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. We hope these posts will inspire you to try something new and expand your EQ skills! :-)

This month’s block: Goose Frame

Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Frames

Design ideas to get you started

The blocks in the Frames section of the library all have a larger center square. This square can be used for something special like a photo, fussy cutting a special fabric, or merging with another block (Create Serendipity > Merge Block). I choose to edit the Goose Frame block to the Block Worktable and draw some new lines in the center square.

I alternated this variation block with another block from the Frames section (which I also added lines to on the Block Worktable) in a simple horizontal layout. This is not a color scheme I would normally gravitate to, but it’s the result of playing with the Randomize tool and I like it!

For my second quilt, I used a custom set layout. Along with the five Goose Frame blocks in the center, I used several blocks from the 03 Foundation Pieced > Flying Geese section of the library. You could say I flew with the geese theme of the featured block . ;-)

In the comments, Nancy asked to see the layout for this custom set quilt. Below is a line drawing of the quilt, so you can see the block placement a little easier.

What would you design with the Goose Frame 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.