The response to the “Love the Lines” Contest has been great so far!
We’re back with more tips and a project file for using Inklingo Double Wedding Ring in Electric Quilt.
Monkey says this message might give you some ideas for a design for the contest—no matter which Inklingo shapes you plan to use!
Continuous Pattern or Block to Block?
Double Wedding Ring is an overall or “continuous pattern” and that is more difficult to draw in EQ than a block-to-block design. We have discussed this before for Joseph’s Coat.
A few quilters have submitted DWR designs for the LTL contest using the DWR blocks in the EQ block library, but they do not have the same divisions in the arcs.
That means the coloring or shading is not close to what you could actually make with the Inklingo Double Wedding Ring Shape Collection—in other words, not Inklingo-able.
I absolutely hate to reject a design for the contest, and it makes Monkey sad, so I have created 8 different DWR blocks which you can use as a starting point. It makes it easy for you and easy for me!
- an arc which is all one piece
- an arc with one piece plus two arc ends
- an arc with 4 pieces plus two arc ends
- an arc with 8 pieces plus two arc ends
- Pickle Dish
None of these are in EQ already, so I imported my own Inklingo drawings as .jpg files and used the amazing EQ trace feature.
It is necessary to turn the DWR circle (continuous design) into blocks to use in EQ, so when they are placed side by side, the rings are completed.
The blocks are included in my free EQ7 project file.
(Note: My EQ blocks are adequate for design purposes, but would not be accurate for templates. I will use Inklingo to print the shapes on fabric, so I did not worry about that kind of ultra-precision when I was tracing.)
By the way, my EQ7 project file does not include all of the options for different Inklingo centers. You can have fun with those yourself!
Special Considerations for Double Wedding Ring
- EXTRA SEAMS IN MELONS
Unfortunately, this block-to-block layout makes it look as if each of the melon shapes is pieced, but that option (half melon) is not included in the Inklingo shape collection.
However, your design will be accepted as “inklingo-able” in the LTL contest if both halves of that shape are colored identically. Please make a note on the notecard that the melons would be cut and sewn as one piece—just in case your design is one of the top 25!
- EXTRA SEAMS IN CORNERS
There is the same effect on the corners—extra seams. The extra seams make the corners look like pinwheels, but that is not an effect you get with Inklingo. . .
. . . so I colored them black and white in my sample quilt to show them as corner shapes.
- BLOCK SIZE
As usual, to make the design inklingo-able, your EQ layout must be set for the correct block size on the Layout tab.
Inklingo DWR is 12 inches (rounded from 11.83).
For the block-to-block layout, the measurement is approximately 8.25 inches. (That was not obvious from the website.)
You must use 8.25 on the Layout tab (example below), so the dimensions of the quilt will be accurate in Electric Quilt.
NEW TO EQ?
If you are new to Electric Quilt, there are many simpler ways to get started. Continuous designs like DWR, Joesph’s Coat and others are trickier than the usual block-to-block designs. You can create something spectacular in EQ without using Double Wedding Ring!
MORE ABOUT BLOCK SIZE ! ! !
The point of the contest is to use Inklingo shapes, so it is essential to use the correct block size.
I review each contest entry to make sure the shapes are Inklingo-able.
The first thing I check is whether the Inklingo shapes would actually produce the block size in the layout.
DWR layout uses 8.25 inch blocks.
In some cases, like Drunkard’s Path, Feathered Star, Orange Peel, School House, Storm At Sea, Sunflower and others, the sizes are obvious from the website. (DWR is an exception. The 8.25 inch block was not obvious. I’m sorry!)
However, if you build a new block from Inklingo shapes and need help deciding on the block size for your layout, please don’t hesitate to ask. I am happy to help.
There is even a listing of 6 inch Inklingo blocks on the website! That makes it even easier to design in EQ.
NO Electric Quilt?
You need Electric Quilt for the LTL Contest, but if you don’t have it—yet—and you suddenly find yourself interested in Double Wedding Ring <grin>, Inklingo Design Books include worksheets!
The Inklingo Double Wedding Ring Design Book ($10 or free) includes everything you need to know to Print, Cut and Sew a Double Wedding Ring quilt, including:
- notes about all the variations
- fabric selection
- rotary cutting tips
- strategies for fussy cutting
- design notes AND how to count the shapes
- fabric requirements for many quilt sizes
- hand piecing instructions
- machine piecing instructions, including my favorite precision tips
- detailed, step-by-step assembly instructions
- an innovative pressing guide
- pressing instructions that might surprise you, but make your quilt look its best
- notes about finishing with a straight or curved edge
There are sample pages of the design book on the website.
Since the cutting and stitching lines are printed on the fabric, you get perfect shapes without measuring and you can sew by hand or by machine! (There is no sewing for the contest, but you are going to want to sew these designs!!)
If you have EQ tips or tricks to share, please leave a comment or write to the Inklingo Yahoo Group.
- EQ7 PROJECT FILE click to download
- “Love the Lines” Contest
- Official Rules for LTL Contest
I have more EQ related messages planned for the blog during the contest, but what would you like to see next?
Thank you for visiting!
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.
7 thoughts on “Double Wedding Ring Quilt in Electric Quilt”
Good question. I consider DWR to be a special case because traditionally, quilters have appliquéed the curved edge to a wide border when they want to avoid binding a curved edge with scallops. The appliqué technique is described on page 28 of the Double Wedding Ring Design Book.
Please go ahead and submit your design. If necessary, I am happy to make suggestions to ensure that it qualifies as Inklingo-able!
Linda & Monkey
The file is great but I have a question – would you consider the quilt Inklingoable? There is no template for the outer rows. I only ask because I am coming up with similar issues trying to design a quilt for the contest.
Anneke generously helped me understand EQ trace (and more) just last week. As a beginner EQer, it didn’t register when you wrote about it in the past. Guess I should rejoice in making some headway!
~Jillian in North Dakota
Thank you Linda! I will download your file and compare your Pickle Dish block with the one I traced myself for the contest, to see if I did a good job!
The DWRs are all wonderful – have to make one some day!
Hope you and Monkey are well 🙂