Happy Thanksgiving! I have something exciting to share today! A little thank you gift, if you will. You might remember me showing you my loot from Quilt Festival and how Mr. Relish was so helpful in carrying my bags. Well, in those bags was a receipt for EQ7 and that lovely software came about two weeks ago. One of the first things I designed was a quilt that had been floating around in my head for months. I started to notice a trend coming back and that was the southwest motif look. It is all over the place; clothes, sweaters, tights, bedding, décor... (check out my Pinterest board to the right). Even at the Chi Omega Christmas Market in Dallas this past weekend, I couldn't get over the amount of southwest inspired clothes and sweaters there. I knew when I got home, that I must finished my quilt! And that I did!
Sooooo, here it is, my quilt and a FREE pattern! I made the pattern and instructions before I made the quilt so I was able to be my own little pattern tester. If you have any other issues, please let me know so I can fix it.
This top is super easy to cut and piece. I did both in one weekend during nap times. It measures 72 x 84 inches finished, so quite big. I decided to just quilt lines because of the size, but tried to outline some of the motif. I really should have just quilted straight lines, because it was a BEAST to quilt on my little machine. It makes me want a wide throat quilting machine more and more every day.
I picked fabrics exclusively from my stash, which are mostly my Stash Builders from Pink Castle Fabrics. The back is from the front's leftovers and then the two large panels are from Hobby Lobby. They were for dresses for the relishes, but never got around to them. So, luckily I had 1 1/2 yards of each. If you are interested to know what all the fabrics are, I will be happy to research it more. I do know that the middle floral is Hand Drawn Garden by Anna Maria Horner and the background is Crosshatch in black.
I promised some of you I would let you know what I thought of EQ7 and..... I love it! Still learning so much, but have to give Moda kudos for having a photo of each fabric by line in easy to download zip files. Makes it super easy to download fabrics onto EQ, especially the Bella Solids, which I used for the pattern design! I have another free pattern in the works that will be shared in the next couple of weeks...and there will be a giveaway! So make sure you follow me!
Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends but feel free to stuff your face on Thursday no matter where you are...I won't judge because I will be doing the same! Oh, and please email me if you make the quilt. I would love to see and share them all. email@example.com