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It has been a while since I have shared a challenge with my blog readers.  As I was "researching" quilts on Pinterest this week I found this circa 1880  Lady of the Lake Antique quilt.  The quilt is current for sale on Ebay.  The description of the quilt included its size of 83 x 65 -- but not much else.
c 1880 antique Lady of the Lake Quilt found on Pinterest
How would you approach drafting this quilt in Electric Quilt?
Take the quiz below to see my suggested questions and answers. 
How did your responses compare to mine?  There is more than one way to approach this quilt -- so even if your responses are different, you could still successfully draft this quilt.

If you draft this quilt, I would love to see pictures on the Learning EQ Facebook group.  If you are not a member, feel free to click on the link to join.  I will ask a few simple questions -- to keep the group safe and focused on Electric Quilt. ​
Next week I will share a video tutorial on how I drafted this quilt in Electric Quilt.
Tech Know Quilters Go Modern
This month many of the members of the Tech Know Quilters group have been focused on modern quilts.  We have done a lot with improvisational quilts -- and I have been compiling the quilts from a challenge that I plan to share with you in August.

​Although I am saving the challenge quilts, I wanted to also share with you some of the other quilts that were posted this week.  There were over 80 submitted quilts (a portion that are included here), so the group has been very busy!

Sign up for the wait list to be able to join this group during the next open enrollment period.  
Adrienne Q. Improvisational Quilt
Adrienne Q.
Angie M.
Cheryl A.
Cheryl A.
Cheryl J.
Darcey F.
Diane C.
Diane C.
Holly W.
Holly W.
Jan G.
Joni G.
Joni G.
Joyce B.
Joyce B.
Joyce D.
Joyce D.
Julie P.
Kathy A.
Kathy D.
Kathy D.
Kim R.
Laura S.
Laura S.
Marietta B.
Marietta B.
Mary M.
Mary M.
Maureen B.
Micheline H.
Pat H.
Pat H.
Patti C.
Paula M.
Paula M.
Shann W.
Shann W.
Sharon B.
Sharon B.
Sharon O.
Sharon O.
Susan S.
Susan S.
Tiny M.
Pattern Sale - this week only!
25% discount on all quilt patterns (both physical copies and digital downloads).   One week only (July 14-20, 2018). 

Use the coupon code OPQ25 when checking out.

Find your favorite pattern here.
Happy quilting.

​Kari

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Last week I shared how I started with an image and designed a block around that image.

​Here was the block -- plus a couple of additional blocks shared by members of Tech Know Quilters.
Kari's Vintage Fourth Block
Holly W. Vintage Fourth Quilt
Julie H. Patriotic Fourth Block
If you missed the blog video and tutorial, you can still watch here.
For the quilt, I decided to use Custom Set as it gave me the most flexibility in my setting.  I've included lots of tips for using Custom Set in this EQ8 video tutorial.  In this tutorial, I will also walk you through my decision making process as I created the quilt.  This is how I like to design.
After creating a more traditional quilt, I made a couple of minor adjustments and ended up with a modern variation.
Vintage 4th by Kari Schell, Designed in EQ8 Using Custom Set Layout
Modern 4th Designed in EQ8 by Kari Schell using Custom Set.
Tech Know Quilter EQ8 Show
The Tech Know Quilters group has been very busy this week.  Their work has been amazing!  It was hard to pick which ones to include in my blog.

​If you aren't a member, join the Wait List to receive notifications during our next enrollment period.   Sign up here.
Cheryl J.
Holly W.
Kim R.
Mandy M.
Sharon B.
Pat H.
Adriene Q. (Created from the Spiral Square block.) I am still figuring out how she did this one.
Beth G.
Dotty.
Holly W. What Am I Missing?
Joni G. Improvisational Grid Work
Joyce B.
Joy H. (a very challenging block from Mix and Match Medallion Borders). Joy added her own block in the three drafted squares.
Joy H. Improvisational Grid Work Quilt
Kim R.
Kathy A. Spiral Squares
Kathy D.
Kristy G.
Laura S.
Maureen B.
Nicola
Pat H.
Paula M.
Reed J.
Susan S.
Tiny M.
Holly W.
​Shoot for the Stars with EQ8
Are you just getting started with Electric Quilt 8 and need some help? 

Shoot for the Stars is designed to get you started with Electric Quilt 8 through training delivered straight to your inbox.  This series includes 14 short (ie. 5-10 minute) videos delivered over the course of a month allowing you to learn the basics of this complex program in bite size increments.

​The class is currently on sale for $25 (regular $35).  Join now.
Happy quilting.

​Kari

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In my blog post I thought I would take your through my brain process in how I created an original block.

For me this project started with wanting to do something patriotic.  I went to the Graphics Fairy website and found a wonderful vintage Fourth of July image and decided that would be the core element in my yet to be designed quilt.
While this is a lovely image, it isn't actually an easy one to work with.  In my tutorial this week, I will share will you cropping and resizing the image (so it can be printed on EQ Printable fabric) and then my thoughts on designing a block that used the image plus would be very easy to piece.
Next week, I will share with you how I created a quilt (or two) with an "interesting" sized block.
Tech Know Quilters EQ8 Show
Check out some of the creativity that Tech Know Quilters shared this week on the private Facebook group.  

If you aren't a member, join the Wait List to receive notifications during our next enrollment period.   Sign up here.
Cheryl A.
Laura S.
Julie P. Julie finished the top for her bargello quilt from the Bargello Quilt class.
Bibi B.
Bibi B.
Angie M.
Darcey F.
Deborah N.
Elizabeth K.
Holly W.
Holly W.
Joyce B.
Kathy A.
Kathy D.
Kathy D.
Kristy S.
Laura S.
Laura S.
Laura S.
Maureen B.
Pam B.
Pat H.
Shann W.
Sharon B.
Sharon B.
Sharon O.
Sharon O. (created her own improvisational fabric)
Pat H.
Shoot for the Stars with EQ8
Are you just getting started with Electric Quilt 8 and need some help? 

Shoot for the Stars is designed to get you started with Electric Quilt 8 through training delivered straight to your inbox.  This series includes 14 short (ie. 5-10 minute) videos delivered over the course of a month allowing you to learn the basics of this complex program in bite size increments.

​The class is currently on sale for $25 (regular $35).  Join now.
Happy quilting.

​Kari

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Announcement:  I have made the decision to close the doors to the Tech Know Quilters membership on Jun 26th to better focus my attention on serving the members within the group. 
​After Jun 26th you will only be able to enroll during designated open enrollment periods.

Are you interested in joining? ​
Measuring Success
Many of you know that when I am not quilting (or working with Electric Quilt) I enjoy frequenting the ice rinks.  I am passionate about learning to skate -- almost as much as I am about Electric Quilt.  Even though I am not naturally athletic, I love the challenges of learning something new at this stage in my life.  

Within the skating world, you can measure success through achievement of various milestones.  The big milestones require testing in front of US Figuring Skating judges -- which can make a skater very nervous.

This process inspired me to create a success path -- without the judges -- that you can use to measure your progress with Electric Quilt 8.
Tech Know Quilters Success Path
Scroll to learn more about each of the five stages along with what Tech Know Quilters classes are the most beneficial at each stage.
  • Stage 1 - Excited Beginner
  • Stage 2 - Traditional Design Mastery
  • State 3 - Special Grids and Applique Design Mastery
  • Stage 4 - Make Mine Original
  • Stage 5 - Sharing Your Art
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Stage 1 – Excited Beginner
 
You purchased EQ8 and are excited (but may also feel overwhelmed) with all the options in this program.  You are looking forward to taking advantage of all the program has to offer.
Each of us after first purchasing the software find ourselves at this stage.  We purchased the software because we knew we were creative, and wanted a way to express that creativity.  However after opening the program and seeing all the icons and seeing all the different parts of the program, we may begin to wonder if we made a wise decision.  It can be hard to tackle the now daunting prospect of figuring out how to do the simplest tasks.
My one month training Shoot for the Stars with EQ8 is geared to those at this stage.  It teaches you how to navigate the program and to do some basic quilts using EQ8.  If you are interested in learning more, click here.

You can purchase Shoot for the Stars with EQ8 here.
Stage 2 – Traditional Design Mastery
 
You have created some basic quilts using EQ8.  Most of your designs utilize horizontal and on point layouts along with blocks and fabrics from the libraries. You are itching to tackle drafting blocks using EasyDraw and utilize alternate layouts to highlight your blocks.

You are comfortable with navigating the program and using some of the basic features.  However, when looking at pictures of quilts you are struggling with figuring out how to recreate the designs in EQ.  

At this stage you are ready for Tech Know Quilters, my monthly membership program for Electric Quilt 8 users.  There are a number of classes within the program geared to this stage of development including Working with Fabric Images, Introduction to EasyDraw,  Mix and Match Medallion Centers and Mix and Match Medallion Borders, and  Bargello Quilts.   Each class provides additional insights about mastering this particular stage.  (Some of these lessons will also cover more complex topics as well as those geared to Stage 2.) 

Through the Tech Know Quilters Private Facebook group and Help Sessions, you can also receive assistance in figuring out how to draft those scary blocks.
Stage 3 - Special Grids and Applique Design Mastery
 
You are comfortable with EasyDraw settings and tools and are ready to approach more complex blocks that don't work well in EasyDraw.  You are also looking to explore more complex settings for these blocks.
As you look at quilts in magazines, on Pinterest or at shows, you are more quickly seeing how they can be drawn in Electric Quilt.  However you are identifying designs that won't work in EasyDraw or with the standard layouts.  You are ready to extend your skills to PolyDraw, Applique and Custom Set.  

There are a number of classes within the Tech Know Quilters program geared to this stage of development including EasyDraw Kaleidoscopes, Introduction to PolyDraw, Introduction to Applique, Hexagon Blocks and Settings, Optical Illusion Quilts, and T Shirt and Panel Quilts.  Each class provides additional insights about mastering this particular stage.
Stage 4 – Make Mine Original
 
You have mastered the EQ8 toolkit and are ready to take your own designs and create original works using EQ8.
At this stage, you no longer are satisfied with reproducing someone else's quilt or design.  You are ready to begin creating original designs in Electric Quilt.

Typically Tech Know Quilters members at this stage are taking the lessons and challenging themselves to create an original design using the concepts from the lesson.    They are regularly participating in design challenges within the program.

Tech Know Quilters classes at this stage include Working with Fabric Images, Modern Quilts, and Foundation Patterns, T Shirt and Panel Quilts.
Stage 5 – Sharing Your Art
 
You have mastered using the design elements in EQ8 and are excited about sharing your love of quilting with others.  You are ready to explore different ways of sharing your quilt designs which may include teaching, publishing patterns, entering your quilts made from your designs in shows, or sharing your EQ knowledge with others.
During this phase, you are excited when others wish to recreate your original works of art or are asking your for the pattern.    You enjoy assisting other Electric Quilt users and quilters in problem solving their designs and quilt projects.  

You are now focused on how you can best communicate the designs you have created in Electric Quilt.   You are recognizing that you may need to supplement your Electric Quilt work and are trying to figure out what other tools would be beneficial.

Tech Know Quilter lessons on converting EQ designs to handouts and patterns are useful as you work on developing your pattern writing skills.  These lessons will be incorporated into Tech Know Quilters series from Month 7 forward.  

During July, I will be releasing a complete copy of the Tech Know Quilters Success Path as well as checklists for each stage to all Tech Know Quilters members.
New Designs from the Tech Know Quilters Group 
I love seeing there work!  The new class offering for July will be on Modern Quilts.
Holly W.
Kathy D.
Joy H.
Joy H.
Kim R.
Lynette W.
Maureen B.
Sharon B.
Sarah B. ND Sunflower
Holly W.
Pat H.
Pat H.
Pat H.
Check out and join the Tech Know Quilters program before the doors close on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.  Click here.
​Happy quilting.

​Kari

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Modern Quilts Reading Material for the week
This week has found me in production mode for the Tech Know Quilters Modern Quilts class that will be premiering  in July.  I already had enough blocks and quilts for two classes on the topic, but I decided to check out my local library for other books on the topic.  
One intriguing concept shared by Victoria Findlay Wolfe was on creating improvisational fabric.  As I was reviewing her book, 15 Minutes of Play, I began thinking about how we could simulate improvisational fabric within EQ8.

Let me share how I chose to do this in this weeks Electric Quilt video tutorial.
Here are the quilts I designed using this concept.
Improvisational Fabric Friendship Star quilt designed by Kari Schell using EQ8
Improvisational Fabric Diamond quilt designed by Kari Schell using EQ8.
​Are you Ready to Join the Tech Know Quilter Community?
No matter what you experience level with Electric Quilt 8 -- we are looking forward to your joining us. 
 
Aren't you excited to begin making progress on your own Electric Quilt journey?

​You can read more about the program here.
Tech Know Quilters Quilt Show
Here are a few of the quilts posted on the Tech Know Quilter's Facebook group this week.  The group is mastering PolyDraw with a variety of fun blocks and quilts.
Dottie S.
Sharon O.
Holly W.
Holly W.
Sharon O.
Joni G.
Mandy M.
Tiny M.
Martha W.
Angie M.
Dotty S.
Julie P.
Kristy S.
Laura S. -- her pieced blocks
Laura S.
Marietta B.
Pat H.
Sharon B.
Kim R.
Kathy A.
Kathy D.
Happy quilting.

​Kari

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I love working with a collection of red, white and blue fabrics in a quilt.  In the video tutorial this week, I combine the American Heritage collection designed by Dani Magstad for Riley Blake with a Stars and Stripes door hanger I designed in Electric Quilt.
Here are a few options for this quilt.
Stars and Stripes designed by Kari Schell
Stars with four patch designed by Kari Schell
Stars with 9 patch designed by Kari Schell
Pieced and quilted Stars and Stripe quilt by Kari Schell
Did you enjoy the introduction to  PolyDraw in this video? 

​In Tech Know Quilter's this month, many members are working on a variety of PolyDraw blocks and are learning to master this set of tools in Electric Quilt.  If you would like to expand your EQ8 skillset, you are welcome to join the Tech Know Quilters membership program..
​Are you Ready to Join the Tech Know Quilter Community?
No matter what you experience level with Electric Quilt 8 -- we are looking forward to your joining us. 
 
Aren't you excited to begin making progress on your own Electric Quilt journey?

​You can read more about the program here.
Tech Know Quilter's Projects
Last month I presented a lesson for two twisted log cabin blocks in the Bargello Quilt class.  These were not easy blocks.  I was impressed on how many students took up the challenge and completed these blocks and set them in a quilt.  Check out their quilts -- plus a number of additional quilts posted in the private Facebook group.
Judy H. Twisted Log Cabin
Pat H. Medallion Quilt
Sharon O.
Sarah B.
Julie P.
Darcy F.
Micheline
Joy H. Snowflake from EasyDraw Kaleidoscope Class
Joy H.
Pat H.
Kathy A.
Sharon B.
Holly W.
Pat H.
Angie M.
Valerie H.
Sharon made a beautiful quit in addition to the EQ8 drawing!
Kathy D.
Kathy D.
Joni D. did this a few years ago using EQ7 to design the quilt.
Happy quilting.

​Kari

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In the Tech Know Quilter's Bargello class during May, we explored producing many different types of Bargello blocks and quilts.  One quilt that was explored was a modern bargello.

Here was the block and quilt I presented to the group for inspiration.

Kari's Modern Bargello Block
I chose this design because the sections in this block would be super easy to strip piece.  I am all about quilts that can be easily pieced.
Kari's Modern Bargello Quilt
I was super excited to see what the Tech Know Quilter members are doing with this particular concept.  Some used my block and my quilt -- others branched out to do their own thing.  Check out their Modern Bargello designs.

I think you will agree that EQ8 can definitely be used for modern quilt design.
Blocks with Quilts
Beth G. Block
Beth G. Class Project
Beth G. Modern Variation
Holly W. Block
Holy W. Class Project
Holly W. Modern Variation
Joni G. Block
Joni G. Modern Bargello Quilt
Judy G. Block (I think this looks like watermelon)
Judy G. Quilt
Kathy A. Block
Kathy A. Quilt
Kim R.
Kim R. Quilt
Maureen B. Block
Maureen B. - Quilt Option 1
Maureen B. Quilt Option 2
Shann W.
Shann W.
Blocks 
Darcey F.
Lynette W.
Marietta B.
Quilts 
Julie P.
Julie P.
Julie H.
Laura S.
Laura S.
Laura S.
Laura S.
Laura S.
Sarah B.
Sarah B.
Pat H.
Pat H.
Joyce B.
Nancy W.
Adrienne Q.
Aren't these an awesome group of modern quilt designs?  And all done with Electric Quilt 8.
Are you Ready to Join the Tech Know Quilter Community?
No matter what you experience level with Electric Quilt 8 -- we are looking forward to your joining us.  We have a new class that started on Friday.  Introduction to PolyDraw. 
Aren't you excited to begin making progress on your own Electric Quilt journey?

​You can read more about the program here.
Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild Lecture Scheduled for June 21st
Have you been wondering if Electric Quilt 8 is for you?  I will be sharing information on EQ8 plus a few of my quilts designed in EQ8 with the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild.  I've even modified my lecture to talk about how EQ8 can be used for modern quilts.

Meeting is June 21 at 7:00 pm at the Textile Center (3000 University Ave SE).  Lecture is $5 for those not in the guild. 

​I would love to see you there.
Happy quilting.

​Kari

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Summer Shades Design by Kari Schell using EQ8
Use a new fabric collection from Stash, edit a block from the EQ8 library and make a few additional adjustments for a fun quilt to celebrate the start of summer.
Tech Know Quilters Member Slideshow
 Check out the slideshow for a sample of some of the latest Electric Quilt creations shared in the Tech Know Quilter's Facebook group this last week.
Register Now for June Tech Know Quilter's Sessions
Would you like to see my Facebook live reveal of the newest class offering in Tech Know Quilters?  Watch here.
Similar to EasyDraw, PolyDraw creates pieced blocks.  However the difference stops there.  Within PolyDraw you will draw complete patches rather than a series of intersecting lines and arcs.  In this class you will explore blocks that work better in PolyDraw along with a number of custom set quilt designs to highlight these blocks.

​All of this will be presented in 13 Easy Peasy video tutorials of 5-10 minutes. 

​A video tutorial plus detailed step by step instructions will be sent to your inbox every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Subscription Membership Program Monthly Cost:  $30.  For added savings, you may purchase a block of 3 or 6 months.
If you would prefer to start with a different Tech Know Quilters class, please feel free to drop me a note after your purchase. 

Individual Tech Know Quilters classes may be purchased for $40 here. (These purchases are not tied to the subscription program.) ​
​Happy quilting.

​Kari

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Fabric Symmetries by Kari Schell Designed in EQ8
It is that time of the year -- graduations, weddings along with upcoming birthdays and other events that should be recognized.  Typically the day of the event, I am going through my card collection -- struggling with finding one that works for the occasion.  And I really don't like having to run to the store to purchase one card.
So when I created the Fabric Symmetries quilt in Electric Quilt two weeks ago, I thought - "Wouldn't this make a perfect cover for a personal greeting card."

I also decided my note card needed a coordinated back to the card.  This was created using Electric Quilt as well.  I will walk you through the Vistaprint process as well as the Electric Quilt process in this video tutorial.

And shortly I will have 40 cards on hand. I think that should cover me for the next year (or two).
Tech Know Quilters Members Share Their Creativity
There were many wonderful quilt designs shared in the Tech Know Quilters Private Facebook group this last week.  I am so impressed with this awesome group of quilters.  Check out the slideshow for a sample of some of their great works of art.
Electric Quilt Books
EQ8 Books with Step by Step Instructions.
Happy quilting.

​Kari

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During my last blog post, I shared how to take a piece of fabric and create a some kaleidoscope-like  images in the Image worktable.  When I originally played with this a number of years ago, I loved my images.  But got stuck on figuring out what to do with them. 

Watch the first video here to see how to create these works of art.

​If you have questions on how your use these images in an actual quilt, then this video tutorial is for you.  Let me share with you how I convert the images to fabric and highlight them in a quilt design.  I will also share how to print out these images directly on fabric.
Tech Know Quilters Bargello Quilts Spotlight
Coloration of quilts is not my forte.  I can spend hours playing with fabrics in Electric Quilt until I get something I like.  I will admit that I struggled a bit with this in creating the Bargello class, because good bargello quilts are all about fabric selection and placement.  

I am so proud of my Tech Know Quilter membership who are totally stepping up to the coloration challenge.  I have been totally blown away with the quilts that are being created.  And they are only on Lesson 4.  Let me share a few with you. 

​My apologies. Some of the names are a little hard to see in the caption bar.   Thanks to Beth G., Holly W., Jean H., Laura W., Martha W., Pat M., Paula M., Sharon O., and Tiny M for sharing their quilt designs in the Tech Know Quilters private Facebook group.
Are You Ready to Design Your Next Quilt in Electric Quilt?
Enroll in Tech Know Quilters membership studio to join an amazing group of quilters who are mastering this program and learning to create awesome works of art.

Cost is only $1 a day with a monthly subscription.
Benefits include:
  • 13 short (under 10 minute) videos plus pdf handouts each month.
  • Invitation to a private Facebook group to ask questions and share your work.
  • Invitation to attend two hands on help sessions each month to ask questions you are having on using EQ.
Happy quilting.

​Kari

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