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I’ve recently become very interested and active in quilt block design. It’s so amazing to design a block, and then to watch secondary patterns emerge! The only problem is….I design with colored pencils and graph paper. That’s great for solid colors, or to get an idea of what a block will look like, but not so great when using lots of patterns.

A friend that has EQ7 took pity on me with my last design project, and saved me WEEKS of coloring, with a few clicks of a button on her mouse. I suddenly realized that while designing on paper is fun…..it’s time for me to move along into the next millennium.

I’m not anti-technology, I’m just limited on money….but I’m also limited on time…..so that’s an interesting catch-22.

When that same friend saw this challenge, she immediately let me know about it. I was laughing when I saw one of the prizes was EQ7 (YES PLEASE!). Of course, I had to call her on her intentions, but she hadn’t even read that far, she just knew I enjoyed playing around with design.

I must say, working with the Michael Miller Fiesta fabric line was very interesting. Doing it with colored pencils left quite a bit to be desired *grin* I had to tweak my design several times, simplifying it with each revision. These fabrics are big and bold (like the name suggests) and have a lot going on! Finding a design that showcased them without minimizing them or losing the design was a challenge.

I will ask that you please be kind when looking at my interpretation of a flowered fabric. I hope it gets the idea across….

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I’m keeping my fingers crossed that EQ7 finds it’s way to me! These drawings show the design process in reverse.

Enjoy! The contest runs through March 11, 2015. There are 2 prize packages (one for EQ owners & one for non-EQ owners). If you haven’t submitted a block yet, run right over there and get yours submitted!

What do you think of this design? If I have the time to color in 4 of them, I’ll show you the secondary design it makes….if I win EQ7, I’ll be sure to come back and show you!