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

ENGLISH

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

ENGLISH

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

ENGLISH

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

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

Announcement winners giveaway week 2 EQ Seasons RAL

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Yesterday, the giveaways of week 2 ended, and those of week 3 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 2, is Gabriele Beck from Ohio.

 

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The winner of the 20 USD Inklingo Gift Certificate from my blog, is Janine from Tokyo, Japan! I love how international this Row-A-Long is :-) I have already contacted her, and she is very happy with her prize.

Congratulations to Gabriele and Janine, 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 2 on host Marian’s site, here.

If you did not win a prize, remember you can win great prizes every week! In week 3, I am giving away another Inklingo Gift Certificate from my blog, Stof Genoeg!

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 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!

Inklingo Christmas Tree using the Free collections - Inklingo Kerstboom met de Gratis collecties

Inklingo Christmas Tree using the Free collections – Inklingo Kerstboom met de Gratis collecties

And if you like it, you could try your hand on a design I made especially for the two free Inklingo shape collections, a (2011) Christmas Tree Wallhanging!

Read my post about this design here, I still have not finished the pattern, but check the comments below the post for links to follow-up posts.

XXX Annika

Week 3 of 2015 EQ Seasons Row-A-Long, with more Prizes!

And, we are at week 3 of the EQ Seasons Row-A-Long. If you don’t know what this is about, read my posts for week 1 and week 2!

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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

This week’s filler row on Stof Genoeg has curved lines, but only straight piecing! It is very quick and easy to make!

My filler row for Fall, symbolizing the hood of a mushroom.

My filler row for Fall, symbolizing the hood of a mushroom.

My notes on this design: Half Drop Polkadot Row – 4 inches high. I designed this to be made as one entire row (not separate square blocks, as the picture from EQ is showing), with 2 inch half circles floating on top.

The partial circles are cut from felt, with only a seam allowance added to the straight edges. They are stitched between the red and brown background strips. It symbolizes the hood of a mushroom, for Fall.

I drafted this block myself, especially for this EQ Seasons Row-A-Long.

My pattern

Download the FREE pdf pattern (3 pages), with fabric yardage requirements, templates and sewing instructions here: Annika Kornelis 201505 Instructions Half Drop Polkadot 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. You will have to wait for the following weeks for the two remaining patterns that belong with this EQ project file.

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.

My EQ7 tutorial: Searching for Notecard Information

My two previous EQ tutorials were on Notecards. Last week I showed you how to limit or expand your results from a Block Notecard search, by selecting specific Block Notecard fields to search.

This week I will show you how to come up with more search results in another way: By changing the number of Search results EQ comes up with. The default number of results for a Notecard search is 50. You can change this up to 999! I am showing you how I did this in a screen recording.

I recommend you watch this video on full screen, so you will be able to read the text. The video (57 seconds) has no sound, so I will talk you through what I am doing right here. The first steps are practically the same as in the previous tutorial, so this may look familiar to you.

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 click the Libraries Tab at the top of my screen. → A window opens with the names of all EQ Libraries.

I hover over ‘Block Library…’ with my mouse, until it turns blue. Then I click to select Block Library → The Block Libraries overview opens.

At the bottom of this box, you see two rows of buttons. The upper row contains the ‘Search’ button. It has two arrows on the right side, meaning more options will appear when you click this button.

I click the ‘Search’ button → Two more buttons appear: ‘By Notecard’ and ‘By Category’.

I hover my mouse over ‘By Notecard’→ it turns blue. I click to select this option → The ‘Search Block Notecard’ box appears.

It reads ‘Find all blocks with this notecard text’, with a textbox underneath. It has ‘Inklingo’ written in it.

By default, all three checkboxes are ticked, in front of the ‘Search the Name field’, ‘Search the Reference field’ and ‘Search the Notes field’.

Below that, it says ‘Find at most’ with a box behind it. In the box is the number ’50’. This is the default number.

I click the box and drag to select ’50’ → 50 turns blue.

I type directly over the selected ’50’ in the box: ‘999’. This is the maximum number of search results.

I click the ‘Search’ button → An hourglass icon appears, indicating EQ is searching the block libraries for my information.

When EQ has finished searching, a small notification pops up, saying. ‘Result of search for “inklingo”: 164 items’.

I click the OK button → The Block Libraries open the ‘Search Results’ tab.

I browse through the search results, by clicking the little triangle next to the slider bar underneath the block overview. I am showing you all 164 blocks :-).

At the end of the overview, I close the Block Libraries, by clicking the ‘Close’ button.

End of screen recording.

Additional information:

If you want to use my tutorial for practicing on your own computer, you can copy the text above and paste it into a Word document. This way, you can print it and have it next to your screen.

I could not resist showing you all of the Inklingo blocks that EQ came up with :-). Many of these, I have drafted myself. Others are from free EQ7 project files I downloaded here from Linda Franz’ All About Inklingo Blog.

The project that is on the Quilt Worktable at the start of my video, is one of my Log Star Quilt Designs. I published the free pattern for the block, including piecing instructions, as my 2014 Christmas present here on Stof Genoeg. You can find it on my downloads page.

Below, you can watch the 57 second video again:

In next weeks EQ Tutorial, I will show you a bit more about editing Notecard information. See you then!

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:

Another 20 US Dollar shopping voucher from www.Inklingo.com. Just like last week! Despite being extremely busy, Inklingo’s Linda Franz is one of the participating designers, and she is sponsoring this EQ Seasons RAL, too. So, thank you Linda! :-)

This giveaway is specific to my blog Stof Genoeg. Everyone who enters once correctly through the link on the picture of Monkey 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.

I am asking you to answer a simple question in the giveaway box, that will open if you click the picture of Monkey, showing some national pride. :-). The correct answer is short, to make it as easy as possible for you to enter in the giveaway. You don’t need to comment on my blog, follow me, download my pattern, or anything. And there are no trick questions either.

This week’s question is: “Is Monkey from Canada?” (Source: I swiped this picture from a 2010 post by Linda about how Monkey celebrates Canada day ;-))

Click on the picture of Monkey to enter this week's Inklingo giveaway.

Click on the picture of Monkey to enter this week’s Inklingo giveaway.

A bundle of Northcott Fabrics. As I said before, like many other sponsors, Northcott Fabrics have also been incredibly generous. They have given fabric to all participating designers, to help them create the Season rows. And 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 15 – 22 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.

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

September 15, 2015

Reeze Hanson at Morning Glory Designs – Summer
Marian Pena at Seams To Be Sew – Winter
Jennifer Ofenstein at Sew Hooked – Spring
Carol Swift at Just Let Me Quilt – Fall

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

Announcement winners giveaway week 1 EQ Seasons RAL

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Yesterday, the giveaways of week 1 ended, and those of week 2 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 1, is Norma Bosley!

Click the link to enter in the giveaway.

The winner of the 25 USD Fat Quarter Gift Card from my blog, is Martina from Switzerland! I have already contacted her yesterday, and she is very excited about winning the prize :-).

Congratulations to Norma and Martina, and 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 1 on host Marian’s site, here.

If you did not win a prize, I hope you are happy with all the great free patterns and EQ files you can download! And remember, there are lots of giveaways for every week of the Row-A-Long. I am repeating this week’s giveaways (including links to the other bloggers) below, in case you did not enter yet:

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 20 US Dollar shopping voucher from www.Inklingo.com. This is a great prize! Despite being extremely busy, Inklingo’s Linda Franz is one of the participating designers, and she is sponsoring this EQ Seasons RAL, too. So, thank you Linda! :-)

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.

I am asking you to answer a simple question in the giveaway box that will open if you click the Inklingo logo below. The correct answer is short, to make it as easy as possible for you to enter in the giveaway. You don’t need to comment on my blog, follow me, download my pattern, or anything. And there are no trick questions either.

This week’s question is: “What color is Monkey’s porch chair?” You can find the answer in a short, cute video by Monkey’s best friend, Linda Franz, which I have reposted on Stof Genoeg, with an added short story to the images. This post, from 2010, is called ‘Monkey and Happiness’. It is still one of my favorite posts on this blog :-).

But, in case you just want to enter in the giveaway quickly without a detour, I am giving you a hint for the correct answer: It is also the color of the first three letters of the Inklingo logo below.

Inklingo-HEART

Click on the logo to enter in the giveaway for an Inklingo gift card.

A bundle of Northcott Fabrics. Northcott Fabrics have also been incredibly generous. They have given fabric to all participating designers, to help them create the Season rows. And 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 8 – 15 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, of course, the other bloggers have their free patterns and giveaways for this week, too. I am repeating the schedule below:

September 8, 2015

Lorna McMahon at Sew Fresh Quilts – Fall
Carol Steely at Fun Threads – Spring
Amy Heaton at Country Junk’tion – Summer
Marian Pena at Seams To Be Sew – Winter

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

Happy Rowing-Along, and good luck in the giveaways!

XXX Annika

Week 2 of 2015 EQ Seasons Row-A-Long, including Giveaway!

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. Today you will get the pattern for the clamshell rows (2nd and 3rd from top).

Welcome to week 2 of the EQ Seasons Row-A-Long, in which over five weeks, 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

Last week, my filler row had straight lines. Today’s row has curved lines. I am showing the row below in two color variations. You can piece the 3 inch clamshells, or appliqué them. In my free pattern I am giving you instructions for both piecing with Inklingo™, and for raw edge fusible machine applique.

3 inch clamshells symbolizing ginkgo leaves

3 inch clamshells symbolizing ginkgo leaves

 

3 inch clamshells symbolizing waves. The same row as above, only with a different coloring.

3 inch clamshells symbolizing waves. The same row as above, only with a different coloring.

My notes on this design:

Clamshell Row – 3 inches high (20 whole clamshells).

Curved piecing (hand or machine) in a continuous pattern. Medium to Advanced skill level. Alternatively, you can use fusible raw edge machine applique for the two color version, and appliqué the clamshells on a background strip.

When I already had four filler rows designed, it occurred to me that the 3 inch Inklingo™  clamshells would make a very nice, original filler row. So I added this one as an extra option, especially for those who own the required Inklingo™ shape collections (Inklingo Clamshell 3 inch and Inklingo Clamshell Edges 3 inch).

And because I want to include everyone in the fun, I added instructions for a quick and simple machine appliqué technique, for which you only need the template on my free pdf pattern.

In short: You fuse the clamshell shapes to a strip of background piecing. And only after assembling your quilt sandwich, you stitch the leaves down with simple machine quilting along the inside edges of your appliqué. So it is appliquéing and quilting in one. Super quick!

But I think the effect of this separating row would be nicer when you piece the clamshells, and use two background fabrics, the ones used in the row above and below your clamshell row. This way, it will appear as if only the clamshells themselves are separating the rows above and below.

I am showing an example here with Seasonal blocks that I found in the EQ Libraries.

Example of Clamshell separating row between two seasonal rows.

Example of my Clamshell separating row between two seasonal rows, using the background fabrics from the rows above and below for a floating effect.

You can also use this idea for a quick and modern row quilt, by alternating single strips of clamshells with unpieced strips. I am showing an example here:

Simple modern Clamshell Row quilt, original design by Annika Kornelis

Simple modern Clamshell Row quilt, original design by Annika Kornelis

In pastels this would be great for a baby quilt! If you like clamshell quilts, check out this post from 2010, with more of my clamshell quilt designs, especially for Inklingo.

My inspiration: the link with the Seasons theme

The two color version of the filler row symbolizes stylized Ginkgo leaves. The Ginkgo tree is a symbol of longevity, endurance, vitality, peace and hope.

When I thought of the Seasons theme, I thought of time passing, the ever recurring cycles of life and nature, and the hope that a new Spring brings. That seemed to fit with Ginkgo leaves very well. I used red and white, just because I like the fresh contrast of these colors.

3 inch clamshells symbolizing ginkgo leaves

3 inch clamshells symbolizing ginkgo leaves

The version in mixed shades of blue represents waves, which are lively and fascinating in all seasons. So you can use this row for any season, or between different seasons.

3 inch clamshells symbolizing waves. The same row as above, only with a different coloring.

3 inch clamshells symbolizing waves. The same row as above, only with a different coloring.

My pattern

Download the FREE pdf pattern (4 pages), with fabric yardage requirements, appliqué template and sewing instructions here: Annika Kornelis – 201505 Instructions Clamshell Row.

My EQ7 Project File

You can download my project file (40.6 KB), with all 5 filler rows, through this link from Box.com. You will have to wait for the following weeks for the three remaining patterns that belong with this EQ project file.

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.

My EQ7 tutorial: Searching for Notecard Information

In the previous tutorial I showed you where to find your Notecards. One of the uses of the Notecards is for searching in the EQ Libraries.

You can search for blocks in two ways:

  • By Category (like ‘appliqué blocks’, ‘holiday blocks’, etc.)
  • By Notecard.

The Notecard search function allows you to search for (part of) any information that is written on the Notecard.

You can search for information in the following three Notecard fields:

  • Name field
  • Reference field
  • Notes field

By default, EQ searches in all three. By ticking or unticking the checkboxes for each option, you can limit or expand your search options.

I have made a screen recording for this tutorial that shows a Blocks Notecard Search. I recommend you watch this video on full screen, so you will be able to read the text. The video (34 seconds) has no sound, so I will talk you through what I am doing right here.

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 click the Libraries Tab at the top of my screen. → A window opens with the names of all EQ Libraries.

I hover over ‘Block Library…’ with my mouse, until it turns blue. Then I click to select Block Library → The Block Libraries overview opens.

At the bottom of this box, you see two rows of buttons. The upper row contains the ‘Search’ button. It has two arrows on the right side, meaning more options will appear when you click this button.

I click the ‘Search’ button → Two more buttons appear: ‘By Notecard’ and ‘By Category’.

I hover my mouse over ‘By Notecard’→ it turns blue. I click to select this option → The ‘Search Block Notecard’ box appears.

It reads ‘Find all blocks with this notecard text’, with a textbox underneath. It has ‘star’ written in it, which happens to be the term I used for my previous search.

I click in the textbox and drag to select ‘star’→ ‘star’ turns blue. I type my new search term ‘6 inch’ directly over it.

I click on the checkbox in front of ‘Search the Name field’ → The tick mark disappears.

I click on the checkbox in front of ‘Search the Reference field’ → The tick mark disappears.

(By limiting my search options this way, EQ will finish its search quicker. I only want to find blocks which have ‘6 inch’ written in the Notes field. Similarly, you can search for a Block name only. If you click a checkbox again, the tick mark will appear again, and the default Notecard search option is restored.)

I click the ‘Search’ button → An hourglass icon appears, indicating EQ is searching the block libraries for my information.

When EQ has finished searching, a small notification pops up, saying. ‘Result of search for “6 inch”: 28 items’.

I click the OK button → The Block Libraries open the ‘Search Results’ tab.

I browse through the search results, by clicking and holding the little triangle next to the slider bar underneath the block overview.

I click on the ‘Pickled Clamshells’ block →  A blue line appears around it, to indicate the block is selected.

I click on the ‘Notecard’ button → The Block Notecard opens. You can see ‘6 inch’ is written in the Notes field.

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

I close the Block Libraries, by clicking the ‘Close’ button.

End of screen recording.

Additional information:

If you want to use my tutorial for practicing on your own computer, you can copy the text above and paste it into a Word document. This way, you can print it and have it next to your screen.

You probably want to practice a Block Notecard search with something other than ‘6 inch’. If you try to search for ‘6 inch’ in your EQ, you will most likely come up with nothing. I have added most of the 6 inch blocks to the EQ Libraries myself, or I have recorded the preferred size information in the Block Notecard myself. This sort of information is not native to EQ, since you can print every block in any size. But I hope this shows you it can be very handy to record anything and everything in your Notecards!

Below, you can watch the 34 second video again:

In next weeks EQ Tutorial, I will show you another way of expanding (or limiting) your search results from the Libraries. See you then!

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 20 US Dollar shopping voucher from www.Inklingo.com. This is a great prize! Despite being extremely busy, Inklingo’s Linda Franz is one of the participating designers, and she is sponsoring this EQ Seasons RAL, too. So, thank you Linda! :-)

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.

I am asking you to answer a simple question in the giveaway box that will open if you click the Inklingo logo below. The correct answer is short, to make it as easy as possible for you to enter in the giveaway. You don’t need to comment on my blog, follow me, download my pattern, or anything. And there are no trick questions either.

This week’s question is: “What color is Monkey’s porch chair?” You can find the answer in a short, cute video by Monkey’s best friend, Linda Franz, which I have reposted on Stof Genoeg, with an added short story to the images. This post, from 2010, is called ‘Monkey and Happiness’. It is still one of my favorite posts on this blog :-).

But, in case you just want to enter in the giveaway quickly without a detour, I am giving you a hint for the correct answer: It is also the color of the first three letters of the Inklingo logo below.

Inklingo-HEART

Click on the logo to enter in the giveaway for an Inklingo gift card.

A bundle of Northcott Fabrics. Northcott Fabrics have also been incredibly generous. They have given fabric to all participating designers, to help them create the Season rows. And 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 8 – 15 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.

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

September 8, 2015

Lorna McMahon at Sew Fresh Quilts – Fall
Carol Steely at Fun Threads – Spring
Amy Heaton at Country Junk’tion – Summer
Marian Pena at Seams To Be Sew – Winter

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

2015 EQ Seasons Row-A-Long Start and Giveaway!

 

Hour Glass Filler Row

2 inch high – Hour Glass Filler Row: My first of five filler row designs for the EQ Seasons RAL

Are you ready to join us? Starting today, 20 EQ designers and bloggers will present you their designs 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!

Each designer will have a free pdf pattern available for download, and some may also be sharing their EQ project files. You can join us if you don’t have EQ software, because the patterns give you all the information you need for sewing the rows of your choice. So, anyone can Row-A-Long!

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

My Design

As I announced in my previous post, I have designed five filler or separating rows. The first row is a simple row of hour glass blocks.

Hour Glass Filler Row

Here is what it says on the notecard in my EQ7 project file:

2 Inches high – 30 Pieced blocks – Straight stitching only – Quick and Easy

My inspiration

The hourglass block symbolizes the passing of time between seasons, so this row is nice to put between different seasons. The block used is the Basic 4X block from the EQ Block Libraries.

One Hourglass Block, a simple block of just four Quarter Square Triangles in two colors

One Hourglass Block, a simple block of just four Quarter Square Triangles in two colors

My pattern

Download the FREE pdf pattern, with fabric yardage requirements, rotary cutting and sewing instructions here: Annika Kornelis-201505 Instruction Hourglass Row – EQ Seasons RAL

201505 Instruction Hourglass Row - EQ Seasons RAL

As a bonus, it has instructions for piecing the row with Inklingo™ shapes printed on fabric! If you have the Inklingo™ Shape Collection, Quarter Square Triangles 00B, (a download with 12 sizes of QST), you can make your hour glass blocks quicker, easier and with more accuracy.

Inklingo‘s very own Linda and Monkey are also participating in, and sponsoring, this RAL! How fun! And Linda also does a filler row, so you will be seeing more Inklingoable rows. (I have two more coming up, too!).

My EQ7 Project File

You can download my project file (40.6 KB), with all 5 filler rows, through this link from Box.com. You will have to wait for the following weeks for the other patterns that belong with this EQ project file.

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.

My EQ7 tutorial:

Checking notecard information for Quilts and Blocks in Project Files

My tutorials in the weeks to come will focus on the notecards.

Several bloggers will make project files of their rows available. And every designer puts important information on their notecards. We want you to read them! :-)

And for that, first you need to know that notecards exist. And second, where to find them. If you are a beginner, and don’t know about notecards yet, I will show you the way.

I have made a screen recording of EQ7 on my Mac, in which I am showing you the notecards in an example quilt project file (which happens to look a lot like the EQ Seasons RAL file that I am sharing with you).

I recommend you watch the video (50 seconds) on full screen, so you will be able to read the text. The video does not have sound. I will talk you through what I am doing right here. At the end, I will post the video again, so you can watch it again, in case 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 on the Colors tab.

I click on the Quilts Tab → The sketchbook opens on the Quilts Tab, showing a preview of a quilt.

The grey bar below the quilt preview has a row of buttons. One of these buttons reads ‘Notecard’.

I click the ‘Notecard’ button. → The Quilt Notecard appears. There is now a thick line around the ‘Notecard’ button, telling you it is the Notecard you are viewing.

On the Notecard, you can read the information I have previously recorded in the Notecard fields ‘Name’, ‘Reference’ and ‘Notes’.

The ‘Notes’ field expands in size according to the amount of text you type in there. With the slider bar on the right you can view more information: Either click and hold the small triangle on the bottom of the slider bar, or click the slider and drag it down.

If you want to return to the top of the Notes field, click and hold the triangle at the top, or click and drag the slider up again.

I close the Quilt Notecard by clicking it on the top right button, marked with an X. → The Quilt Notecard disappears.

Next, I click the Blocks Tab.  → The Sketchbook opens on the Blocks Tab.

The blocks in my sketchbook are shown in rows. You can see four of them.

The first block is automatically selected. A block that is selected has a blue line around it.

The name of the selected block is shown in the grey bar below the block overview. It takes that name from the Block Notecard.

At the bottom of the Blocks Tab in the Sketchbook, you will find the same row of Buttons as you have seen on the Quilts Tab.

I click on the Notecard Button. → The Notecard for the selected block appears. You can read the information that is on the Block Notecard in the Notecard fields ‘Name’, ‘Reference’, ‘Library’ and ‘Notes’.

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

Next, I scroll through the Block overview to find a Library Block of which I have not edited the Notecard.

I select the Pumpkin block, and click the Notecard button. → The Notecard opens. You can see there is only information in the fields ‘Name’ and ‘Reference’. The Notes field is empty.

I close the Sketchbook. End of screen recording.

Additional information:

There are notecards attached to all Sketchbook items, so to Thread, Fabric, Photos, and Embroidery as well, except for Colors. You can see this in the beginning of the screen recording, when the Sketchbook opens at the Colors Tab. There is no Notecard Button beneath the colors.

You can view the video here again, in case you missed something. It was only 50 seconds, after all! Remember, you can pause the video whenever you need.

So now you know where to find the Notecards. If you download EQ project files, please make it a habit of checking them!

If you want to use my tutorial for practicing on your own computer, you can copy the text above and paste it into a Word document. This way, you can print it and have it next to your screen.

Next week (8 September), I will show you why the Notecards are important for searching items in the EQ Libraries.

The giveaways (‘sweepstakes’ by law)

Unlike my previous announcement of one giveaway on my blog, there will be two for every week that I participate! Wow!

Our busy host Marian of Seams to be Sew was able to find so many generous sponsors, that all of the 20 participating blogging designers will be giving away more than one prize! You are so lucky :-)!

I have made a separate page with all the rules, prizes and sponsors here. Please read the rules, so you will not be disqualified by entering in the wrong way.

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.

There are also ‘grand overall giveaways’ running for the entire duration of the 2015 EQ Seasons RAL, for participants that upload pictures to our Flickr group, of the Season blocks and/or rows they have sewn.  (Pictures of sewn blocks of the filler rows, by LindaBea or me, do not count! They are just too quick and easy to sew ;-)).

This week’s giveaways on Stof Genoeg are:

One 25 US Dollar shopping voucher from The Fat Quarter Shop. This giveaway is specific to my blog Stof Genoeg. All the other participating blogs will have their own 25 dollar giveaway for the Fat Quarter Shop!! 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.

Click the logo to enter in the giveaway.

Click the logo to enter in the FQS voucher giveaway.

A bundle of Northcott Fabrics. Northcott Fabrics have also been incredibly generous. They have given fabric to all participating designers, to help them create the Season rows. Since I was not going to make my own rows, I thought I would save them the expense of shipping their fabric from Canada to Rotterdam. I would rather they ship some to you! :-)

And they just might, because 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 you will be disqualified!

You can enter for both giveaways from 1 – 8 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

Well, if you have made it this far into my post, you deserve to know where all the other patterns and giveaways for today are :-). Find them here:

September 1, 2015

Marlene Oddie at Kissed Quilts – Spring
Lynn Zydon Provencher at Thimblemouse & Spouse – Winter
Doris Cotten Rice at The Quilting Queen Online – Summer
Janeen van Niekerk at Quilt Art Designs – Fall
Bea Lee at Be A Quilter – 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