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EQ Mini Friday Fun – Americana Placemat

Posted 05-26-2017 by | 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. 

Tips

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

EQ Mini Friday Fun – Dolce Doll Quilt

Posted 04-28-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Mini   EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori  

This months design is a mini quilt called Dolce Doll Quilt.  It is the perfect size for an 18″ doll or even a pretty mini wall hanging.  This is a Vertical layout and we will do some creative design.  I used 3 complimentary solids but it would be cute with some coordinating prints. Here is the little doll quilt on my mother’s homemade doll bed from her childhood.  So cute!  And I even made a little pillow and pillow case. Let’s start designing! Dolce Doll Quilt Skillset: Beginner Size: 18″ x 24″ Skill Builders: Working with Vertical layout Working with pieced block strip style (in a creative way!) Adding blocks Lets Design! Open EQ Mini. If it asks you to take a quick tour, click Close. Read the tip of the day and click Close. Let’s start by naming the Project.  The project name will appear at the very top of

EQ Mini Friday Fun: Block Party – Classic Pieced

Posted 04-14-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Mini   EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori  

EQ Mini may be a smaller version of EQ7, but it still comes jam packed with all kinds of blocks, 300 to be exact.  I thought you might like to see what blocks come with the program.  There are so many, this block party will just share the first category of Classic Pieced Blocks. To follow along with me, Open up EQ Mini. Go to Libraries, Block Libraries. If you are considering buying EQ Mini, just come along for the ride as I share the block designs. When you go into the Block Libraries, you will see a long list of different categories of blocks.  This block party will share just the blocks in the first category, 01 Classic Pieced. There are 11 subcategories under the 01 Classic Pieced blocks.  The first one is Antique Mosaics which is displayed above.  Each subcategory has 9 to 12 blocks.  Lets see what creative

EQ Mini Friday Fun – Liberty Quilt

Posted 03-24-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Mini   EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori  

Let’s design a quilt!  A modern Patriotic quilt with humble origins becomes a beautiful stunner using light and dark blue scraps with pops of red.  This is our first quilt designed on point. Liberty Quilt Skillset: Beginner Size: 60″ x 75″ Skill Builders: Working with On Point layout Adding blocks Adding a fabric from the library Working with borders Lets Design! Open EQ Mini. If it asks you to take a quick tour, click Close. Read the tip of the day and click Close. 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.  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

EQ Mini Friday Fun: Choosing your Quilt Layout Style

Posted 03-10-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Mini   EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori  

For this EQ Mini Friday Fun, we are going to take a deep dive into the first step of designing a quilt, choosing your layout style.  The layout style is how your quilt blocks will be laid out in your design.  This is the first decision you will make as you venture into the creative process.  If you think that quilts are only made of blocks in horizontal grids, it is time to rethink your design process and open up to all of the available design possibilities.  Let’s take a closer look at all of the layout styles included with EQ Mini. When you get to the main HOME page of EQ Mini software, you will see four colored tabs going across the page. The first tab is Start New Quilt.  It is the first one with a Star and Blue color. This is the tab where you will choose

EQ Mini Friday Fun: Lucky Shamrock Pillows

Posted 02-24-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Mini   EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori  

Let’s get lucky with these super easy designs for Shamrock Pillows!  EQ Mini Friday fun includes the design for not one, but two lucky pillows.  I love the idea of seasonal pillow covers and I had a super cute plaid fabric that was pleading with me to be made up into some four leaf clovers.  I will show you how to use single and multiple blocks to design these pillow covers and continue to build your design skills. Lucky Shamrock Pillows Skillset: Beginner Size: 18″ x 18″ Skill Builders: Working with horizontal layout Adding a blocks Adding a fabric from the library Working with sashing and borders On to the first lucky pillow design! Open EQ Mini. If it asks you to take a quick tour, click Close. Read the tip of the day and click Close. Let’s start by naming the Project.  The project name will appear at the very

EQ Mini Friday Fun: EASY Beginner Quilt Design Software

Posted 02-10-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Mini   EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori  

EQ Mini Quilt Design software is designed specifically for the beginning quilt designer.  With EQ Mini, you can create stunning, gorgeous quilts quickly,  in an easy to learn, step by step process.  In just a few minutes, you can design a quilt, add fabrics or colors, and print out the image, get free fabric calculations and even templates, foundation piecing or rotary cutting information. If you have been designing quilts with pencil and paper, have a really old version of Electric Quilt and want to get started again, or simply are have a budding interest in Quilt design, then EQ Mini is the software for you.  EQ Mini is a scaled down version of EQ 7 quilt design software with a work flow just for BEGINNERS.  It introduces you to all of the parts of quilt design in an easy to follow, step by step process.  When you have mastered