Playing with Simple Blocks in EQ – Part 5

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

Very versatile set of four blocks!

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

Knot medallion quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis

 

Complicated Knot Medallion Quilt Variation – original design by Annika Kornelis

 

Medallion Quilt Variation – original design by Annika Kornelis

 

Complicated Knot Medallion Quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis

 

Multicolor Complicated Knot Medallion Quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis

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

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

XXX Annika

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Canada 150 Quilt!

Canada 150 Quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis

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

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

Canada 150 quilt with outlines – original design by Annika Kornelis

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

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

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

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

Very versatile set of four blocks!

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

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

Happy Canada Day!

XXX Annika

Playing with Simple Blocks in EQ – Part 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Very versatile set of four blocks!

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

XXX Annika

Playing with Simple Blocks in EQ – Part 2

Weave and Knots Quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis

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

Fan variation block – drafted by me

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

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

Modern Vine Strip Quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis

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

Connecting Fan Variation block – original design by Annika Kornelis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wavy Ribbons – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

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

Stripes and Curved Medallion quilt – original design by Annika Kornelis

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

XXX Annika