I Crack Myself Up!

I was playing around with EQ trying to come up with a plan for that stripe.  Here’s what I came up with.

And, then I was thinking to myself . . dang, I wish EQ had a way to switch that stripe so it could all be going the same direction.  Then I said to myself . . next week I’m going to write them and tell them that next time they upgrade, they should make that work.  Then I said to myself . . you’d better look a little more closely because, as I’ve said so many times, I only know how to do what I know how to do.  Pretty profound statement, huh?  There’s so much to EQ that I don’t know how to do.  Anyway I decided to do a little search within the HELP files and wouldn’t you know it . . there’s a button right there, big as Texas, that you can add.  Rotate Fabric!  Sure glad I didn’t write EQ with my suggestion!  I’d have been pretty embarrassed since I try to make you all think I know what I’m doing with EQ!

So, here’s the plan:

It’s totally different from the things I normally do.  I feel the need to break the rules a bit . . to go out on a limb and do something different.  So, that’s the plan.  I might add a little more gold somewhere out toward the edges.  It looks a little heavy on the red. But, that’s not my striped fabric, just one I found in EQ so, we’ll see how it looks when I get started.


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    Vivian says

    Boy, you must be up and around early this morning. Love the quilt. Can’t wait to see it made with your fabrics.

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    I love it……SOMEDAY (maybe this year), I am going to learn to use EQ. I guess it would help if I went step by step through the book that came with it? Can’t wait to see how this quilt with the striped fabrics looks when you have it completed. I’m a bit afraid of stripes myself…love them but am always afraid I’ll get something cut wrong and turned the wrong way from the way I want it.

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    I like it!!! I love stripes and plaids! I did know about the rotate fabric button, but there is still a lot yet to learn with EQ6. I am thinking about getting the applique add-on from you. Like I need another reason to sit and play, wasting time on the computer! :~)

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    Sandra (Sandy Gail) says

    There you go again, you amaze me with your prolific quilting. I love your blog even though I am a totally different kind of quilter. I’m currently piecing a 115 inch plus king size quilt in the old “Winding Ways” pattern. The curved piecing means that I spend over thirty minutes per block. So, I’m off to the sewing room to enjoy my tiny snippets of vintage fabric as I piece all those curves. I do greatly enjoy reading all of the stash buster stories as I use only tiny scraps handed down by three generations.

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    You not only crack you up, but you crack the rest of us up too. I love the rotated stripes and can’t wait to see your real life version.

    I only have EQ5 and can do a little bit. I think every time I open it, I learn something new. My kids thought I was pretty cool when I showed them the table runners I designed and then made. I thought I was pretty cool too!

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    Karen (Misiz C) says

    I’m anxious to see your progress on this quilt for a couple reasons…. I love your designs AND I have a whole bolt of that same stripe. LOL I’ll squeeze in a little sewing this morning before packing and heading north to Road to California. Will miss seeing you there this year and yes, the weather is sunny and several degrees above normal…again.

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    Cindy says

    I think all your quilts are gorgeous, but I think I love this one. Those are all my colors and I really like the pattern.

    Can’t wait to see the finished top!

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    Think you have the pictures switched. The top one shows the stripes all the same direction. I like the bear paws. Lots of HST’s. Have fun. I’m starting on a baby quilt, I hope, today. My DH is home and has other plans…Can I send him shopping with your DH? hahahaha

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    Your second picture is what I thought of right away when I saw the first picture. The stripes all going one way was a little too much of a good thing & kind of “flat.” Rotating them gives the whole thing more pizzazz.

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    Bobbie says

    So glad to see something on using stripes-For the 1st. time yesterday, I’m putting a striped border on my Bear Paw quilt and I sure didn’t know wich way they should run–all up and down, or sides up and down and top and bottom crosswise???????? I’m having to do the later-didn’t have enough fabric to do the all up and down. I’ve got to get it done by tomarrow–Monday is quilt club and the us girls are going to bast it for hand quilting–my 1st. time at hand quilting a big quilt-queen size. And EQ–forget it, I can hardly use this computer, so I would be sent to the “bug house” if I tryed something like that. Hugs, Bobbie
    p.s. Hooray for Chad being home!!!

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    carol fun says

    hi judy — love the striped bear paw quilt — it looks fun and festive and when i was looking at the pictures i got to thinking about the circus ( and this is a good thougth – no scary clowns) — anyway your fabric looks wonderful and it has inspired me to go look into my stash – i know i purchased several striped pieces and this would be a fun quilt — thanks for the inspiration. hope your weekend with chad home is wonderful!

    carol fun

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    I know *exactly* what you mean about knowing what you know. I find that’s a problem, whether I know it and am trying to teach someone else, or I don’t know it and don’t know that I don’t. LOL! If you understand that, it’s time to start worrying about your mental health. =)

    Love the second one with the rotated stripes.

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    Well I posted about the border before I got to this entry :). That’s exactly (the 2nd picture) what I like doing with striped fabrics. Perfect! And the blocks are great with it!