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…


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

Playing with Simple Blocks in EQ – Part 1

I have been playing around with a set of four blocks in EQ7. The combination is very versatile, as I hope to show you.

These blocks are very simple to draw in EQ. I think, even if you are a beginner, you will want to try this, and play with them yourself! I am starting with just two blocks:

Even with just the most simple block, the striped one on the left, you can make some really nice quilts!

Weave quilt, striped blocks only, set on point – original design by Annika Kornelis

Simple sewing, and you can make these blocks with the Inklingo shape collections for Log Cabin, available in several sizes. This design is square blocks set on point. I think an on point set always looks more dynamic than a horizontal set, so I prefer this for very simple blocks.

And I hope the picture above shows that, by adding a bit of randomness into block placement and coloring, a quilt with a very simple block does not necessarily look predictable.

Next is a quilt which combines both blocks.

Maze quilt, two colors  – Original design by Annika Kornelis

I love this graphic, dynamic look! It is very much the same as the quilt above, I just replaced some of the striped blocks with a log cabin block, and I reversed the coloring on some of the blocks, to break up longer lines.

If you prefer it a bit more playful, randomly add some color, including value changes to lighten up the rigid contrast, like I have done in the quilt design below.

Maze quilt, same as above, only different coloring – original design by Annika Kornelis

In my next post, I will combine the striped block with a different block, and we’ll see what happens!

XXX Annika

Drawing a Morse Star Block in EQ – Video

Medallion quilt with 18 inch Morse Star block in the centre, surrounded by a border of 9 inch Inklingo Stars. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis – Medaillon quilt met 18 inch Morse Star in het midden, en daarom heen een rand van 9 inch Inklingo Stars. Origineel quiltontwerp van Annika Kornelis.

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In mijn vorige post (alleen in het Engels) heb ik laten zien hoe ik het Inklingo Star blok heb getekend in EQ7. Vandaag gebruik ik Inklingo Star als basis voor het tekenen van het complexere Morse Star blok in EQ.

Het blok is complexer, maar het tekenen zelf is eenvoudiger. Het is eigenlijk vooral kopiëren en plakken. Als je het EQ projectbestand met Inklingo Star van Linda Franz (gratis!) hebt gedownload, kun je het Morse Star blok eenvoudig zelf creëren, zonder echt te tekenen.

18 inch Morse Star blokken in een horizontale setting, met 4.5 inch LeMoyne sterren. Origineel quiltontwerp van Annika Kornelis

Voor het tekenen van complexe blokken in EQ heb ik een paar ‘trucjes’. De belangrijkste:

  1. Importeer een afbeelding van het blok in EQ, en zet het op je ‘drawing board’ om over te trekken. Het kan je helpen het juiste raster en de bijbehorende snap settings te vinden.
  2. Zoek in de EQ Block Libraries een blok dat lijkt op het blok dat je wilt tekenen.

Vaak vind je er wel een. Importeer dat in je Schetsboek om te bewerken. Met een beetje geluk hoef je alleen de kleurverdeling van licht en donker aan te passen, of wat lijnen weg te halen of toe te voegen.

Trucje 2 heb ik hier gebruikt. Door in de EQ Block Libraries te zoeken in de categorie Classic Pieced: Eight-Pointed Stars, vond ik twee blokken die genoeg op Morse Star lijken om bruikbaar te zijn (Dutch Rose en Carpenter’s Wheel).

EQ Schetsboek met, van boven naar beneden: Inklingo Star blok, Dutch Rose blok, Carpenter’s Wheel blok

De video begint met deze twee blokken in mijn schetsboek, plus het Inklingo Star blok dat ik in de vorige video heb getekend.

De belangrijkste dingen die ik in de schermopname laat zien:

  • Wat er kan gebeuren als je lijnen verwijdert uit een blok.

18 inch Morse Star blokken op de punt, met 9 inch Inklingo Stars en 4,5 inch Lemoyne Star blokken. Origineel quiltontwerp van Annika Korneils.

Nadat ik de overbodige lijnen uit het Carpenter’s Wheel blok heb verwijderd (inclusief een lijn onderin het blok die ik wel nodig heb, ipv een overbodige… Sorry!), kijk ik ter controle naar het blok op de Color tabblad, voordat ik tussentijds opsla.

Daar zie ik dat de verwijderde lijnen nog steeds in het blok staan. Op de een of andere manier heeft EQ de verwijderde lijnen niet ‘gepakt’, dat gebeurt vaker. Als je het blok nu zou opslaan, krijg je de melding dat het blok al in het Schetsboek staat.

Als dat gebeurt, weet je dat je nog iets extra moet doen om de verwijderde lijnen echt weg te halen. En dat is, een willekeurige lijn toevoegen!

18 inch Morse Star blokken op de punt etc. Zelfde quiltontwerp als hierboven, kleurvariatie. Origineel quiltontwerp van Annika Kornelis.

Dus, ik ga van het Color tabblad weer naar het EasyDraw tabblad. Vervolgens haal ik een lijn weg die ik eenvoudig weer opnieuw kan tekenen. Ik voeg dat lijntje weer toe.

Nu kan ik het blok veilig tussentijds opslaan, zonder dat ik overnieuw moet beginnen met het verwijderen van de lijnen.

Als ik daarna op het Color tabblad kijk, zie ik een ongekleurd blok, waaruit alle verwijderde lijnen ook echt verdwenen zijn. 

Morse Star blokken op de punt, met 4.5 inch LeMoyne sterren. Origineel quiltontwerp van Annika Kornelis.

Wat de video verder laat zien:

  • Dat je lijnen uit het ene blok kunt kopiëren en dan in een ander blok kunt plakken.
  • Dat je lijnen tijdelijk naast je blok kunt parkeren.
  • Het gebruik van de Pick Tool, en dan de Symmetry optie.

Ik kan zelf maar niet onthouden wat elke ‘Flip’ optie precies doet. Daarom laat ik het effect van alle ‘Rotate’ en ‘Flip’ opties achter elkaar zien.

Je ziet dat ik 1 set lijnen kopieer uit het Inklingo Star blok, en die vervolgens 8x naast het Carpenter’s Wheel blok plak en 7x roteer of flip. Voor een achtpuntige ster heb je dan precies alle symmetry opties nodig. (De eerste, ‘Clone’, doet hetzelfde als ‘kopiëren’ plus ‘plakken’.)

De video duurt bijna 12 minuten, maar na ca. 5 minuten heb je alle stappen wel gezien. Daarna is het alleen nog een herhaling van het plaatsen van de diverse sets geroteerde lijnen.

De video heeft geen geluid.

Ik hoop dat je de video met bovenstaande uitleg duidelijk vindt, en dat je, net als ik, geïnspireerd bent om met Morse Star blokken te gaan spelen!

XXX Annika


In my previous post I showed you how I drafted the Inklingo Star block in EQ7.

Today I am using the Inklingo Star block I created in the previous video, as the start for drawing the more complex Morse Star block in EQ7.

While the block is more complex, the drawing is actually much easier. It is mainly copy and paste!

If you have downloaded Linda Franz’s (free!) EQ project file with Inklingo Star, you can easily create the Morse Star block in EQ, without any actual drawing.

18 inch Morse Star blocks in a horizontal set, with 4.5 inch LeMoyne Stars. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

I have a couple of tricks for drafting complex blocks in EQ. The main ones are:

  1. Import a picture of the block into EQ, and put it on your drawing board for tracing. It can help you find the right grid and snap settings.
  2. Search the EQ Block Libraries for a block that is similar to the block you want.

Often you will find one. Add that to your Sketchbook, to edit. With a bit of luck you only need to change the light-dark color distribution, or to delete or add some lines.

I used this second tip for Morse Star. Through a search in the Classic Pieced: Eight-Pointed Stars block section of the Block Libraries, I found two blocks that look enough like Morse Star to be usable (Dutch Rose and Carpenter’s Wheel).

EQ Sketchbook with, from top to bottom: Inklingo Star block, Dutch Rose block, Carpenter’s Wheel block

The video starts with these two blocks in my Sketchbook, plus the Inklingo Star block that I drafted in the previous video.

The most important things I am showing in the screen recording:

  • A thing that can happen when you remove lines from a block.

18 inch Morse Star blocks on point, with 9 inch Inklingo Stars and 4.5 inch LeMoyne Stars. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

After I deleted the lines I don’t need in the Carpenter’s Wheel block (including one line that I actually did need, instead of the one I intended to delete… Sorry!), I check what my block looks like on the Color Tab, before I save.

There I see that my deleted lines are still visible in the block. For some reason, EQ did not take my changes. It sometimes happens with deleting lines.

If I would save my block at this stage, EQ would say that this block is already in my Sketchbook.

When that happens, you know you have to do something extra to actually remove your deleted lines. And that is, to (randomly) add a line!

18 inch Morse Star blocks etc. Same quilt design as above, color variation. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

So, I return to the EasyDraw tab. There I delete a line that I can easily draw in again. Next, I draw that line.

Now I can safely save my block, without the risk of having to start over with deleting my unwanted lines.

When I check my Color tab after that, I see an uncolored block, from which all of the deleted lines have actually disappeared.

Morse Star blocks on point, with 4.5 inch LeMoyne Stars. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

Further, the video shows:

  • That you can copy lines from one block, and paste them into another block.
  • That you can temporarily park lines outside your block edges.
  • The use of the Symmetry option of the Pick Tool.

I seem to be unable to memorize what each Flip option actually does, so I am showing the effect of each Rotate and Flip option in a row.

You will see that I copy one set of lines from the Inklingo Star block, and paste it 8 times next to my altered Carpenter’s Wheel block, with 7 different rotations or flips. For an eight pointed star, you need exactly all symmetry options. (The first one, Clone, does the same as Copy + Paste.)

The video is almost 12 minutes, but after five minutes you have seen most of the steps. After that it is just repetition of placing the sets of rotated lines.

This video has no sound.

I hope you will find the video clear with my explanation above, and that you will be inspired to play with Morse Star blocks, just like I was!

XXX Annika