It’s been ages

It’s been ages since I sat at the computer and designed.
Last night and in the wee hours of this morning I finished a new quilt design. I use EQ5, I haven’t purchased EQ6 yet although I do have the updated fabrics. I have to use it on my PC not the apple and I sort of have to make a special effort to go back to the PC….
The quilt is based on an appliqué pattern of a poppy circa 1935 that was published in a USA newspaper. Many newspapers published 1 pattern a week for 10 years. Wouldn’t it be interesting if ours did? I figure if they can do it in the 20’s and 30’s we could do it now!!!!
10 years of patterns equates to about 520 different quilt patterns. These illustrations almost invariably showed four to nine blocks set together edge to edge, without other blocks of plain fabric or setting strips. There was always a suggestion of fabric to be used.
After 10 years, the newspapers had exhausted everyone’s patterns and started publishing variations on a theme. In fact, some of them were almost unworkable, then again, some were really exciting.
I don’t know how many of you use EQ5 or 6, I personally love it… I could actually draw the appliqué pattern by hand, but for this project, I wanted something quite simple because it is going to be hand appliquéd so I drew the appliqué pattern on the computer it simplifies the images and in 1935 the images in applique were rather childishly drawn. Who could forget Sunbonnet Sue!!!!
I’ve designed it using the latest Moda range. So the fabric will be purchased during my travels.


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  1. leanneshouse says:

    I think it would be wonderful for one of the big newspapers to print quilt patterns here in Australia.I’m sure that they could do it now, especially seeing as ours here in Melbourne have a lovely glossy magazine insert every weekend.

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