Sunday, November 5, 2023

Transparendo Sewalong - Week Nine

Hi everyone and thanks for joining us for another edition of the Transparendo Sewalong. We are here to share with you the ninth week with another fun block assignment. Make all 12 blocks, sew together the quilt top as shown in the book and enter your finished quilt top for the random drawing of all participants in Week 15 for your chance to win a full-version copy of EQ8 sponsored by our platinum sponsor - The Electric Quilt Company.

Verena from einfach bunt Quilts  and I are really excited to support you and our quilting community with tips and tricks and well as soon good old fashioned quilting fun with our Transparendo Sewalong (#transaprendosal). 

 This week's hashtag is #transparendosalw9 for Week Nine. 

 Please sign up for our newsletters to keep on top of the sewalong.

Sewalong Schedule

What is in store for you over the next fifteen weeks? Take a look at our line up. Each week there is a fun, new assignment to complete. The blocks accelerate in skill level with each new block and build upon previous blocks. Learn all types of new skills such as flying geese, nesting and twisting seams, and cutting extra-large pieces of fabric for squares and triangles.

Post your progress on Instagram with the hashtags: #transparendosal and the week -  #transparendosalw1 (week one, etc.) for your chance to be entered into a drawing. If you don't have instagram, you can send me a photo with your fabric selection at 72 dpi with a resolution of 800 pixels or less. The following Sunday, one lucky recipient will be chosen at random. Our sewalong is open internationally, so get out those sewing machines ladies (and gents)!
Email Karen with your weekly photo assignment. 
Email Verena with your weekly photo assignment. 

Week Nine Prize

In Week Nine, we have another lovely set of Taylor Seville Magic Pins, 1 x Fork Pins and 1 x Extra-long Pins sponsored by Steidl & Becker (Wholesale Distributor) 

and one Art Gallery Fabrics - AGF Pure Solids Color Card to reference all of your future quilts sponsored by Adlico. 

Week Nine - (Block Eight) Spinning Dice

This block uses a the classical Shoe Fly quilt block. One Shoe Fly is shown at 100% and another is reduced by ~ 50% and overlaid on top of the original block. Do you see the transparency and how it changes the colors?

This is how the block looks mocked up in EQ8 with the colors used in the current sewalong quilt.

Simplified Version

When I designed this quilt block, I wanted the center block to stand out. The use of a third color challenges the viewer to go out of their comfort zone to see more color transparency and complexity. That is why I changed up the color in the middle. Of course, you can work with just two colors in the example below if you want. It is easier to visualize the transparency. 

Here we have the finished block. Yay!

Spinning Dice - Block -Eight in the Transparendo Sewalong - #transparendosalw9

Now you can see all eight blocks that we have completed in our sewalong.

Here are a couple of mockup quilts I designed with the help of EQ8, my favorite quilting software for designing quilts.

This Week's Tip

Enjoy your downtime especially your vacations! I know this isn't a sewing tip, but you should always know when to treat yourself to a break. We were on vacation last week in the Black Forest, here in Southern Germany. The typical fall weather didn't slow us down either. It was great to get away from the daily grind to enjoy the wonderful Black Forest scenery and hospitality. Everytime we visit, I am bombarded with beautiful ideas for a "Schwarzwaldquilt." What would it look like? What could you envision?


We've been working really hard behind the scenes to bring some amazing prizes to our participants. We are so happy to announce our fabulous sponsors!

Gold Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor

 The Electric Quilt Company

The wonderful folks at the Electric Quilt Company are sponsoring our Finale Prize of one full version of EQ8 at the end of the sewalong Week 15. To enter your finished quilt top with all blocks and borders, photograph and forward to me or post on Instagram. If you would like to purchase the program, we have a PROMOTIONAL CODE to receive 25% off the software. Enter EASYPATCHWORK25 at checkout. If you live outside of the US, you will be sent a physical item in the mail. After you receive the package, you will be informed how to download and install the software on your system. Please follow the Electric Quilt Company on Instagram and subscribe to their newsletter for other great deals. 

The winner of this week's drawing is Sylvia! You will be contacted shortly about how to collect your prize. Thank to all for participating. We look forward to seeing your beautiful blocks next week as well.

Please participate in next week's drawing. Take a photo and post for all of us to see on Instagram or send to me or Verena with a resolution of 72 dpi no larger than 800 pixels. One lucky participant will be chosen at random. The giveaway is open internationally. Void where prohibited. Open to quilters 18 years of age and older. Good luck to all. Thanks for joining us!


Join us next week for my favorite block in this series - The Disappearing X Block!

Please leave a comment below and tell everyone that your are sewing along. Be supportive and comment and contact other participants. We would love to hear your thoughts. Take care of yourself and keep on sewing happy. We look forward to seeing you next week, where we ill be showcasing the Double Nine Patch block!

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