Welcome to the newest series DESIGN AND SEW ALONG 3- LESSONS WITH YVONNE. These classes are designed for the EQ8 program.  In this series, we will be looking at the changing seasons and specifically exploring the holidays/events that occur during that season. Not every single holiday will be addressed; most will be holidays that are celebrated in North America and not necessarily worldwide.  We will be constructing blocks using different drawing methods and using the built-in blocks in EQ8 to create our unique blocks that express the seasons/holidays throughout the year.  Each lesson will have blocks being made of the same size so at the end of the DESIGN AND SEW ALONG 3–LESSONS WITH YVONNE you will be able to add all the blocks together to create an overall seasonal/holiday quilt.  Or, you can use the blocks each month to create placemats, table runners, fabric books, shopping bags, etc. to celebrate the time of year.  

Each of the blocks will be fairly simple to design and construct so you will have time to sew them into projects for the upcoming holidays.  If you need a quick project for a specific use or to give as a gift, these seasonal/holiday blocks will be perfect.  Anyone will be able to design these, from beginner EQ8 user to the advanced EQ8 designer, there will be something for everyone.

As we work along, we will post our designs to the blog lesson page so others can see what you have done.  This is a great source of inspiration for others to see what is being completed.

The lessons will begin on Sunday, Sept. 6, and followed each week with a new lesson on Sept 13, Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct. 4, and the final lesson on Oct. 11.  The lessons will be found on the EQ blog page and each lesson will include a written lesson and a video that steps you through the written lesson.  Both the written lesson and the video will be able to be downloaded so you can work along at your own pace without being connected to the internet.  Be sure to sign up for the newsletter https://doyoueq.com/blog/  on the EQ website so you can receive an email letting you know the next lesson is posted ready for you. You will be able to post questions you have regarding the lesson steps on the blog page and get written answers to your queries there.  https://doyoueq.com/blog/

Design and Sew Along -Series 1 and Series 2 are still available on the Behind the Mouse blog page if you choose to add those lessons and videos to your collection also.

By participating and completing these lessons, you will know how to draw every type of block style, experiment with different layouts for projects, print patterns for your designs, and work with the built-in libraries of blocks, stencils, fabrics, and images.  You will have a thorough knowledge of the tools we use to create our special designs. There will be something for everyone.  If you don’t celebrate any particular holiday, you can still create designs that will acknowledge the changing of the seasons throughout the year.