Tuesday, April 23, 2013

EQ 7 Blog Hop - Blanket Flower, Tutorial and Giveaway

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Thanks again to Bea for putting together this lovely hop and to EQ for generously sponsoring a little giveaway.  Without further ado, here is tutorial number 2.
I love the spring and summer, so much is a buzzing and humming around the yard.  And of course I love flowers, so this is what I created for Bea's Hop.

It is called a Blanket Flower and I am going to do my best to show you how I created it.
First, I opened a new project.  I went to the tab Block and then EasyDraw + PatchDraw.

Next, I went to the bottom tab Tracing Image.  On the left hand side you can upload any image from your computer.  I chose a picture of a flower that I had taken last summer.  Hit the Open button.

It will ask you what size you would like your picture.  I just left mine the same and placed it in the top left hand corner of my workspace.

Next, I went to the bottom tab, Applique.  There you have the option to free hand trace your image.  The arrow is pointing to it on the left.

I like to trace the petals that are going to be in the back ground first.  That way I will not have to more them to the back of the block later.

Once I have the some of the petals complete, I find it easier to work on if I color them.

Click on the bottom tab and then on the right hand side click your paint brush and go to town.

I added a few more petals and the top of the stem next.

After, I colored all my initial petal a solid color.  I chose one of my petals.  I then right clicked on my mouse which brought up this menu.  I plan to copy all the petals.

Here is the first copied petal.  I colored it an opposite color to keep track of it.

After copying all the petal and placing them a little above their counterparts.  Your design will look a bit like this one.

As you can see, one of the petals needs to move to the back of the workspace.  You right click on your mouse and chose to move the petal to the Back.

Here is the flower after all the petals are in the correct order.  I wanted the flower to be on a nice fabric background, but couldn't find any I just loved.  Well, there is more fabric selection if you go to the Library tab, then fabric library. 

So, there you go.

And here it is in fabric.  I used Batiks because the coloration always reminds me of real flower petals.  I also tilted the flower a bit more on the fabric.  (If you know me, I can't always follow directions.  Even my own.)

If you want to have your own blanket flower, you can print out the patten Here.
I am really new to PDF's and such or changing the labels on the example so,
since I worked it out.
pieces: O, I D,L, M, Q, J, & T are orange
pieces: N, F, C, G, H, R, E, & U are the ones in yellow
piece: K - center maroon
piece: S - was part of the center but I left it off on this example
pieces: P & B green stem parts
(Of course, you can use any color)

Here is the Schedule for the EQ Appliqued Animals Blog Hop
Monday April 22nd
Seamstobesew (Summer Animal)
Freemotionbytheriver (Critters and Bugs)
Sewincrediblycrazy (Critters and Bugs)
Beaquilter (Summer Stuff)
Tuesday April 23rd
Kissedquilts (Summer Animals)
Seamstobesew (Critters and Bugs)
Funthreads (Summer Stuff)
Wednesday April 24th
Funthreads (Summer Animals)
Patchworkbreeze (Critters and Bugs)
Beaquilter (Critters and Bugs)
Sewincrediblycrazy (Summer Stuff) - You are here
Thursday April 25th
Beaquilter (Summer Animals)
Janesquilting (Critters and Bugs)
Seamstobesew (Summer Stuff)
Friday April 26th
SewCalGal (Critters and Bugs)

Everyone loves a giveaway, right?  So, how about this great software for EQ7.  The Electric Quilt generously gave me an extra Quilting Design CD, so I am passing it on to one lucky reader.   Not only that, but each of the above participants have a different design CD to give away, so you best go and check them all out.  You will receive Quilting Designs Vol. 1, if you win.  It has over 500 quilting designs.  I am quite excited to give mine a try.


So, how to enter!!
Here are the details: Since, I gave another tutorial on a different block on
 Monday. I will be adding up the comments from both days. I only have 1 CD to giveaway (So, comment on Monday's and today's and you get two entries)
1.  Just leave a comment!
2. If you are a no-reply blogger and your e-mail is not in your comment, I will draw another name.
3. It is open to everyone!!!!
4. The giveaway will be April 28th at Midnight, M.S.T.

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  1. My goodness you make that look so easy! I draw, go the color tab and my pieces aren't there. Which means I can't draw. Your flower is beautiful! My husbands favorite flower. Now your gonna have to tell me how you exported the applique pieces to pdf?

  2. WoW, that is totally awesome.. love the idea with your own photos.

    Podunkpretties, you simply use your print button, then choose the templates option from the print menu.

  3. what a great flower! and you stitched it out, that's awesome....

  4. Your flower is AMAZING! I would have never thought you could do that with a program

  5. Lovely! I had no idea that EQ could use photos.

  6. Beautiful flower and great tutorial Amy! I'm like you...I like to jump back and forth from coloring. Of course you know I love the batiks :)

  7. love your flower thanks for sharing

  8. your flower is just lovely. thanks for sharing how you did it. Im starting to really like this program.

  9. Thank you for showing us how you made your flower. And thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Oh my goodness... what a fun project! I would never have thought to use a photo like that. Love it.

  11. I love it. I never new a photo could be used in EQ to trace like that. Great idea.

  12. WOW! Very nice! Thanks for the pattern, tutorial and giveaway!

  13. That is a really beautiful flower. I have admired quilts like this in the quilt show. It now looks like something I could do myself. Thanks for showing how you made the pattern and block.

  14. Absolutely gorgeous! I'm loving all the different techniques that have been shown considering we didn't coordinate with each other:)

  15. Beautiful....I thank you so much for the lesson. I had no idea as to how to do that. I just got my program that long ago and I truly like this technique to make flowers.

  16. Your pattern is very pretty, thanks for the giveaway!!
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  17. Very pretty! Thanks so much for the detailed explanation, makes me think I could do it.

  18. This is a great applique flower. Thanks, I will definitely use it.

  19. Love your blanket flower-so pretty. Thanks for sharing the tutorial & the chance to win.

  20. Wow, amazing tutorial. Great idea.

  21. Your tutorial was very helpful and made it look so easy to draw applique blocks. Thank you.

  22. Gorgeous, Gorgeous flower and thanks for the tute!

  23. Loved your tutorial. I have several photos of my flowers - I can't wait to try making my own applique. Thank you.

  24. Absolutely beautitul Amy. I have allways loved blanket flowers. Used to have some at my old house. Great tutorial.

  25. That's cute!! Thanks for the chance.

  26. Wow, thanks for opening up a whole new world for designing in EQ...I have used the basic patch draw before, but never the applique...and never thought about using an imported photo.. great ideas!

  27. Love your flower. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  28. Glorious flower and thanks for the tutorial in EQ7. :)

  29. Very pretty flower. EQ7 is on my wishlist.

    Thanks for the chance to win.


  30. That is a beautiful flower. I love the kinds of blocks that aren't traditional and a pictorial. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  31. Great job on this tutorial and the flower is beautiful.

    Thank you for sponsoring this giveaway.

  32. What a beautiful flower...why don't mine come out like that? Thanks for the tutorial!

  33. That is a gorgeous applique' flower. And an excellent and inspirational tutorial too. Love it!


  34. Applique is my favorite type of quilting.

  35. Love your flower. Thanks for sharing the process.

  36. Beautiful design! Who wouldn't want to win EQ7? Love it. deanie dot dreams at gmail dot com

  37. Amy!! That is such a pretty design - never knew that it was possible to be so creative! Thank you or showing us how the software works! This blog hop is so informative!!

  38. Wow, I am amazed by the entire process. It is beautiful! Thanks!

  39. Your flower is beautiful! You make it seem so easy to draw in EQ. Thanks for the great example!

  40. Yeah thanks for the chance to win. Beautiful flower!

  41. The pattern is excellent Amy, and your tutorial is so clear. You certainly make it seem so straightforward.

  42. Thanks so much for the tutorial... I can't wait to try it.

  43. Thank you so much for this tutorial - this is something I have wanted to use my EQ for and you really helped with understanding the process.

  44. I know that designing the flower took time and it turned out lovely. Great work. Thanks for sharing.

  45. What a great job. Thanks for the chance to win.

  46. Great tutorial. I have learned a little more at each stop of this hop.

  47. Thanks so much, I love the idea of using my own photos, there are so many times I see something that I think would be great to use on a quilt but only having the picture it would be such a task to do. This can do anything!!! Thanks so much the chance and detailed tutorial.

  48. Very great Tutorial! Thank you very much! I learned to much this week! Have a nice day!

  49. The flower is just stunning and you made a great tutorial, thank you.

  50. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  51. I can't believe all I've learned with this blog hop. It's been great! Thanks for sharing twice!

  52. Very nicely done. Beautiful flower! Thanks for chance to win.

  53. Beautiful flower and great tutorial! Jane