I love to design my quilts with EQ8, it saves me so much time and let’s me really be creative before cutting into that fabric.  I am finding more and more folks are using the Accuquilt GO! Cutting system of dies to cut out their quilts.  Some love the accuracy, others like the speed of cutting out a quilt and many quilters with physical limitations find that die cutting their fabric solves some of their cutting issues and get them back to doing what they love.

What you may not know is that the GO! Qube set of dies is based on the most popular type of quilt block, the FOUR PATCH!  based upon a simple 4 x 4 grid.  Electric Quilt is full of blocks that use the 4 x 4 grid and that makes them perfect for adapting to be cut out with your GO Qube dies.  You can design a quilt, try on fabrics and play with borders using the power of EQ8, then cut it out with your matching size dies.

In this lesson we will create a 4 patch block, design a quilt and review some tips to cut it out using the Accuquilt GO! die cutting system.

Goose Trot Quilt

Skillset: Beginner/ Advanced Beginner Size: 51″ x 60″ Skill Builders:

  • Working with Vertical Strip layout
  • Designing a Four Patch block

On to the DESIGN…

  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 Goose Trot.
  5.  Click OK.  The box will close.  Notice the project name Untitled has been replaced with Goose Trot.
  6. Lets start with designing the Four Patch block.  I am going to design with a 12″ block since I will be using my 12″ GO! Qube cutting dies.  (Hint: Design for the size of dies you have and make adjustments accordingly for size.)
  7. From the Home Page, under DRAW BLOCKS, select Draw a block from scratch.
  8. New Block, Easy Draw
  9. In the precision bar, make sure the Block Width and Block Height are 12′”,  snaps horizontal and vertical are 48, and graph paper cells horizontal and vertical are 24.
  10. Using the line tool, Click and drag two lines to form an equal basic four patch block using the 6″ marks as a guide.  Hint: Click hold and drag the line tool and lift up when you get to the end of the line.
  11. On the left size of the four patch,  draw four flying geese pointed down.  Click hold and drag the line tool and lift up when you get to the end of the line.  The center of the V shape will be at the 3″ mark.
  12. Finish drawing the block by adding two flying geese pointed to the right in the bottom right corner.  Use the 9″ mark as a guide for the V shape.
  13. Move to the Color tab and color or choose fabrics for your block.  I used blues and greys to color my block.  You choose what you like.  Add to Sketchbook.

Let’s arrange this quilt block in a quilt!

  1. Go Home.
  2. Select Design a Quilt from scratch
  3. Select New Quilt, Vertical Strip
  4. Select and delete three strips until you only have one left.
  5. Leave the strip style Plain.  Change the width to 9″ and the Length to 60″.
  6. Add another strip. Change the style to Pieced Block.  Change the width to 12″ and leave the length at 60″.
  7. Check the clone box.  Select strip 1, Add strip. Select strip 2, add strip.  Select strip 1, add strip.  you should have alternating sized strips.  On the two 12′ strips, set the number of blocks along length to 5.
  8. Go to the Borders tab.  Change the border to mitered and 0.25′ wide.
  9. Go to the Design tab > Block Tools > Set Block.  Choose your Goose Trot block and place it in the strips with pieced blocks.  Use the Rotate tool twice on every other block to add interest.
  10. Select Fabric Tools.  Color the plain strips and border.  Add to Sketchbook.

Now you have a four patch quilt designed with EQ8.

Cutting Tips

I will share some tips to cut out your quilt. Electric Quilt was designed using traditional methods of cutting blocks long before fabric cutting dies were introduced.  Dies like the Accuquilt GO! Qube require additional fabric for fan folding and the irregular die shapes. You can use the Rotary cutting charts to determine how many patches you will need for each of your block and determine the traditional size of the cut patch.  Accuquilt provides a cutting chart reference on their website that will help you translate from Electric Quilt’s traditional method to the Accuquilt method so that you have the extra fabric you need.

I have gathered that information for you for this quilt below.  Here is a picture of the EQ8 rotary cutting information for the block from the quilt.  I have added a diagram showing what pieces by number you would need from your 12″ Accuquilt Go! Qube to cut for the block.  Remember, you can use the EQ8 rotary chart to help you with the number of patches to cut for each block.  Then use the Accuquilt information to determine what dies to use and how much fabric you need.

*WOF – Width of Fabric

I hope this design has inspired you to create more quilts based on the four patch that you can use with your Accuquilt GO! Cutter.

FREE Quilt Tutorial

Want to make this Goose Trot Quilt?  A Free tutorial with sewing instructions is available on my Lori Miler Design’s 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 Oxford, 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 sewist.  Lori continues to share her knowledge with others teaching quilting and EQ8 classes around the country.  A self professed EQ8 superfan, you can follow her quilting adventures on her blog at lorimillerdesigns.com or on instagram @lorimillerdesigns