Tuesday 1 September 2015

EQ Seasons - Giveaway/Sweepstakes 2015

Hello and Welcome

Today we kick start the
 EQ Seasons Row A Log - amazing Giveaway/Sweepstakes...
This EPIC Row A Long is going to blow you away! 

Marian Pena from Seams to be Sew is our Host for the Row-A-Long!
Thanks for all your hard work Marian! xo

20 great quilt designers are creating quilt rows with the Seasons themes for mixing and matching! I’ve seen some previews of the rows and they are ADORABLE!

If you are creating blocks and rows for your own row quilt from the patterns for EQ Seasons RAL, please consider joining the Flickr and Facebook Support Group. There are drawings for giveaways when you upload your blocks and/or rows to the Flickr Group.
The Craftsy/Flickr giveaway will run the entire length of the RAL.

 Their is no need to sign up, just come and visit on each Tuesday in September, and the first and second Tuesdays in October.  All giveaways will end by October 13, 2015 and winners announced within 48 hours of final deadline.

This is TODAY's blog hop line-up -

September 1
Marlene Oddie at Kissed Quilts – Spring
Lynn Zydon Provencher at Thimblemouse & Spouse – Winter
Dorice Cotten Rice at The Quilting Queen Online - Summer
Janeen van Niekerk at Quilt Art Designs – Fall   
Bea Lee at Be A Quilter – Filler Row
Anneka Kornelis at Stof Genoeg – Filler Row

My chosen row is with the Fall/Autumn theme -

Autumn is a great time of year. The cold wind brings much relief after the HOT summer of South Africa, the leaves start to turn wonderful colours and birds gather everywhere getting ready to fly off for winter. Autumn is harvest time too. A row with all that in mind was born -

This is the row that I have designed using EQ7 software  -
The row measures 8" x 60" - and is divided up into 6 blocks of 8x10" that follow on from each other.
The design is Foundation Paper Piecing on the Intermediate level.

A special thank you to Northcott Fabrics for supplying the background fabrics to make this awesome row, and all of our other suppliers for sharing some EPIC prizes for this Row A Long.

How did we get there??

When I design a block using the EQ7 program, I start with a blank block in the easy draw tab.

Easy draw is similar to using a pen and paper. As long as the lines connect you're good. Paper piecing needs straight lines that connect with each other.

Once I've used the fabrics to "colour" my block, I will save it by adding it to my sketchbook.

I also make a notecard for each block with it's name and the size of the print blocks.

Now I need to turn it into a Foundation pieced pattern. When you click the button that looks like a little printer, the options open and you can choose Foundation pattern.

A pop up window appears and you need to do your "segments" first. You will group your segments that will make the templates and separate pattern pieces.

Unfortunately if you make a mistake, you start again from the very beginning...

Now you move back to the "numbering" tab and you will add numbers to the segments you have created.

Once the numbering is all done, I like to take a screenshot of this box. I save it as a JPeg along with any of my other pages in a file - that have anything to do with this pattern.

EQ7 doesn't let you print out this numbering sheet but I have found that I need it when laying the pieces out before sewing.

Now you are ready to print your pattern pieces.
You cannot just press the print button because you will need to re-arange the segments first.
You only work with the PREVIEW button and then move the pieces around on the page until you get the best fit. Some of the pieces won't fit and will have to be placed over a double page and then joined later.

Now you can print out your pattern pieces.
Remember to always print to Actual size on your printer and not print to fit.

Once the segments are cut out, I arrange them onto my desk - remembering that with paper piecing it will be mirrored so it will be 'opposite' to the layout image.

Now I write onto the paper which colour I want where - to save me a headache later.

You can always make yourself a colour chart and stick small bits of coloured fabrics to a page with a colour number or you can arrange the fabrics around on your desk and just work from there.

I dug around in my fabric stash and found colours that I felt best represented Autum/Fall and decided to go with those.

Northcott Fabrics sent us the background fabric to use on our rows (really cool!) so the white was used in all the blocks as a background.

Each of the segments was finished first and then the fun part came as I sewed them together. The instructions in the pattern will help with this part.

If you find that some of the seams are bulky, you can iron them open as you go along.

Each one of the blocks didn't take too much time to make on its own, and I had to stop frequently because I have 'Frozen Shoulder syndrome'.

Once I had finished making my blocks, I could sew them all together taking care to match up lines from previous blocks.

Blocks 1 - 3

Blocks 4 - 6

This is my completed Autum/Fall row..... 
I hope you will all give it a go...

The FREE PDF pattern can be found HERE and is an immediate download.

I hope you enjoy making this row even tho' Paper Piecing can be a little time consuming, it's always worth it in the end. Your Fall/Autumn row will ROCK!

3 Giveaways from this blog: 
Winners from my blog will be chosen and notified on 9 September.
Rules for giveaways can be read HERE

Giveaway #1
 The Fat Quarter Shop
You can only enter once at this blog.
While this giveaway is specific to this blog, you can enter at each featured blog today.
There is 1 giveaway for each featured blog of the day.
Entries accepted until September 08, 2015
Winners Announced September 09, 2015
$25.00 gift certificat

Giveaway #2
Northcott Fabrics
is giving 1 lucky recipient, 6-8 pieces of fabric at 1 yard lengths each.
You may only enter once
In other words, if you enter it here, do not enter it at the other blogs.
This giveaway is at all the featured blogs today.
Entries accepted until September 08, 2015
Winners Announced September 09, 2015
Value $60-80.00
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway #3

* Craftsy/Flickr Giveaway (lasts for entire EQ Seasons RAL)
Winners chosen by the END of the Row A Long
 As An Incentive To Participate By Making Blocks and Rows
Craftsy Class of your Choice
Value $40.00 based on average cost of Quilting classes,
but the value goes up if you choose lets say a sewing class.
3 individual winners and
Nancy's Notions
2 individual winners
$10.00 gift certificate
When you add a unique block/row to the Flickr Group that you've created from any of the patterns offered each week, you will get one entry into the drawing.
You can enter at any blog featuring the Flickr giveaway once each day of this Row-A-Long until
October 13, 2015 when the giveaway closes.
Winners Announced October 14, 2015
If you enter both giveaways, you need 2 unique blocks per each day you enter.
Duplicate Entries will be checked and if found you will be disqualified.
Filler Rows Do Not Count. These to will be disqualified if entered.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to also visit the other designers with their
Season Themes and giveaways for our 1 Sept. RAL

Thanks for joining me
Have a Lovely Day!

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Lisa England said...

Wow, your row is beautiful! Thanks so much for the lovely pattern.

Doris Rice, The Quilting Queen said...

Yay, we're off and running. Great tut and post!

Colleen said...

Gorgeous row. Looking forward to seeing everyone's row.

Marian said...

Love how you did the tutorial Janeen, and your row turned out fabulous. I sure hope that shoulder is feeling better very soon.

Unknown said...

Beautiful! I'm always so blown away by your talent! Beth @ Words & Stiches....pbstrand@msn.com

Lorna McMahon said...

Your creativity never ceases to amaze me, Janeen! Those leaves are sweet..... But that pumpkin and the pilgrim hat! Wow! Such a perfect pattern for the fall. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial and wonderful pattern!

Anonymous said...

Janeen, your work is again beautiful! Thank you so much for your dedication and creativity!

Sew Surprising said...

Love the explanation of how you create your amazing work, and your row is perfect, with all the little elements. Now to finish some cats and then I may get this done :)

Vera said...

Wow, I'm about to check the other rows. I loved your question :) Thanks for sharing!

beaquilter said...

your patterns are awesome!

Heide said...

Your row has such wonderful movement! I just love the little Pilgrim hat, it made me smile. Thanks for sharing.

Carol Swift said...

The hat blowing in the window makes it so adorable...beautiful row!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Fun block--thanks!!

Calicojoan said...

I can see that this row along is going to keep me very busy. What a fabulous row!

fairchild said...

I love fall to. I really like the motion in your design

fairchild said...

I love fall to. I really like the motion in your design

Nancy said...

I admired your row from the moment I saw it. You had good tips for printing the paper piecing patterns. I never thought of a screen shot of the layout (for the exact reason you mentioned). Can't wait to start this row.

Kwilt Krazy said...

Oh Wow, this is really neat! Thanks for sharing!

Cathy Melancon said...

I really love this autumn row!!! Hoping for fall-ish weather here soon in Texas!!! Thanks Janeen!!!

Bonny from Cat Den Mountain said...

Whimsical and so appropriate for fall - I just love your row. Thank you so much.

Karen said...

Janeen, I love how delicate your shapes are and the colors are spot on!

teachpany said...

Great design.

Sally said...

Great design! Are you sharing the EQ file?

Shirley in Canada said...

an awesome design!!

Doris Rice, The Quilting Queen said...

Cute row, Hope your shoulder is better soon.

Amy said...

The pattern was gorgeous, but the finished row is simply stunning.

Walter said...

Great creative design. If you share EQ file I would like it at pjrquilter at msn dot com

Dody said...

Sew awesome!

lindawwww said...

Your row is fantastic. It's a breezy fall afternoon!

lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

MoeWest said...

I love the movement in your row design!

Pamela said...

You design is epic too!

Unknown said...

Love your row, I too saved it for when I am more experienced at paper piecing. :)

Muis said...

Hi Janeen, did you make the PJ7-file available as well? I found the PDF-link...thank you for a great tutorial! Love this pattern!

Irene said...


Anonymous said...

If possible, I would like the EQ7 file too: yvettemichele@me.com

Unknown said...

Wow, there's some amazing rows!

FunThreads Designs said...

I love this row. Great tutorial too:)

Roch167 said...

Beautiful row, really feels like fall when you look at it! NICE! Thank you!

GranthamLynn said...

Oh my goodness I love this. Check out this post. I'm working on some Fall sewing.
Thanks for linking. I love this!

Elvira said...

Muchisimas gracias eres un amor