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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 – Let’s Play with Quilt Design Sizes

Posted 08-06-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Do you have a favorite quilt pattern you have designed but want to change the size?  Do you want to turn a throw quilt into a baby quilt?   Or do you need to supersize a twin size quilt  to a queen size quilt?  Here are some  super quick and super simple tips and ideas to resize your designs in a jiffy.

Let’s design a throw quilt to use for this practice.

Quilt Size Matters

Skillset: Beginner

Skill Builders:

  • Add and remove blocks
  • Add and remove sashing
  • Add and remove borders
  1. Open EQ8.
  2. 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.

  1.  On the Create a new project tab, type in the project name field “Quilt Size Matters”.
  2.  Click OK.  The box will close.  Notice the project name Untitled has been replaced with Quilt Size Matters.
  3. Select Design a Quilt from Scratch.
  4. NEW QUILT > Horizontal
  5.  LAYOUT > No. of Blocks H4 V5, Finished Size of Blocks W 12 L 12, No Sashing
  6. BORDERS> Style: Mitered, Lock All 1″
  7. Go to the DESIGN tab, BLOCK TOOLS, Open Block Library
  8. SEARCH by NOTECARD, “Rolling Squares”.
  9. Select the first Rolling squares block that looks like the block above. Add to Sketchbook.  Close.
  10. DESIGN, Block TOOLS, Set Block, Set the Rolling squares block into all of the spaces.
  11. DESIGN, Fabric TOOLS, Select the Eye Dropper and then click on the pink color in the block.  Use this selected color to color the binding.  I also used a secondary complimentary color for the center of the block.  Color the block how you like it.  Add to Sketchbook.
    HINT: You can check your finished quilt size by looking at the message in the bottom margin of the software.


That finishes the base throw quilt we will be working with to play with resizing a quilt.

How large should you make a quilt to fit a bed?  Here is a chart that you can use as a guideline for designing your quilt sizes.  This guide is for Quilt sizes with a 12” drop on the sizes and bottom and also if you include the tuck for a standard pillow.  Depending on your quilt block and how it is laid out in your quilt, these sizes are only a guideline.   You can compare your finished quilt size to your guide to design how large or small you want to go.   Adjust the size for what you like and what will fit the best for your decor or needs.

Quilt

Mattress 12” Drop on three sides

12” Drop plus Standard Pillow Tuck

Crib

27” x 52”

N/A

N/A

Twin

39” x 75”

63” x 87”

63’ x 107”

Twin XL

39” x 80”

63” x 92”

63” x 112”

Double

54” x 75”

78” x 87”

78” x 107”

Queen

60” x 80”

84” x 92”

84” x 112”

King

76” x 80”

100” x 92”

100” x 112”

California King

72” x 84”

96” x 96”

96” x 116”

ADDING and REMOVING BLOCKS

  1. The easiest way to resize your quilt is to change the number of blocks in the quilt.
  2. Go back to the Quilt LAYOUT tab and reduce the number of blocks to create a baby size quilt.
  3. LAYOUT > No. of Blocks H3 V3, Finished Size of Blocks W 12 L 12, No Sashing. Add to Sketchbook.
  4. You can always downsize a design to create a baby quilt like this.
  5. Let’s design a queen size quilt by adding blocks.  Go back to the LAYOUT tab.
  6. LAYOUT > No. of Blocks H7 V8, Finished Size of Blocks W 12 L 12, No Sashing
  7. With the added blocks, you have created the larger quilt.

ADD SASHING

  1. The next way to change the size of your quilt is to use sashing.  Sashing refers to strips of fabric that are sewn between blocks and rows.   Start with the original throw quilt we designed.
  2. View Sketchbook, QUILTS, select the original throw quilt.  Double click to edit the quilt.

  1.  Go to the LAYOUT tab.
  2. LAYOUT >  Sashing> Check to include sashed border, Check to keep width and height equal, select width of 2, height of 2.
  3. - DESIGN, Fabric TOOLS, Color the sashing and corner stones.  Corner stones are the little squares that are, well, in the corners.  Add to Sketchbook.
  4. This throw quilt has has sashing and cornerstones between the blocks to increase the size.  Let’s make it even larger by increasing the size of the sashing.
  5. LAYOUT > Change the size of the sashing to a W – 4, H – 4, see how that looks.  When sizing your sashing, try not to supersize it so the blocks keep the focus.  Play with the proportions until you get a sashing size you like.  Add to sketchbook.
  6. What happens if you add more blocks now? Try going to LAYOUT and changing the number of blocks with the sashing to create a larger quilt.

ADD SIMPLE BORDERS

The next way to adjust the size of the quilt is to add simple borders.  Let’s grab that original throw quilt again.

  1. View Sketchbook, QUILTS, select the original throw quilt.
  2. Go to the BORDERS tab.
  3. The outside border is highlighted.  Change the Border Style to Mitered. Change the size to Lock all 0.5″
  4. BORDERS> Click INSERT twice to insert two borders.  Highlight the border closest to the center or border 1 of 3.
  5. BORDER 1>Border Style: Long horizontal, Lock Size Adjustments: All, 2”
  6. BORDER 2>Border Style: Long horizontal, Lock Size Adjustments: All, 4”
  7. DESIGN, Fabric TOOLS, Color the borders.  Add to Sketchbook.
The Simple borders look great. What if you added pieced borders?  What if you added several borders?  Play with your design and try these out.
What if you tried an On-point quilt?  Can you add the same tricks to make it larger?
Grab a new quilt block and create a queen size quilt using any combination of blocks, sashing and borders to change the size of your quilt.  Please share your creation!
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

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Exploring Nine Patch Blocks for Accuquilt GO! Qubes

Posted 05-01-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

I love how versatile EQ8 Quilt Design software is no matter what kind of quilt you are making or how you want to cut it out.  In this lesson, we are going to explore nine patch blocks that you can cut out with your Accuquilt GO! Cutters using the Qube die sets. Accuquilt GO! Qube dies contain 8 basic die shapes that you can mix and match to make Four Patch blocks in a 2 x 2 grid. However, you can also use those same shapes to make Nine Patch Blocks in a 3 x 3 grid.  Here is how: When you know what size Nine patch block can be created with your Qube, you can easily size your nine patch blocks to match in EQ8. For example, an 8” GO! Qube makes 12” nine patch blocks.  Since the Qube is based upon a four patch block, when we use

EQ8 Lessons with Lori – Tips for Custom Set Quilt Design

Posted 03-12-2021 by | Posted in: EQ8 Lessons with Lori  

Do you have a lot of different sized blocks that you want to put together into a quilt?  Maybe you have a lot of Orphan blocks (blocks left over from other projects) or maybe you were gifted a stack of different sized blocks, there is a way to put them all together in EQ8 using a Custom Set Quilt.  I want to share with you some tips to using this approach to combining your myriad of quilt blocks. Designing a custom quilt may take a little more time,  but once you try it,  you will find it is a great technique to build your skills toolbox.  I am going to share my tip and tricks for this versatile method of quilt design too. Quilt Name Skillset: Advanced Beginner Skill Builders: Design a custom set quilt Drag and drop blocks Use grid snap settings Open EQ8. Let’s name the Project.  The project

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

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/