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I am a quilter, pattern designer, and teacher from Troy, Michigan. Sewing since age 11, I have deep roots in sewing and quilting traditions that add a unique dimension to my designs. My joy is working with fun colors, patterns and designs. I love making playful and clever products for the modern sewist. I am a member of the Detroit Area MQG.

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EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Drawing a Strawberry block with 3 Variations

Posted 08-07-2020 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Sometimes a simple easy draw block is all you need to create something amazing.  For this lesson, we are going to draw a big juicy strawberry and then edit our drawing to create interesting and fun variations.  Blocks don’t have to be square, this block is a rectangle shape.  You can then use these techniques to add some pizzazz to a variety of blocks.  These designs will be a great way to use your stash or a pile of scraps.

Strawberry Block

Skillset: Beginner

Block Size: 10″ x 12″ finished

Skill Builders:

  • Creating an easy draw block
  • Editing Blocks to create block variations

Design Time!

  1. Open EQ8.
  2. Let’s name the Project.  The project name appears at the top left of the EQ8 Window. Right now the project says Untitled – EQ8.
  3.  On the left side toolbar, click the New project button.  
  4.  On the Create a new project tab, type in the project name field Strawberry.
  5.   Click OK.  The box will close.  Notice the project name Untitled has been replaced with Strawberry.
  6. Under DRAW BLOCKS, selectDesign a Block from Scratch
  7. Select NEW BLOCK, Pieced, Easy Draw.
  8. In the precision bar, enter     Block Width  10, Block Height  12

    Snaps Horizontal 40, Snaps Vertical 48

    Graph paper cells Horizontal 40, Vertical 48

  9. Now we are going to draw the parts of the strawberry.  Use the following coordinates (Horizontal, Vertical) and the diagram above to guide you.  Under DRAW, Drawing Tools: Use the Line tool and draw a horizontal line down 2″ from the top. (0″, 2″) to (10″, 2″).  In the top left corner, draw a diagonal line to create a 2″ half square triangle (HST), (0″, 4″) over to (2″, 2″).  In the top right corner, draw a diagonal line to create a 2″ HST (8″, 2″) to (10″, 4″).  In the bottom left corner, draw a diagonal line to create a 4″ HST (0″, 8″) to (4″, 12″).  In the bottom right corner, draw a diagonal line to create a 4″ HST, (6″, 12″) to (10″, 8″).
  10. Lets draw the top greenery in a few steps.  For the first step, section off the top into 2″ squares.
  11. In the first square, draw a diagonal line from the bottom left up to the top right.  For the next four squares, draw a diagonal line from the top left down to the bottom right.  Refer to diagrams as needed.
  12. Finally, in the middle three squares, draw a small diagonal from the center up to the right creating two quarter squares.
  13. Select the COLOR tab and use the Drawing tools to color in your strawberry.  When you have it colored to your liking, Add to the Sketchbook.  Your first block is finished and ready to drop into a quilt.  i picked a nice red polkadot to mimic the strawberry seeds.  This would cut out and stitch out in a hurry with this large central shape and the top greenery is perfect to make with your green scraps.
  14. Lets continue to edit this block to add a little more versatility to it in terms of fabrics and colors.  Make sure you have added the first block version to your sketchbook.
  15. Go back and select the DRAW tab.  Under DRAWING TOOLS, use the line tool in the center of the strawberry to draw in 2″ vertical strips.
  16. Select the COLOR tab and use the Drawing tools to color in your strippy strawberry.  When you have it colored to your liking, Add to the Sketchbook.  And that quickly you have a nice variation of the block that you can use with jelly roll or other 2 1/2″ unfinished strips from your stash.
  17. Let’s edit this block ONE MORE TIME!  Make sure you added the last block to your sketchbook!
  18. Go back and select the DRAW tab.  Under DRAWING TOOLS, use the line tool in the center of the strawberry to draw in 2″ horizontal strips to create squares and half squares.
  19. Select the COLOR tab and use the Drawing tools to color in your squared strawberry.  When you have it colored to your liking, Add to the Sketchbook.  You have add another variation that uses mini charm squares or 2 1/2″ unfinished squares in your block.  A great way to use up all those red scraps and stash.

Here are all of the strawberries in a quilt!

This is a great technique to use on other blocks too.  i just use a block size that divides into 2′ strips or squares as a guide.  Explore what works for you.

How about Apples?

or Stars?

Use your imagination and create some great blocks for your next quilt.

Feel free to link up your strawberry or other block variation pics.

Happy Designing!

Questions or Feedback

Please share your ideas, questions and feedback in the comments. I would love to hear from you. Thanks!

Lori J. Miller lives in Oxford, Michigan, where she designs, stitches and sews quilts and quilty things. She loves experimenting with fun colors and designs to make playful and clever products for the modern sewist.  Lori continues to share her knowledge with others teaching quilting and EQ8 classes around the country.  A self professed EQ8 superfan, you can follow her quilting adventures on her blog at or on instagram @lorimillerdesigns

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Patriotic Parade

Posted 06-26-2020 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

With the Independence Day holiday coming up, I though a patriotic theme was in order.  There are so many wonderful blocks in EQ that are available to use.  Sometimes, however,  I have an idea that looks close to one of the block designs, but I want to change it up a bit and make it my own.  Using the power of  EQ8 , you can edit and tweak the block to design your own creation.  In this lesson,  we will deep dive into editing a block several ways.  We will update the drawing, resize a few things, draw a block, merge some blocks, and combine an easy draw block with applique to get to this super cute 4th of July design! We are going to start with a vintage farm truck and take it up a notch with a patriotic spin. Let’s get started. Patriotic Parade Table Runner Skillset: Advanced Beginner/

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Designing for the Accuquilt GO! Qube

Posted 04-24-2020 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

I love to design my quilts with EQ8, it saves me so much time and let’s me really be creative before cutting into that fabric.  I am finding more and more folks are using the Accuquilt GO! Cutting system of dies to cut out their quilts.  Some love the accuracy, others like the speed of cutting out a quilt and many quilters with physical limitations find that die cutting their fabric solves some of their cutting issues and get them back to doing what they love. What you may not know is that the GO! Qube set of dies is based on the most popular type of quilt block, the FOUR PATCH!  based upon a simple 4 x 4 grid.  Electric Quilt is full of blocks that use the 4 x 4 grid and that makes them perfect for adapting to be cut out with your GO Qube dies.  You can

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Let’s Play with Applique

Posted 02-25-2020 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori   Uncategorized  

I spend a lot of time designing quilt blocks for piecing in Electric Quilt, but I also like the look of applique.  The good news is that with EQ8, you can easily design your own applique blocks and motifs.  And once you have designed it, you can use the tools in EQ8 to make it any size you would like.  In this lesson, we will take an existing drawing and create an applique motif. Last year for Christmas, I finally received a much coveted gift of a Kitchenaid Mixer.  I always had a little hand mixer, but how I dreamed of mixing up cookies and goodies with a stand mixer.  I decided I really wanted an applique motif of my mixer to use for kitchen related items like aprons and tea towels.  So I sketched a picture of my wonderful mixer. I scanned in my hand drawing to use to

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Create a Pantograph

Posted 12-31-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori   Uncategorized  

Many EQ8 Users have longarm or midarm machines that they use to machine quilt their quilt creations.  Sometimes they use a pantograph to create all over quilting designs.  A pantograph is usually a repeating quilting design.  The longarm user follows the line on the paper with a stylus or laser light that is attached to the machine.  Pantograph designs can vary in width with simple to complex designs.  Using the power of Electric Quilt Design Software, you can create your own pantographs to print out and use for your machine quilting. For this lesson, we will use an existing stencil, resize it and clone it to create a pantograph that can be printed out and used with a longarm or midarm machine for machine quilting. Ocean Waves Pantograph Skillset: Beginner/ Advanced Beginner Stencil size: 8″ x 60″ Skill Builders: Draw a stencil Edit a Stencil Open EQ8. Let’s  open the Project.  The project

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Add stencils to a quilt

Posted 11-22-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori   Uncategorized  

This lesson is all about adding stencils to your quilt.  Stencils are the drawings that show the quilting lines on your quilt. You may want to audition different stencils to decide how you might want to quilt your design and to help you figure out what approach you will take when quilting. You can have stencils that go over individual blocks or you can create a stencil that goes over an entire sections of your quilt. For this lesson, I will show you how I quilted the Anchor’s Away quilt from the last lesson.  If you haven’t completed that lesson, you can find it HERE. First, lets talk about the layers of a quilt.  When you are on the Quilt Worktable, you will see three tabs at the bottom of the screen. Layer 1 This layer is made up of pieced or applique blocks that are stitched together to make

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Anchor’s Away Quilt with a repeating block design

Posted 09-01-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

It’s been a wonderful summer and I wanted to add a cute throw quilt to compliment the pillow we designed last year.  I came up with this Nautical themed quilt with an interesting inset of scrappy diamonds.  And of course, I needed that cute red anchor to set it off.  Let’s get right into the design! Anchors Away Quilt Skillset: Beginner/ Advanced Beginner Size: 48″ x 60″ Skill Builders: Working with Vertical Strip layout Working with repeating block design Convert an applique block to a motif Let’s take a closer look and analyze this quilt.  I have designed it as a Vertical Strip quilt with applique.  First we are going to focus on the diamond insets. These are 45 degree diamonds that are lined up to form a chevron type pattern.  This is a repeating diamond shape that I designed as an individual block.  The block just had to be square