I’m Sew Happy!
I’m sew happy! It’s become my mantra, and it seemed a fitting title for my latest block design for Quiltmaker.
Many have designed spools before me, but I haven’t seen thimbles like mine, above. Pieced thimbles are usually just tumbler shapes, like the ones below. They’re are great, but I wanted a little more detail for this block.
This quilt top is from my UFO pile and it has the usual thimble shapes, also called tumblers. It’s waiting patiently for me to quilt it and add some other finishing touches.
I designed my block in EQ7, which is a great tool. I love it and use it a lot. I still have much to learn because there are loads of features. One way to expand your EQ skills is through Quiltmaker’s Creative Spark column.
Creative Spark is a portfolio of ideas you can use to take a quilt project in a new, different or alternative direction. Brought to you in each regular issue of Quiltmaker by QM and The Electric Quilt Company, you’ll find Creative Spark in print and online. It’s great whether or not you use EQ.
I designed each image in my block separately. At first I was just going to do buttons and I came up with this button quilt.
But then I decided to add the thimble and spools. At first the thimble was a little too large:
So I tweaked and played around and ended up with a better version.
If you change the colors and repeat the block, you can have a quilt like this one. It’s okay but it’s not very interesting to me.
You can see that it improves a lot just by making the fabrics more scrappy, even though I’ve maintained the same colors.
I did a lot more tweaking and playing around, and I’m pleased that I’m Sew Happy will become a quilt in the next Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. That issue comes out this fall. I’ll be making the quilt in the next few weeks. The colors and the arrangement are very different from the one above. I hope you’ll like it.