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I spent the last week creating what I think are amazing quilting designs. Oh, they are not amazing in that, they will blow you away. They are amazing in that such simple blocks, can make such beautiful designs when I flip and twist them in Electric Quilt.

I spent time delving through a book I have about quilt designs. Then I either found them already in EQ or I used the create a block functions and reproduced them. Then I simply played until I came up with something I liked.

I flipped and rotated and recolored the quilt itself. This allowed me to see beyond the block and make the quilt design special, as I could see the effect on the quilt overall. Look at this design I created from the Chinese Puzzle Block. As far as I can tell this is an old block that is in the public domain. Here it's in two shades of the same color on a yellow background.


And Here is the same quilt in two different colors on a white background. Shown without the border..


Here are the two blocks that make up the trellis design of the Chinese Puzzle Quilt.


And this one flipped left to right. Remember they are also rotated in some places.


I try very hard to ensure that the blocks I create are in fact new blocks. Those I take from research materials are not copyrighted. The log cabin block is a block just about everyone is familiar with, so no one can say they own it. I certainly don't. So those are the types of existing blocks I look for when designing my quilt patterns, if I'm not using an original design.

Having spent so much time designing, or should I say playing, I now have to hustle and create some time for actually making them.

Another thing that's taken a good bit of my time this week is website shopping. I'm looking for a free website where I can post quilt block and small quilt designs and instructions. I'm creating a candle mat of the month program and now I'm ready to start posting them. But where remains the question.

All images are copyrighted. They may not be used without my express permission.

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Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on August 1, 2009 at 9:02am
I have that program.....now to learn to use it. I still sit with graph paper and colored pencils to draw mine out. It's amazing how they can look so different. keep em coming
Comment by Patricia, VA on July 31, 2009 at 6:30pm
Blocks are great and exciting. I have EQ5, don't use it much, when I went to design a quilt, could not get it right I guess I need to read the book so more. Sometimes paper and pencil are the best.
Comment by Carol Leone Beausoleil on July 31, 2009 at 5:09pm
That really sounds like a great way to spend time! I've seen demonstrations for this program. It certainly looks exciting and fun. I might just spend too much time creating in cyber space and have little time left for the real enjoyment of working with the fabric. : )
Comment by B J Elder/WA on July 31, 2009 at 12:15pm
The candle mats sound great. Can't wait until they are available. EQ6 is great for quilt creating. The possibilities are endless, as your two variations show. How fun.

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