The primary reason I use EQ to design my applique quilts is that I can quickly recolor any quilt by swapping out colors with the When coloring an applique quilt in EQ, I often use solid colors to represent the fabrics in my color palette. That way, I can see the design without focusing on the right choice of prints for the project.
The scale and colors make choosing prints exciting when making the quilt, but they make the EQ design process more difficult.
This quilt was designed in an applique block design workshop with my guild. I recreated each block in EQ by photographing the blocks, and tracing them using PatchDraw in EQ. The original background color was chocolate brown, and the bright colors were all batiks. Rather pretty 10 years ago, but the palette looks dated now. So I swapped all the batik colors for solid colors and came up with this pretty quilt.
I was curious what the pattern would look like in Tula Pink’s True Colors Fabric Collection since I have the entire collection in fat quarters sitting in my sewing room!
So I downloaded the 2020 fabric palette from Free Spirit for $6.95. This saved me hours of work scanning the fabrics, cropping them, and uploading them into EQ. This is the first time I bought a download for a specific fabric line and boy, was it easy!
The download was automatically added to my fabric choices, all I had to do was delete the default fabric palette, and select the Tula True Colors Color Palette. Then, I used the swap color feature to change the solid colors to the corresponding Tula Prints.
EQ makes it fast and fun to try different colors and prints on the quilt, so you can visualize the finished quilt before taking your first stitch. No wasted fabric when trying out different color combinations!
Now that I know I am going to love this quilt in Tula’s True Colors Line, I have started to work on the blocks. Here is a sneak peek! If I love the finished quilt (and I think I already do!) this will become our next Quilt-Along. Maybe I will make it again using solid fabrics s when I make it with you!
Watch my progress making this quilt with Rotary Cut Applique by joining me on Facebook Live on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 11:00AM EST. Members of “Ahead of the Curve” get to create with me on the Second and Fourth Tuesdays as well!