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Using Borders to Design Quilts & Editing Blocks

Posted 06-01-2018 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

Welcome to Design & Discover! You can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them. Also, you don’t have the make the quilt exactly as shown, have fun and make it your own! This month we are going to make an American flag quilt! However, again, feel free to make adjustments if you’d like to make some other type of flag. (You can also download this project here.) 1. Click the Layout tab. 2. Click Horizontal 3. Make your quilt 1 x 1 4. Make you quilt 9 inches x 9 inches 5. Click the Borders

EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne–Whole Cloth Quilting

Posted 05-20-2018 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts

Whole cloth quilting can be accomplished by stitching free motion, in the embroidery hoop, or by printing templates and transferring the design to the quilt top to stitch through.  The choice is yours.  EQ8 aids us in this adventure of whole cloth quilting by providing stencil blocks in the Block Library built into the program. The EQ8 program gives us a visual of how the whole cloth quilt will look when stitched.  You can always change the layout once you start working on the quilt material itself.  For instance, on the quilt pictured above, I would not create a stencil for this wavy line border.  I would most likely use the serpentine stitch on my machine at maximum width and length and repeat the rows one beside the other stitching with my walking foot until the outer border was filled to my satisfaction.  I like to use this visual reference

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Contrary Wife Variation

Posted 05-09-2018 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

We’re starting a new series here on the blog called EQ8 Block Spotlight! Each month we’ll highlight a block from the EQ8 Block Library with a few design ideas. Then we want YOU to show us what you can do with the block! Stretch those design muscles and get creative! There are over 6,000 blocks in the EQ8 Block Library, so this should keep us busy for quite a while! This month’s block: Contrary Wife Variation Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Diamond in a Square A few design ideas to get you started These two quilts use the same simple layout (Horizontal,  2 x 2), but the colorings create two very different quilts: Here I’ve paired it with a simple chain block for a classic design: What would you design with the Contrary Wife Variation block? Post a quilt or two in the comments below. It can

Custom Set Quilt!

Posted 05-01-2018 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

Welcome to Design & Discover! You can follow along with a lesson and submit your version of the quilt right on the blog with a link up. If you have a blog, make sure to add your site too. Let’s visit each others’ blogs and all get to know each other! Before getting started, keep in mind any of the images can be viewed larger by clicking on them. Also, you don’t have the make the quilt exactly as shown, have fun and make it your own! This month we are making a custom set quilt….all of these quilts are just different blocks in the same layout. It just depends on how you want to use the Custom Set Layout we build. Let’s get started! 1. Click Quilt Worktable 2. Click Custom Set 3. Click the Design tab 4. Click Block Tools 5. Click Set Block 6.Right click on the

EQ Academy Recap — Spring 2018

Posted 04-20-2018 by Christine | Posted in: EQ Academy

Scroll down to see some photos!   What a fun three days! This year’s EQ Academy was a little different from our workshops in the past. For one, it was classes for EQ8 instead of EQ7! Many students mentioned how much they love the improvements and new features in EQ8, and it was nice to see the beginners catch on so quickly. Another difference was that the classes were categorized by topic instead of just skill level. Instead of being in the same class for three days, students could pick and choose what they wanted to learn during enrollment. Some students just came for one day and took 1 or 2 classes about designing medallion quilts or drawing pieced blocks, and others stayed for three days and took 5 or 6 classes on all sorts of things! We saw some familiar faces and met lots of new EQ users too.

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Stardrop Table Topper – Part 2

Posted 04-13-2018 by Lori | 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 Lori | 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. 

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