Make it Rain!

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:

Foundation Paper Piecing Tutorial

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.

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Rainbow of raindrops by Carolina Moore
Raindrops by Perkins Dry Goods
Rainy Day Walk Home by The Quilted Diary
Raindrop by Blockofthemodotcom
I Love Rainy Days by Heidi Pridemore
Petrichor by Althea Gyde
Gray Skies are Gonna Clear Up by Blue Bear Quilts
Rain from Heaven by Faith and Fabric
Umbrella and Gumboots by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
April Showers by QuiltFabrication
Pouring Rain by Patti’s Patchwork
Spring Crocus by PhoebeMoon Designs
Playing in the Rain by Puppy Girl Designs
Rainy Day by Studio R Quilts
Rain Showers by Slice of Pi Quilts
Rain by Oh Kaye Quilting
Doves in the rain by Sara Flynn
April Showers by Inquiring Quilter
Rain Will Make the Flowers Grow by Devoted Quilter
I’ve Got Sunshine on a Rainy Day
Let it Rain
Splish-Splash by Pretty Piney Quilts
April Showers by Cotton Street Commons
Rain on the Window

Custom Colors in EQ8

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.
  • 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.

National Quilting Day 2021

This, my friends, should be a major national holiday! March 20 is National Quilting Day. You should take a few minutes to wander around the internet because there will be lots of quilty goodness out there this weekend.

I have been so busy I didn’t have time to build a full quilt pattern for the event, but this throw sized quilt pattern was mostly done and sitting on my computer as a digital WIP, so I managed to get it finished so I could share it with YOU!

This throw finishes at 58″ x 58″ and is made up of half-square triangles and plain blocks. You can do this! I designed the quilt so you could use a layer cake and make it scrappy or use yardage for a more modern appeal like I went for.

If you make this. . . TAG ME! Or E-mail me! I love to see your work! #OKQMedallion Star @ohkayequilting

Improve Your Piecing with Starch

My collection of “starchy” sprays.

When I was a new quilter, I thought success was all about sewing.

I was wrong.

On the back of a Sherwin-Williams paint can I learned a valuable lesson many years ago. It said, “Preparation is the key to a satisfying project.” I think the same goes for quilting.

I do not usually pre-wash my fabric. (We will talk about that another day.) I now know that having REALLY flat fabric is the first step in making a quilt that goes together nicely. Since I keep my fabric in bins, it gets fold lines and wrinkles. The first thing I do when starting a quilt is to spray a pretty decent spritz of Quilter’s Moonshine on the piece of fabric and press it with a hot, dry iron. I used to use a lot of steam, but I kept getting rust spots on my fabric, so now I don’t add water to my iron. If the fabric is a real disaster, I might just soak it with a spray bottle of water that I keep at my ironing station and steam it well before I move to the Moonshine.

If the quilt is mostly strips or squares, I am good to go.

If there are going to be lots of bias cuts, I use spray starch on the fabric and iron it again. I am OK with pretty stiff fabric. It is much easier to sew.

Once the blocks are complete and I am giving the final press from the front, I will use starch or Best Press- depending on my mood. The other product pictured is new, but came highly recommended by a friend. . . I haven’t worked it into my system yet!

Want to try Quilter’s Moonshine? Here is a link to a recipe. I mixed mine a little stronger. . . Isn’t moonshine supposed to be strong?