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Let’s Bee Social #2

Posted on: January 8th, 2014 by Lorna McMahon

The subject for this Let’s Bee Social linky party post is an introduction to my first project for 2014!
This set of Simply Style charms is the makings of a new quilt design.

Fabrics are Folio by Color Principle for Henry Glass Fabrics, Simply Style by V & Co. Charm Squares, and Artichoke of the The Morris Apprentice collection by Barbara Brackman for Moda .
Simply Style Charm Square Quilt

As I outlined previously in this post, a few of my quilty New Year’s resolutions, were to buy more fabric, make more quilts and to focus on design.  New Year’s resolutions have been known to be difficult to keep. But I am determined and I don’t give up easily!

Simply Style Charm Quilt in Folio and Artichoke

The Artichoke was the best choice I could make at my LQS.  My hope is that the lighter shade of grey in this fabric will, in reality, be brighter in the finished quilt than it appears in this mock up.

But I wish I was more patient and would have ordered some fabric online to make this version.
The background fabric is Damask Rose in Grey by Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
This lighter grey version really pops!

Simply Style Charm Quilt in Black by KONA and Kaufman Damask Rose in Grey

Although I am getting to know my new EQ7, there is definitely a learning curve.
It is, of course, much more complicated than my old design method – graph paper.
After all…  I had perfectly mastered the operation of a pencil sharpener!

There have been a few projects I have been working on using my new design method.  And today I wanted to introduce you to Jodie of Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  She is sponsoring a giveaway here at Sew Fresh Quilts in February.  Meanwhile, we have been collaborating on the design end of things and she is now providing quilt kits for my patterns!
After making this version of my Layer Cake quilt, I drew it up in EQ7 and then added the Summer Breeze by Riley Blake Designs.  It is amazing to see how different a quilt can look just by plugging in an alternate collection of fabrics!

In case you missed it…
I shared a post just yesterday with more details on designing your own quilts here.

Let’s Bee Social!!!   “What’s the latest BUZZ at your hive?”

Keep On Quilting On!

26 Responses

  1. looks like you're having fun with EQ7! love the patterns!:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  2. Kim says:

    Don't you just love EQ7? I have the older version and love using it to lay out my quilts. Love your color choices for your quilt.

  3. Vera says:

    Your new patterns looks good! It'll be fun to watch your progress.

  4. Anne says:

    Both the Simply Style quilts look great. Isn't it amazing how different the same design looks just by using a different background? Fabulous! :o)

  5. I really like the design of that quilt – can't wait to see it in the fabrics as you get going on it!

  6. Rachel says:

    I love how all those colors pop against the greys. Can't wait to see it come together!

  7. I really like the gray and the blue!! I'm glad your finding your way with EQ7. It is nice to see it useful for someone. I never could get used to it. What you call learning curve, I called limitations hahahahaha! I dont often make traditional square type things though so it may just be that it doesn't fit my style.

  8. Elise Lea says:

    Looks great lorna! I love what you plan on doing with those squares )especially the lighter version!

  9. I actually love the darker grey version the best. have fun with your eq7

  10. Glinda ♥ says:

    You are a fiend – definitely tempting me to try this EQ7 :)Great linky party – well done you!

  11. You're doing great with EQ7 Lorna! I love working with it. Your quilt is going to be lovely with those fabrics! I am going a little nuts for Riley Blake at the moment. Great start with the linky too! ;-)

  12. Vicki in MN says:

    OMG Lorna, I love those quilts!! I need a charm pack, I just used my last one, LOL

  13. Kathleen says:

    I love your new quilt design! I've been drawn to this type of quilt where there are black bordered squares that look linked together. I guess I like the stained glass look of it. I agree the damask background does make those colors pop. Keep up the good work!

  14. Lisa M says:

    I have seen this pattern done with each color block separate, and I like how you changed it so some chain together. With either background fabric I am sure it will look great!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I love your Simply Style Charm Square pattern! I like them both but you are right, the lighter grey really pops! Congrats on all the progress with your blog and sponsors!

  16. Lindsey says:

    Your design is really great Lorna! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing it with fabric. 🙂 Thanks for hosting!

  17. Great quilt. I had EQ7 and then switched to a Mac book… Now I can't even use it and I'm so sad. Sorry I'm late to the party:)

  18. Anne says:

    Ooooh I'm glad to see you using EQ7! Mostly because I want to hear all about it and whether I should pick it up. 🙂 I've definitely heard there's a learning curve, so I'm not surprised you're hitting that, but you're already making gorgeous designs!

  19. Patty says:

    Do you have the charm square quilt made into a pattern. I would love to try it

  20. I like the dark grey version…it makes the design really stand out:)

  21. I have written up the pattern and and it will be available as soon as I finish the top. I always like to test the pattern for accuracy before publishing it, Patty. I will be making a new post when the top is finished!

  22. Great job with the EQ7! When I get on mine I am on it for hours! Very addicting. SOrry I missed your party this week. I have your button on my blog and ready for the next one! Have a great weekend!

  23. Allison says:

    Well, Rats! I missed your linky party. I'll just have to make sure I make it for next time. In the meantime, I'll be clicking away.Congrats on the design! That is awesome. And you are right–fabric choices can make a quilt completely different.

  24. and thanks so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday, Lorna!:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  25. Buying more fabric should not be a hard resolution to keep! Haha. Thanks for linking up to SS!

  26. JB says:

    Snap, I have the purple one in my Sunday Stash too!