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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Playtime with EQ7 - It's All About Borders (and a special challenge opportunity for EQ users)

SewCalGal always enjoy playtime with EQ7.  It is fun to quickly create a design and then change it to create a completely new design, as well as to help select fabrics and color palettes.   Today I had fun thinking about design layouts for the 2013 FMQ Challenge #5 - It's All About Borders, with Patsy Thompson.  This particular challenge is focused on inspiring quilters to learn/improve their FMQ skills, but I've also come up with a way to make this a fun challenge for EQ users.  So, this post has two opportunities:

1)  Anyone interested in  learning/improving their FMQ skills can participate in any/all 2013 FMQ Challenges. And, while Challenge #5 encourages you to also create your own unique design, this post shares insight on how I used EQ7 to quickly come up with some design ideas.  You are welcome to use these designs or adapt them to make them your own.

2) For EQ Users, consider this a call for your quilt designs using EQ7/EQ6.  Simply take a look at the 2013 FMQ Challenge #5 and  to design a project layout for this FMQ Challenge - It's All About Borders!  Keep in mind this challenge will focus on borders that show off FMQ vs pieced, but that doesn't mean you can't enter a design, with a lot of borders that also uses piecing.  Your design can be any size (e.g. table runner/tolpper, wallhanging, lap quilt, full size quilt, etc.). Bloggers and non-bloggers can enter by way of a linkup at the bottom of this post.

The Challenge calls for 8-10 borders to a project.

Here are some of my design ideas for the It's All About Borders Challenge:

table runner idea

 {above} Wall Hanging measures 38"x38" Inside ble mock measures 12"x12"  Borders measure: #1 - 2.5", #2 - 1/2", #3 - 1/2", #4 - 1/2", #5 - 1", #6 - 1", #7 - 2.5", #8 - 1/2", #9- 4".

  table runner idea

{above} Table Runner measures 30"x65"
Inside piece measures 5"x40.5"
Borders measure:  #1 - 1", #2 - 2.5", #3 - 1/2", #4 - 2", #5 - 1/2", #6 - 2.5", #7 - 1/2", #8 - 3".

large throw

{above} Large Throw measures 66"x74"
Inside piece measures 40"x48" and could easily contain a large area for FMQ or blocks.
Borders measure:  #1 - 1", #2 - 2.5", #3 - 1/2", #4 - 2", #5 - 1/2", #6 - 2.5", #7 - 1/2", #8 - 1/2", #9 - 3".

table topper or wallhanging

{above} Wall hanging or Table Topper measures 45"x45"
Inside block measures 9"x9".
Borders measure:  #1 - 6" wide and uses half drop diamonds", #2 - 2.5", #3 - 1/2", #4 - 2", #5 - 1/2", #6 - 2.5", #7 - 1/2", #8 - 1/2", #9 - 3".

For EQ Users, this is a unique challenge this also a great challenge for you and they'll be special prizes awarded to one lucky winner.  But do take time to look at the 2013 FMQ Challenge #5 as your designs need to support the theme of this challenge.

To enter the FMQ Challenge - It's All About Borders click here.

To enter this EQ Challenge - It's All About Borders:

Rules to enter this challenge:

Deadline to enter is October 31st, 2013.  SewCalGal is coordinating working with sponsors.  You can find a current list of sponsors and prizes on the main page for the FMQ Challenge.  Those that enter this EQ Challenge - It's All About Borders will receive one entry to win a prize in the 2013 FMQ Challenge.  SewCalGal will also have more sponsors and prizes for this EQ Challenge and will announce more info this summer (and update this post).  But either way, I hope if you are a EQ Fan you'll use this challenge to help inspire others.
For bloggers:

Please post your entry on your blog. To clarify, you can include as many photos of this  exercise in your post, but you can only add one link to the linky tool below. You can share tips, tutorials if you like, but your design ideas are a must requirement for this challenge.  And your design ideas need to be appropriate for the FMQ Challenge - It's All About Borders.

Bloggers should not add a link to their blog, but a direct link to their blog post to a current post that references they are entering this EQ theme challenge.

For non-Bloggers:

1) You will need to have a Flickr account (www.flickr.com). 
2) Upload your photos for this month's challenge to Flickr, batch organize, send your photos to groups, select "FMQ Challenge". While Flickr, limits the amount of text you can share in your description, feel free to share your perspective on this exercise and/or your past FMQ experience, if you wish.
3) After your photos have successfully been loaded to the "FMQ Challenge" group, click on your best photo in that group, ideally one that shows you created a project or sharing your practice sandwich that reflects insights shared in this  tutorial.  Be sure to Copy the URL link to your specific photo entry. Add that link to the linky tool above, to officially enter this show.

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