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EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Shipmates Bench Pillow

Posted 07-09-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Ahoy!  It is summer and thoughts turn to heading to the lake or beach and enjoying being outdoors.  This month’s design shows how a simple small quilt design can still be quick and fun.  You don’t always need to design an intricate, detailed pattern.  Sometimes you just want to design a fun themed gift or create some home decor with fun motifs.  The design for this nautical bench pillow fits the bill and it is something you can design and still have time left to get out in the sunshine.

Lets get on board!

Shipmates Bench Pillow

Size: 16″ x 28″

Skill Builders:

  • Clone a strip
  • Add an applique block
  • Print an applique template

Lets Begin!

  1. Open EQ8.
  2. Let’s name the Project.  The project name appears at the top left of the EQ8 Window. Right now the project says Untitled – EQ8.
  3. On the left side toolbar, click the New project button.  


  4.  On the Create a new project tab, type in the project name field Shipmates.
  5. Click OK.  The box will close.  Notice the project name Untitled has been replaced with Shipmates.
  6.  Under DESIGN QUILTS, select Design a quilt from scratch.
  7.  Choose  the NEW QUILT tab.  
  8.  Under the NEW QUILT tab, select Vertical Strip from the ribbon bar.  

  9. Under LAYOUT, Update the Vertical Strip Layout Palette.
  10. Delete the number of strips until you just have one to start designing from scratch.
  11. For the first strip, select a strip style of Plain, width is 4 and length is 16.  Leave the number of blocks at 1.
  12. Select Add a strip.  The strip will be added to the right side of the first strip you set up.  This is a strip we will set up to mimic rope.  Select a strip style of Pieced Block,  width is 2 and length is 16.  Under NUMBER OF BLOCKS, enter across length of 8 and across width is 1.
  13. Select Add a strip.  The strip will be added to the right side of the last strip we worked on.  This is the center of the pillow.  Select a strip style of Plain, width is 16 and length is 16.  Leave the number of blocks at 1.
  14. Before you add the next strip, select Strip number 2 and check Clone the selected strip box.  Now click to Add a strip.  EQ8 will clone a copy of strip 2 into strip 4.
  15. Add the final strip by selecting strip 1 with the clone box still checked, click to Add a strip.  EQ8 will clone a copy of strip 1 into strip 5.
  16. Select the Borders tab to display the Borders Palette.
  17. Select a border style of Mitered using either the ribbon bar or the drop down menu.
  18. Under Lock size adjustments, select all and move the borders to 1/4″.
  19. Select the Design tab.
  20. Select BLOCK TOOLS on the ribbon bar.
  21. In the Sketchbook blocks palette, choose the Set Block Tool
  22. Choose the EQ Default Half Square Triangle.  Hold down the CRTL key and click in one of the squares of strip 2.  It should fill up all of the squares with the half square triangle.  Then using the rotate button , arrange the squares to look like rope.
  23. For the center strip, we need to get a nautical style applique, in this case, an anchor.  Under block tools, Open the library .
  24. Search by notecard for Anchor.  There should be several entries.  Choose the first applique anchor. Add it to the Sketchbook.  Close.
  25. Under Block Tools, select Set Block, select your anchor applique block and add it to the center strip of the quilt.  It will automatically size to the block size we chose of 16″.
  26. Go to Fabric Tools and color your design.  I chose red, white and blue that made me think of nautical colors.
  27. From here you can print your yardage estimate and print out your applique template.

How to print the template for the applique block to make the quilt.

  1.  Select the PRINT and EXPORT tab.
  2. Select Print in the ribbon bar.
  3. Click on the center block with the applique, you should see a green highlight around it when it is selected and the Templates button  will become available.
  4. Select the Templates button to bring up the Templates dialogue box.  make sure to choose Use size from the quilt.
  5. Since I know I want to use machine applique to make my applique block, I am going to uncheck the Print Seam allowance box.  I am also not going to print out the key block.
  6. Select Preview.  I deleted the box shape to just have the anchor pieces.  I rotated the anchor to best fit with the least number of pages.  I also moved the small circle in the top of the anchor over the top of the template as I will just use that as a cut out for a one piece template.  Play around with the move and rotate features to try this out to best fit your large applique.  It is large enough that you will need to tape the pieces together using the guidelines.  Then just print.

Design Variations

Make several pillows with other Nautical designs.  EQ8 has plenty of built in applique ideas.

     

Here are  Tips and Help Articles to help you get ready to sew up your design.

Ready to Quilt?

Now that you have designed this with EQ8, why not stitch up this adorable Shipmates Bench Pillow?  You can find  a DETAILED TUTORIAL for this quilted beauty on my Lori Miller Designs blog.

 Questions or Feedback?

Please share your ideas, questions and feedback in the comments. I would love to hear from you. 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 8, Electric Quilt Mini and EQ Stitch.  You can follow her quilting adventures on her blog at lorimillerdesigns.com or on instagram @lorimillerdesigns

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Stardrop Table Topper – Part 2

Posted 04-13-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Welcome back.  This is Part 2 of designing the octagon shaped Stardrop Table Topper with Electric Quilt 8.  In our first lesson, we used the polydraw drawing tools and features including the Octagon drawing tool to create the Stardrop block.  In Part 2, we will set the block into a quilt and learn how to print the foundation pieced pattern.  If you missed the first lesson, you can find it at this link,  Stardrop Table Topper – Part 1.  On to creating our quilt! Stardrop Table Topper – Part 2 Size: 24″ x 24″ Skill Builders: Creating an irregular shaped quilt Printing foundation pieced patterns On to the design! Open EQ8. On the left side toolbar, click the Open project button.  Select the Project we already saved from Part 1, Stardrop Table Topper and click OK. Select the Quilt Worktable.  Select DESIGN QUILTS, and choose  the NEW QUILT tab.    Under

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Stardrop Table Topper – Part 1

Posted 04-06-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

This month we explore a detailed design to create this sophisticated Stardrop Octagon Block.  Its much easier than it looks!  This lesson is a two parter.  First, we will explore using the polydraw drawing tools and features including the Octagon drawing tool to create the stardrop block.   In Part 2 we will set the block into a quilt and learn how to print the foundation pieced pattern.  Let’s design! Stardrop Table Topper – Part 1 Size: 24″ x 24″ Skill Builders: Working with Polydraw Octagon Block Learn to clone and rotate wedges On to the design! Open EQ8. Let’s name the Project.  The project name appears at the top left of the EQ8 Window. Right now the project says Untitled – EQ8. On the left side toolbar, click the New project button.   On the Create a new project tab, type in the project name field Stardrop Table Topper. Click OK.  The box will close. 

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Scrappy Toddler Tumbler Quilt

Posted 02-15-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

This adorable scrappy toddler tumbler quilt is made with a Tumbler block.  In this lesson, we will discover how to create a One Patch quilt and how to make a Custom Patch.  We will use the custom patch to create the same size 5 inch tumbler die that goes with my Sizzix Fabi fabric cutter,  If you don’t have a die cut machine, you can print the template instead.  Lets create! Scrappy Toddler Tumbler Quilt Size: 40″ x 40″ Skill Builders: Working with one patch designs Creating a custom patch On to the design! Open EQ8. Let’s name the Project.  The project name appears at the top left of the EQ8 Window. Right now the project says Untitled – EQ8. On the left side toolbar, click the New project button.  On the Create a new project tab, type in the project name field Scrappy Tumbler. Click OK.  The box will close.  Notice

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! Open EQ Mini. If it asks you to take a quick tour, click Close. Read the tip of the

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