Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight series! Each month we 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. Whether you’re a brand new EQ8 user or a seasoned pro, come join in the fun!

This month’s block: Prickly Pickle – 9 Points

Where to find it: 03 Foundation Pieced > Pickle Dish

A couple design ideas to get you started

I have a very traditional quilt and a very modern quilt to share this month! My first quilt is a simple 6 x 6 horizontal layout. I wanted to let all that piecing shine by using solid colors. If I’m going to work at making all those precise points, I don’t want to distract from them by using busy prints!

This pickle block made me think of a leaf, so that was the inspiration for this modern design. I used blocks from the Wheels category (under 01 Classic Pieced and 03 Foundation Pieced) for the flower heads, and blocks from 10 Sashing > Dogtooth Triangles for the grass.

What would you design with the Prickly Pickle – 9 Points block? Post a quilt or two in the comments below. It can be as simple or as complex as you’d like (it just has to use the featured block!).

If you’d like to to turn off the black outlines around the patches like I have in the quilts above, click the Hide/show quilt patch outlines button on the main toolbar before exporting your images. For more help with this feature, visit the Support site.

Export an Image of your Quilt

  1. On the Quilt Worktable, click the PRINT & EXPORT tab.
  2. Click Export in the ribbon.
  3. In the palette on the left, click Image.
  4. Type a name for your image and click the Save button. (Make sure you know where you’re saving the image on your computer. We recommend saving to your My EQ8 > Images folder.)

In the comment form below, tell us a little bit about your design and then click Browse to include the image of your quilt.