Clamshell Quilt Ideas

Clamshell Glowing Stripes - Strips of Clamshells set next to unpieced strips of fabric

Clamshell Glowing Stripes – Rows of Clamshells set next to unpieced strips of fabric – Rijen clamshells vastgezet aan repen stof.

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De Inklingo clamshells zijn er nu in 4 nieuwe maten!

Namelijk: 2 inch clamshells [ca. 5,1 cm.], 2,5 inch clamshells [ca. 6,4 cm.], 4 inch clamshells [ca. 10,2 cm.], en 6 inch clamshells [ca. 15,2 cm.].  3 inch [ca. 7,6 cm.] en 3,5 inch clamshells [ca. 8,9 cm.] waren er al om te downloaden. Je vindt alle maten clamshells hier op de Inklingo site.

Traditioneel en heel bekend zijn natuurlijk de quilts in een doorlopend clamshellpatroon van veel verschillende stofjes (restjes). Prachtig, en Linda Franz laat hier op haar All About Inklingo blog zien hoe je met Inklingo ook van die mooie scrappy clamshell quilts kunt maken.

Daarom vind ik het leuk om vandaag wat andere, en voor clamshells minder traditionele ideeën te laten zien. Hier komen ze.

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Simpele Horizontale Strip Quilt met Clamshells – Door de kleuring van de clamshell blokjes lijken ze een zwevende geschulpte rand te vormen.

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Eenvoudige Horizontale Strip Quilt met Clamshells. Variatie op de groen-blauwe quilt hierboven met vijf rijen clamshells i.p.v. een, in maar twee kleuren stof.

Eenvoudige Horizontal Strip Quilt met Clamshells, variatie 3. De rijen clamshells zijn hier tegen elkaar in geplaatst, waardoor een rij cirkels lijkt te ontstaan.

Eenvoudige Horizontal Strip Quilt met Clamshells, variatie 3. De rijen clamshells zijn hier tegen elkaar in geplaatst, waardoor er een rij cirkels tussen de clamshells lijkt te ontstaan.

Applique Medaillon Quilt met Clamshell Rand. De clamshells wijzen hier naar buiten, hieronder volgt nog een variatie met de clamshells naar binnen. De blauwe clamshells in de hoeken moet je waarschijnlijk appliqueren. De vaas met bloemen is een kant en klaar blok in EQ7.

Applique Medaillon Quilt met Clamshell Rand. De clamshells wijzen hier naar buiten, hieronder volgt nog een variatie met de clamshells naar binnen. De blauwe clamshells in de hoeken moet je waarschijnlijk appliqueren. De vaas met bloemen is een kant en klaar blok in EQ7.

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Applique Medaillon Quilt met Clamshell Rand Variatie.

Je kunt deze ontwerpen eenvoudig aanpassen voor verschillende maten clamshells. Als je het leuk vindt, Inklingo biedt de nieuwe maten tegen een speciale introductieprijs aan tot en met 15 september 2016.

Meer clamshell quiltontwerpen vind je in deze oudere post van mij.

Veel plezier ermee!

XXX Annika

ENGLISH

Inklingo clamshells are now available in 4 new sizes!

They are: 2 inch clamshells [ca. 5.1 cm.], 2.5 inch clamshells [ca. 6.4 cm.], 4 inch clamshells [ca. 10.2 cm.], and 6 inch clamshells [ca. 15.2 cm.].  3 Inch [ca. 7.6 cm.] and 3.5 inch clamshells [ca. 8.9 cm.] were already available for downloading. You will find all sizes of clamshells here on the Inklingo site.

Traditional, and very familiar are of course the quilts in an allover clamshell pattern of many different fabrics. Beautiful, and Linda Franz shows on her All About Inklingo Blog how you can easily make these pretty scrappy clamshell quilts with Inklingo too.

That is why I chose to show you some different ideas here, a bit less traditional for clamshells. Here they are:

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Simple Horizontal Strip Quilt with Clamshells. Because of the color placement in the clamshell blocks, the clamshells appear to form a floating scalloped border.

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Simple Horizontal Strip Quilt with Clamshells. Variation on the green-blue quilt above, with five rows of clamshells instead of one, and only two colors of fabric.

Eenvoudige Horizontal Strip Quilt met Clamshells, variatie 3. De rijen clamshells zijn hier tegen elkaar in geplaatst, waardoor een rij cirkels lijkt te ontstaan.

Simple Horizontal Strip Quilt with Clamshells, variation 3. The rows of clamshells are set opposing each other, which makes a row of circles appear in between.

Applique Medaillon Quilt met Clamshell Rand. De clamshells wijzen hier naar buiten, hieronder volgt nog een variatie met de clamshells naar binnen. De blauwe clamshells in de hoeken moet je waarschijnlijk appliqueren. De vaas met bloemen is een kant en klaar blok in EQ7.

Applique Medaillon Quilt with Clamshell Inner Border. The clamshells are facing outward in this design, below is a variation with clamshells facing inwards. You would probably have to applique the blue clamshells in the corners. The vase with flowers is an existing block in EQ7.

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You can easily adapt these designs for different sizes of clamshells. And if you like them, Inklingo is offering the new clamshell sizes at a special introductory price until 15 September 2016, midnight.

You will find more clamshell quilt designs in this older post from me.

Enjoy!

XXX Annika

Star Sampler Quilt for Inklingo’s Anniversary

Inklingo Star Sampler - original design by Annika Kornelis, to celebrate 10 years of Inklingo!

Inklingo Star Sampler, original design by Annika Kornelis, to celebrate 10 years of Inklingo! – Inklingo Star Sampler, eigen ontwerp van Annika Kornelis, om 10 jaar Inklingo te vieren!

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Dubbel Hoera! Inklingo bestaat deze maand dus tien jaar, en uitvinder Linda is vandaag jarig. Gefeliciteerd, Linda & Monkey!

Natuurlijk moest ik een quilt ontwerpen voor deze gelegenheid, en het resultaat zie je hierboven (en onder). Ik ben er lang mee bezig geweest, het wilde maar niet lukken. Ik denk dat ik eigenlijk te veel wilde. Linda heeft al zo ontzettend veel Inklingo Shape collections gemaakt in die tien jaar, dat het onmogelijk bleek om een representatief overzicht te geven in één quilt.

Ik heb me dus maar beperkt tot sterrenblokken. Die zijn geliefd, klassiek en ze vervelen me nooit. En ik vond het wel toepasselijk om Linda in deze vorm de sterren te geven die zij en Inklingo verdienen!

Toen ik een tijdje bezig was met een zo breed mogelijke selectie van alle mogelijke Inklingo-sterren kwam ik er achter dat ik met alleen de achtpuntige sterren al een grote uitdaging had. De zespuntige sterren, de tienpuntige etc. vielen dus af.

Het is nog best lastig om van blokken met verschillende afmetingen een harmonieus geheel te maken. Om die reden heb ik ook maar een beperkt palet gebruikt, 5 kleuren in de blokken.

Daarbij had ik mezelf nog een uitdaging gesteld; ik wilde graag precies 35 verschillende sterren in de quilt verwerken, terwijl de quilt wel nog een normaal formaat moest hebben. En het is gelukt!! :-)

Inklingo Star Sampler met rode achtergrond. De blokken zijn precies hetzelfde gekleurd als in de lichtblauwe versie bovenaan. Een andere achtergrondkleur geeft een heel ander effect!

Inklingo Star Sampler met rode achtergrond. De blokken zijn precies hetzelfde gekleurd als in de lichtblauwe versie bovenaan. Een andere achtergrondkleur geeft een heel ander effect!

De 35 sterren zijn omdat dat precies het aantal sterren is dat Linda en Inklingo volgens mij verdienen, in plaats van het normale maximum van 5 sterren. Waarom, kun je lezen in deze grappige review van een anonieme Inklingo gebruiker ;-).

Ik zal later meer informatie geven over de blokken, maar hier alvast wat algemene informatie over de quilt.

Het middendeel, zonder de randen, meet iets meer dan 76 x 76 inch [194 x 194 cm]. (Om de meeste variaties heb ik randen van 1 inch [2,5 cm.] en 1.5 inch [3,8 cm.] getekend).

Een zelfde blok maar van een ander formaat reken ik als verschillend, dus het is een echte sampler.

De blokken meten:

  • 3 inch [7,62 cm.],
  • 4,5 inch [11,4 cm.]
  • 6 inch [15,24 cm.]
  • 9 inch [22,9 cm.]
  • 12 inch [30,5 cm.]
  • 13,5 inch [34,3 cm.]
  • 18 inch [45,7 cm.]
  • ca. 30 inch [76,2 cm.]

Die laatste is de Feathered Star in het midden, die is iets kleiner dan 30 inch. Dat heeft Linda gedaan zodat je de optie hebt om in het midden een 9 inch [22.9 cm.] blok naar keuze te zetten. Dat is echt zo slim!

Inklingo Star Sampler, lilac background, different block coloring.

Inklingo Star Sampler, lila achterground, blokken anders gekleurd.

Ik heb er de 9 inch Inklingo Star geplaatst. Dat middenblok telt dus als 2 blokken, en zo kwam ik precies tot het gewenste aantal van 35!

Drie blokken heb ik met extra strips rondom afgemaakt op een veelvoud van 1,5 inch [3,8 cm.], zodat ze mooier in mijn layout pasten. De Feathered Star in het midden is daardoor 31,5 inch geworden [80 cm.]. 

Inklingo star Sampler met neutrale achtergrond. Blokken nog steeds hetzelfde gekleurd.

Inklingo star Sampler met neutrale achtergrond. Blokken weer  hetzelfde gekleurd als in de rode, de blauwe en de dambordversie hieronder.

Wat namen van de gebruikte blokken: LeMoyne Star (variaties), Blazing Star, Polk Ohio, Star Flowers, Waltzing Matilda, Key West Beauty variaties, Inklingo Star, Morse Star, Midnight Fireworks, Diamond Star.

Sommige blokken stonden kant en klaar in EQ, andere heeft Linda voor ons getekend en sommige heb ik zelf getekend. Het was nog een hele administratieve klus om te inventariseren welke blokken in welke maat gemaakt kunnen worden in Inklingo, maar ik geloof dat ik ze nu allemaal goed heb.

(Ik kwam er vanochtend, nadat ik alle plaatjes voor dit blog al gemaakt had, pas achter dat ik een van de blokken in een niet-bestaande maat had opgevoerd! Dus dat moest allemaal weer gecorrigeerd worden.) 

Hoe je al deze sterren nog enigszins hemels in een achtergrond genaaid krijgt, daar moet ik nog even op puzzelen. Als je heel ijverig bent, zou je in elk geval de achtergrond kunnen maken van patchwork van 1,5 inch vierkantjes [3,8 cm.].

Inklingo Star Sampler met dambord achtergrond. Elk vierkantje is 1.5 inch.

Inklingo Star Sampler met dambord achtergrond. Elk vierkantje is 1,5 inch. De gele driehoekjes langs de rand zijn 1,5 inch HST’s, en in de hoekjes zitten 1,5 inch QST’s.

Al de benodigde vierkantjes en driehoekjes zijn in elk geval beschikbaar als Inklingo patroondelen. Het voordeel is dat je dan zonder aftekenen de achtergrond machinaal in een schuin rasterpatroon kunt quilten (cross hatching), met een boventransportvoetje met een naadgeleider, evenwijdig aan de naden.

Binnenkort meer! Zingen jullie ondertussen het speciale Inklingo-verjaardagslied mee voor Linda? Pom, pom, pom…Print, Cut, Sew…!

XXX Annika

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Inklingo Star Sampler met rode achtergrond. De blokken zijn precies hetzelfde gekleurd als in de lichtblauwe versie bovenaan. Een andere achtergrondkleur geeft een heel ander effect!

Inklingo Star Sampler with red background. The blocks are colored exactly the same as in the blue version at the top of this post. A different background color has a very different effect!

Hurray! Hurray! As you know, Inklingo has been around for ten years this month, and today is inventor Linda’s birthday! Congratulations, Linda & Monkey!

Of course, I had to design a quilt for this occasion, and you can see the result above. It took me a long time to design this, I just could not get it to work. I think I wanted do do too much in one design. Linda has already published so many Inklingo Shape Collections in those ten years, that it soon turned out to be impossible to give a representative overview in one quilt.

So I limited myself to star blocks. They are well loved, classic, and I can never get enough of them. Plus, I thought it would be fitting to award Linda all the stars she and Inklingo deserve, in this way.

When I had been working a while to find and create a broad overview of all the available stars in Inklingo, it dawned on me that I would have my hands full with just the eight pointed stars. So the six pointed and ten pointed stars etc. had to go!

And it is tricky to create a harmonious whole with differently sized blocks. For that reason, I also limited my color palette, to just 5 colors for the blocks.

On top of that, I had given myself another challenge; I wanted to use exactly 35 different star blocks in this quilt, within a reasonable size limit. And I did it! :-)

The 35 stars are because it is arguably the number of stars Linda and Inklingo deserve, instead of the regular maximum of five stars. You can read why, in this funny review by an anonymous Inklingo user ;-).

I will provide more info on the blocks later, but here is some general information on the quilt.

Inklingo star Sampler met neutrale achtergrond. Blokken nog steeds hetzelfde gekleurd.

Inklingo star Sampler with neutral background. Blocks still colored the same as in the blue and red versions above.

The center without borders measures about 76 x 76 inch [194 x 194 cm]. (To most variations I added borders of 1 inch [2.5 cm.] and 1.5 inch [3.8 cm.]).

I count blocks with the same design but in a different size as different blocks, so it is a true sampler quilt.

Block sizes are

  • 3 inch [7,62 cm.]
  • 4.5 inch [11.4 cm.],
  • 6 inch [15.24 cm.]
  • 9 inch [22.9 cm.]
  • 12 inch [30.5 cm.]
  • 13.5 inch [34.3 cm.]
  • 18 inch [45.7 cm.]
  • circa 30 inch [76,2 cm.].

The latter is the Feathered Star in the center, which is slightly smaller than 30 inches. Linda made it like that, to provide us with the option to put any 9 inch block in the center of the Feathered Star block. That is so clever!

Inklingo Star Sampler, lilac background, different block coloring.

Inklingo Star Sampler, lilac background, different block coloring.

I put the 9 inch Inklingo Star block in the center. So I am counting the center block as two blocks, and that’s how I got to the desired number of 35 blocks!

Around three blocks I added plain strips, to finish the blocks to a multiple of 1.5 inch [3.8 cm.] so that they would fit into my layout a bit nicer. The Feathered Star in the center ended up being 31.5 inch [80 cm.] with the strips.

Some names of blocks used: LeMoyne Star (variations), Blazing Star, Polk Ohio, Star Flowers, Waltzing Matilda, Key West Beauty variations, Inklingo Star, Morse Star, Midnight Fireworks, Diamond Star. 

Some of the blocks were waiting for me in EQ7, some of them were drafted in EQ by Linda for us, and some of them I drafted myself in EQ. It was quite a bit of administration to keep track of which blocks can be made in which size with Inklingo, but I think I have all of them right.

(Only this morning, after I had made all the pictures for this blog, I found I had used one of the blocks in a non-existing size! So I spent some time correcting that.)

I still need to puzzle on setting all of these stars in a background at least somewhat heavenly. If you are very zealous, you could make the background with 1.5 inch [3.8 cm.] squares patchwork.

Inklingo Star Sampler met dambord achtergrond. Elk vierkantje is 1.5 inch.

Inklingo Star Sampler with checker board background. Each square measures 1.5 inch. The yellow triangles along the border are 1.5 inch HST’s. The small yellow triangles in the corners are 1.5 inch QST’s.

All the necessary squares and triangles are available as Inklingo Shapes. The advantage of this is, that you could easily do some cross hatch quilting in the background without marking. Just quilt by machine with a walking foot and attached seam guide, following the seams.

More to come soon!

In the mean time, are you singing the Inklingo Anniversary song along with me, for Linda’s birthday? Na, na, na… Print, Cut, Sew!

XXX Annika

A Song For Inklingo’s 10th Anniversary!

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Hoera! Inklingo bestaat deze maand tien jaar. Gefeliciteerd, Linda & Monkey!

Ik was al zo’n beetje vanaf het begin een fan, dus ik wilde dit zeker vieren. Ik heb een speciaal Inklingo-lied geschreven op een superaanstekelijke melodie. ABC van Jackson 5. Ik hoop hiermee nog wat meer mensen aan te steken met het Inklingo-virus :-).

Helaas kan ik zelf voor geen meter zingen. Dus, lees de tekst hieronder (in de Engelse post), en blèr lekker zelf mee met de muziek van de video hierboven. Maar, als JIJ een video wilt maken waarin je dit lied zingt, dan wil ik die dolgraag zien!

Pom, pom, pom…Print, Cut, Sew…!

XXX Annika

Klik hier om direct met Inklingo te beginnen: http://lindafranz.com/section/inklingo-quick-start-nederlands/99

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This month, Inklingo is around for ten years already! Hurray! Congratulations, Linda & Monkey!

I have been a fan from around the beginning, so I definitely wanted to celebrate this occasion! So I wrote special Inklingo lyrics to a very contageous melody, ABC by Jackson 5. I hope to infect some more people with the Inklingo virus this way. :-)

Unfortunately, I can’t keep a tune at all, or else I would have posted a video with me singing along. But I think everyone will be much happier if you yourselves just scream along with the ABC music, reading the lyrics below.

Of course, if YOU want to post a video performing this song, I would love to see it!

Na, na, na.., Print, Cut, Sew…!

(To the melody of ABC:)

To ten years of Inklingo
And to many, many years to come!
You can try it for free, so why do I see
You haven’t even tried it once?

Oh, well, now
We’re gonna teach you
Teach you, teach you
All about this now
All about this
Sit yourself down, take a seat
All you gotta do is just watch the Monkey

Print Cut Sew
Then piece and patch like a Pro
You’ll finish before you know
There you go
Print Cut Sew
Makes the greatest quilts girl!

Print Cut Sew
Then piece and patch like a Pro
You’ll finish before you know

There you go
Print Cut Sew
Makes the greatest quilts girl!

Come on and Inklingo just a little bit
Come on and Inklingo just a little bit
We are gonna teach you

How to print it out
Come-on, come-on, come-on
Let us show you what it’s all about

Custom size holds no surprise
Once you tried it just a time or two
If you can print an e-mail, you’ll sure never fail
And your education is complete!
Tu-tu-tute – Linda’s gonna show you
In a video-o
It’s precise, simple and so fast
Once you tried it baby
This skill is gonna last

Oh, Print Cut Sew
Then piece and patch like a Pro
You’ll finish before you know
There you go
Print Cut Sew
Makes the greatest quilts girl!

Print Cut Sew it’s easy
Freezer paper gets you through
Any cotton scrap will do
Jump in now, don’t overthink
Jump in now, don’t overthink
Print a simple combo now
No more ‘how?’
Do it now!

Sit down girl
And start to download!
Now, get up girl
Show me what you can do
Print it, print it quilter, come on now
Print it, print it quilter, ooh ooh
Print it, print it quilter, yeah
PDF templates ooh ooh
Any inkjet printer, ah, ah
Washaway lines and marks
See how perfect it comes out!

Print Cut Sew it’s easy
And you thought it would be tough!
Now you’re hooked, once ain’t enough
So print some more Inklingo stuff

We were gonna teach you
How to print it out
Come-on come-on come-on
We have shown you what it’s all about

Print Cut Sew it’s easy
Freezer paper gets you through
Any cotton scrap will do
Now you can Inklingo, too!

So how you’d like to teach, too
How to print it out?
Come-on come-on come-on
And go show ‘em what it’s all about

Print Cut Sew it’s easy
Freezer paper gets you through
Any cotton scrap will do
Now you can Inklingo, too!

Click here to get started right away: http://www.inklingo.com/section/inklingo-quick-start/63

XXX Annika

Valentine Quilt Design: Pixel Hearts

Valentine Pixel Hearts Quilt - original design by Annika Kornelis

Valentine Pixel Hearts Quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis

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Fijne Valentijnsdag!

Het quiltontwerp hierboven spreekt voor zich, denk ik. Hartjes samengesteld uit vierkantjes en rechthoeken. Als secundair patroon ontstaat de illusie van cirkels. Heel grafisch, precies waar ik van houd! Je zou hem waarschijnlijk kunnen maken met een van de Inklingo Log Cabin collecties.

Valentine Pixel Hearts Quilt - Christmas version - original design by Annika Kornelis

Valentine Pixel Hearts Quilt – Christmas version – original design by Annika Kornelis

Hij zou ook goed werken als een Kerstquilt, bijv. in deze variatie. Met uitgekiend kleurgebruik zou je misschien in de cirkels de illusie kunnen geven van glanzende 3D kerstballen. 

Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety, Catalogue

Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety

Ik ben geïnspireerd door het boek ‘Red and White Quilts – Infinite Variety’, van het American Folk Art Museum. Het is een tentoonstellingscatalogus met kleurenfoto’s van 654 uitsluitend rood-witte quilts.

Het is een prachtig boek. Maar als je het eventueel zou willen kopen, is het goed om te weten dat het boek nauwelijks informatie bevat over de individuele quilts.

Maar al dat rood-wit is wel heel Valentijnsachtig.

XXX Annika

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

The quilt design at the top of this post probably speaks for itself. Hearts made from squares and rectangles, forming a secondary pattern that creates the illusion of circles. A very graphic look, just how I love it! You could probably make it with one of the Inklingo Log Cabin collections.

Valentine Pixel Hearts Quilt - Christmas version - original design by Annika Kornelis

Valentine Pixel Hearts Quilt – Christmas version – original design by Annika Kornelis

It would also make a nice Christmas quilt, like the variation above. I think with a more sophisticated use of color, you could probably create the illusion of 3D shiny Christmas baubles with the circles.

Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety, Catalogue

Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety

I was inspired by the book ‘Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety’, by the American Folk Art Museum. It is an exhibition catalogue with color photographs of 654 strictly red-and-white quilts.

It is a gorgeous book, but if you are interested in buying it, you should be aware that it contains hardly any information on individual quilts.

But all that red-and-white is very Valentine-y!

XXX Annika

About the Long Arm Quilting Class I Took

 

Bernina Q24 in Breda

Bernina Q24 in Breda, met mijn proeflap erop – Bernina Q24 in Breda, with my test quilt on it.

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Zoals beloofd, na afloop van de EQ Sasons RAL een verslagje van de Longarm workshops die ik in augustus heb gevolgd. 

Het allerleukste aan quilts maken vind ik machinaal quilten. Ik had al jaren op mijn verlanglijstje staan om eens wat lessen op een longarm machine te volgen. Tot voor kort moest je hiervoor altijd naar het buitenland, dat was een drempel. Dus toen ik las dat Bernina in Breda workshops ging geven was ik er natuurlijk als de kippen bij!

Mijn proeflap

Mijn proeflap

In augustus heb ik twee workshops van elk een dag gevolgd: Eerst de basis, die ging voornamelijk over leren omgaan met de machine, en het laden van een quilt sandwich. En de dag erna gingen we quilten uit de vrije hand. Daar waren we op dag 1 al mee begonnen. Degenen die dag 2 ook deden, konden die dag gelijk beginnen, en hoefden niet eerst een sandwich te laden.

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Ik ben erg onder de indruk van de Bernina Q24 longarm machine. Ik had mij al eerder een beetje verdiept in longarms, en de Bernina is duidelijk een stuk ergonomischer dan wat er verder te koop is. Hij ziet er ook beter afgewerkt uit. De bediening (garen inrijgen, spoeltje inzetten, voetjes verwisselen, etc.) gaat hetzelfde als bij de nieuwere Bernina naaimachines, dat is ook heel handig als je de naaimachines al kent.

Ik heb veel geleerd en ben heel enthousiast geworden, maar een longarm kopen zit er toch echt niet in! Al zou ik hem gratis krijgen, ik heb er gewoon geen ruimte voor.

Bernina Class Room

Een van de redenen dat het zo leerzaam was, was dat het gezelschap op dag 2, op mij na, helemaal bestond uit eigenaren van een quiltwinkel + longarmservice. Dan hoor je als onnozele amateurquilter een heleboel! :-) Verder werden de workshops gegeven door Elly Prins, die in Nederland natuurlijk de longarm pionier was, en had elke deelnemer een ‘eigen’ machine, dus veel tijd om zelf te oefenen.

Op dag 2 waren de andere deelnemers Marjan Brouwer van Atelier Quiltproof in Oosterhesselen (Drenthe), Trijntje van der Horst van Quilt Atelier in Sebaldeburen (Groningen), en Rita de Jong van Quilt-Patchwork in Brunssum (Zuid-Limburg). Dus ik kan met de hand op mijn hart verklaren dat ze al heel mooi konden quilten op een longarm (met elk hun eigen specialisme), en dat ze het nu nog mooier kunnen!

Ze kregen, net als ik, een certificaat als bewijs. 

Certified Long Arm Quilter Anneke! :-)

Certified Long Arm Quilter Anneke! :-)

Als je het werk van de dames van dichtbij wilt bewonderen, hoef je niet per se naar hun winkels/ateliers te gaan. Elly, Trijntje en Rita staan ook regelmatig op beurzen. Je kunt Elly en Rita dit weekend op de Open European Quilt Championships vinden in Maastricht, van 29 oktober t/m 31 oktober 2015.

Ik geloof Elly zo’n beetje alle beurzen in Nederland doet, en Trijntje kun je in november vinden op de Handwerk- en Quiltdagen in Nieuwegein, de 26e t/m 28e.

En verder hebben ze natuurlijk foto’s op hun websites en Facebook pagina’s! Klik op de links voor heerlijk inspirerende plaatjes!

http://www.quiltproof.nl/resultaten-longarm-quiltwerk.html

https://www.facebook.com/Quiltateliertrijntje?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/quiltpatchworknl

http://www.machinequilting.nl/fotos/klantenwerk-voor-klanten.

Ondertussen ben ik door de workshops weer heel geïnspireerd om te gaan quilten op mijn Bernina naaimachine. Ik hoop dat ik daar deze winter toch weer wat tijd (en ruimte!) voor krijg!

XXX Annika

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my test quilt

my test quilt

As promised, after finishing the EQ Seasons RAL, a report from the Longarm workshops that I did.

For me, the best part of making quilts is machine quilting. I have had taking longarm classes on my wishlist for a long time. Until recently, you had to go abroad for that, that was a barrier. So, when I read that Bernina was going to give longarm classes in Breda, which is only an hour away from Rotterdam by train, I was one of the first to enroll!

In August I took two classes of one day each. First, Machine Basics, which was mainly about how the machine works, and how to load a quilt sandwich. The second day was Free Motion Quilting. We had already begun that on day one, so the participants who did both days did not have to start day two with loading a quilt sandwich. More time to practice for me, yay!

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I am very impressed with the Bernina Q24 longarm machine. I had previously read up on longarms, and Bernina is obviously more ergonomic than other machines on the market. It has a much more finished look, too.

Things like threading the machine, placing the bobbin, changing the feet, etc. are done in the same way as on the newer Bernina domestic sewing machines. This is very handy if you are familiar with Berninas.

I learned a great deal, and am very enthused, but getting my own longarm is out of the question! Even if I got it for free, I just don’t have the space.

One of the reasons I learned so much, is that on day 2, all the other participants were quilt shop owners with their own long arm service! (Boy, did I feel out of my league ;-)). The things a simple quilting amateur gets to hear in company like that…!

Bernina Class RoomFurther, Elly Prins was the instructor, she was the longarm pioneer in The Netherlands, and each participant had her ‘own’ machine, so lots of time to practice.

The quiltshop owners were Marjan Brouwer of Atelier Quiltproof in Oosterhesselen (Drenthe), Trijntje van der Horst of Quilt Atelier in Sebaldeburen (Groningen, and Rita de Jong of Quilt-Patchwork in Brunssum (Zuid-Limburg). So I can honestly say, that they were already able to do beautiful longarm quilting, (with each their own specialism), and that they are even better now! Just like me, they got the certificate to prove it.

Certified Long Arm Quilter Anneke! :-)

I am officially a Certified Long Arm Quilter! :-)

If you would like to admire their work in person, you don’t have to wait for a chance to visit their shops. You can often find Elly, Trijntje and Rita in a booth at a quilt show. If you happen to go to the Open European Quilt Championships this weekend, in Maastricht (29 – 31 October 2015), you can find the booths of Elly and Rita.

I believe Elly can be found on almost any trade show in The Netherlands (and beyond), and you can find Trijntje in November, at the ‘Handwerk- en Quiltdagen’ in Nieuwegein (26th – 28th).

And of course they have photos on their websites and Facebook pages. Click the links for wonderfully inspiring pictures!

http://www.quiltproof.nl/resultaten-longarm-quiltwerk.html

https://www.facebook.com/Quiltateliertrijntje?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/quiltpatchworknl

http://www.machinequilting.nl/fotos/klantenwerk-voor-klanten.

Meanwhile, the workshops have inspired me greatly to catch up with quilting on my Bernina sewing machine. I hope to get some time (and space!) for that this Winter!

XXX Annika

2015 EQ Seasons Row-A-Long Show and Tell!

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So, yesterday was Show and Tell day, to conclude the 2015 EQ Seasons Row-A-Long. Go see what the sewing designers have made! Can you spot my rows?

Overview of my five separating rows. Today you will get the pattern for the clamshell rows (2nd and 3rd from top).

Overview of my five separating rows. Check my downloads page for the patterns!

The Big Reveal

Carol Swift from Just Let Me Quilt

Amy Warner from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Darlene Quilshop Gal – Darlene also has another row available, and a tutorial on creating rows in EQ for Accuquilt.

Doris Rice from Quilting Queen Online 

Jennifer Ofenstein from Sewhooked

Loreen Bogdan from School House Quilts

Carla Henton from Creatin In The Sticks

Marlene Baerg Oddie from Kissed Quilts

Nancy Myers from Patchwork Breeze

Marian Pena from Seams To Be Sew

Go check them out, because there are new giveaways with great prizes for this final week!

You can find the announcement of the winners of week 5 here on host Marian’s site.

For those of you with a Facebook account, there are also picture posted to the Facebook support group.

And of course there is the Flickr Group with pictures. We hope the big reveal will inspire you to start sewing, if you have not done so yet! And you can still upload your pictures. I will be looking forward to seeing what you did with our free designs and patterns!

Find a recap of my posts about the filler rows here. They are in order from top to bottom according to the picture above:

Week 1: Hourglass row (Any season).

Week 2: Two clamshell rows (Any season).

Week 3: Half drop polkadot row (Fall).

Week 4: Blowing Winds Row (Any season).

Week 5: New Leaves and Blossom Row (Spring).

XXX Annika

Announcement winners giveaway week 4 EQ Seasons RAL

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This morning, the giveaways of week 4 ended, and the final giveaways started!

Click on the logo to enter in the Northcott fabric giveaway

The winner of the Northcott Fabric bundle, a joint giveaway on all participating blogs in week 4, is Joellyn Partyka.

Connecting Threads Gift Card

The winner of the 25 USD gift card for online quiltshop Connecting Threads, from my blog, is Sarah Clark. I already contacted her this morning. She is from the USA, so she qualifies for this prize, and she is thrilled to be the lucky winner!

So, congratulations to Joellyn and Sarah, and to all other winners!! I hope you will take the time to send the generous sponsors of your prizes a thank you note. Find the winners from the other 2015 EQ Seasons RAL giveaways for week 3 on host Marian’s site, here.

If you did not win a prize, go ahead and quickly enter in all the final giveaways from today’s bloggers. Including, of course, the Do You EQ Blog, for your chance to win an EQ7!.

And of course, everybody wins, because, starting today, you can download a free Library block file with most of the designs for this Row-A-Long, for your EQ7. You can download here, until 31 October 2015.

A romantic Pink Ribbon Appliqué Quilt for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A romantic Pink Ribbon Appliqué Quilt for Breast Cancer Awareness Month – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

A little less 'Pink' Ribbon Quilt. Same medallion, different outer border. - Een iets minder roze Pink Ribbon quilt. Zelfde medaillon, andere buitenrand

A little less ‘Pink’ Ribbon Quilt. Same medallion, different outer border. – Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

And finally, because it is almost Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am showing you a quilt design of mine for a Pink Ribbon quilt. I designed it with existing blocks and motifs from the EQ Libraries. I made the center medallion by using the Wreath Maker Tool. You can download the EQ7 file (133.8 KB) through this link from box.com

XXX Annika

Week 5 of 2015 EQ Seasons Row-A-Long, Final Giveaway!

Wow, this has gone by so quickly! Today is the start of the final week of the EQ Seasons Row-A-Long with free patterns, giveaways and tutorials. On 6 October we are wrapping it up with a big reveal of some of the quilts made!

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Find today’s schedule with direct links to each featured blogger at the end of this post, and make sure to visit them all, for free pdf patterns, EQ tutorials and great giveaways on every blog! Read all about the prizes and the rules here.

My Separating Row Design

So, those who have been following this RAL, knew what was coming, because there was only one row left from my overview: The New Leaves and Blossom Filler Row.

New Leaves and Blossom Filler Row - original design by Annika Kornelis

New Leaves and Blossom Filler Row – original design by Annika Kornelis

My notes on this design: 2 inches high – 30 applique shapes – medium skill level – fairly quick to make. I drafted this simple appliqué block myself, based on a pieced Orange Peel block from the EQ Libraries.

My inspiration: the link with the Seasons theme

I think the name ‘New Leaves and Blossom’ says it all: this filler row represents Spring. But in a different coloring, it could be more ‘season neutral’.

About making this row

For making this row, I would use the same fusible raw edge machine applique technique as I described in my pattern for the clamshell row (as an alternative to pieced Inklingo clamshells). In short, it is appliquéing and quilting in one, after assembling your quilt sandwich.

I would place the leaf and blossom shapes on one unpieced background strip, and fuse them in place. I would only stitch the leaves down while quilting the entire sandwich, by straight stitching just inside the edges of the leaves. It is very quick and simple! If you want to take a little more time, you could also use a decorative stitch around the edges, to quilt the leaves down.

My pattern

Download the FREE pdf pattern (2 pages), with fabric yardage requirements, appliqué templates and sewing instructions here: 201505 Annika Kornelis – Instructions New Leaves and Blossom Row – EQ Seasons RAL

Overview of my five separating rows. Today you will get the pattern for the clamshell rows (2nd and 3rd from top).

Overview of my five separating rows. (And yes, I can count to six, thank you very much! ;-). Check my downloads page for the previous patterns.

My EQ7 Project File

You can download my project file (40.6 KB), with all 5 filler rows, through this link from Box.com. And with the pattern above, you will have a complete file for Annika’s Five Fun and Fabulous Filler Rows! ;-)

Note: You can only open the file if you have EQ7 software. You don’t need the EQ file for participating in the Row-A-Long. It is simply a bonus for those who have EQ7 and would like to play with the designs, like change the colorings and combine several rows from different designers in one quilt layout. If you are interested in doing that, check out today’s tutorial by Heidi Kory on the Do you EQ blog! She shows you how you can assemble all the blocks and rows in one project file!

My EQ7 tutorial: Viewing Multiple Notecards Quickly

This final subject, viewing multiple Notecards quickly, is the reason why I started to make screen recordings of EQ7 (for Mac) for my tutorials. You need to see this in motion!

I recommend you watch this video on full screen, so you will be able to clearly see the buttons on the Notecards. The video (39 seconds) has no sound, so I will talk you through what I am doing, here in writing.

I will post the video again at the end of the tutorial, so you don’t have to scroll up to watch it again, if you missed something.

 

I have opened an existing project file, that contains quilts and blocks.

I click on the ‘View Sketchbook’ button. The sketchbook opens, in front of my Quilt Worktable. Part of it is on top of my Quilt Worktable.

I click (and hold) in the grey bar that says ‘Project Sketchbook’. I then drag the Project Sketchbook a bit to the right.

I click the ‘Notecard’ button. The Quilt Notecard appears. It opens on top of the Project Sketchbook.

At the top right of the Notecard you see two icons and one button. In my previous tutorials I have shown you that the button, marked with an X, is to close the Notecard.

Today I will show you what the two icons do.

I start with the icon right next to the Closing Button, a cross formed by four arrows. When you hover your mouse over it, the cursor turns into that same cross. The four arrows indicate that you can now move the Notecard in all directions.

I hover my mouse over the arrows icon, and my cursor turns into that same icon. Next, I click and drag, moving the Notecard to the left. I release the mouse when I have the Notecard where I want it. For what we are going to do next, you want to make sure both your Sketchbook and your Notecard are in full view.

So the function of the icon with the arrows is to move your Notecard to another position on your screen.

Now, the remaining icon, the pushpin. This also works as a button, and you can use it to pin the Notecard to your screen. A pinned Notecard stays open when you close a quilt or block by selecting a new one.

Normally, the Notecard of your selected item automatically closes when you select a new quilt or block in your Sketchbook. And you have to open the Notecard every time, for each new block or quilt. But with a pinned Notecard, the Notecard stays open, and instantly shows the Notes for the newly selected item! This is a great way to review the Notes in your Sketchbook very quickly.

I am showing you two ways in which this works. But remember, the pinned Notecards work the same on every Tab in the Project Sketchbook, so what I am showing is not specific to either the Quilts Tab or the Blocks Tab, or to my settings.

On the Quilts Tab, I usually have my settings to show only one quilt in the overview. I browse my quilts in a project file by dragging the slider bar underneath the quilt preview to the right. But you could also use the arrow keys on your keyboard.

On the Blocks Tab, I am usually showing several blocks in the overview. I can quickly select blocks or colorings in a more random order that way.

So what I am doing in the video:

After I have moved the Notecard to the left, I move the cursor away from the arrows icon. It returns to its regular arrow shape.

I now move the cursor toward the pushpin icon. When it is near, the cursor turns into a hand with a pointed index finger. It indicates I can now push the pin with that little index finger.

I click the pushpin icon It turns into a pushed pin icon.

Underneath the Quilt overview in my Sketchbook, I click and drag the slider bar to the right. All quilts in my Sketchbook are selected, one after another. But I am not watching my Quilt previews, I am only watching my Notecard. It shows a small picture of the quilt, with my relevant Notes. And as soon as a new quilt is selected by the slider bar, the new Notecard information appears.

After I have reached the final quilt, I click the Blocks Tab in the Project Sketchbook The pinned Quilt Notecard disappears.

I click the Notecard Button the Block Notecard for the selected block appears. Note that the Block Notecard is in the same position I dragged the Quilt Notecard to. EQ remembers that position, even when you close the relocated Notecard.

I pin the Block Notecard to my screen, by clicking the pushpin icon.

I start randomly clicking blocks in my overview. Each time I click a block, it is selected, and instantly the pinned Notecard shows its information.

I close the Project Sketchbook, by clicking the ‘Close’ button.

End of screen recording.

Additional information: The project shown in the video is my 2011 ‘Block of the Month’ project, which was a bit of a joke. I had two versions, the Dutch Delights, [Hollandse Hap] and the English Food BOM. It featured a ‘different’ appliqué block each month.

A finished quilt in 2011! Een quilt af in 2011!

Food BOM finished quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis – 2011

It really was the same circle each month, just with a different name embroidered above it :-). But it turned into a cute mini quilt all the same, made of only fabrics with dots and circles. You can download my EQ7 project file from this page.

Below, you can watch the 39 second video again:

This was my final EQ tutorial on Notecards. But don’t think I have said all there is to say about Notecards in five tutorials. Oh no…! I have literally only covered the front. But there is a backside too! (At least on the Block Notecards.) If you want to know more about that, check the excellent Help files in EQ, or your manual.

Find a recap of all tutorials here:

Week 1: Checking notecard information for Quilts and Blocks in Project Files.

Week 2: Searching in EQ for Notecard Information, using the ‘Name’, ‘Reference’ and ‘Notes’ fields.

Week 3: Increasing the number of Search Results, from the default 50 up to 999.

Week 4: Editing Notecard Information, also by copying and pasting from outside EQ.

Week 5: Viewing multiple Notecards quickly (tutorial above).

The giveaways (‘sweepstakes’ by law)

Remember, there are giveaways on the other participating blogs, too! Make sure to visit them all. Some of the giveaways are specific to one blog running for one week, some of the giveaways are for all participating designer blogs in the same week.

Northcott Fabric giveaway

This week is your last chance to win one of the great Northcott Fabric bundles! You can enter from 29 September – 6 October. Northcott Fabrics have been incredibly generous. They have given fabric to all participating designers, to help them create the Season rows. And they have been giving away one bundle of 6-8 yards of fabric (in 1 yard lengths) for each week of the Row-A-Long. All entrants from all participating blogs in this week will be entered in a draw together.

You can only enter once this week for this giveaway, so if you are entering through my blog, do not enter through one of the others as well (or vice versa), or you will be disqualified!

The winner will be contacted personally, and announced on www.seamstobesew.com within 48 hours.

Click the logo to enter in the Northcott fabric giveaway

Click the logo to enter in the Northcott fabric giveaway

EQ7 giveaway!

I want to draw your special attention to this giveaway on the Do you EQ Blog! They are giving away one EQ7 to a lucky winner. That could be you! I love EQ7, as I loved EQ6 and EQ5 before that. Any quilter could use this great quilt designing software. Whether you just want to use it to print your pick of that huge library of block patterns to any size, want to color blocks and quilts with your actual fabrics, or whether you want to draft and design your own blocks in any technique!

Craftsy and Nancy’s Notions Giveaways:

This giveaway is running until 13 October, 2015, for those who sew along. You can win Craftsy classes and Nancy’s notions gift certificates.

For entering, stitch out a block from any of the full size Seasons rows. The smaller Filler Rows (by Bea from Be A Quilter, Linda from the All About Inklingo Blog or by me here on Stof Genoeg) are excluded.

You need to upload a picture of your block to the Flickr Group prior to entering. You may enter this giveaway every day from September 01, 2015 to October 13, 2015 (Once for each unique block you have stitched and uploaded a picture for). After uploading your picture, go back to any of the blogs with the link (not mine) to the giveaway, and enter. All entries will be double checked for compliance to the rules. Find the EQ Seasons Flickr group here.

You will be entered in a draw for the following prizes:

  • Craftsy: 1 class of your choice – 3 total classes Average Value $40.00 each
  • Nancy’s Notions: 1 $10.00 of gift certificate – 2 total certificates Total Value $20.00.

By entering any of these giveaways, it is assumed that you agree with the rules and guidelines, stated both here and in the giveaway box.

All that is left now for me to do, is give you the schedule of the other bloggers of today:

September 29, 2015

Amy Warner at Sew Incredibly Crazy – Summer
Darlene at Quilt Shop Gal – Winter
Marian Pena at Seams To Be Sew – Spring
Loreen Bogdan at Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse Quilts – Fall
Heidi Kory at the EQ Blog – A Tutorial On Combining Rows

For those of you with a Facebook account, there is also a Facebook support group.

And next week, there is the big reveal of some quilts made by the other designers. I can’t wait to see that, and especially of course how they did my rows!

XXX Annika

Announcement winners giveaway week 3 EQ Seasons RAL

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This morning, the giveaways of week 3 ended, and those of week 4 started.

Click on the logo to enter in the Northcott fabric giveaway

The winner of the Northcott Fabric bundle, a joint giveaway on all participating blogs in week 3, is Mackenzi Jacobs.

 

Inklingo-HEART

The winner of the second 20 USD Inklingo Gift Certificate from my blog, is Carole Corn. I already contacted her this morning. She is already an Inklingoist, and she is thrilled with her prize! I just hope she can decide what to pick from all the fabulous collections Linda has given us in 9 years of Inklingo :-).

Congratulations to Mackenzi and Carole, and to all other winners!! I hope you will take the time to send the generous sponsors of your prizes a thank you note. Find the winners from the other 2015 EQ Seasons RAL giveaways for week 3 on host Marian’s site, here.

If you did not win a prize, remember you still have a couple of weeks with chances to win great prizes! This week, Linda has an Inklingo giveaway on her All About Inklingo Blog, to name just one.

And of course, everybody wins, because you can always try Inklingo for free, right now! You can download two entire, free Shape Collections from the Inklingo freebies page.

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The free Diamond Triangle Square pdf includes everything you need to piece a 4.5 inch LeMoyne Star, and it also includes the first Chapter of the Inklingo Handbook!

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The free Circle of Hearts collection is for appliqué, and you can print its shapes on fabric in a size you specify. If you have regular cotton quilting fabric, an iron, an internet connection, an inkjet printer and a sheet of Freezer Paper, you could be stitching your free Inklingo block within 15 minutes!

And if you like it, you could try your hand on another design I made, combining the two free Inklingo shape collections.

Star of Myra

Star of Myra – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis, combining the two FREE downloadable Inklingo shape collections!

Last week I showed you a Christmas pattern. This one was designed for our other big December fest, Sinterklaas (5 December). It is called ‘Star of Myra’, and you can read my 2011 post about this design (showing more variations) here.

And last week I forgot to mention this, but you can download the EQ7 project file with both the Inklingo Christmas Tree and the Star of Myra designs through this link from box.com!

XXX Annika

Week 4 of 2015 EQ Seasons Row-A-Long including Giveaway!

Hourglass Blocks On Point, with Sashings, original quilt design by Annika Kornelis - With Linda Franz' excellent instructions and free Inklingo shape collection, you could easily get carried away making hour glass blocks for your filler row. Why not make an entire quilt? :-)

Hourglass Blocks On Point, with Sashings, original quilt design by Annika Kornelis – With Linda Franz’ excellent instructions and free Inklingo shape collection, you could easily get carried away making hour glass blocks for your filler row. Why not make an entire quilt? :-)

Week 4 of the EQ Seasons Row-A-Long already!! In this five week Row-A-Long, a total of 20 EQ designers and bloggers will present you their designs (including free patterns) for quilt rows, showing something of their favorite Season. Find today’s schedule with direct links to each featured blogger at the end of this post, and make sure to visit them all!

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Plus, there are fantastic giveaways, with many many prizes! Read all about the prizes and the rules here.

My Separating Row Design

I don’t know if you noticed, but I am alternating blocks with straight lines and with curved lines every week. So, this week is a ‘straight line’ week. I am calling this the ‘Blowing Winds Row’. It is a bit different from my other rows, in that it has a center and goes in two directions from that center.

Blowing Winds Filler Row Chevron Blocks, foundation piecing or Inklingo

Blowing Winds Filler Row, Chevron Blocks, foundation piecing or Inklingo

My notes on this design: 20 blocks – 3 inches high – Techniques used: Machine piecing – Straight stitching only – Easy.

In my free pattern pdf, I am giving instructions for both foundation piecing and for using Inklingo™ shapes printed on fabric. This row is quicker with Inklingo™ than with foundation piecing.

I used the 3D Zig Zag Border block from the EQ Libraries for this row. Only after I designed it, as a foundation piecing row, I discovered this one could be made with Inklingo, too! So I reworked my pattern to include this option, for those who have the Celtic Solstice Shape collection.

If you don’t have the Celstic Solstice Shape collection yet, be sure to visit Linda for her filler row on the All About Inklingo blog this week, because there is also another Inklingo giveaway over there!

My inspiration: the link with the Seasons theme

My filler row for this week symbolizes the winds blowing. Winds bring warmer weather in Winter, and a bit of refreshment in Summer. They carry lovely smells throughout all seasons, especially the natural smells of Spring and Fall.

My pattern

Download the FREE pdf pattern (7 pages), with fabric yardage requirements, cutting and piecing instructions for both foundation piecing and Inklingo, here: 201508 Annika Kornelis – Instructions Blowing Winds Row – EQ Seasons RAL

My EQ7 Project File

You can download my project file (40.6 KB), with all 5 filler rows, through this link from Box.com. Note: You can only open the file if you have EQ7 software.

If you don’t have it, you have two chances coming up to win an EQ7: You could win this great quilt designing software in this week’s giveaway (for Christa Watson’s book tour) on Do You EQ (open until Friday 25 September), or in next week’s Seasons RAL giveaway from Electric Quilt!!

You will have to wait one more week for the remaining pattern that belongs with this EQ project file. (You can find the previous three patterns on my Downloads page).

My EQ7 tutorial: Editing Notecard Information

My fourth EQ7 tutorial on Notecards already, including a screen recording of EQ7 for Mac. This time, I am showing you a bit more in depth, the ways in which you can edit the Notecard information.

Before I am showing you the screen recording, there are a few things I will tell you first, because you can’t actually see it in the video:

The Notecard Notes field expands with the amount of text you type in. If you have downloaded my EQ Seasons Filler row project file, you can see I sometimes write down a lot on my Quilt or Block Notecards! If you type in a lot of text in the Notes field, you will quickly find you don’t have a good overview of your writing.

That is one of the reasons why I prefer to write longer Notecard texts in MS Word or another text editing program. You can copy text from outside EQ and paste it into the EQ Notecards.

Because I often repeat information over the notecards, I want to be able to find the relevant section quickly and just copy and paste. Within EQ, you can copy and paste text from one notecard to another notecard, but I prefer to copy from an outside text editor, and repeatedly paste the same selected text into several notecards.

Another reason why I write longer notes outside EQ, is because In the EQ Notecards, information is instantly saved as you type. This is handy, but it also means you have to be careful no to delete anything by accident. Because clicking the ‘Undo’ button (or typing in the key combination [CMD + Z] for Mac, or [CTRL + Z] for Windows machines), does not work on the Notecards!

But you can undo your previous step(s) in text editing applications like MS Word, Notepad, TextEdit, etc., so this is a safer way to work on larger texts.

Random picture of original quilt design with hourglass blocks by Annika Kornelis to break up long piece of boring tutorial text ;-)

Random picture of original quilt design with hourglass blocks by Annika Kornelis to break up long piece of boring tutorial text ;-) – Read my post from week 1 in this EQ Seasons R0w-A-Long to learn how I think the hourglass block links to the Seasons theme!

When typing in the EQ Notecards, there is no need to click a ‘Save button’ or close the Notecard first, for changes to be registered. And EQ immediately refers to the updated information in the relevant fields. I point this out to you in the video, by circling my cursor around current and updated block names.

I recommend you watch the video below (1 minute and 11 seconds) on full screen, so you will be able to read the text. There is no sound, so I will talk you through what I am doing here, in writing. I will post the video again at the end of the tutorial, so you don’t have to scroll up to watch it again, in case you missed something.

I click the ‘View Sketchbook’ button > The Project Sketchbook opens.

It shows four blocks. The top left block is automatically selected. You can tell because it has a blue line around it. The selected block is ‘Unnamed’. That’s because I drafted this block myself, and the Block Notecard is still empty.

I click the Notecard button > The Block Notecard opens.

I click in the Name Field > You see a blinking cursor appear there. I type in ‘Clamshell’

I click in the Notes field > The blinking cursor appears. I type in ‘Set as 6 x 6 inch block’.

I click in the Reference field > The cursor appears, and I type in ‘Inklingoable’.

I close the Block Notecard by clicking the top right button, marked with an X.

The first block in the Block overview is still selected, and the name now reads ‘Clamshell’ (instead of ‘Unnamed’).

I click the second Clamshell block, to select it > a blue line appears around it. The block name is 181a.

I click the Notecard Button > The Block Notecard for 181a opens. This block is from BlockBase, an EQ add-on. I am showing you here you can change names and notes for Library blocks (when they are in your sketchbook).

I click the Name field, a blinking cursor appears in front of ‘181a’. I type ‘Clamshell’ in front of ‘181a’.

I click the Notes Fields and type in some random text: XXXX. Note that the entire Notes field is showing: there is no slider bar on the right.

I close the Block Notecard by clicking the top right button, marked with an X.

The second Clamshell block is still selected, you can tell by the blue line around it. The Block name now reads ‘Clamshell 181a’ (instead of ‘181a’).

Outside EQ, at the bottom of my screen, I click the TextEdit icon > TextEdit opens with an Untitled open document, with a random text, ‘Lorem Ipsum’

I click and drag to select the Lorem Ipsum text > the selected text turns blue.

I copy the text by typing in [CMD + C]. (This key combination is for a Mac, it is [CTRL + C] on a Windows machine).

I click the yellow button with a minus sign > the Untitled TextEdit document is minimized.

I click the Notecard button for the selected Clamshell Block > The Notecard opens.

I click and drag to select ‘XXXX’, because I want to replace this text with my copied text from outside EQ. > XXXX turns blue, showing it is selected.

I paste in my text by typing in [CMD + V]. (This key combination is for a Mac, it is [CTRL + V] on a Windows machine.) > ‘Lorem ipsum’ appears in my Notes field, and the cursor is at the end of the text.

A slider bar has appeared on the right of the Notes field. The height of the slider bar is an indication of the length of the Notes text. (The longer the text, the lower the slider bar).

I click and drag the slider bar up, showing the entire field from bottom to top.

I close the Block Notecard by clicking the top right button, marked with an X > The Block Notecard disappears.

I click to select the third block in the Block overview. > A blue line appears around it, and instantly the Block name beneath the Block overview changes from ‘Clamshell 181a’ into ‘Relaxed Vine with Flowers’.

I click the Notecard button > The Block Notecard opens.

The Name field reads ‘Relaxed Vine with Flowers’, in black letters.

The Library field reads ‘9 Border Blocks > Vines’. The letters are greyed out, meaning you cannot edit this text. You can’t see it in the screen recording, but if you try to click the text, you will find that does not work.

EQ automatically fills the Library Notecard field with the relevant Library name for items that are from one of the EQ Libraries (including the Libraries you add and name yourself).

I close the Block Notecard by clicking the top right button, marked with an X > The Block Notecard disappears.

I click on the ‘Close’ button to close the Project Sketchbook.

End of screen recording.

One more note: The copying and pasting of text also works to export Notes from inside EQ into to, for instance, MS Word. This is handy if you want to have quick access to, or a good overview of several notes, by e.g. keeping a printed record.

Below, you can watch the video again:

Next week, I will show you how to quickly access several Notecards in a row, within EQ. And if you are interested in the Clamshell quilt showing in the video, read the post (from 2010) about it here.

The giveaways (‘sweepstakes’ by law)

Remember, there are giveaways on the other participating blogs, too! Make sure to visit them all. Some of the giveaways are specific to one blog running for one week, some of the giveaways are for all participating designer blogs in the same week.

Here are my two giveaways for this week:

One 25 US Dollar gift certificate from online quilt shop Connecting Threads. Please note! This wonderful prize is for USA and Canada residents only!

This giveaway is specific to my blog Stof Genoeg. Everyone who enters once correctly through the link on the logo below, will be entered into a drawing for this gift. The winner will be picked automatically by Rafflecopter. This will be the same for all giveaways on all participating blogs.

This week’s question is again, simple to answer. Entries with incorrect answers will be disqualified!

Click on the logo to enter in the giveaway for a 25 USD Connecting Threads Gift Card

Click on the logo to enter in the giveaway for a 25 USD Connecting Threads Gift Card

A bundle of Northcott Fabrics. If you have been following the EQ Seasons RAL, you know about this weekly giveaway from our generous sponsor, Northcott Fabrics. They are giving away one bundle of 6-8 yards of fabric (in 1 yard lengths) for each week of the Row-A-Long. All entrants from all participating blogs in this week will be entered in a draw together.

You can only enter once this week for this giveaway, so if you are entering through my blog, do not enter through one of the others as well (or vice versa), or you will be disqualified!

You can enter for both giveaways from 22 – 29 September. Winners will be announced here and on www.seamstobesew.com within 48 hours, and they will be contacted personally.

Click the logo to enter in the Northcott fabric giveaway

Click the logo to enter in the Northcott fabric giveaway

Craftsy and Nancy’s Notions Giveaways:

There is another giveaway, running until 13 October, 2015, for those who sew along. You can win Craftsy classes and Nancy’s notions gift certificates.

For entering, stitch out a block from any of the full size Seasons rows. The smaller Filler Rows (by Bea from Be A Quilter, Linda from the All About Inklingo Blog or by me here on Stof Genoeg) are excluded.

You need to upload a picture of your block to the Flickr Group prior to entering. You may enter this giveaway every day from September 01, 2015 to October 13, 2015 (Once for each unique block you have stitched and uploaded a picture for). After uploading your picture, go back to any of the blogs with the link (not mine) to the giveaway, and enter. All entries will be double checked for compliance to the rules. Find the EQ Seasons Flickr group here.

You will be entered in a draw for the following prizes:

  • Craftsy: 1 class of your choice – 3 total classes Average Value $40.00 each
  • Nancy’s Notions: 1 $10.00 of gift certificate – 2 total certificates Total Value $20.00.

By entering any of these giveaways, it is assumed that you agree with the rules and guidelines, stated both here and in the giveaway box.

And today’s schedule of participating bloggers/designers, presenting their free patterns, giveaways and EQ tutorials is:

September 22, 2015

Carla Henton at Creatin’ in the Sticks – Summer
Patti Carey at Patti’s Patchwork – Winter
Nancy Myers at Patchwork Breeze – Spring
Marian Pena at Seams To Be Sew – Fall
Linda Franz at the All About Inklingo Blog – Filler Row

For those of you with a Facebook account, there is also a Facebook support group.

See you next week, and good luck in the giveaways!

XXX Annika