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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!

  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 Liberty.
  6. Click Save.  The box will close.  Notice the project name Untitled has been replaced with Liberty.
  7. Select the Quilt Style
  8.   On the Blue Start New Quilt Tab, select the On-Point Layout.

  9.  Select the  8″ Blocks, 17 Total,  3×4 Layout.  It should be on the left side of the bottom 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.  Leave the number of  horizontal  blocks  at 3.
  12. Leave the number of Vertical blocks at 4.
  13. Change finished size of blocks width and height to 11.
  14. Keep finished size of sashing width and height at 0.
  15. Select the Green Edit BordersTab.
  16.  Select Border 1 of 1.
  17.  Leave the border style as Long Horizontal.
  18. Change the size to 1.5″ wide.
  19. Click to Add another border under Select Border at the top.
  20.  Select Border 2 of 2.
  21. Leave the border style as Long Horizontal
  22. Change the size to 5″ wide.
  23.   Select the Orange Design Quilt tab.
  24.  Under Sketchbook blocks, click to open the library to select more blocks.
  25. Under the block libraries, open 01 Classic Pieced.  Then select Classics.
     
  26. Select and click add to sketchbook the following block: Broken Dishes.
  27.  Click and drag the broken dishes block to each full block skipping the partial triangle blocks.
  28. Right click on the broken dishes block in the sketchbook and select to add a plain block.
  29. Click and drag the plain block to each of the triangles around the outside edges.
  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 fabrics.
  33. Using the fabrics and colors palette, color your quilt design using navy blue, light blue, red and white.  Select the fabric or color and then click on the area you want to color on the quilt.  The design above looked great, but I wanted to add some pops of red to modernize it.
  34. I just randomly replaced a few of the light blue triangle with red ones.
  35. Once you have the coloring how you like it, save the quilt design to your sketchbook. 

Congratulations, you have designed a quilt on point.

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 beautiful quilt?  You can find a detailed tutorial for the Liberty Quilt  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 stitcher.  Sewing 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: 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

EQ Mini Friday Fun: Sweetheart Quilted Zip Pouch

Posted 01-27-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Mini   EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori  

EQ Mini can be used to design so much more than just a quilt.  Using your creativity and EQ Mini Software, you can design any quilty project.  This month, EQ Mini was used to stitch this generous Sweetheart Quilted Zip Pouch.  Using a smaller size and scale in the EQ Mini design creates a fun way to build the outside of the pouch.    Based upon a horizontal quilt layout, we play with size, scale and heart blocks to create this lovely pouch.  It is perfect to make for someone you love for Valentine’s Day or any special day. Sweetheart Quilted Zip Pouch Skillset: Beginner Size: 11″ x 8″ Skill Builders: Working with horizontal strip layout Editing a strip quilt Working with blocks Adding blocks Rotating blocks Using half drop blocks Working with Size and Scale On to the design! Open EQ Mini. If it asks you to take a quick

EQ Mini Friday Fun: Adding a Digital Fabric Stash

Posted 01-13-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Mini   EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori  

Many designers like to work in EQ Mini with actual fabric lines.  One way to do that is to use the Digital Fabric Stashes that you can purchase as add-ons to your EQ Mini software.  These digital stashes are available as online downloads right from the online Electric Quilt Shop.  Many manufacturers are included in these downloads that are created several times a year.  Here is a little bit more about these digital fabric libraries. What stashes are available? There are currently 11 digital stashes available at the online Electric Quilt store that you can purchase.  Each stash has over 1000 fabrics representing several manufacturers fabric lines, some have many more.  Electric Quilt generously provided me with a copy of the latest Digital stash 2016 -03 which contains Batik fabrics so that I could share my experience with you. What is included? EQ Stash 2016 Download 3 features the newest

EQ Mini Friday Fun: Winter Icicles Throw Quilt

Posted 12-30-2016 by | Posted in: EQ Mini   EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori  

For this week’s EQ Mini Friday Fun, we are going to venture into designing a quilt.  This throw size Winter Icicle quilt is just the right size to cozy up with on a cold winter’s day.  It uses built in triangle or flying geese blocks in a vertical pattern to mimic icicles in winter.  The large scale blocks are placed into vertical strips to create the fun icicle shapes.  It is a fun modern statement in solids or wintery blue prints. Winter Icicles Throw Quilt Skillset: Beginner Size:48” x 56” Skill Builders: Working with vertical strip layout Editing a strip quilt Working with blocks Adding blocks Rotating blocks Working with Scale On to the 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