Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Designs Combining Three Block Sizes – Continued

I continued exploring in EQ, different ways to combine the three available sizes of Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl Blocks (12 inch [30,5 cm.]; 16 inch [40,6 cm.] and 20 inch [50,8 cm.]) in one quilt design.

This time in ‘plain old’ horizontal sets based on 20 inch block size. By adding fabric frames around the smaller blocks, and by coloring the blocks non-traditional, you can create more unusual quilts.

Inkllingo Mariners Whirl blocks, 3 sizes combined in one quilt, horizontal set – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

If you prefer a more regular look, here is a variation with only 16 inch blocks, and symmetrical borders.

Symmetrical version of quilt above, 16 inch Mariner’s Whirl blocks inside 20 inch block horizontal set – Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

This idea led to some more quilts, using only 16 inch blocks in a 20 inch block straight setting.

16 inch Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl blocks in 20 inch block setting. Corner blocks placed outside the grid – Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

In the quilt above, the corner blocks are set on layer 2, to break the grid.

16 inch Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl blocks in a 20 inch block grid, with colored fabric frames – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

The design above reminds me of a totem! You could easily turn this design into a cross. Or add a bit, and make a cactus in bloom! Or a patchwork robot…!

This design actually evolved from several previous ideas, including the following quilt design. That’s another traditional quilt combining three sizes of blocks in one quilt, in a horizontal set.

Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl blocks, 3 sizes in horizontal 20 inch block set – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

So, we are back where we started at the top of this blog :-), and I hope you experienced a little joy along the way, seeing the colorful pictures of hopefully unexpected ideas for a more or less traditional Mariner’s Compass block.

I am still inspired to play some more with Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl blocks. Who knows what we can do with strip quilts, perhaps even a medallion quilt combining 3 sizes of Mariner’s Whirl blocks? Or perhaps just 1 or 2…

XXX Annika

 

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Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Designs Combining Three Block Sizes

On Point Quilt design combining 3 sizes of Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl blocks – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

I explored different ways to combine the three available sizes of Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl Blocks (12 inch [30,5 cm.]; 16 inch [40,6 cm.] and 20 inch [50,8 cm.]) in one quilt design.

The quilt above measures about 102 inches square! [2,59 metre], but you can combine these three sizes in smaller quilts.

I used several ‘EQ tricks’ to be able to combine different sizes of blocks, but I have not nearly exhausted the box of tricks! I only used three ways to put several sizes of blocks in one quilt design:

  • Using blocks and sashings with corner stone, creating space for 2 different block sizes;
  • Enlarging smaller blocks with a frame, to create the desired size to fit them in a grid for a larger block size;
  • Put different sized blocks on different layers of the quilt worktable.

Options I did not even use are:

  • The ‘create quilt from block’ feature. You can use a block from the library or draft your own desired quilt layout as a block. This only works with blocks consisting of squares and rectangles.
  • Placing the blocks in a custom quilt layout. A custom quilt layout allows you to place random size blocks anywhere you like, collage style, even stretched and angled, and jumbled on top of each other.

In the quilt above I set the block size at 20, and a sashing size of 16 inches, creating space for 16 inch corner stones to put Mariner’s Whirl blocks in.

Screen capture of EQ8, showing the settings to create the quilt layout used above.

Using a sashing to put blocks in the corner stones is probably the easiest and most common way to combine different sized blocks. And of course you can also make your sashing wider than your blocks.

In some of the designs in this post I enlarged 12 or 16 inch Mariner’s Whirl blocks in EQ, by putting a frame around them, so I can still use the fixed size Inklingo shapes to piece blocks with a larger finished size.

EQ makes enlarging blocks this way super easy. No need to redraft the base block! Under ‘New block’, you will find the ‘create serendipity’ tab. You can either choose ‘frame block’ or ‘merge blocks’. I chose the latter, to be sure I have the right sized frame. I draft that myself, instead of using the standard frames on offer. All you have to do is draft a block with the desired frame, just four straight lines.

In this example I drafted a 20 inch block with only a 2 inch frame around an empty center square. The square offers room to place a 16 inch Mariner’s Whirl block inside. You can do this by using the ‘Merge blocks’ feature, under the ‘Create serendipity tab’, under Block Tools.

Same quilt as above, showing lines of the sashings and fabric frames around enlarged blocks.

Of course the 16 inch sashing makes this quilt very large. So I also combined different sizes of blocks right next to each other.

3 sizes of Inklingo Mariners Whirl blocks in an on point set without sashings – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

The quilt above, without sashings, measures 57 inches square [145 cm.]. You can see I set block size to 20 inches, and enlarged the 16 and 12 inch blocks with frames, to fit in this layout.

You can save space if you don’t use all of the fabric frames, and put different sized blocks right next to each other. Of course it is easy to do that in actual piecing, but you need to know how to do that in EQ.

3 Sizes of Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl Blocks in an on point setting, closer together – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

This quilt ends up 51 inches square [130 cm.]. I set block size to 16 inches, and added 2 inch sashings. I put the (partial) 20 inch blocks in the center and the corners on layer 2 of the quilt, so they cover the sashings of layer 1.

So, that is another trick to combine different sized blocks in one design in EQ. Just take one or more blocks out of the fixed grid that is in layer 1, and put them in any size and any place you like on layer 2.

If parts of your blocks stick outside the edge of the quilt, you can clip them to the edge of your quilt center or to the outside edge of your border. I did that with the four corner blocks on layer 2.

Variation of the quilt design above, using a 12 inch block in the center instead of a 20 inch block – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

While designing, I ran into several minor EQ8 issues! The wonderful people from Electric Quilt are working on it. Just so you know, if you try to recreate some of the ideas in this post, and run into trouble, rest assured, it is not you.

My advice, skip the playing in EQ8 for now, and just start playing with Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl blocks in fabric! :-)

XXX Annika

Starry Path Quilt Designs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

XXX Annika