Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight! 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! :-D

This month’s block: Simple Design

Where to find it: 03 Foundation Pieced > Flying Geese

Design ideas to spark your creativity

Using the Simple Design block as a guide, I drew another simple block to pair it with. I edited the Simple Design block to the worktable and then converted it to guides before drawing my new block. This helps me know I’m drawing something that will work well with the original block.

I alternated the two blocks in a 4 x 4 horizontal layout and then used the Symmetry tool to find this rotation of the blocks. The fabric collection is Arcadia by Pippa Shaw for Figo Fabrics, which I downloaded from Figo’s website. Here’s how to download a manufacturer’s fabrics for use in EQ8.

For my second quilt, I started by playing with the Serendipity options. I ended up using this Shrink & Flip version of the Simple Design block.

I used a custom set layout so I could have lots of white space around the blocks. Since there’s lots of white space, the quilting plays a bigger role in the design. So I used Layer 3 to audition my quilting choices.

What would you design with the Simple Design 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.