The response to the “Love the Lines” Contest has been great so far!
Monkey says this message might give you some ideas for a design for the contest—no matter which Inklingo shapes you plan to use!
Continuous Pattern or Block to Block?
A few quilters have submitted DWR designs for the LTL contest using the DWR blocks in the EQ block library, but they do not have the same divisions in the arcs.
I absolutely hate to reject a design for the contest, and it makes Monkey sad, so I have created 8 different DWR blocks which you can use as a starting point. It makes it easy for you and easy for me!
- an arc which is all one piece
- an arc with one piece plus two arc ends
- an arc with 4 pieces plus two arc ends
- an arc with 8 pieces plus two arc ends
- Pickle Dish
It is necessary to turn the DWR circle (continuous design) into blocks to use in EQ, so when they are placed side by side, the rings are completed.
The blocks are included in my free EQ7 project file.
(Note: My EQ blocks are adequate for design purposes, but would not be accurate for templates. I will use Inklingo to print the shapes on fabric, so I did not worry about that kind of ultra-precision when I was tracing.)
Special Considerations for Double Wedding Ring
- EXTRA SEAMS IN MELONS
Unfortunately, this block-to-block layout makes it look as if each of the melon shapes is pieced, but that option (half melon) is not included in the Inklingo shape collection.
However, your design will be accepted as “inklingo-able” in the LTL contest if both halves of that shape are colored identically. Please make a note on the notecard that the melons would be cut and sewn as one piece—just in case your design is one of the top 25!
- EXTRA SEAMS IN CORNERS
There is the same effect on the corners—extra seams. The extra seams make the corners look like pinwheels, but that is not an effect you get with Inklingo. . .
. . . so I colored them black and white in my sample quilt to show them as corner shapes.
- BLOCK SIZE
As usual, to make the design inklingo-able, your EQ layout must be set for the correct block size on the Layout tab.
Inklingo DWR is 12 inches (rounded from 11.83).
For the block-to-block layout, the measurement is approximately 8.25 inches. (That was not obvious from the website.)
You must use 8.25 on the Layout tab (example below), so the dimensions of the quilt will be accurate in Electric Quilt.
NEW TO EQ?
If you are new to Electric Quilt, there are many simpler ways to get started. Continuous designs like DWR, Joesph’s Coat and others are trickier than the usual block-to-block designs. You can create something spectacular in EQ without using Double Wedding Ring!
MORE ABOUT BLOCK SIZE ! ! !
The point of the contest is to use Inklingo shapes, so it is essential to use the correct block size.
I review each contest entry to make sure the shapes are Inklingo-able.
The first thing I check is whether the Inklingo shapes would actually produce the block size in the layout.
In some cases, like Drunkard’s Path, Feathered Star, Orange Peel, School House, Storm At Sea, Sunflower and others, the sizes are obvious from the website. (DWR is an exception. The 8.25 inch block was not obvious. I’m sorry!)
However, if you build a new block from Inklingo shapes and need help deciding on the block size for your layout, please don’t hesitate to ask. I am happy to help.
There is even a listing of 6 inch Inklingo blocks on the website! That makes it even easier to design in EQ.
NO Electric Quilt?
The Inklingo Double Wedding Ring Design Book ($10 or free) includes everything you need to know to Print, Cut and Sew a Double Wedding Ring quilt, including:
- notes about all the variations
- fabric selection
- rotary cutting tips
- strategies for fussy cutting
- design notes AND how to count the shapes
- fabric requirements for many quilt sizes
- hand piecing instructions
- machine piecing instructions, including my favorite precision tips
- detailed, step-by-step assembly instructions
- an innovative pressing guide
- pressing instructions that might surprise you, but make your quilt look its best
- notes about finishing with a straight or curved edge
There are sample pages of the design book on the website.
Since the cutting and stitching lines are printed on the fabric, you get perfect shapes without measuring and you can sew by hand or by machine! (There is no sewing for the contest, but you are going to want to sew these designs!!)
If you have EQ tips or tricks to share, please leave a comment or write to the Inklingo Yahoo Group.
I have more EQ related messages planned for the blog during the contest, but what would you like to see next?
Thank you for visiting!
Linda & Monkey
New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Quick Start (Always FREE.) There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.