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Monday, September 21, 2015

EQ Seasons RAL - Summer Fly By - Pattern and Tutorial + Giveaways

Welcome to Creatin' in the Sticks
EQ Seasons Row Along

Summer has come to a close, but I dream of summer all year.

(In Southwest Kansas you have to dream of the beach unless it's the dry river bed)

But I have memories of playing at the ocean side beach when I was a kid.

 "Summer Fly By" 

Is from those memories.

This is a foundation paper piece pattern.
Finished size 6" x 60"

You can download the pattern on Craftsy.

The download is the pattern only and is NOT a tutorial.

You only need to know how to foundation paper piece to sew this row.

If you want the optional clouds on your row, you will need to use a fusible to applique.
Follow the manufacturers instructions.  The cloud pattern is included in the download.

If you've never done foundation paper piecing, 
check out this video by Fons & Porter:

This row is perfect for little scraps of fabric. 

 The background fabric requires about a 1/2 yard.
I used Northcott Toscana fabric # 9020-45 which is so soft and easy to sew with.

Part of the fun of creating a quilt with EQ7 is changing things here and there to create something totally new.

By just changing the banner with "Aloha" and adding some waves and toes I have a beach blanket.

When I designed the Summer Fly By row for the

EQ7: Seasons Row-Along

I wanted a way to make it personal for anyone.

Want to see how you can change the banner block into a personal message?

Add a plain block and text to a quilt 

in EQ7 -
a tutorial

Here's how to do it:

Begin with a custom quilt.  
In this case we are using the 
Summer Fly By row.

Click the Layer 1 tab - 
Click the Set Block button -
 The sketchbook blocks palette will appear.
Right click inside the box and 
choose - Add Plain Block 

A plain block magically appears in the block palette.

Click and drag the block to one of the banner blocks.
Now you will have to adjust the block into place.
Choose the adjust button and move the plain block into place.

Now lets color the plain block.

Click the brush tool button - Select color - Click the plain box.
(Notice we still have the hook stencil in place behind the plane
because we didn't erase it.)

Next, let's add a name for the banner.  
Click on the Layer 2 tab.
Click the paintbrush button and choose the color for your text.
Next, click on the customize toolbar button on the bottom right -
Click on add/remove buttons - check the Set Applique Text button
to add it to you toolbar

Click the Set Applique Text button - the applique text box appears.
Hold down the shift key and click and drag a text box where you want
the text to appear.

Type the text you want.  In this case, I am using my nephew's name, James.

Now you can change the font and size of the text.  
(Play in the Applique text box.)
Click the Adjust button (second button from the top - right tool bar)
Click the text and move the box around until you have it placed
right where you want it.

Get creative with the tool bars.  
I tilted the name a little to make it blow in the wind.

Tip:  Print the letter templates from the Layer 2 tab.

Won't that be a super cute row?


How about this one?


(vacation = inspiration)

With EQ7, you can trace any picture...
although I traced a picture of only my feet for the quilt and made hubby's by expanding the tracing, I could have used this picture...

It's fun to explore with EQ7, don't be afraid.

If you want to make a quilt like mine, the only other pattern you will need is a wave pattern block from the EQ library. 
 Just search for it in the software.
Easy, peasy.

Here's one more photo of the quilt.

Sorry about the fold marks and wrinkles. 

 I carried the quilt on board the airplane and used it to keep warm!!
The quilt was made just for our Hawaii trip.  
I make 'em to use 'em.  lol

Want to see more rows and tutorials for the week?

September 22
Carla Henton at Creatin’ in the Sticks – Summer (you are here)
Patti Carey at Patti’s Patchwork – Winter
Nancy Myers at Patchwork Breeze – Spring
Marian Pena at Seams To Be Sew – Fall
Linda Franz  at LindaFranz.com – Filler Row
Anneka Kornelis at Stof Genoeg – Filler Row


Marian has the whole schedule HERE.

Now for the treats....


#1 Aurifil Thread

1 - Aurifil 4 pack of basic colors. 
 4 spools in the kit - each spool has 1422 yds and they are mako cotton.
 50wt - Colors: 2600 – 2000 – 2314 – 5004
Value: $35.00
 Entries accepted until September 29, 2015 Winner announced September 30, 2015

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#2 The Fat Quarter Shop

 $25.00 gift certificate
 At Creatin' in the Sticks.
While this giveaway is specific to this blog, you can enter at each featured blog today.
 There is 1 giveaway for each featured blog of the week.
 Entries accepted until September 29, 2015 Winners Announced September 30, 2015
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#3 Northcott Fabrics

 is giving 1 lucky recipient, 6-8 pieces of fabric at 1 yard lengths each.
You may only enter once
 In other words, if you enter it here, do not enter it at the other featured blogs this week.
 This giveaway is at all the featured blogs today.
Entries accepted until September 29, 2015 Winners Announced September 30, 2015
Value $60-80.00
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Make a block or row from the Row Along!
As An
  Incentive To Participate By Making Blocks and Rows 
 Craftsy Class
of your Choice
 3 individual winners
Value $40.00 based on average cost of Quilting classes, but the value goes up if you choose lets say a sewing class.
Nancy's Notions
 2 individual winners
 $10.00 gift certificate

When you add a unique block/row to the Flickr Group that you've created from any of the patterns offered each week, you will get one entry into the drawing.
You can enter at any blog featuring the Flickr giveaway once each day of this Row-A-Long until October 13, 2015 when the giveaway closes.
 Winners Announced October 14, 2015.
 Make a block, post it to the flicker group, and come back here and enter the giveaway.
If you enter both giveaways, you need 2 unique blocks per each day you enter
Duplicate Entries will be checked and if found you will be disqualified.
** Filler Rows Do Not Count. These too will be disqualified if entered.
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(Coming soon)
EQ7 Software

Electric Quilt will be giving away their EQ7 software to one lucky winner.
To be held at the Electric Quilt Blog September 29th - October 06, 2015.  
You will need to visit Electric Quilt's Blog during that week and register to win at their site to win this great prize. 
Value- $190.00

I will be posting a quilt on the October 6th that I have been working on during the EQ7: Seasons Row-Along.
(I had a little head start...all summer)

There will be more giveaways!!!!!

Marian at Seams To Be Sew has more details at her blog
you can join us on
  Facebook and Flickr.

Visit Carlotta Jean's Craftsy Pattern Store »

We made it home, EQ Seasons Row Along Tomorrow

Home is where the heart is
but my heart could easily be moved to

Hubby and I had a great vacation to celebrate our birthdays and anniversary.
I'll post more later
I wanted to remind everyone about my day in


Vacation = Inspiration

and there's your hint.

See you tomorrow for my big row reveal
 stay tuned - I'll tell you about a few things to do in Maui later....

Monday, September 7, 2015

Rowing Along

Happy Labor Day!

With the long weekend, I've managed to finish a couple of the rows from 
EQ7: Seasons Row-Along.

If you visit these blogs, be sure to sign up for all the giveaways!

This is the first 4 blocks from the summer row of the week.
(I have all 6 blocks finished)  
Heart flags and Watermelon blocks.
The background fabric is Northcott's Toscana
(LOVE - it really does feel like silk)

If you would like the pattern, just click below and Doris, The Quilting Queen, has the pattern available for free for a limited time.

The Quilting Queen Online

The Quilting Queen Online

If you would like the pattern for the dogwood row, just click below and Marlene over at Kissed Quilts has the pattern.  It's free for a limited time.

Kissed Quilts
Marlene at Kissed Quilts
There are more rows this week that I plan on sewing, but  I've only completed 2 rows so far.