish:
Make sure that your quilt edges are nice and flat and square. No wavy borders!
Use a square foot that allows you to line up the binding and edge of quilt with the clear foot. I use the Handi Quilter Square Foot in the 1/4″ size. It comes in a set with a 1/2″ size foot as well. These are available from your local Handi Quilter retailer.
When you trim your quilt be careful to not cut into the folded edge of the attached binding. I fold it back to get it out of the way.
Here’s the quilt that was in the video. It’s a new pattern that I will be releasing toward the end of the month and it is called Tri Again.
Our block theme for Quilt Block Mania in April was Rain. I kept things simple because there is absolutely nothing wrong with simplicity. I think this block would be super cute as a row in a row by row spring quilt.
This PDF should print out at 6.5″ x 7.5″. You will need to paper piece two blocks. If you need instructions about how to do this, check out this links:
Once you have the drops made, you will add fabric on the top and bottom of the block to achieve a placement that you like. I added 1″ on top and 4″ on bottom to one raindrop and 4″ on top and 1″ on bottom to the other block. These pieces will need to be 6.5″ wide.
At this point you should have two raindrops that are 6.5″ wide by 12.5″ tall. Sew the two drops together and *POOF* you have a cute block.
Each month I participate in Quilt Block Mania and we are given a color scheme to use. Below the inspiration image (shown to the left) there is another image with bars of colors and these colors are represented by a hex code. A hex code looks like a hashtag/pound sign with six digits after it. In many programs you can use this hex code to find a specific color. Unfortunately, Electric Quilt 8 is not one of them.
The good news is that if you have a hex code, you can translate that color into an RGB number that EQ8 understands. And it is easy!
The website www.colorhexa.com will tell you everything you need to know about the color- for free! You will type the hex code into the bar at the top of the page and then scroll down to the section that says “Color Conversions”. The important numbers for EQ8 will be the RGB Decimal numbers.
These are the steps you must follow in EQ8 to get your custom colors.
You need to be in the COLOR tab and be in the COLOR picker (NOT FABRIC).
Click on the three dots and choose ADD COLORS.
Click on the bar that says DEFINE CUSTOM COLORS.
You can put in the RGB Decimals into the boxes on the right.
Click ADD TO CUSTOM COLORS
Once you have all the colors made, click OK and those colors should come up as choices in your color picker.
I don’t know why, but sometimes a color or two will not import and I have to go through the process again for those colors. It’s odd but I think it is just a glitch in EQ8. I have had great luck in using these steps to conform with given color palettes. You can also make your own palettes, but that is a topic for another day.
Download these instructions with images in a printable PDF by using the DOWNLOAD button.