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Lori

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 – 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 to work in the Vertical Strip design.

I cut the diamonds from a 2 1/2 ” strip of fabric and the unfinished diamonds were 2 1/2′ wide by 3 1/2′ tall.

On to the DESIGN…

  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 Anchor.
  5.  Click OK.  The box will close.  Notice the project name Untitled has been replaced with Anchor.
  6. Lets start with designing the repeating diamond block.
  7. Under DRAW BLOCKS, select Draw a block from scratch.
  8.  Choose New Block, then select EasyDraw.
  9. We are going to create a 6″ x 6″ block.  That is because we have a diamond that is 2″ x 3″ finished and both 2 and 3 are divisible by 6 so the repeat will work with a 6″ block.  Hang in there and this quilty math will make sense.
  10. So in the precision bar above the grid, set the block width and height to 6″.
  11. Set the Snaps horizontal and vertical to 24
  12. Set the Graph paper horizontal and vertical to 6
  13. Choose the line tool and draw a vertical line at the 2″ and 4″ marks since the finished width of the diamond is 2 inches.
  14. Next we are going to draw the blocks with diamonds that are facing right, left, right.
  15. Starting from the left, go down 2 1/2″ at 0″ and draw a 45 degree angle up to the 1/2″ mark at 2″, back down to the 2 1/2′ mark at 4″, and back up to the 1/2″ mark at 6″.
  16. Now draw the next set of lines, go down to 5 1/2″ at 0″ and draw a 45 degree angle up to the 3 1/2″ mark at 2″, back down to the 5 1/2″ mark at 4″, and back up to the 3 1/2′ mark at 6″.  This gives us one full diamond at 3 ” tall and two half diamonds at 1 1/2″ tall.  You will see when we stack the blocks in the quilt, the full diamonds will come together.
  17. Go to the Color tab.
  18. With the paint brush, color the diamonds and partial diamonds by alternating with a blue color or fabric.   Add to Project sketchbook.
  19. Now go back to step 8 and start a new block.  The only difference is that this will have the diamonds facing the opposite, left, right, left.

UPDATE NOTE:  Creating another block is for practice.  If you want to save time and not draw another block, you can use the first block you drew and use the flip tool under block tools when you get to the Quilt Design.  Then color it accordingly.

  1. Starting from the left, go down  1/2″ at 0″ and draw a 45 degree angle down to the  2 1/2″ mark at 2″, back up to the  1/2′ mark at 4″, and back down to the 2 1/2″ mark at 6″.
  2. Now draw the next set of lines, go down to 3 1/2″ at 0″ and draw a 45 degree angle down to the 5 1/2″ mark at 2″, back up to the 3 1/2″ mark at 4″, and back down to the 5 1/2′ mark at 6″.  This gives us one full diamond at 3 ” tall and two half diamonds at 1 1/2″ tall.
  3. Color the second block as above.  Add to Project Sketchbook.
  4. We are ready for the QUILT DESIGN. Go to the Quilt Worktable.
  5.  Select New Quilt, Vertical Strip.
  6. Select the Layout tab.
  7.  Strip 1 – Strip style – Plain, Width – 8, length – 60
  8. Strip 2 – Strip Style – Pieced Block, Width – 6, Length – 60, Number of Blocks along length – 10
  9. Strips 3 and 4, leave strip 2 highlighted, select CLONE the selected strip.  Choose Insert twice.
  10. Delete the next strip to leave a final strip on the end.
  11. Last  Strip – Strip Style – Plain, Width – 20, Length – 60
  12. Go to the BorderTab.  Select Mitered and 0.25 for the outer border to mimic binding.
  13. Go to the DesignTab.
  14. Go to Block tools.  Select the first block (RLR) and set it into all the blocks in  strip 2 and 4.
  15. Select the second block (LRL) and set it into all the blocks in strip 3.
  16. Go to Fabric Tools.   Using the paint brush, Color Strip 1 and 5 and the border.  Add to Project Sketchbook.
  17. Now lets add that anchor applique.  Go back to Block Tools.  Select Layer 2.
  18. Open the Block library.  Search by Notecard for Anchor.
  19. Choose the second anchor found.  Edit to the Block Worktable.
  20. Choose the Pick tool and click on the anchor to select it.  Click CTRL/CMD Copy to copy the anchor.
  21. Select new Block, Applique, Motif
  22. Make sure the block height and width in the precision bar are both 12.
  23. Right click in the center of the drawing grid and Paste the anchor shape .
  24. In the Segment rotation field, type 315 and click apply.  This should place your anchor right side up.
  25. While the Anchor is selected, choose the center in the block button.
  26. Go to the Block color tab and color the anchor motif Red.  Add to sketchbook.
  27. Go to the Quilt Worktable.
  28. Select layer 2.  Set blocks. Select the Motifs tab.  Select the Anchor and drag it over to the quilt.  Move it around to where you want it.  You may have to use the Adjust button to select it again to move it.  When it is where you want it, Add it to the sketchbook.

Now that you have designed this fun Nautical quilt with EQ8, why not stitch up this Anchors Away quilt?  You can find  more information to make this throw on my  Lori Miler Design’s Blog.

Don’t forget to check out my previous post for a coordinating pillow!  Shipmates Bench Pillow 

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.  Sewing since age 11, Lori has deep roots in sewing and quilting traditions that add a unique dimension to her designs.  She loves designing using Electric Quilt 8, Electric Quilt Mini and EQ Stitch.  You can follow her quilting adventures on her blog at lorimillerdesigns.com or on instagram @lorimillerdesigns

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Create a Personal Fabric Library

Posted 06-21-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

I have had a lot of questions about creating personal libraries in EQ8.  Many of you want to create your own libraries containing your favorite fabrics from your Stash or from a particular manufacturer.   If you have taken pictures of your stash and imported them into EQ8 or have imported other fabrics into EQ8, you can create and store them in their own library. Electric Quilt allows you to set up your own fabric libraries under My Favorite Fabrics.  When you create your own library, the fabrics that you put into it will be available to use in any project you want to design. Here is how to create that space. Open EQ8. Go to the top Main Menu and click LIBRARIES, choose Fabric Library.  The dialogue box will open. Select the My Favorite Fabrics section. Click the Create Library button and the Add new Library dialogue will open. Enter

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – EQ8 Update Insider Block Worktable

Posted 05-03-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Hello!  Have you been following along with the EQ8 Update Insider?  Here is the last insider post of the new EQ8 Updates for the Block Worktable.   As of March, 2019, there is a new free update to EQ8 that is loaded with New Features, Enhancements and Fixes.  If you own EQ8, you can download this update for free! If you missed my previous two posts, check out the General Updates including how to download the update HERE and get the scoop on the Quilt Worktable updates  HERE. Lets explore the Block Worktable Updates. Thicker lines when drawing on the Block Worktable You now have the option to make the drawing segments thicker on the DRAW tab only.  This may help you to see your drawn blocks with more clarity since the lines will be easier to see. To turn thick lines ON, click the gear button on the main toolbar of the Block

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – EQ8 Insider Update Quilt Worktable

Posted 04-26-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Welcome back to the EQ8 Update Insider.  As of March, 2019, there is a new free update to EQ8 that is loaded with New Features, Enhancements and Fixes.  If you own EQ8, you can download this update for free! In this EQ8 Update Insider,  we are going to take a look at some of the Quilt Worktable Updates to the program. Solid Seam Allowance Lines You could always print seam allowance lines with dashed lines.  Now you have the option to print seam allowance as a solid line.  For many folks, this solid line is easier to see on their printers.  Since everyone’s printer is different, see what works best for you. You can find this checkbox option in the Print dialog box for Templates And in the print dialogue box for foundation patterns. Thick Seam Allowance Lines You can also now display thicker seam allowance lines on Template and Foundation printouts. 

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – EQ Update Insider Whats New?

Posted 04-19-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

            Yay! As of March, 2019, there is a new free update to EQ8 that is loaded with New Features, Enhancements and Fixes.  If you own EQ8, you can download this update for free! I will be sharing several posts with an overview of the changes so you can take advantage of these awesome updates. In this EQ8 Update Insider,  we are going to take a look at some of the General Updates to the program. How do you get the EQ8 update? First, check your current version.  If you don’t have Windows 1.1.0.1 or Mac 3.1.0.1 as of this date, then you need the update.  You can check your version by going to the HOME landing page of EQ8,   Look for Product Details under the logo and you can find the version you have. You can find the download on the following link along

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Design a Banner Quilt

Posted 02-22-2019 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Today’s lesson is a fun project that I created to decorate my Quilt Studio.  This design creates a banner or mini quilt using existing blocks in EQ8.  Our skillbuilder will be editing a few of those blocks to adjust the design.  Many times you will find a block already in EQ8 that is pretty close to what you want but not quite right, so why not edit it to perfection?  I hope this will inspire you to design your own banner for your sewing space, for some home decor, or maybe a fun banner for a child’s room. Let’s get to work! CREATE banner quilt Size: 8″ x 48″ Skill Builders: Edit an existing block Lets Begin! Open EQ8. Let’s name the Project.  The project name appears at the top left of the EQ8 Window. Right now the project says Untitled – EQ8. On the left side toolbar, click the New

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – DIY Wrapping Paper with EQ8

Posted 12-12-2018 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Let’s get in the holiday spirit and use EQ8 in new and creative ways!  With the capability of the EQ8 Image Worktable and some clever steps, you can design and print fun wrapping paper!  Using blocks and motifs from EQ8, a little editing and imagination, you can create designs that you can print out onto paper.  (You can even print on EQ Printable fabric sheets to create printed fabric with this technique too!)  The secret is using images and the Photo Layout tool on the Image Worktable.  I designed some holiday paper, but you can create designs or fabric for any occasion. DIY Wrapping Paper (or Fabric!) Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ Skill Builders: Working with the Image Worktable Exporting an Image Using Photo Layout and Scaling Open EQ8.  Let’s name the Project.  The project name appears at the top left of the EQ8 Window. Right now the project says Untitled