Last year was a year of trying to quilt. Due to so much illness in the family I became a taxi service for several friends and family. Not that I'm complaining. Every time I thought it was okay to take a commissioned job something would come up. So I ended up turning down several. Well the cloud has lifted and it seems that there's light again. Recently a friend of a friend contacted me needing a baby quilt. Her requests were simple...
1. It must be pink, mint green, and cream
2. It must have posies
3. Just as long as it's done by March or April
Pretty easy guidelines. With the help of EQ7 I came up with around 30 different quilts. But I only sent her pictures of 4 and the fabric I choose, letting her know that it was okay to reject these and offer suggestions. Believe it or not she picked one! So easy.
This first one is my pick out of the four
Now I'd like to talk a little bit about EQ7 because I'm asked often if I think it's worth the money. For me its a handy tool and more often than not I go to EQ to help with the designing process. I'm a visual person so seeing it makes all the difference. And now that I can scan in my own fabrics its even better. However EQ doesn't tell you how to put the quilt together, it will give you templates for piecing, you can print out paper piecing, and rotary cutting directions and yardage. I find this to be the most helpful. Normally I'll print out the yardage and the rotary cutting directions just for reference, and to scribble ideas and measurement on. So if I need to make a flying geese it's not going to tell me how to do the quick method of 4 at a time. But it will give me a measurement for the flying geese so I can do the math for myself. For this quilt I'll also print out a template for the Posie. So is it worth the money, I think so, it cuts a lot of time off the design process and makes it easier to show a customer what their quilt will look like.
However I still from time to time use the old fashion method of paper and pencil. Sometimes its just easier.
Until next time "Quilt out of your Comfort Zone!"