EQ Mini Friday Fun – Americana Placemat

Posted 05-26-2017 by Lori | Posted in: EQ Mini EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori

This month we are designing this patriotic placemat!  The Americana Placemat is just a small quilt and you can make as many as you want for your holiday celebrations.  The dramatic star is just the traditional Ohio Star block pattern and we added some strips to finish the design.  Using EQ Mini, you don’t have to have intricate patterns or difficult designs to create an heirloom worthy quilt!

Let’s start designing!

Americana Placemat

Skillset: Beginner

Size: 14″ x 17″

Skill Builders:

  • Working with Vertical layout
  • Working with pieced block strip styles
  • Adding blocks

Lets Design!

  1. Open EQ Mini.
  2. If it asks you to take a quick tour, click Close.
  3. Read the tip of the day and click Close.
  4. Let’s start by naming the Project.  The project name will appear at the very top of the EQ Mini Window.  Right now the project says Untitled.  On the top toolbar click the Save button.   The Save As box will display.
  5.  Save your project file in the default folder which is projects.   Hint: You can then find it under Documents > My EQ Mini > Projects later.  Now in the file name box type Americana Placemat.
  6. Click Save.  The box will close.  Notice the project name Untitled has been replaced with American Placemat.

  7. Select the Quilt Style
  8. On the Blue Start New Quilt Tab, select the Vertical Layout.

  9.  Select the  Eight 8″ Plain Strips Layout.  It should be the first layout on the top left row.  If you move the mouse and hover over the layouts, it will tell you the name of them.

  10.  Select the Orange Adjust Layout tab.  The layout palette will display.
  11. Delete all but two of the strips.
  12. Select the first strip. Select the pieced block strip style.
  13. Change the strip width to 4.5.
  14. Change the strip length to 13.5.
  15. Change the number of blocks across the length to 3.
  16. Select the second strip. Select the pieced block strip style.
  17. Change the strip width to 12.
  18. Change the strip length to 13.5.
  19. Change the number of blocks across the length to 5.
  20. Select the Green Edit Borders Tab.
  21.  Select Border 1 of 1.
  22.  Leave the border style as Long Horizontal.
  23. Change the size to .25″ wide to mimic the binding.
  24. Select the Orange Design Quilt tab.
  25. Under Sketchbook blocks, click to open the library to select more blocks.
  26. Under the block libraries, open 01 Classic Pieced.  Then select Classics.

  27. Select and click add to sketchbook the following block: Ohio Star.
  28. Right click on the Ohio Star block in the sketchbook and select to add a plain block.
  29. Drag the Ohio Star block to the three squares in the first strip.  Click and drag the plain block to each of the remaining blocks.
  30. Close Sketchbook blocks.
  31.  Click the Paintbrush tool   on the right hand toolbar.
  32. The Sketchbook Fabrics and Colors palette will open.  Click to open the Library to get more colors.
  33. Using the fabrics and colors palette, color your quilt design using red, white and blue.  Select the fabric or color and then click on the area you want to color on the quilt.
  34. Once you have the coloring how you like it, save the quilt design to your sketchbook. 


Now that you have your design, here are  Tips and Help Articles to help you get ready to sew up your lovely design.

How to print the fabric yardage estimates required to piece the top

How to print the cutting instructions

Ready to Quilt?

Now that you have designed this in EQ Mini, why not stitch up this patriotic beauty?  You can find a detailed tutorial for the Americana Placemat on my Lori Miller Designs blog.

Please share your ideas, questions and feedback in the comments. Thanks!

Lori J. Miller lives in Troy, Michigan, where she designs, stitches and sews quilts and quilty things. She loves experimenting with fun colors and designs to make playful and clever products for the modern sewist.  Stitching since age 11, Lori has deep roots in sewing and quilting traditions that add a unique dimension to her designs.  She loves designing using Electric Quilt 7, Electric Quilt Mini and EQ Stitch.  You can follow her quilting adventures on her blog at lorimillerdesigns.com or on instagram @lorimillerdesigns

Quick Tip Tuesday- Naming your Quilts!

Posted 05-23-2017 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

Start with a quilt in the Sketchbook. Click the View Sketchbooktool. Click the Quilts section. Select the quilt you want to name. Click Notecard. Type a name for you quilt next to Name. Add any other notes you’d like for this quilt. Click the X button in the top-right corner of the notecard to close it. We are here to help! If you have questions about this, or anything else, please contact tech support.


Posted 05-21-2017 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Lately, when there is a holiday, you see all kinds of messages on the internet.  Mothers Day just passed and there were messages on facebook, tweets, instagrams, text messages, and so much more.  Most of the messages you see are generic and not very specific to the individual they were meant for.  Do you remember running to the mailbox to see if there was a letter or card for you?  Perhaps you were looking for something someone spent a little time on creating to be delivered to you?  Those days are all but gone now.  I still love a little thoughtful card or hand-written message from someone.  You can make simple greeting cards in your embroidery hoop and give it to someone special for any occasion.  It will be a real keepsake. Open your EQStitch program. Click on the stitch worktable icon. Click on STITCHING>New Design>Embroidery Click on the drawing

Quick Tip Tuesday – Designing a zig zag strip layout!

Posted 05-16-2017 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

Click QUILT > New Quilt > Vertical Strip (or Horizontal Strip). Click the Layout tab then click the Add or Delete button until you have the (uneven) number of strips you want. Under Select strip style: Alternate between Diamonds and Half Drop Diamonds styles. Click strip 1, make it Diamonds style. Click strip 2, make it Half Drop Diamonds style. Click strip 3, make it Diamonds style, and so on. Under Number of blocks: choose the number of squares you want along the strip. Under Strip size: choose the width you want. For Length: multiply width x number of blocks. This ensures your blocks are squares. For example: Strip width: 6” Number of blocks: 5 Strip length: 6” x 5 blocks = 30” Click the Layer 1 tab when you’re ready to set blocks or color into your layout. We are here to help! If you have questions about this,

Quick Tip Tuesday – Make an on-point table runner with pointed ends!

Posted 05-09-2017 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

Click QUILT > New Quilt > On Point. Click the Layout tab. Under Select a style choose the layout style on the right. Number of blocks: Horizontal – your choice Vertical – 1 Block size: Your choice. Click the Borders tab. Click Delete to delete the border. Click the Layer 1 tab. Click the Set Block tool. Set blocks into the whole block spaces in your quilt. Click Layer 2.Now you’re going to set a block, then size, move and rotate it so it fits right over one of your end triangles, sticking out beyond the quilt. This will create the pointed end. Click VIEW > Graph Pad, and make sure Graph Pad is checked. That puts this bar along the top of your screen. Click the Set Block tool and click to select the block you want to set. Point to your table runner, hold down your keyboard SHIFT

Quick Tip Tuesday – Design a strip quilt with square blocks!

Posted 05-02-2017 by Heidi | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

Insuring the blocks in your strip quilt are square is a matter of simple multiplication. Click QUILT > New Quilt > Vertical Strip (or Horizontal strip). Click the Layout tab. Click the Add or Delete button until you have the number of strips you want. Under Select strip style: Pieced Blocks To make sure the blocks are square, use this formula: Strip Width x Number of blocks = Strip Length Under Number of blocks along length: choose the number of squares you want along the strip. Under Strip size: choose the width you want. For Length: multiply width x number of blocks. This ensures your blocks are square. For example: Strip width: 9” Number of blocks: 7 Strip length: 9” x 7 blocks = 63” Click strip 2 to select it. Now, you can either set plain strips between block strips or choose another block style. Under Select strip style,

Club EQ – Designing for a Charm Pack, a Jelly Roll, or a Layer Cake

Posted 05-01-2017 by Barb | Posted in: Club EQ

THE CHALLENGE: The examples I created have very simple blocks with geometric shapes that can be rotary cut from Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs or Layer Cakes with some easy planning for sizing. One fun thing I discovered is that once I have an overall kind of random placement of several simple blocks and color them with solid colors, I can then use the Serendipity tool to rotate the blocks and come up with several variations. Add in fabrics, and you can cross genre. Find out more about Club EQ! It is easy to design a quilt that works with each of these fabric collections once you have some idea about sizing for cutting squares and triangles from each. A Charm Pack is a collection of fabrics that are cut 5” square. A Jelly Roll is a collection of fabrics that are cut 2 ½” x the width of the fabric.

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