Friday, February 27, 2015

EQ7 Wreath Maker Tutorial

Have you spotted the April/May issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts yet? I’ve been stalking newsstands for extra copies. LOL.


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I thought I’d share a tutorial about EQ7 Wreath Maker Tool image . That’s what I used to create my Rainbow Hearts Quilt.

The Wreath Maker tool  is a fun tool to play with. It will repeat objects “in the round”. The process is a bit of trial and error to get exactly what you want. Remember if you don’t like the results just Undo udnoand start over.

Just a few quick rules to follow….To use the Wreath Maker your design must be a patch. It will not work on items made using Brush, Ellipse or Rectangle tools until they are converted to patches. Also, your design must be selected using the Pick Tool before you begin.

Wreath Maker Dialog BoxThe Wreath Maker Dialog box has 3 settings.
· Number of Clusters: This represents the number of times the design will repeat in the wreath.

· Cluster Spacing: This is the distance the cluster is from the center of the block. 100% being the farthest from the center and 0% being the closest to the center.

· Resize Cluster: This is the percentage by which you want the design resized in your wreath.


Make a Wreath

Let’s play with some hearts. Place your design on the worktable.

Select the set and click wreath maker tool and enter the following:

Number of Clusters: 4

Cluster Spacing: 0

Resize Cluster: 100

You will get a wreath similar to this.


Did you know you can add a second wreath to a wreath? Wreath Maker will automatically center each wreath it creates so you don’t have to worry about lining them up.

Add another heart to the top of the block. In the dialog box enter the following:

Number of Clusters: 4

Cluster Spacing: 75

Resize Cluster: 100

You will have a double wreath similar to this.

Create a Wreath Without a Center Space

Even with a Cluster Spacing set at 0% you will notice that there is space left in the center of the design. Here is a trick to fixing that. Change the Snapping Options to include Snap Whole Patch to Worktable.


Select one stack using the Pick Tool. Drag it to the center of the block and it will snap in to place. Repeat with each stack until you get this.


You can create “in the round” and add a motif to the center.

How about curvy stems? NOTE: Wreath maker layers the designs in a clockwise fashion. If you plan to overlap stems there will be less editing if the flower is to the left.

You will notice that the last stem is out of place. That’s because an object can’t occupy two levels of a drawing at the same time. You can fix this by selecting the stem and send it to the back or select the flower and send it to the front.

Have fun with the Wreath Maker tool!!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

QuiltCon in Review…part 2

A few more of my favorites from QuiltCon.

April: Stretched Shoo Fly by Josee Carrier of Montreal quiltcon9

Crossing the Line by Corinne Sovey of Texasquiltcon10

Stock on Hand by Catherine Jones of Australiaquiltcon11

Bowls and Balls 2 by Rachel Kerley of Oregonqultcon12

Quilting between the colors gave this such an awesome look.

Woodcut by Holly DeGraat of Michigan


And…Best of Show…

i Quilt by Kathy York of Austin, Texasqultcon15

Hope you enjoyed a bit of the quilty goodness!!!

QuiltCon in Review…part 1

Did you make it to QuiltCon? Lucky for me it was in Austin this year.

Stitch Lab sponsored a fun photo op. Yeehaw! Who could resist the humor!!!


I was drawn to quilts inspired by electrical and architectural elements.

CPU by Katherine Jones of Australiaquiltcon3

Quite a few quilts with text hidden in the quilting.

Building Bridges by Jacquie Gering of Missouriquiltcon4

Barn Remnant by Kim Eichler-Messmer of Kansasquiltcon 15

Traditional designs gone crazy modern were some of my favorites.

Deconstructed Lonestar by Amy Struckmeyer of Illinoisquiltcon5

There was so much colorful, quilty inspiration.

Rocket 88 by Latifa Saafir of California.
I’ve been a fan of her quilts for a while. quiltcon6

The moon at Night by Colleen Molen of California and Huckleberry by Rebecca Bryan of Missouriquiltcon8

This was just creative and fun. The little boat reminds me of the ones we folded as kids and is made from newsprint fabric.

Iceberg by Crystal McGann of Australia. quiltcon2

There was a wonderful tribute to the quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Several fun 70’s quilts which looked modern until you got up close and saw they were made from 70’s polyesters.Wow! I remember that stuff. LOL.

All in all a really fun show.

Always take a moment to look up.
Sometimes it’s just an awesome view.

 I’ll have a few more photos later.