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EQ8 Block Spotlight

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Crazy Fan

Posted 06-10-2024 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

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! This month’s block: Crazy Fan Where to find it: 03 Foundation Pieced > Crazy Blocks – Misc. Design ideas to spark your creativity I used the featured block in the border of my first quilt. I decided to fully embrace the “crazy”  and choose blocks from the Crazy Blocks – Simple section for the center of the quilt. My second quilt uses the On-Point Medallions – 2 design from the Layout Library. I used the Search >> By Color option in the Fabric Library to add a selection of blues to my project. What would you design with

EQ8 Block Spotlight: June Autograph

Posted 05-10-2024 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

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! This month’s block: June Autograph Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced >Signature Block Variations Design ideas to spark your creativity Don’t count these blocks out, just because they have a signature space in the middle! There’s still lots of potential, whether you use the block as-is, or edit on the Block Worktable to remove or change the signature space. My first quilt is a 4 x 4 horizontal layout. There are four full June Autograph blocks in the center. For the blocks along the outside of the quilt, I removed some patches so I could create the

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Tangled Stars

Posted 04-10-2024 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

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! This month’s block: Tangled Stars Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Eccentrics Design ideas to spark your creativity My first quilt is a 3 x 3 horizontal layout. I alternated the Tangled Stars block with a pinwheel block I drew on the Block Worktable. I colored the pinwheel block to highlight the large star in the layout. For my second quilt, I edited the featured block to add more piecing in the diagonal points of the design. This gave me more patches in the block so I could color in a rainbow palette. I set my

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Simple Design

Posted 03-10-2024 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

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! 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.

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Topeka Rose

Posted 02-10-2024 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

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! This month’s block: Topeka Rose Where to find it: 04 Classic Applique > Roses Design ideas to spark your creativity I went with a spring palette and more traditional design for my first quilt. The fabric collection is Kindred by 1canoe2 for Moda. Here’s how to download a manufacturer’s fabrics for use in EQ8. I started by using Serendipity > Frame Block to add a cornerstone frame to the Topeka Rose block. The stars are created in the wide sashing between the blocks. I used the Even Star Sash 1 block from the 10 Sashing > Star Sashing section

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Summer Winds

Posted 01-10-2024 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the first EQ8 Block Spotlight post of 2024! 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! This month’s block: Summer Winds Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced >Nine Patch Design ideas to get you started My first quilt uses a custom set layout. With this layout I could offset the blocks the way I needed to for the look I was envisioning. Fabrics are from the True Blue collection by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics. For my second quilt, I edited the Summer Winds block to delete some of the piecing in the center of the block. This gave me a larger square patch in the center where

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Snowy Pine

Posted 12-10-2023 by | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

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. Whether you’re a brand new EQ8 user or a seasoned pro, come join in the fun! This month’s block: Snowy Pine Where to find it: 02 Contemporary Pieced > Trees Design ideas to get you started I had to use December for the opportunity to design one last Christmas quilt this year! This is a 4×4 horizontal layout and I used the Symmetry tool to find this arrangement of blocks. I drew my own snowflake motif to use in the wide border. It’s a simple version of the snowflakes I made in this lesson: Making Snowflakes with EQ8′s WreathMaker I went with a modern, moody look for my second quilt. Again, this is a

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