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January 22, 2022
Shadow Hearts Charm Friendly Blocks from On Point Quilter

It is the season for hearts.  One of the loveliest ways to share our love is through a quilt full of hearts. 

​The blocks I will be sharing with your today could be done in five fabrics.  Or the pieces could be easily cut from charm squares.  Who doesn't have an extra collection or two of those five inch squares that are ready to be incorporated in a quilt.  
In the video tutorial, I will be sharing a new technique on quickly creating the double (shadow) block.  This uses one of the Serendipity options in EQ8.  

Tips for Constructing ...

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January 15, 2022
Drafting a Foundation Pieced Snowflake from On Point Quilter

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Foundation Pieced Snowflake by Kari Schell
Many of you participated in a webinar shortly after Christmas, where I shared how to create applique snowflakes.  This used a process similar to how we cut paper snowflakes as a child.  It was a great opportunity to become acquainted with some of the tools within the applique worktable in EQ8.

However I know that not everyone is into applique.  So I decided to challenge myself to take one of those starting snowflake sections and turn it into a foundation piecing friendly block.  We will use a similar process in that we ...

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January 8, 2022
Tech Know Quilter Showcase from On Point Quilter

One thing I hear over and over again is -- I didn't know you could do "that" using Electric Quilt 8.  One thing that holds us back from truly using Electric Quilt 8 is just not understanding that this versatile software can help you create any type of quilt.  In this blog post, be inspired by the quilts created by Tech Know Quilter members using Electric Quilt 8.

Month End Challenge

Each month I challenge those in Tech Know Quilters to apply what they learned during the last month.  They can share a project from a lesson or an original ...

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December 18, 2021
Christmas Tree Ornament Blocks using Electric Quilt 8 from On Point Quilter

I am sure you are super busy.  But I wanted you to see how easy it is to change out existing blocks to create an ornament block and quilt.  Check out the video below.

Register for Free EQ8 Webinar after Christmas

Are you struggling to use Electric Quilt 8 in designing a quilt?  Or maybe you need to get your creative wheels turning to create an amazing snowflake quilt.   If so, you are definitely in the right place. 

This free live webinar will take you step by step through the process of using Electric Quilt 8 to:
  • ​import and edit ...

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December 11, 2021
Designing a Christmas Quilting Motif Collection using Electric Quilt 8 from On Point Quilter

Did you know that you can draw your own quilting motifs using Electric Quilt 8?  And then audition them on a quilt you designed using Electric Quilt 8?
Last week, I shared how to create a a Christmas feathered star quilt using Electric Quilt 8.  If you missed the post, you can still catch it here. 
In this video tutorial, I will share how to start with a holly motif from the EQ8 block library.   I could have drawn it from scratch -- but the beauty of the block library is I don't have to.

Using that simple block we ...

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December 4, 2021
Christmas Feathered Star from On Point Quilter

Way back when, I pieced and quilted a Christmas feathered star quilt.  I've loved hanging it at the top of my stairs during the Christmas season.

Did you know that EQ8 has over 6000 blocks in its standard library.  This makes doing a Christmas feathered star quilt (exactly like this one) using EQ8 is a snap -- even for first time users of EQ8. 

​So for any and all EQ8 beginners -- this tutorial is definitely for you.
For those that are more advanced, check out how to resize a block so all those squares and half square triangles units measure ...

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November 27, 2021
Left-Over Turkey Quilt from On Point Quilter

Do you have left-over turkey? (Maybe it is the turkey from last weeks blog post.)

Or -- what about an orphan block? You know -- the one that took hours (or maybe days to put together). In your heart you know you won't make another one. 

This tutorial provides an idea for a layout focused on highlighting a single block.

The video shows how I used the Tommy the Turkey block from last week. But using this basic layout you could highlight any featured block.
As a reminder, last week I shared how to draft Tommy Turkey using PatchDraw and Applique ...

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November 20, 2021
Dreaming About Turkey from On Point Quilter

Since some of us will be focused on turkey this week, let's also think about creating a turkey block using Electric Quilt 8.  This is a fun block that uses PolyDraw to complete the feathers along with some of the shape tools in applique.  You will be amazed at how easy this block is to draft.
Do you have a Dresden ruler tool in your collection?  If so, this would also be super easy to piece.  Maybe I should try to piece him next week. 

If you would like to piece him, click on the image below to download ...

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November 13, 2021
Designing for 2-1/2 Inch Squares from On Point Quilter

I don't know about you.  But I have a fair number of 2-1/2" fabric squares.  Some are leftovers from other projects.  And I have also been known to buy some of those mini-charm packs at quilt shows.

But I don't always tend to use them and they end up taking up space in my fabric collection -- which is way too large.

In this post, I decided to tackle the problem.  I designed a quilt that allows those 2-1/2 inch squares to be the star of the quilt.

3" x 3" Attic Window Block
Start by drawing ...

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November 6, 2021
Designing Around Specific Shapes from On Point Quilter

Do you like working with specific rulers or dies?  You know -- the ones that will end up giving you a very specific block (or maybe even parts of a block). 

Some of my favorite are the tools from Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design,

If I have specific pieces that I want to work with, I love using Electric Quilt to design blocks around those pieces.  It is so much fun having my own blocks, versus ones that look like everyone else.​
Deb Tucker has created a Split Rects tool.  The Split Rects tool allows us to cut pieces and ...

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October 30, 2021
Spooky Stars from On Point Quilter

Learn to draft an easy asymmetrical block, and color it with a Spooky Hollow, a fabric collection by Melissa Mortenson that was produced by Riley Blake Designs.  

The Spooky Hollow fabric collection is part of EQ Stash Online - 2021 Download 01 which is available for purchase from EQ.     For those that were on my webinar earlier this week, you learned how you can download the collection from the Riley Blake websiteFeel free to refer back to the pdf for the webinar for including fabrics directly from the Riley Blake website.

Then use Symmetry in Electric Quilt 8 to audition ...

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October 23, 2021
Fall Fun EQ8 Webinar from On Point Quilter

An opportunity to join me on Zoom either Monday, October 25 or Tuesday October 26.  Three times to choose from.
 Select your preferred time below and click on the link to reserve your spot.

Tech Know Quilters Virtual Quilt Show

Current Tech Know Quilter members have been sharing their class projects along with their original designs in the membership's private Facebook group.  Enjoy this show of some of their recent creations.

Members ...

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October 9, 2021
Creativity in Quilt Labels from On Point Quilter

 Scroll down for a new tutorial on designing a wool label using Electric Quilt 8.

Quilt Label Showcase

​In the month of July the primarily focus for Tech Know Quilter Masters members was labels.

Tech Know Quilters Masters members have received at least 12 months of Tech Know Quilter classes.  In the Masters lessons, participants not only work on EQ skills, but have lots of opportunities for enhancing their design skills as well. 

Here are some of the projects submitted in the private Facebook group for the various label making lessons. 

​Enjoy the virtual show!

Label Making Basics Submissions

One ...

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September 25, 2021
EQ8 Design for Sublimation from On Point Quilter

I was recently made aware of sublimation.  Sublimation is a process that  mixes specialized ink within the fabric fibers.  Think of it as a variation of printing and/or using vinyl on fabric.  However both of these other examples put the material on top of the product.  With the sublimation the product is infused into the material.

I am doing a deeper dive into the process in  the TKQ Masters class this month.  However I though I would share a simplified process in this post.
  • Select a "blank" that will serve as the canvas for the design.   Polyester is the ...

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September 18, 2021
Modernizing an Antique Quilt from On Point Quilter

In a previous blog post I shared my techniques for redrafting an antique quilt.

Here is the inspiration quilt along with my EQ8 rendition.
Garden Maze Antique Quilt from the Ardis and Robert James Collection at the International Quilt Center Study Museum.
Garden Maze quilt redrafted by Kari Schell using EQ8.
One of the things I really love about using EQ8 is that you don't need to stop there.  Once you have the basic quilt drafted, you can start thinking about how you would like to personalize a design and make it your own.

I decided to play with ...

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September 11, 2021
Did You Know You Could Draft These Quilts using EQ8 from On Point Quilter

I am so thankful to have a job which allows me to work closely with a super talented group of quilters.  As I pull together these showcases, I love being able to look at each quilt and see the creativity of the quilter.

Maybe you are like Mary who was felt constrained by tradition.  After the More Optical Illusions class she is experiencing an expansion of her freedom to try things and see what happens.  

​Or Sue who received a bundle of fat quarters from a girlfriend for her birthday. After the first set of lessons she was able to ...

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September 4, 2021
Garden Maze Quilt Design from On Point Quilter

Garden Maze Antique Quilt from the Ardis and Robert James Collection at the International Quilt Center Study Museum.
Last week I shared a photo of a quilt from the International Quilt Center Study museum and shared the analysis of the quilt (prior to any drafting in Electric Quilt).  You can read more here.

Did you figure out that the quilt was based on a horizontal grid (with sashing)?  And that the sashing is actually larger than the block.

During the video this week, I will share the entire drafting process.  Even my trick for figuring out the correct proportions of ...

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August 28, 2021
Analyzing an Antique Quilt from On Point Quilter

This quilt is part of a collection at the International Quilt Center Study Museum. On their website they note that the label says:
Given To:  Carrie L. Hatch, By Granmother Hurlbert in 1871.

The quilt is dated about 1820-1840.  It was possibly made in Montgomery  County, PA and is part of the Ardis and Robert James Collection at the museum.
Garden Maze Antique Quilt from the Ardis and Robert James Collection at the International Quilt Center Study Museum.
How would you redraft this antique quilt?

Often the hardest part in figuring out how to draft a particular quilt is identifying ...

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August 21, 2021
Harvest Elegance Panel Quilt from On Point Quilter

Back to School with EQ8

The end of summer is a great time to get back into quilting.  If you are ready to get started (or maybe it is restarted) with using EQ8, make sure you are on the Tech Know Quilters wait list.

We will be opening a few spots in Tech Know Quilters next week.  Enrollment is open only for a short time, And once those spots are gone… they’re gone.

Harvest Elegance Panel Quilt Tutorial

The inspiration for the quilt in this blog post was a panel designed by Quilting Treasures.  I couldn't locate an ...

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August 14, 2021
Grandma Kellers Drunkards Path Variation Quilt from On Point Quilter

Grandma Keller loved to quilt.  In fact the first quilt I owned was one that she made for me as a teenager.  Her quilts were fairly simple designs.  I am guessing that most of them were made between 1950 and 1975.  This wasn't a very popular time for quilting and cotton fabrics were not very plentiful.  She used a lot of solids in her quilts.  And they were all hand quilted.  

This week I spent some time photographing a number of her quilts.  This quilt measured 79" x 106".  Definitely not a small quilt.  
Grandma Kellers Quilt - Variation on ...

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