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

Playing with Simple Blocks in EQ – Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next is a quilt which combines both blocks.

Maze quilt, two colors  – Original design by Annika Kornelis

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

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

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

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

XXX Annika

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

Would You Piece My Quilt Top?

Striped Cat Quilt - Original Design by Annika Kornelis

Striped Cat Quilt – Original Design by Annika Kornelis

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Zou jij mijn quilttop willen naaien?

Wat vind je van dit kattenquiltontwerp? Welke versie is je favoriet? (Zie ook de plaatjes verder naar onderen). Ik vind hem zelf cool! :-) En ik wil hem dolgraag uitgevoerd zien.

Ik denk erover om hier een patroon van te maken om te verkopen. Heb je tips voor me? Voorkeur voor een bepaalde maat quilt ofzo? Het zou moeten lukken om de instructies te schrijven, maar het naaien van de top en het maken van foto’s van het proces gaat hem niet worden.

Two black striped Cats Quilt - Original Design by Annika Kornelis

Two black striped Cats Quilt – Original Design by Annika Kornelis

Daarom zoek ik iemand die een van deze tops voor mij kan maken, en goede foto’s van het werk in uitvoering kan aanleveren. Is dat iets voor jou? Of ken je iemand die dat misschien leuk zou vinden? Dan hoor ik het dolgraag! Als er een ander ontwerp van mij is dat je liever zou naaien, dan hoor ik het ook graag.

Het lijkt mij ideaal als ik de stoffen zelf uitkies, en ze bij je aanlever of ze vergoed, en dat ik de top krijg en zelf kan besluiten over het quilten. Maar laat het me weten als je het liever anders hebt.

Striped Cats Parade Quilt, - Original Design by Annika Kornelis

Striped Cats Parade Quilt, – Original Design by Annika Kornelis

In elk geval zou ik je een patroon, snijschema en naai-instructies geven (bij voorkeur in het Engels, maar Nederlands is bespreekbaar), en alles wat ik verder nog kan verzinnen. Je hoeft dus niet zelf te bedenken hoe je het werk moet aanpakken.

Ik verwacht dan dat je met een kritisch oog met die informatie aan de slag gaat, en mij er eerlijke en heldere feedback op geeft, zodat ik het patroon kan verbeteren waar nodig. Om een indruk te krijgen van de kwaliteit van mijn instructies, kun je kijken op mijn pagina met downloads

Ik ben dus op zoek naar een specifiek type ‘quilter’. Iemand die de top naaien het leukste onderdeel vindt van het maken van een quilt, iemand die meegeleverde instructies zowaar leest ;-) en die graag een patroon stap voor stap wil volgen. Iemand die precies en netjes kan werken, en die begrijpt welke stappen een (beginnende) quilter uitgelegd wil zien met een foto bij de geschreven instructies.

Striped Cat Quilt, White Borders - Original Design by Annika Kornelis

Striped Cat Quilt, White Borders – Original Design by Annika Kornelis

Ik kan je helaas geen loon betalen voor je werk, maar ik zou natuurlijk wel bijv. verzendkosten vergoeden. En natuurlijk krijg je alle eer van je werk door middel van naamsvermelding op het patroon, bij de foto’s, (en wie weet, ooit in een boek?). Als het definitieve patroon klaar is, krijg je dat natuurlijk ook. En ik hoop dat je het een leuk idee vindt dat je eraan bijdraagt dat mijn mooie quiltontwerpen worden uitgevoerd, en zo toegankelijk worden voor hopelijk veel liefhebbers :-).

Het zou natuurlijk het meest praktisch zijn als ik iemand in de buurt (Rotterdam, Nederland, Europa….) vond om mee te werken, maar ik ben al blij als er iemand zich meldt. Dus waar je ook bent, als je me wilt helpen, dan hoor ik het graag! Neem contact op door een comment achter te laten op deze post, of email me direct via stofgenoeg (apestaartje) hotmail (puntje) com

XXX Annika

ENGLISH

What do you think of the cat quilt design at the top of this post? Which version do you prefer? (See more pictures below).

Striped Cat Quilt, White Borders - Original Design by Annika Kornelis

Striped Cat Quilt, White Borders – Original Design by Annika Kornelis

I think it’s cool! And I would love to see it executed!

I am thinking of make a pattern for it and try to sell it. Got any tips? Any preferences as to size, etc.? I think I can manage to write instructions, but not the piecing and taking pictures of the process along the way.

So, I am looking for someone who could piece this top for me, and provide me with clear pictures. Would that be you? Someone you know? I would love to hear from you! If there is another of my designs that you would be interested in piecing, I would also love to hear from you.

I think it would be ideal if I get to pick the fabrics, and provide or reimburse them to you, and I get the top, and can decide about quilting. But let me know if you would prefer it differently.

Striped Cats Parade Quilt, - Original Design by Annika Kornelis

Striped Cats Parade Quilt, – Original Design by Annika Kornelis

I would at least provide you with a pattern, a cutting diagram, instructions and everything I can think of, so you don’t have to make everything up yourself. I would expect you to review and use my information with a critical eye, and give me candid and clear feedback on it, so I can improve my pattern where necessary. If you want an impression of the quality of my instructions, you can check my downloads page.

So I am thinking of a very specific type of quilter. Someone who most enjoys making the top, who actually reads instructions ;-) and likes to have a pattern to execute step by step. Someone who can piece accurately and understands what (beginning) quilters need pictures of, in addition to the written instructions.

I can’t pay you for your work, but I would pay for shipping costs etc. Of course I would give you full credit for your pictures and your work on the pattern, (and who knows, even a book one day?). If the pattern is finished, you will receive the final pattern, too. And I hope you like the idea of contibuting to making my beautiful quilt designs actually come to life, and become accessible to hopefully many quilt lovers :-).

Of course, it would be most practical if I found someone right here in The Netherlands, or at least in Europe. But I would be happy if anyone offers to work with me, no matter where you are! Contact me by leaving a comment on this post, or email me directly: stofgenoeg (at) hotmail (dot) com.

XXX Annika

Two black striped Cats Quilt - Original Design by Annika Kornelis

Two black striped Cats Quilt – Original Design by Annika Kornelis