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MY MISTAKE—A BIG BOO-BOO
First, I have a confession. I made a mistake when I named the free shape collection “LeMoyne Star 4.5 inch.”
Bad choice—too limiting! You can make sooo much more than LeMoyne Star!
The name is now Diamond/Triangle/Square. Oh dear. I’m not sure it is any better. I find it very hard to name the shape collections because they are so versatile. (It’s a good problem to have!)
ABOUT THE WEIRD SIZES
The 4.5 inch star is the same size as a block in Dear Jane® by Brenda Papadakis. It is a block which is traditionally made with templates because the measurements are odd.
You need 8 diamonds, 4 squares, and 4 QST, like this:
Don’t worry! With Inklingo, you do not need to measure 1.32 or 1.86 inches!
A block like this shows just how precise and simple it is when you print the shapes on fabric—no matter how weird the measurements!
The triangles are Quarter Square Triangles (QST) because they have straight grain on the long side. (Quilters always prefer to have straight grain on the outside edges!)
I also included a Half Square Triangle (HST, straight grain on the short sides) in the free shape collection because it makes even more block variations possible.
MORE SQUARES AND RECTANGLES TOO
For the LTL Contest, it is important to get the sizes right in EQ, so the quilt is actually Inklingo-able. However, Inklingoists sometimes use simple non-Inklingo shapes with Inklingo shapes, so we made an exception. You can use rectangles and squares too, if you wish, and your entry will be accepted.
NOT JUST LEMOYNE STAR
There are detailed design notes and sewing instructions included in the free Diamond/Triangle/Square shape collection, but it is easy to underestimate what you can do with these simple shapes.
To get your creative juices flowing, I have prepared a new reference with a few of the many blocks you can make with diamonds, triangles, and squares.
Download PDF HERE (3 pages)
The PDF does not include every possible block, but it will get you started.
DESIGNING WITH THE FREE SHAPES
There is no purchase necessary to enter the contest, but the free shape collection is a great place to start because the shapes are so versatile.
MORE TO COME
The best is yet to come!
What’s in Part 2 and Part 3?
- a new EQ5 project file!
- a PDF with a sample quilt you can sew with the free shapes,
including step-by-step instructions for designing it in EQ5
Part 1, 2, and 3 will show you how easy it is to create your own design for the contest, whether you use the free shapes or any of the others.
We think you will be gobsmacked by how easy it is to design with 1.32 inch squares and 1.86 inch triangles! Who’d a thunk, eh?
You can trust Monkey and EQ Mouse on this one.
A NOTE ABOUT EQ5
The new EQ5 project file can be opened with EQ5, EQ6, or EQ7.
I used EQ5 this time in order to include more quilters. I hope you appreciate it <LOL> because it was hard to go back to the olde tools. I have been spoiled by EQ7.
Electric Quilt has come a long, long way since EQ5 was released 10 years ago.
ARE YOU TEN YEARS OUT OF DATE?
A couple of quilters have told me that they only have EQ5 and can’t upgrade right now. Oh! No! The contest rules require EQ6 or EQ7. Don’t worry, there’s still hope.
If you design a quilt in EQ5 and want to enter it in the contest, all you need to do is find a friend who has EQ6 or EQ7, email the project file to her and have her open it and save it in EQ6 or EQ7 format. She can then email it back to you, so you can email it to me for the contest. You won’t be able to edit it or open it in the newer format, but you could win the top prize!
I hope you will come back for Part 2 and Part 3. If you subscribe for email alerts (right sidebar), you won’t miss anything. There are other messages about the contest too, if you scroll down. The rules are here.
See you soon, okay?
Linda & Monkey
New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Quick Start (Always FREE.) There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.