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EQ Mini Friday Fun – Fiesta Quilt

Posted 08-18-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Mini   EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori  

Let’s have a party with this colorful Fiesta Quilt made with just one simple block from the block library of EQ Mini Software.  You can easily design a simple quilt with big impact using your new design skills.  This quilt is fat quarter friendly and I designed it with that in mind to use a fun stack of Joel Dewberry fat quarters that I had picked up at Quiltcon earlier this year.  I kept the blocks large to highlight the prints and was able to get two blocks from each fat quarter.  It uses a horizontal quilt layout, large scale blocks and fun colors in this delightful Fiesta quilt.

Fiesta Quilt

Skillset: Beginner

Size: 48″ x 72″

Skill Builders:

  • Working with horizontal  layout
  • Working with Size and Scale

On to the 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 name 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 Fiesta Quilt.
  6. Click Save.  The box will close.  Notice the project name Untitled has been replaced with Fiesta Quilt.

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

  9.  Select the  9″ blocks, 16 total, 4 x 4 layout.  It should be in the top left corner.  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. Under number of blocks, enter 4 horizontal and 6 vertical.
  12. Under finished size of blocks, select the box to keep width and height equal.  Make the block size 12 inches.

  13.  Select the Green Edit Borders Tab.
  14. Select Border 1 of 1.  Leave Border Style as Long Horizontal.
  15. Check the lock size adjustment box for ALL.
  16. Change size t0 .25″ to mimic a binding.
  17.  Select the Orange Design Quilt tab.
  18. Under Sketchbook blocks, click to open the library to select more blocks.
  19. Under the block libraries, open 02 Contemporary Pieced. Then select Good Alternate Blocks.
  20. Select the Economy Block and click add to sketchbook.
  21. Click and drag the Economy block to all of the quilt blocks.  Hint: If you hold the control key down and then drag, it will automatically drop the block into all of the blocks in the quilt.
  22. Close Sketchbook blocks.
  23. Click the Paintbrush tool   on the right hand toolbar.
  24. Using  the fabrics and colors, color your quilt design.  Select the fabric or color and then click on the area you want to color on the quilt.  I just entered the solid colors closest to the colors in the stack of fat quarters that I planned to use in my quilt.
  25. Once you have the coloring how you like it, save the quilt design to your sketchbook. 

YAY!  You have designed a colorful Fiesta quilt.  Try finding other quilt blocks that are simple but will show off the prints in a group of fat quarters.  They don’t have to be difficult to show off your favorite fabrics for a fun Fiesta quilt designed with EQ Mini.

Design Variation

If you don’t have fat quarters, why not try out a two color quilt with this same pattern?

Now that you have your design, here are  Tips and Help Articles to help you get ready to sew up your 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 your own Fiesta quilt?  You can find a detailed tutorial for this quilt on my Lori Miller Designs blog.

Questions or Feedback?

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 – Summer Flora Quilted Tote

Posted 07-14-2017 by | Posted in: EQ Mini   EQ Mini Friday Fun with Lori  

Summer is in full swing and this month’s design is a large roomy tote.  It is a fun and quick design that features a great way to highlight a quilt block from the EQ Mini software.  I chose a beautiful applique design called Baltimore block to highlight on this tote.  I was keeping in mind how I was going to assemble this tote as I designed it.  The more you design, the easier it is to plan ahead for construction when designing your quilts to get the end result that you want.  Based upon a horizontal quilt layout, we play with row size, scale and colors to create this Summer Flora Tote. Summer Flora Quilted Tote Skillset: Beginner Size: 19″ x 40″ Skill Builders: Working with horizontal strip layout Editing a strip quilt Working with Borders Working with applique blocks Adding blocks Working with Size and Scale On to the design!

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! 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

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