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TTMT #123 – Spring Fever challenge with EQ8

17 thoughts on “TTMT #123 – Spring Fever challenge with EQ8

  1. My condolences to you and your family.

    Spring looks like a fun project. I need to do more of those design quilt projects.

    How is the big butterfly quilt coming along?
    The Linus layer cake quilt is going to be neat.


    1. The Monarch is still coming along, just more slowly now I’m working on several other things instead of just that. It’s a TON of work…but cruising along. I’ll give you an update soon with a photo.

      The design challenges are so instructive,. Like I said, most people just learn how to design it and very few actually stitch it. But when I get one like I want it, I want to make it. And then down the road possibly sell the pattern (I’m going to be doing some of that by the end of the year). Knowing the pattern can look like I designed it is important to me.

      I’m staring a new EQ8 thing on unique borders on Friday, so you’ll get to see me talk about borders for a month. Sorry.

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      1. Thank you The gathering on a string is great. You can get nice even gathers. Old Threshers reunion is a great event.


        1. I went to one in Minnesota called Thresher Days or something like that for many years. Old tractors, saw mills, tons of crafts/quilting and baking. Loved it every year. My mom taught me to gather when I was about 8 years old and have never had a problem since. I bet string gathering would be easy. Very nice work.

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        1. I had my first class today and found out there are SO many things I had no idea EQ8 would do with borders. I’ve been using it to make borders for a long time, and thought I was doing well (really nice borders). The one I did today took about 10 minutes and was very intense and complicated. Would have taken me all day yesterday. So far so good. I’ll be posting photos when we get further in (class 1 of 13 today).

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  2. I like what you are doing with your Linus string quilt. I have not allowed myself to start, but once I’m out of “ready-to-quilt” linus tops I will dig out my bucket of scrap strips and choose some BG fabric and get going with that.

    I’m sorry for your loss, but glad your trip with your brother went well. I lost my aunt a few weeks ago, one of my late dad’s 10 siblings. One of the good things to come out of this pandemic is funeral homes are starting to do zoom or FB live memorial services/funerals, which means far away family get to participate. So I got to watch her service on FB. It wasn’t the same as seeing family, but I could hear at least one of my uncles and his wife in the congregation and that made me feel a little better about not being able to be there. I made a point to thank the funeral home for making that possible, and told them I hope they continue even when it’s over, if the family wants it.


    1. The strings quilt is FAST! Of course, I’m doing it between my paper-piecing, so I might not think so if I was just doing that all day. It could get boring. You will have the advantage of having the pattern before choosing fabric. I bought the layer cake and “matching fabric” thinking, “How can a layer cake and matching fabric not go together?” They go together too well, in fact. But I think I broke it up a little with the blue, so I’m good with it.

      I’m doing the opposite of you. I’m staring at a stack of tops needing quilting while I try to finish some pieced ones I want to add to the stack first. Then I’m be just designing and longarming for a while I hope.

      Both of these funerals were streamed live. But there were reasons we wanted to go to each (one was a first cousin with very little family and the other has kids we’ll probably never see together again).

      SO MANY of the changes we made due to the pandemic need to be made permanent. I can’t even imagine getting 10-12 (or even 3) people together in a room, coming from many miles apart–even flying in–to meet for 30 minutes or an hour any more. Anybody who still thinks that’s a good idea when this is over didn’t watch enough of the teleworking Jetsons as kids. That, and other things, just make no sense. We just did them because everybody was doing them. Stepping off my pedestal now.


  3. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    Wow, you have been doing a LOT! I love those red fabrics in your Linus mystery. And looking forward to seeing the Spring Fever quilt come together—the pieces so far look really fun.


  4. Mary, my love to you and your family for your loss. I’m glad you got to see cousins and spend good quality time with your brother and of course have some excellent seafood!

    All of your projects look beautiful and perfect as per usual. I especially like the piecing on your project Linus blocks. I’m so glad you enjoyed your EQ class. I have yet to take one, but I have watched a lot of their videos on YouTube.


    1. Thanks so much. The free EQ8 classes on their site are soooo good–short and educational. Make sure you update to the newest version…good stuff in it.

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  5. You’ve been a busy bee.
    So many things going on. I’m glad your able to stay so busy.

    Oh my condolences to you and your family. It’s good you were able to go.

    I-10 is such a nightmare. At least it included some good food on the way back.

    Happy Crafting and take care


  6. I quite like those asterisk-y flowers from your EQ class piece. I’m sure its very cute all together.

    It’s good you were able to have a funeral, they’re still keeping things like that pretty locked down up here. Sorry to hear about your loss though.


    1. I would prefer not to have funerals right now, because I don’t go anywhere or see anybody, but feel I have to when someone dies. It’s nice to see everybody, but risky.

      The flowers are really cute, but in the little one they just had to wait until it was tiny-piecing day to get finished.


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