My release day has finally arrived……
Here she is my Alberta Canada Block.
Before we begin Id lake to give a big THANK YOU to Marian of Seams to be Sew and Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy without them we would not be able to have this blog hop with all these giveaways. Thanks Girls for all the work you put into organizing this event the 2016 Road Home Row Along.
I’ll try my best to explain my design process and the steps I made to get to this finished block.
First of there was size specifications that our blocks had to be. I designed mine on EQ7. The size of my block when finished without borders is 12″ x 40″. I choose to do a landscape layout as I was planning on doing a landscape of Alberta Canada.
Elements that to me represent Alberta are:
- mountains- I only live an hours drive from seeing the peeks of the majestic Rockie Mountains,
- foot hills- can’t get to the mountains without crossing them,
- evergreen trees living in northern Alberta the are abundant and I have pine trees in my yard ,
- pump jacks are found in the field next to my house,
- fields of grain and summer fallow I live in an agricultural community,
- pastures for horse I have 6 of these in my yard,
- wild rose is the Alberta Provincial flower and they grow wild in the ditches along my driveway
- cloudy skies. Only in Alberta can we get all 4 seasons in one day.
The next step was how to lay them out. Of course the mountains had to be in the West. then as we head east we would come to the foot hills then fields. This was all done using layers of applique.
Now that I had my basic idea what I wanted in my row off to my EQ7 program to design it. This turned out to be also more confusing as I was just learning the program…did I mention I like to challenge myself. I tried drawing the mountains and for some reason they kept erasing when I wanted to go color them. Turns out that all your shapes need to be closed if you want to color them in. Thanks to the help from Marian of Seam to be Sew we got that portion figured out. The rest went well as I knew what I was now doing. With the landscape done I could move on to adding the shapes.
My next step was to do the shapes for the pump jacks, horse, pine trees, and rose. this I had to do into my applique section of the EQ program. I found the pump jacks to be quite challenging again my shapes were not closed. The pine trees were an afterthought so they were added into the design later in the process.
She was coming together. now all I had to do was copy paste and resize the elements. and color them in.
Whoop hoop…. I was finished the block design. now all I had to do was print it out and start assembling it. Again this sounded easy but when I first started for some reason the block size was not set to what I wanted and my mountains when I cut out the fabric were all squished as i was working with a 12×20 block not 12×40 block. And I had forgotten to reverse my templates.
Assembly of my block went as follows:(I’m going to make an other one just to show you all the steps in photos as I got way ahead of myself and was done before I knew that I had to do a detailed description.)
- I sewed the sky fabric to the bottom what ever scrap I had on hand to make a foundation to mount the rest of the elements on.
- Traced out all the shapes that was needed onto fusible web I like to use Heat n Bond.
- Starting with the mountains that were in the rear and then assembling towards the front. I layered and pinned everything into place and then ironed it town to get the heat n bond to stick.
- Same thing was done with the foreground shapes.
- then all I had to do was run a satin stitch around all of my shapes.
My Free pattern can be found:
I hope you enjoy and please show off your finished project.
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