Welcome to the first EQ8 Block Spotlight post of 2022! 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.

If you’re a brand new EQ8 user, I hope you’ll join in the fun! This monthly series is great motivation to dig into the software and practice your new EQ8 skills. And if you’ve been using EQ8 for a while, I hope these posts will inspire you to try something new! :-)

Don’t forget to comment on other quilter’s designs too. Let’s build each other up!

This month’s block: Birds and Star

Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Eight-Pointed Stars

Design ideas to get you started

This first quilt uses an on-point layout. I alternated the Birds and Star block with a block called Cross with a Cross. All the fabrics in this quilt are from the Bluebird collection by Laundry Basket Quilts, which is part of the EQ Stash Online 2021 Download 02.

My second quilt uses a combination of fabrics a little out of my comfort zone! It’s a medallion quilt with the Birds and Star block in the center, surrounded by seven different borders. After setting all the blocks in the quilt, I used the Randomize Tool to find this color scheme. If you’re ever feeling in a “color rut” the Randomize Tool is a fun way to try something totally different!

What would you design with the Birds and Star 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!).

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.