Jul. 11, 2008

Great use for the PatchDraw Ellipse tool

If you’ve ever used Wreathmaker and wanted to do more… here’s a technique I’ve used a lot to redraw the Quiltmaker blocks for the Quilting Designs series.

Pages 244-245 in the EQ6 User Manual describe the Ellipse tool a little bit.

  1. Add the Ellipse tool to your PatchDraw Appliqué toolbar.
  2. Drag out a big ellipse.
  3. Ensure its a perfect circle by typing in the size in the Precision Bar.
  4. Make the size the same size as your block.
  5. Change the ellipse style to “partition evenly into sections.”
  6. Set the number of times you want the design to be in the circle.
  7. Center the ellipse using the Precision bar button.
  8. If you don’t want it perfectly up and down you can rotate it some number of degrees (like 5 or 18.2… whatever you want).
  9. Make a second smaller perfect circle and center it.

Your block should look something like this now:

***EDIT*** On the Precision Bar, click Convert to Patch for both circles. (Or, go to the Color tab and back to the Applique tab to convert them both at the same time.)

Convert the whole thing to guides. And draw in one of the wedges. Make the line start and end on the smaller circle where it crosses the wedge line.

Then, write down the position (X, Y) and size (W, H) of the shape from the precision bar when the object is selected. Do this math:
Block Width – x – w = ??? x for new piece
Block Height – y – h = ??? y for new piece

Clone and rotate the shape 180 degrees. Type in the numbers you get for the position of the new piece. You should be able to Select All, and rotate and center to get the rest that go around the circle. The degree of rotation depends on how many wedges you have. I did 12 wedges (360/12=30), so once I have the the first set I can rotate the new cloned pairs 30 degrees until I complete the circle.

I know this is like …. super-duper-advanced PatchDraw, but I know if I don’t write it down now, I’ll forget.

Here are some other quilting stencils done with this same technique.

other stencil

other stencil

Jul. 11, 2008

Creating Shadowed Blocks

I love to play in EQ6. I wanted to share yet another use for “BLOCK > Serendipity > Merge Blocks”.

If you start a new block in EasyDraw and draw this:

Then you can merge it with any other block in your Sketchbook to create a “Shadowed Block”. Set the new block in a Horizontal quilt with sashing, color it, and you’ll get this:

Happy EQ-ing!

Jul. 10, 2008

More from Bobbinhead!

In the previous post, I showed you a Mariner’s Compass quilt by Bobbinhead who I now know is Bethany. Bethany sent me a link to another blog she more frequently posts to and where you can see the finished Mariner’s Compass quilt top.

But… she still hasn’t tackled the circle in the middle! She’s getting there :) She’s trying some things to decrease the focus from the large circle center.

Bethany, it looks stunning! Great job and let us know how you end up finishing your center!

Jul. 09, 2008

Mariner's Compass Quilts

Looking through some fellow EQ users’ blogs, I came across a beautiful Mariner’s Compass quilt design in EQ6 by Bobbinhead. She’s experimented with several design but began working on a wall hanging and it’s turning out nicely!

Mariner’s Compass Quilt from Bobbinhead’s Quilting Hideout.

Now she’s down to the center piece and wasn’t sure how she was going to approach it but had a few good ideas. We wanted to pass on some suggestions as well! The center can be pieced or appliquéd as Bobbinhead has mentioned. We recommend an appliqué approach by using a top stitch.

If you want to avoid having to deal with a circular center, you can also do a Mariner’s Compass star that simplifies into a 4-Patch where the spikes go all the way to the center (which would also help you when piecing).

Congrats on starting with such a complex quilt, Bobbinhead! If you too want to make a Mariner’s Compass quilt, start by experimenting in EQ6 with the Auto Borders and a 1×1 Horizontal or On-Point quilt. If you need extra help, try doing Lesson 2 in the EQ6 User Manual (it covers how to make a medallion quilt and add borders).

Jul. 02, 2008

EQ6 Home Fashions

We got an email from Roberta Campbell from State College who shared with us her creative EQ6 designed projects that are worth sharing! Roberta designed a shower curtain and matching window valence and a fitted bed quilt with matching window valence for her home. She says’,

“Just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed EQ. I like the idea that I can plan a quilt and then take the blocks and print out in different sizes for valences, dresser “doilies” etc”.

Look at some of her coordinating home fashions

Shower Curtain

Window Valence

Fitted Quilt

Window Valence

It just goes to show you the versatility of the EQ6 program! It’s not just for making your traditional quilt but also decorating your home. Very cool ideas, Roberta! Thank you for sharing.

Jun. 30, 2008

Lone Star Quilt – Reminder

We’ve had a lot of questions about Lone Star quilts in techsupport recently. For those of you who have not seen this technique yet, pay attention to the fastest Lone Star you’ll ever make (virtually). ;)

In the LIBRARIES > Layout Library > Basics by Style, get the first layout in “Stars” and add it to your Sketchbook.

Get some blocks from the Block Library or draw them yourself. (Four Patch, Nine Patch, Sixteen Patch, etc.)


Edit the quilt from the Sketchbook, set the blocks in the diamond spaces.


If you’re chicken like me when it comes to partial seams and Y-seams, set Half Square Triangles in the setting triangles, so each part simplifies down to triangles in squares.


This works for all sorts of blocks. Remember, if it was foundation-pieceable as one unit (like a Diamond in the Square) when it was square… it will still be foundation-pieceable as one unit when it’s skewed.

I would print Templates or Foundation Pattern to get the pieces and make sure you check “size from quilt!”

Happy EQ-ing!

Jun. 27, 2008

EQ the Mouse Hunt

We started another contest! This one ends August 31, 2008.

EQ the Mouse hid himself all over the www.electricquilt.com web site. Go find as many as you can and send in your answer.

Those with the highest correct answer will have their names put in a hat for the prize drawing. Everyone who enters will receive a free EQ5 or EQ6 project with some cool new blocks, quilts, and fabrics.

View the complete contest rules and how to enter