Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Design – Rotations

Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Design. Original block designs by Jinny Beyer and Judy Martin. Quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

I was in a bit of a hurry yesterday, and only noticed some imperfections in yesterday’s design after I hit ‘Publish’.

I should have used EQ’s ‘Fussy cut’ tool to align the stripes of the border fabrics. (Check).

I could have mirrored the Mariner’s Whirl blocks to align the direction of the overlapping patches with the Waltzing Matilda blocks (Something went wrong, and only the top left block is mirrored :-(. (But hey, this looks cool already, and I really don’t want to click several dozens of times to rotate all these striped fabric patches AGAIN)

Inklingo provides the necessary mirror image shapes for Mariner’s Whirl so you can combine these blocks in the most harmonious way.

And, just for fun, I rotated the striped fabrics some more. The Mariner’s Whirl blocks now each show different rotations of the focus fabric. I also rotated the stripes in the Waltzing Matilda blocks. I like this version better than yesterday’s.

Now the really cool thing is that EQ scales the fabrics to the size of the block. So, (if you don’t mind a bit of bias edges on your patches), you can make your blocks look exactly the same in fabric.

The wider red and white stripe is a quarter inch [0,6 cm.] stripe, and here it is set in the 12″ Mariner’s Whirl block. This particular fabric is by Riley Blake Designs, C-555 RED. And, when I just checked, I found it available online!

And of course, using a diagonally printed stripe would yield very similar results, and easier printing and piecing for some of these options.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go get some striped fabrics and download Inklingo’s Mariner’s Whirl shapes!!

XXX Annika

 

 

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Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Design

Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Design. Original block designs by Jinny Beyer and Judy Martin. Quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

Linda Franz has issued Inklingo shapes for three sizes of the Mariner’s Whirl block, designed by Jinny Beyer. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to play with it in EQ! But before I got around to that, Linda was already offering a free EQ project on her blog. So I downloaded and started playing right away!

I agree with Linda that striped fabrics are perfect for this block. On screen the stripes create an interesting glowing effect in the valleys between the compass points. I wonder if this would also happen in actual fabric, if the stripes are narrow enough.

I found the improved ‘Rotate Fabric’ options in EQ8. Wow, it is great to align a striped fabric so easily and perfectly in each point! I did this by using the Advanced option, and opting for 16 rotations.

16 rotations is the maximum number, so we have to thank Jinny Beyer for limiting the Mariner’s Whirl to 16 points :-)!

Next, you just click each patch the number of times you want your striped fabric rotated. No calculating degrees for each rotation! Perfect. Thank you Electric Quilt company!

I put four 12 inch [30,48 cm.] Mariner’s Whirl blocks in an on point setting. I submitted a 6 inch (inklingo size) Waltzing Matilda block to the ‘serendipity’ block tool ‘shrink and flip’, creating 12″ blocks with 4 Waltzing Matildas each, to put in the alternating 12″ block spaces.

I chose Waltzing Matilda, because the overlapping star points visually echo the overlapping patches at the base of each compass point in the Mariner’s Whirl.

Including three 2″ borders, this quilt finishes 46 inches square.

Starry Path Quilt Designs

Starry Path Quilt – blocks On Point – Inklingo block sizes 6, 8 and 9 inch available

Linda Franz keeps releasing new Inklingo shapes! I just can’t keep up. Not all of them are easy to draft and play with in EQ, so I am not showing designs with shapes from Willyne Hammerstein’s Millefiori books.

I have been playing with the recently released Starry Path blocks. Inklingo shapes are currently available for 6, 8 and 9 inch blocks. They are very nice just by themselves, in an on point setting.

If you add plain sashings in the background color, the stars have a little more space.

Starry Path Blocks on point. Same as above, but with plain sashings – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

And of course, then you can add a small block in the cornerstones.

Starry Path Blocks On Point, with plain sashings and nine patch blocks in cornerstones. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

I combined the Starry Path blocks with nine patch blocks, double nine patch blocks and the ‘bordered nine patch’ block. All these blocks are in EQ, so I did not have to draft anything. The Starry Path block is under the name of Interwoven Star.

Below are some more examples of the blocks in a straight set. Check the Inklingo Index of Shapes for the available squares, depending on the block size of your choice.

Starry Path Blocks in horizontal set, alternated with ‘bordered nine patch’ blocks. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

Starry Path blocks in horizontal set, alternated with double nine patch blocks. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

Well, I hope you are inspired to make an Inklingo Starry Path quilt!

XXX Annika

Merry Christmas!

2018 Christmas Stars Quilt based on the Inklingo 3 inch LeMoyne Star shape collection – original design by Annika Kornelis

 

I’m wishing you a very Merry Christmas, or other Happy Holidays, and all the best for 2019!
I have not done much blogging, EQ-ing or quilting in 2018, but I felt I had to at least put up a Christmas quilt design. And if you have followed me for a couple of years, you know my Christmas quilts usually have stars. And, I have a problem with the traditional Christmas red and green! It has to have at least a third color, or be a very soft green or something.

This design is inspired by a spectacular, scrappy antique quilt from the collection of the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Michigan, USA. I think I first saw it in a blog post by Barbara Brackman, and I saved a picture of it.

Edyta Sitar’s Stars Upon Stars Quilt

Edyta Sitar did a reproduction pattern, which recently also was in Quiltmania issue 128.

While I love this quilt, I would not make an exact reproduction.

  • First, I prefer symmetrical quilts.
  • Second, the relative proportions of the differently sized star points (diamonds) did not look harmonious to me.
  • Third, and perhaps, most important, not all sizes of diamonds are available as Inklingo shapes.

So, I tried to remedy all of that in EQ8. I came up with a design that is based on one size diamond only, using the 3 inch Inklingo LeMoyne Star shape collection as my starting point.
The original star block is 12 inch [30,48 cm.] with 5 rows of diamonds, and 3.5 inch [8,89 cm.] stars in the corners.

My design (center measuring about 64 x 64 inches [163 x 163 cm.]) has four rows of the 0.88 inch [ca. 2,2 cm.] diamonds, which also makes the large star 12 inch. By adding 0.5 inch [ca. 1,3 cm.] strips to the outsides of the smaller stars in the corners, I could use the 3 inch [ca. 7,6 cm.] star there, too. The stars in the corner stones are also 3 inches.

2018 Christmas Stars Quilt Peach, with sashings like the original antique quilt – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

I drafted both the original sashings, and a sashing block of my own design, using the 0.88 inch diamonds there, too. You would have to make it so that you add about 1/8 of an inch [2 millimeters] somewhere along the length of the 12 inch sashings. I think that’s doable by piecing slightly scant seams.

The original sashing can also be made with Inklingo shapes, if my mushy brain is correct. It uses 1.5 inch QST’s and 1.06 inch squares. Check the Index of Inklingo Shapes for availability.

2018 Christmas Stars Quilt based on the Inklingo 3 inch LeMoyne Star shape collection, color variation of the picture above – original design by Annika Kornelis

Merry Christmas! XXX Annika

Itchiku Kubota Kimonos (re)visited

I have been home for a week now, and I am still in a post-trip-of-a-lifetime depression.

But today, a package arrived, which managed to pierce through the thick clouds of grey. It was a gift to myself, a reminder of the beauty of the country we travelled, and for which I think I will be a bit homesick for the rest of my life.

Book: Kimono as Art – The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota

Yes, we have been to Japan. A gastronomic tour of almost 3 weeks, with our stay at Lake Kawaguchiko, including our visit to the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum as the absolute highlight.

I have seen some of his work in 2015, and have been wanting to visit his museum ever since. And now we have.

Imagine: Gorgeous weather, cherry blossoms in full bloom between our terrace and the lake, and a clear view of Mount Fuji behind the lake.

Not a postcard, just a picture we took from our hotel

A private open air hot spring bath for us to enjoy this eternally beautiful view (with some good, chilled sake at hand) and only a 15 minute walk from the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Oh yes, we have been living the Japanese dream.

Sorry about the feet… but this is us, in our private hot spring bath!

Back when I was still happy…

Sigh…

XXX Annika

Inklingo Ribbon Flower Christmas Quilts

Inklingo Ribbon Flower blocks (12 inch) alternated with Inklingo Dresden Plate Basic Pieced blocks, with a 3 inch sashing in between, and 3 inch Inklingo LeMoyne Stars in the cornerstones – original design by Annika Kornelis

Finally I got to play with Inklingo Ribbon Flower in EQ. I designed some Christmas quilts, combining the Ribbon Flower blocks with several other Inklingo blocks.

In the quilt above, the 12 inch [30,5 cm.] blocks are in a horizontal set, with a 3 inch [7,6 cm.] sashing in between. The Inklingo Dresden Plates finish at 9 inch [22.9 cm.] originally, so I virtually put a 1.5 inch [3,8 cm.] frame around each block, to make it finish at 12 inch.

In the cornerstones and the red borders are 3 inch Inklingo LeMoyne Stars. I’ve said it before, I think every Christmas quilt needs to have stars! :-). I think they look like snowflakes in this one.

The entire quilt finishes at 74 inches [188 cm.] x 92 inches [233,7 cm.]

Inklingo Ribbon Flower Christmas Quilt, alternated with 4.5 inch Inklingo LeMoyne Stars (free shape collection!) in a horizontal set and 3 inch LeMoyne Stars in the border – original design by Annika Kornelis

In my Christmas quilt design above, I put the 12 inch Inklingo Ribbon Flower blocks in a horizontal set without sashings. The stars in between are 4.5 inch [11.4 cm.] Inklingo LeMoyne stars, from the free shape collection, again framed to make the blocks finish at 12 inches.

The turquoise border is 3 inches, with 3 inch Inklingo LeMoyne Star blocks. First, I put 6 inch [15,2 cm.] red borders around the center part. And then, to make it a rectangular quilt, I added 9 inch [22,9 cm.] red borders to the top and bottom. This makes the quilt 80 inches [203 cm.] x 98 inches [249 cm.].

Same Inklingo Ribbon Flower quilt as above, in a color variation, showing patch outlines – original design by Annika Kornelis

 

12 inch Inklingo Ribbon Flower alternated with 12 inch Inklingo Clamshell Rose blocks in a horizontal set with 3 inch sashings, and 3 inch Inklingo LeMoyne Stars in the cornerstones – original design by Annika Kornelis

And my final Inklingo Christmas quilt design. This time I combined the Ribbon Flower blocks with Inklingo Clamshell Rose blocks, with the 4 inch clamshell shapes in a 12 inch block. Again, 3 inch sashings with the cute 3 inch Inklingo LeMoyne Stars in the cornerstones.

The white borders are 6 inches wide. Including the red 1 inch [2,5 cm.] border/binding, this quilt finishes at 63 inches [160 cm.] square.

Merry Christmas and ‘Vrolijk Kerstfeest’ from Rotterdam!

XXX Annika

Playing with Simple Blocks in EQ – Part 5

I still have a few quilts to show you that I created with the same blocks from the four previous posts.

Very versatile set of four blocks!

They are all medallion quilts. Most have similar borders, which I am adding on in consecutive pictures. Most also have a knot motif in the center. I am showing them below without further comments.

Knot medallion quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis

 

Complicated Knot Medallion Quilt Variation – original design by Annika Kornelis

 

Medallion Quilt Variation – original design by Annika Kornelis

 

Complicated Knot Medallion Quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis

 

Multicolor Complicated Knot Medallion Quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis

I think this was the last blog about these simple blocks. ‘Simple’ here means easy to draw in EQ! Piecing or appliqueing them is something else :-). I hope you enjoyed these.

Now, I have many ideas to play with Inklingo’s Ribbon Flower. I need more hours in a day!

XXX Annika

Canada 150 Quilt!

Canada 150 Quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis

Happy Anniversary, dear Canada! 150 already on 1 July of this year, and you’re looking beautiful as ever :-)

This post actually is ‘Playing with Simple Blocks in EQ – Part 4’. The picture below shows a bit better how I used my four simple blocks from the previous posts, to create letters.

Canada 150 quilt with outlines – original design by Annika Kornelis

I created so many variations for each letter, I had a hard time picking the one I liked best. So, I just included different versions of repeated letters.

I intentionally made every letter in the word ‘Canada’ unique. It represents the idea that, no matter what you look like, and what choices you make, everyone’s contribution to the whole is equally valuable. You can be an A in many different ways!

I find it very interesting to see how the four simple elements I put together create looks that remind me of art from different cultures.

Some of the quilt designs I made with these blocks remind me of Celtic art, some look a bit Asian, some vaguely echo Aboriginal art. I guess the same elements are used by humans throughout different times and cultures to create their art.

Very versatile set of four blocks!

I love that what I do with EQ in my simple, very modern way, connects me to these artists :-)

So, my design celebrates the ethnic and cultural diversity of Canada, using the colors of the Canadian flag.

Happy Canada Day!

XXX Annika

Playing with Simple Blocks in EQ – Part 3

Simple striped medallion quilt, outward curves – original design by Annika Kornelis

Yes, we are going to continue playing with the same blocks from the previous two posts! This post is going to show how one design leads to another in my EQ Sketchbook.

The quilt picture above shows a combination of three blocks, the Stripes, the Log Cabin and the connecting Fan variation block. I really like this clean medallion style, leaving lots of room for quilting or perhaps redwork embroidery in the centre.

Simple striped medallion quilt, inward curves – original design by Annika Kornelis

This picture shows the same idea, in a different coloring, with the curves going inward instead of outward. My next design builds on that idea.

Black and White Stripes and Curves quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis

This is a different set of three blocks, compared to the two quilts above. I replaced the log cabin blocks in the corners by curves.

Next, I connected the inward curves of the outer border with stripes, and added curls to the inward curves of the inner border. Now it is no longer a medallion quilt.

I decided to fill the white spaces with some more curves, and added a bit of color in the background, to separate the white stripes from the background in this busier design. I think it really creates a sense of depth.

Black and White Stripes and Curves Quilt 2 – original design by Annika Kornelis

In the next design I changed the center and the coloring. I reversed the coloring of the curved blocks inside the ‘squares’, and colored the outside lines red.

Black, White and Red Stripes and Curves Quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis

So, I have returned to using red, the color I started with. But if you compare the first design with the last, would you have guessed this one evolved from the first?

I am still far from finished with playing with these blocks. In the next post, I will show you a design with the four blocks from this post combined.

Very versatile set of four blocks!

It is a quilt I designed for Canada’s 150th anniversary. I think you can guess the colors ;-). But I think the way I used these blocks will be a surprise to you… (Are you excited yet?)

XXX Annika

Playing with Simple Blocks in EQ – Part 2

Weave and Knots Quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis

In the picture above, can you see which square block I added to the striped block I played with in my previous post?re It is this one:

Fan variation block – drafted by me

I drafted this block myself, like the previous two blocks. The EQ block libraries have similar blocks, but I wanted a specific look, and I find it quicker to just draw it myself instead of browsing the libraries, trying to find exactly what I need. This block here is a simpler version of the ‘Rainbow fan’ block in EQ.

I am not sure how this ‘rainbow fan’ block was constructed, and I am not worried about it either when I am playing in EQ! I guess you could piece it or applique it, whatever your preference.

Modern Vine Strip Quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis

Quickly after I started combining the striped block with the curved block, I discovered something was missing. I wanted a block that would connect the curves with the stripes.
So I edited the fan block, adding six lines in the background.

Connecting Fan Variation block – original design by Annika Kornelis

These six simple lines added a lot of possibilities! Suddenly, I could make continuous lines flowing in many directions. You can see the difference when you compare the Modern Vine quilt below with the one above.

Modern Vine Strip quilt, continous  – original design by Annika Kornelis

Now, I wanted to explore the possibilities of just the Fan block with the Connecting Fan block, without the straight stripes.

Circles and Waves Medallion Quilt 1 – original design by Annika Kornelis

In just red and white, I created several medallion style quilts by setting my two chosen blocks in an on point setting.

Circles and Waves Medallion quilt 2 – original design by Annika Kornelis

This last one uses the same blocks on point, but is not a medallion quilt. I made many variations of these asymmetrical continuous wavy ribbons, but I think I like this one best.

Wavy Ribbons – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

And, when I added the stripes again, I found these three blocks make very nice medallion style quilts in a straight set, too!

Stripes and Curved Medallion quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis

I just can’t stop playing with these! They are so versatile, and I have a need to explore every option. So, I have lots more to show you!

XXX Annika