This lesson is based on Anita Grossman Solomon’s Unbiased Block and is a fun idea to try with any directional fabric!
Read on and youâ€™ll learn to use EQ6 or EQ7 to rotate fabric and play with Anitaâ€™s design. Then Anita can show you her quick construction idea.
DOWNLOAD AND OPEN THE â€śSTRIPESâ€ť PROJECT
1. Download and open the â€śStripes for Unbiased Blockâ€ť project file.Â This gives you lots of stripes to play and practice with during this lesson.
2. Close the Sketchbook.
GET A 4X BLOCK FROM THE LIBRARY
3. Click LIBRARIES > Block Library > Four X > the first block (Basic 4 X) is already selected for you.
DESIGN A QUILT
5. ClickÂ WORKTABLE > Work on Quilt.
6. ClickÂ QUILTÂ > New Quilt > Horizontal. Weâ€™ll follow Anitaâ€™s lead for fun.
7. Click theÂ LayoutÂ tab.
|Number of blocks
â€˘ Horizontal 5
â€˘ Vertical 5
Finished size of blocks
Finished size of sashing
8. Click theÂ BordersÂ tab.
9. Click theÂ DeleteÂ button to delete the border.
10. Click theÂ Layer 1Â tab.
11. Click theÂ Set BlockÂ tool.
12. Hold down your keyboardÂ CTRLÂ key as you click (CTRL+click) the quilt to set the 4X block into all block spaces on your quilt.
13. Click theÂ PaintbrushÂ tool
14. Color each block with the same stripe (all four triangles colored with the same fabric).Â So one block may look like this:
GET READY TO ROTATE
15. Go to the right-hand toolbar and right-click on it.
16. ChooseÂ Add/Remove Buttons.
17. Click theÂ Rotate FabricÂ tool to check it. This adds it to your toolbar.
LEARN TO ROTATE
The Rotate Fabric tool needs a bit of explanation with pictures, so you may find it helpful to check out the Help section on the tool. On the main menu bar, click HELP > Search and then type “rotate fabric” in the search box.
There are 3 possible ways to rotate fabric. Simple, Advanced, and Align to Edge. We must use the Advanced method, for Anitaâ€™s design.
18. Click to chooseÂ Advanced.
19. Make the following settings:
|Starting angle for first rotation: 45
Number of rotations:Â 4
20. Now click on a triangle in your block. The fabric inside the triangle rotates 45 degrees, putting the stripe on an angle.
21. Continue rotating fabric. For 2 triangles, youâ€™ll need to click twice. You want your stripes to angle like this:
Here are a few other examples:
If you like the look, check out Anitaâ€™s PDF Anitaâ€™s Unbiased Block, the Make It SimplerÂ® Way. It explains how she cuts and sews, using her strips of fusible interfacing.
Or watch her videoÂ here.