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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 – Prairie Points dimensions in quilting

Posted 12-23-2020 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Snowy days are on their way if you don’t already have a pile outside.  With visions of snowflakes and fun in the snow, I have just the thing to warm up your design skills.   This lesson explores using prairie points, not just for a quilt border, but to add dimension to this frosty Winter Star quilt.  We are going to use EQ8 to help us with the designing.  Our secret weapon will be the magic of Layer 2 on the Design Worktable.

Quilt Layers

Remember there are three layers that you can work with in Electric Quilt.  We are going to use the first two layers.

Layer 1 is made of of pieced or applique blocks sewn together to make the quilt top.

Layer 2 is for blocks, motifs and text that are sewn on top of the quilt top.  You drag your blocks or motifs from the palette over to drop on the quilt.  This is where we will add our prairie points.

Layer 3 is for quilting and embroidery.  You can drag your stencils or embroidery pictures by dragging from the palette and dropping it onto the quilt.

You can see the tabs for the different layers at the bottom of the design area when you are on the DESIGN tab.

Prairie Points

Prairie points are triangles made from folded fabric squares.  For this little quilt we are using a triangle that is 4″ wide by 2′ tall.   (You will need to cut a 4 1/2″ square to make that size.)

Quilty Math Tip:  To calculate the size of your starting square:  Take the finished height you want x 2 and add 1/2″.  Example: we want a 2″ x 4″ prairie point.  2″ high x 2 = 4″, plus 1/2′ “  equals a 4 1/2″ square.

There are different ways to fold prairie points but I normally use this method.  Take your squares.

Fold them in half on the diagonal matching sides and press.

Then fold in half again.  One side will have a fold and one side will have two folds.

With this folded triangle or Prairie Point, you can use them in your quilt in different ways.  You can nest them for the outside border instead of binding.  you can nest them along an inner border facing in or out to add three dimensional interest.

 

You can also add them in seams for a border or block to add dimension and flare for  your quilt design, like a three dimensional flying geese.

Now that you have an idea of how the prairie point can be used in your quilt, let’s start designing.

Note:  For this Quilt i am using I am using the December 2020 free fabric of the month, First Snowfall by Hoffman fabrics.      You can get it yourself HERE!

Winter Star Quilt

Skillset: Beginner/ Advanced Beginner

Size: 44″ x 44″

Skill Builders:

  • Working with Layer 2
  • How to use a virtual border
  • How to mimic prairie points in your 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 Winter Star.


  5.  Click OK.  The box will close.  Notice the project name Untitled has been replaced with Winter StarSelect Design a Quilt from Scratch under DESIGN QUILTS on the home page.
  6. Select NEW QUILT > Horizontal
  7. LAYOUT, Number of Blocks: H2 V2
  8. Finished Size of Blocks 9″, No sashing
  9. BORDERS
    Border 1: Style Long Horizontal, lock All 1″
    Add Border 2: Style Blocks, lock All 4″, Blocks in Border H8 V8
    Add Border 3: Style Long Horizontal, lock all 2″
    Add Border4: Style Long Horizontal, lock all 4″Add Border 5: Style Long Horizontal, lock all 2″
    Add Border 5: Style Long Horizontal, lock all 2″

    Add Border 6: Style Blocks, lock all 2″  Blocks in Border H 11 V 11  (This will be our prairie point virtual border.)
  10. Go to the DESIGN tab > Block Tools >Set Block.  Drop in the EQ Default Variable Star into the 4 center blocks.
    DESIGN > Fabric Tools > Open Library, Scroll down to the bottom of the EQ Fabric Library and look for the free December Monthly fabrics you loaded. 12-Hoffman First Snowfall.  Select all the fabrics and add to the Sketchbook.  Close.
  11. Using the fabrics, color the quilt EXCEPT for Border 6, leave this border empty for now.  using the picture above as a guide, be sure to leave the light fabrics as we will be adding darker prairie points over them.   We want these borders colored because we want to have the fabric there to place the prairie points on and for calculating our fabric needs.
  12. We need to create our prairie point to add to the quilt.  We will create a triangle motif to represent the folder prairie point.
  13. Go to the BLOCK Worktable > NEW BLOCK > Applique >  Motif.
  14. In the precision bar, make sure you have a Block Height 2″, Block Width 4″.  With the Line tool, draw a triangle as shown above.  Go to the Color tab and choose a dark blue to color the triangle.  Add to the Sketchbook.
  15. Go back to the Quilt Worktable.  Select Layer 2.
  16.  Choose Block Tools > Motif tab.  Drag your triangle over to the 2nd Border and place on a seam between the blocks.  Continue to add your triangles (prairie points).  I arranged them in a clockwise fashion all around the border.  Use the Adjust and Rotate tools to help arrange the triangle.  Changing height and width of the motif can help.  Also, try zooming in for easier placement.  This is placing the prairie point fabric over the border fabric as you would when constructing the quilt.
  17. Once you have the inner border, let’s create the Prairie Point Border.  Make sure you are on Layer 2.

  18. Again drag the triangle motif to the outer border, Border 6.  use the block lines to arrange the triangles. Continue all the way around the quilt.
  19. Once you have finished adding the prairie motif triangles all around the outside of the quilt,  Add the quilt to the sketchbook.  Now we can create a virtual border.  This is the Layer 2 magic.
  20. Go to the BORDERS tab.  Select Border 6.  Delete it.  Don’t worry, we just saved the quilt in the previous step so you can always go back if you need to.  So Delete it.  You should see your prairie point border appear greyed out.
  21. DESIGN Tab.  now you can clearly see your Prairie points on the outside of your quilt.  And because they are on layer 2, there is no background around the points.  Nifty, right?
Now you have the tools to try some additional dimension in this design.
Try adding prairie points along the inner border, or overlapping prairie points to double them up.
Please attach your own quilt designs to this post, I love to see the creativity and new ideas you design.

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 lorimillerdesigns.com or on instagram @lorimillerdesigns

EQ Lessons with Lori – Pineapple Color Play

Posted 10-30-2020 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Part of the magic and fun of Electric Quilt is trying out blocks and color combinations virtually.  You can get a good feel for the look of your quilt before you cut into those precious fabrics.  In this lesson, we are going to play with fabrics and color on a traditional Pineapple block.  This exercise is created to stretch your limits and let you just play with color and design.   From here you can use the designs and principles to ‘play’ with color on any quilt block to create the perfect masterpiece quilt. Pineapple Color Play Skillset: Beginner Skill Builders: Add fabrics to a project Edit the fabrics and colors on a block and quilt First, let’s get some fun fabrics.  We are going to download one of the free fabrics of the month.  Go to  doyoueq.com and select the Fabric of the Month tab.  Click on the display to be taken to the fabric

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! 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 project button.    On the Create a new project tab, type in the project

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